I visited this property on a familiarisation tour with other Balllarat Tourism volunteers in 2005.... bit of a description follows
We had a good look around the grounds and inside and the overall impression of the place was rather good.
The building was built in 1878, rather historic by Ballarat standards, of Bluestone. In its early years it was an Orphanage and some of this history is still visible (photographic records) in some of the rooms of the main building. Other more modern buildings were added over the years.
Formerly called Blythewood Grange, this property is now operated as a kind of Timeshare resort, but most of the time there are some rooms which can be booked to the general public.
Unique Quality: Great for families and for kids too - indoor pool (reasonably sized too), recreational lake with boat hire (lots of weddings held there), ducks, etc. Gym and indoor spa area too
Indoor games room where kids have priority (recreation area for adults too)
There's a lot of accommodation, and very extensive grounds too, so that even if the place is full, there's space to wander for everyone without it looking crowded.
For a family it seemed quite reasonably priced - $140-$170 for a 2 bedroom apartment, considering that you get the use of all the facilities of the resort too.
Blythewood Grange still operate on the grounds, with the formerl chapel well renovated and regularly being used as a function centre & for weddings.
For accommodation bookings, rooms can be booked, when available, through Ballarat Tourism's booking office.
Directions: from the centre of Ballarat, take Doveton Street South, Skipton street, and follow it out to Sebastopol.
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