During the Easter Break, I visited the Victorian High Country, otherwise known as Alpine Country. We stayed at a place called Running Creek Castle in Kancoona, about 45 min drive from Bright and other major towns. It was located in a very remote area, even my GPS had difficulty finding the castle. There was also no reception in the area making it the perfect opportunity to disconnect with technology and truly embrace nature and human company.
On arrival, the owners of the castle were so wonderful and kind. They were also super responsive to our needs. We were given a quick tour before they left us alone to settle in.
Running Creek Castle is a Bed and Breakfast accommodation so we were provided with a very generous basket of food for breakfast. We were given yogurt, bacon, fresh strawberries, eggs, bananas, milk, crumpets, ciabatta bread, corn bread, jam, and lots and lots of tea bags / coffee. Seeing as it was Easter, we were also given Easter eggs and hot cross buns too 😀The castle has two self-contained suites meaning it can host up to two big groups at a time. The only things you would need to share if there happened to be another group on-site would be the outdoor deck/ veranda area and pool. You get your own bedroom, lounge area, bathroom and kitchen (with fridge, sink, microwave, pots, pans and cutlery). The only downside was there was no oven which was a bit inconvenient at times.
The best part about living in a medieval castle would definitely be exploring the castle grounds and being set the challenge form the owners of finding the “dragon’s head”.
We got to climb up the castle tower, giving us spectacular views of the surrounding gardens. The only thing I wish I had done was gone up to the tower at night, and shot a nightscape photo of the castle, gardens and stars. Having said that, I did manage some night photos of the castle from ground level. It was pretty creepy heading out in the dark but a photographer has to do what a photographer has to do.
Overall, we had a fantastic time staying at Running Creek Castle. I loved the yummy and generous breakfast basket we were given, the beautiful surroundings, the tidiness and cleanliness of the castle, and of course, how extremely kind and responsive the owner’s were to our needs.
To find out more about my High Country adventures, stay tuned for my upcoming blog posts. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, you can check out some of the fun we had when we visited Huggins and Apex Lookout in Bright.