Update – September 2021
Yes Royston Lodge is open for bookings, within limits mandated by the Victorian Government due to COVID.
This means no visits to the regional areas from residents of Melbourne, and household limits apply. Please refer to the DHHS website for the current information.
However we expect restrictions to ease for all Victorians around the 5th of November and welcome your enquiries.
Updated information about some recent issues:
Tree falling: Royston Lodge suffered some damage from a fallen tree on 19 July. The damage has now been repaired and we are back to normal. We’re also well stocked with firewood!
Wi-fi: Wi-fi is available again, but we are still making do with a 4G modem while the Telecommunication Ombudsman processes our complaint. This works but the bandwidth varies, from excellent to poor. Streaming services are a bit hit-and-miss, but we’ve been able to hold videoconferences.
TV: we have acted on a complaint about the lack of free-to-air TV service at our house, and installed a new UHF antenna. Unfortunately this is still not able to receive signals and we are working on a solution. The secluded Halls Gap valley does not have good line-of-sight to any TV towers and we have never had TV reception since we bought the property in 2014. You can use the network’s streaming services (but see note above) and of course play anything from our extensive in-house video library.
Royston Lodge offers self-catered, dog-friendly accommodation in Halls Gap, The Grampians (Gariwerd), western Victoria, Australia.
The house lies on 3200m2 of land in a quiet side-street, near the cycle track and 1.3km south of the main shopping area of Halls Gap. Walk to shops and restaurants, or rent a bike and get around town easily.
The house has 3 bedrooms and can sleep up to 10 people. It has a fully equipped kitchen with espresso machine, dishwasher, gas stovetop, electric oven. microwave and a full size refrigerator/freezer. The kitchen is stocked with basics such as salt, pepper, oils and spices, plus a range of kitchen appliances.
Free wi-fi is included in the house for guests to use.
The lounge has a large flat-screen TV, DVD/blu-ray player and sound bar. Sofa seating is provided, comfortable for 7 people. The lounge also has a wood-stove and firewood is provided.
The house has an air-conditioner, and ceiling fans in the lounge and one bedroom.
A large east-facing deck is a perfect place to enjoy breakfast while watching the birds and wildlife. A new gas BBQ is provided, and outdoor seating for a large group.
Bedroom configuration is:
1) Queen bed
2) single bunks plus a king single bed
3) queen bed plus walk-in wardrobe
Two fold-flat sofas accommodates three more in the lounge if needed.
Linen can be provided on request.