Visit Port Fairy and enjoy the unique atmosphere of an old fishing port, boasting verandah-fronted streets and over fifty 'classified' historic buildings dating back to the 1840s.
Codrington Gardens is a feature of the area, now a B&B with a unique and memorable ambiance, something far more interesting and relaxing than a stay at just another motel or hotel in just another town or city.
Enjoy the secure and private 6.5 acre property, with room to roam, space to relax, somewhere for the kids to run and play safely, a place where the whole family can spend quality time together and breath the clean fresh country air amid a true rural atmosphere to rejuvenate your very soul.
This is the ideal place if you're looking for somewhere to relax and recharge your batteries, or a home base from which to explore the South West of Victoria, or a combination of both. Whether it's for a short stay or an extended holiday, you will find Codrington Gardens the perfect choice.
Codrington Gardens is a unique place to stay, with several alternatives for accommodation; you can jump aboard one of the early century "Overland" Railway Carriages and live in First Class Luxury, or climb aboard "Bondi Express" the Sydney Double decker, both of which are always a memorable experience. Alternatively you can retreat into one of their classic Country Cottages. Guests can dine in the cosy private dining room, or out in the beautiful relaxing courtyard.
The large property is surrounded by beautiful farmlands interspersed with woodlands and wetlands plus they are close to the great Southern Ocean so you can often hear it rolling onto the beach. Blooms abound almost all year round and with over 3.5 acres of lawns, flowering plants, trees and shrubs, there is always something to see on your walk around the property.
There's a profusion of wild life, some permanent and some transient, such as the Wallabies, Kangaroos, and Koala's who pass through regularly.
Codrington Gardens is in a small leigh, it doesn't appear large, but it is quite significant; the up-side is this creates a very unique "weather" environment right on the property, a sort of "mini climate" which is significantly milder and far less prone to winds than all other properties around.
- "Overland" Train Carriage
- Settlers Cottage
- Olive Tree Cottage
- Gooseberry Cottage
- Station Masters Lodge
- "Bondi Express" Train Carriage
Evening meals and breakfast are cooked fresh for guests and served in the private dinning room. There are no set times for meals, they cater to your convenience. The restaurant is fully licensed and a selection of wine, sparkling wine, beer and spirits are available at bar prices.
There's a small communal kitchen and barbeque on the property for the use of guests. The barbeque is next to the kitchen and has the tools needed for cooking. The kitchen has a microwave, hot plates, toaster, kettle, cutlery, and crockery. There is also a bench top for a work and prep area plus a large sink to clean up in.
The gardens are the result of time, combined with the efforts and the care plus consideration of a succession of families over many years. The property was first settled more than one hundred years ago originally as a mixed farming property with grazing, dairy, pigs, and chickens. Since then it's gone through a few transitions, more recently it was a plant nursery, then a mock period village, but now it is a wonderful home and a place to relax for visitors. There's a mix of mature and new plantings throughout the gardens. More than ninety varieties of roses are spread around the gardens, and they bloom prolifically over extended periods.
There are also Day Lilies in early winter, Iris Beds that burst into colour in Spring, native gardens, shrubs, trees that flower and fruit, bulbs by the thousands, water features here and there, large lush lawns, a lots of small secluded places, a lovely paved courtyard, and a shade house full of plants. In summer the garden becomes a green oasis set in dry a brown land, attracting hundreds of small birds to the property, including Honey Eaters, Fly Catchers, Tree Creepers, Robins, Finches, Swallows, and Parrots.
When you stay at Codrington Gardens you can walk around Griffiths Island, see the lighthouse, the shearwater colony, and a seal or beach wallaby along the way. The East Beach is perfect for surfing, sailing, or swimming and it is Lifeguard Patrolled. Enjoy the specialty shops, restaurants and cafes all just a twenty minute drive from Codrington Gardens.