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The Benev assessment, Beechworth: The shocking, wonderful factor you'll discover in your resort room

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 The Place

Built round 1863, the Murray Ovens Benevolent Asylum on the outskirts of Beechworth was designed to supply lodging and look after completely injured gold miners and homeless girls and kids. It then grew to become an aged care dwelling till about 2005, after which era it fell into neglect till it was rescued by the present house owners in 2015, who injected tens of millions of {dollars} to flip it into The Benev, the lavish lodging it’s at the moment. Manicured lawns draw your eyes to this National Trust constructing’s magnificent Flemish gables.

The Location

A 5 or 10-minute stroll exterior of central Beechworth, The Benev has a improbable hilltop locale overlooking the township.

The Space

Central to The Benev’s ethos is wellness and mindfulness, and the trendy spa hooked up to the lodging is designed for pampering with this in thoughts. Your journey begins as you are seated in sunny rooms subsequent to the backyard sans cell phone and invited to sip tea – and unusually, wine – to mirror, earlier than and after therapies. The expertise ends in a well-stocked store promoting tempting gadgets to assist together with your respite. The “wellness suites” subsequent to the spa overlook the identical nice garden and backyard, which you’ll be able to take pleasure in from the verandah exterior the rooms, from sunlounges (climate allowing) or from the spa.

Guests can test themselves in to the principle constructing with the wave of a hand and a code, forgoing the necessity for any workers to be on website. In the principle constructing is a light-filled communal lounge, kitchen and eating space.

The Room

After being compelled to wash in a bath with waist-long hair for 2 years whereas residing in England, I can actually say I hate baths with a hearth of a thousand suns. But once I catch sight of the large deep-stone tub, I instantly toil over the important oils, herbs and salts from my “private wellness bar”, pour within the urged milk serving and dive into that factor quicker than you’ll be able to say “Cleopatra”, who I instantly channel, supping the offered prosecco and listening to a brand new e-book from the room’s audio system through bluetooth.

For added atmosphere, there’s a fireplace burning within the nook of the room, and there are delicate robes to wrap your self in afterwards. The extraordinarily snug mattress is in tumbling distance. The room is fashionable with polished concrete flooring, low, fashionable lighting that lights routinely beneath the bathtub whenever you stroll into the rainshower. The color scheme is earthy; tones of forest inexperienced and fawn, and the material is all linen. The bathe has luxurious facilities from Sans (ceuticals) and important oils to drizzle onto the bathe flooring for added zen. Around the room there are dried flower preparations and small timber stools, a wardrobe, and separate bathroom.


The rooms should not serviced, nonetheless, service within the spa is great, with somebody to guide you thru the expertise from the second you stroll by the entrance door  for a (minimal) 90-minute therapeutic massage. Dictate the course of your therapeutic massage earlier than you arrive through a questionnaire to handle any nagging points and the remaining is taken care of. The massages listed here are five-star and the therapeutic massage rooms and beds as luxurious because the rooms.

The Food

My room has a tiny, well-equipped kitchen area that features espresso plunger, tea maker, sink and fridge, with glassware, cutlery and crockery. There’s an amazing package for breakfast, together with home-made granola, yoghurt, fruit, natural juices, nuts, espresso, plus particular blends of natural tea. If you run out of any of these things, the “honesty kitchen” within the communal lounge has a full provide of issues it’s possible you’ll want – together with wine, wholesome snacks, cheese and different such provides. Everything is of a excessive customary.

Stepping Out

The Benev provides friends with options of method a “slow day” which incorporates exploring the area by bicycle, studying, meditating, rising early and retiring at 8pm. I sadly solely adhere to the early rise and early to mattress; I’m undecided this assisted with my respite in any respect, however time was brief and there have been just too many wineries round Beechworth to be loved. And Bridge Road Brewery does a rattling positive wood-fired pizza to accompany their beer tasting paddles (presumably probably the most gargantuan I’ve skilled). Popular with locals, family-run Cellar Door Wine Bar is a superb place to strive native wines if you cannot get out of city.

The Verdict

This is the proper place to take pleasure in an off-grid, luxurious de-stressing expertise.


9 Warner Road, Beechworth; Ph: (03) 5728 3033; thebenev.com.au; Rooms from $460 a night time.


Definitely the therapeutic massage. Do not miss.


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4 stars

The author was a visitor of Visit Victoria

Source: traveller.com.au

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