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Freeman on Ford B&B
Ranked #1 of 14 Beechworth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
New South Wales, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Step back in time”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Freeman on Ford is unique. It bridges the gap between the personal welcome offered by a conventional bed and breakfast and the opulent luxury offered by a historical grand hotel. Our hosts, Heidi and Jim, were warm and gracious, and the impeccable restoration and renovation of their establishment is a credit to them.

We stayed upstairs in the Bronze Victorian room, furnished with a beautiful marquetry bed, rich soft furnishings, gas fireplace and bronze light fittings. Jim and Heidi value historical authenticity, and their attention to detail is impeccable, evident all the way down to the brass toggle light switches, and tessellated tiles in the ensuite. Personal touches included fresh camellias and a silver brush and mirror set on the mantelpiece.

Freeman on Ford is situated in the heart of the historical and cultural precinct of Beechworth. Our stay coincided with the towns' annual Ned Kelly Weekend, where the town comes alive in costume, street theatre, courtroom re-enactments, and guided tours of the town and nearby Woolshed Valley.

Each morning, a delicious cooked breakfast was served in a formal dining room, lit by crystal chandeliers, and warmed by the open fire of the adjoining sitting room. In keeping with the towns festivities, Heidi surprised us by appearing in full Victorian dress, and as a prelude to breakfast, Jim served warm peaches with yoghurt and a butterscotch sauce. When the first plate appeared with a stack of pancakes topped with a mountain of berries, we knew it was going to be very hard to leave the place.

It simply would be a crime to visit Beechworth, without staying with these two most delightful hosts.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Heidi1323, Owner at Freeman on Ford B&B, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Dearest L & J, it was wonderful meeting such appreciative Ned Kelly fans! It was great that you soaked up the wonderful Ned K weekend and immersed yourself in the history & took part in the historical re enactments. We hope to see you both again & L, you impressed us greatly. xx H & J
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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Right from the first moment we were impressed. From our terrific, welcoming host through to the lovely, well apointed rooms; our stay was everything we could have hoped for.

We stayed in the Victorian Blue room, which is warm, quiet and fills with the morning sun. Every inch of this historic building is wonderfully decorated and the excellent service gives it an old world charm.

The food was terrific and there was plenty of it. The breakfast choices were all we could have asked for and the afternoon tea was spectacular.

We were here for our 12th anniversary and may well be back for our 13th.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Heidi1323, Owner at Freeman on Ford B&B, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Dear R & T, thank you for choosing us for your anniversary. It was lovely having you stay. xx H
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Simply a perfect place to stay. Relaxing, luxurious beds and decor. Breakfast was a standout. Simply perfect! Will be back again and highly recommend for a weekend away or for business. Set in the heart of Beechworth just a short stroll from shops and restaurants.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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Heidi1323, Owner at Freeman on Ford B&B, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
M, as busy as you are, you took time out to write a lovely review - very appreciated. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and it was great that you took the time to find the lovely bush tracks. x Heidi
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

I recently stayed for three nights in this magnificent, heritage listed Freeman on Ford. The rear 1920's inspired suite was very luxurious and the breakfast was divine. Thankyou Heidi and Jim for your generous hospitality and for introducing us to the many wonders of Beechworth.

Room Tip: Rear suites are superb and have views and direct access to the pool and spa
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Heidi1323, Owner at Freeman on Ford B&B, responded to this review, 10 August 2014
Dear H, thank you so much and it was wonderful t hat you could experience such diversity with the eateries also ie from the Indian meal to the sophisticated winery lunch and dips in the kitchen!
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

after arriving from the uk and going straight into meetings this hotel offered a wonderful respite from my mad diary!beautiful and elegant, comfortable beds and a bath you could swim in!breakfast was quaint and beautiful

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Canberra, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 7 August 2014

We have stayed at Freeman on Ford twice now and have been delighted on both occasions. The attention to detail and little extras are second to none and the service and food are just wonderful. We felt so taken care of and left feeling refreshed. Definitely an experience worth having!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Heidi F, Owner at Freeman on Ford B&B, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Dear L & S, I still remember that when you 1st stayed in 2008 you kindly sent us white lilys and we were so shocked with your generosity. ...6 years lady and after the arrival of a baby, you delighted us in coming back! Thank you for your kindness. It was lovely seeing you both again! Love H
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Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
2 reviews
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

I have recently stayed at freeman on Ford for three nights with some friends and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. This is the third time i have stayed there and every time I stay the stay is wonderful the rooms are wonderful with everything you require so relaxing great place to be.
The breakfast was scrumptious and the area offers great restaurants and wineries. Cant wait to return thank you to the owners Heidi and Jim always full of hospitality .

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Heidi F, Owner at Freeman on Ford B&B, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Dear C, this is actually your third time here and thank you for bringing your friends this time for a girly escape. It was fun trying out the local eateries with you and vineyards. Love H and J
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Property: Freeman on Ford B&B
Address: 97 Ford St, Beechworth, Victoria 3747, Australia
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Region: Australia > Victoria > Beechworth
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Beechworth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Freeman on Ford B&B 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Named the top B&B in Australia in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2013 awards, Freeman on Ford is Beechworth's only 5 Star accredited B&B - and it has held this accreditation since 2005. Freeman on Ford has also won national HMAA awards for Excellence in 2010 and 2011 and is Eco Friendly Accredited. Here you can choose from two options in luxury accommodation - Victorian era rooms upstairs or 1930's style rooms overlooking the private swimming pool downstairs. ... more   less 
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