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September 7, 2017 Hotel Deals No Comments Email Email

For the perfect weekend getaway and a chance to explore Victoria’s picturesque Macedon Ranges, Kyneton’s newest boutique offering, the charming Old Rectory is almost worth a visit in itself.

The Old Rectory offers a unique accommodation experience in a beautiful and historic bluestone house, set amidst superb private gardens right in the historic heart of Kyneton.

Indeed the iconic National Trust listed property, built in 1850, is one of the oldest houses in the region, and offers up a rare chance to connect with a slice of Victoria’s colonial history, predating both the separation of the Port Phillip district from the colony of New South Wales, and also the Victorian gold rush.

The transformation of the Old Rectory into its current manifestation has been something of a labour of love for current owners, Will Jones and Q1 Choi. The couple was very familiar with the property having been regular guests of the previous occupants.

Says Will, “We attended quite a few parties at the Old Rectory, and always thought it was beautiful. Having retired in 2012, I was looking around for a project to sink my teeth into, and we were lucky enough to buy it at auction a little over two years ago when our friends decided to move to the beach.”

The couple then spent almost nine months going through an arduous planning process, with input from heritage architect Bryce Raworth, with the actual renovations taking a further 15 months under the supervision of architect Noel McKernan.

While the Old Rectory’s heritage has been carefully preserved, typical of many old buildings, Will and Kyu Wan have had to undertake some major works to the property to modernize it. As well installing a completely new roof, flooring, and air-conditioning, it also required total re-wiring. Renovations also included the addition of three new bathrooms, and new chimneystacks made of recycled hand made bricks. It was a similar story in the garden where the couple has replaced retaining walls, installed new edging on garden beds and upgraded an aging irrigation system, as well as power and lighting throughout.

The couple enlisted the support of Adelaide Bragg to decorate the house, and the result is a tasteful and harmonious bend of antiques and modern furnishings – a fitting backdrop for the couple’s collection of artworks.

Says Will, “Our aim is to offer an exceptional standard of accommodation and service. Too often properties available for rent look far better in the pictures than in reality. We hope the Old Rectory, with its extraordinary garden, its heritage and its location in the heart of one of Victoria’s oldest built landscapes, not to mention its close proximity to a range of excellent restaurants, galleries, retailers and small scale food and wine shops, will not disappoint.


The Old Rectory offers three bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, a dining vestibule, a library, a fully equipped kitchen and an adjoining living room. The house also features hydronic heating and ducted cooling and heating to all rooms – essential in the cooler climate of the Macedon Ranges.

Kyneton’s excellent restaurants, galleries, botanic gardens, racetrack, pubs and shops are all just a short stroll away. But for the more sybaritically inclined, house facilities include Wi Fi, cable television and DVD players in both the library and the living area, as well as an extensive collection of books and magazines in the library.

The house is set in approximately half an acre of stunning garden, with numerous spaces for dining or relaxing, including a wisteria covered verandah that overlooks an English box parterre, a sunken garden with pond, a large lawn shaded by a 150 year old walnut tree, and even its own secret garden. Plus there is off street parking for three cars.

Additional services available include a resident chef, housekeeping, picnic lunch provisions and introductions to local businesses including vineyards, galleries, restaurants, bars and specialist local food producers and retailers.


The Kyneton Old Rectory is available for short term rent as a three-bedroom house at the introductory rate of $1,500 per night, 2 night minimum stay.

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