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.
- 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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