The Cottage, Bolobek

by Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Brigid Robertson is the owner and chief concierge at The Cottage at Bolobek, in Macedon, an hour north-west of Melbourne. Bolobek, the name given to the working farm producing cattle and sheep, is an aboriginal word meaning ‘undulating’. The Cottage was the property’s Station Hands House before a stunning renovation transformed it into a charming two-bedroom, two-bathroom, self-contained guesthouse. The Cottage sits adjacent to one of Australia’s most historic and best-known gardens, covering about four hectares. Brigid takes us on a tour of the region through her eyes and tells us how the garden is a labour of love…

Brigid Robertson and Sox

Your most popular request…

A tour of the garden. Garden and farm tours are available by appointment.

Favourite locale when enjoying the day off…

Visiting the local farmers markets, particularly Woodend and Kyneton, and many of the wonderful local wineries.

Best Coffee…

Mr. Café, Victoria Street, Macedon.

Where we must go for lunch…

Colenso, Anslow Street, Woodend. Their pea fritters with beetroot relish, citrus-cured salmon and creme fraiche are a must-have.

It’s a rainy day outside but we want to explore, what we shall do…

Watching a film in the intimate and cosy cinema at Baringo Wine and Food Store, Station Road, New Gisborne.

What is an absolute must-do or must-see before leaving your city…

A walk around the beautiful and historic Bolobek garden followed by a glass or two of local wine, in front of the fire.

What you love most about The Cottage…

Being able to share Bolobek with others. Every year we hold a ‘Garden Lovers Fair’ which is attended by people from all over Australia. Our Garden Lovers Fair has been nominated in the Bendigo Bank Business Excellence Awards, along with The Cottage.


Brigid Robertson’s Top Five* Tips for Getting the Most Out of Macedon Ranges

  1. Book your accommodation well in advance and allow your yourself the time and freedom to meander, understanding there is a lot to see and do.
  2. If you are intending to visit wineries check their opening times before leaving your accommodation or ask your host to do it for you.
  3. Know which farmers markets are on in which towns on which weekends.
  4. Check the Festival Events Calendar on the Macedon Ranges Shire Council website to check what’s on when.
  5. Utilise the Visitor Centres at Woodend or Kyneton and/or  to help plan your visit.
  6. *BONUS TIP! Come more than once during each of the four different different seasons (yes – including winter) and enjoy the wonderful natural attractions including the glorious Autumn colours right now.


Journeys To Come stayed as a guest of The Cottage at Bolobek.

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