My partner and I stayed at The Diggers Store for our anniversary. We were greeted by the lovely Tina and Alex and their daughter, Odetta. They showed us around the gorgeous converted stable with the aroma of freshly baked bread still in the air. The stable has been renovated with care and authenticity and Tina and Alex have paid a great deal of attention to the style and detail.
We were treated with a bottle of bubbly by our hosts to assist us in celebrating our anniversary. We enjoyed this in front of the cosy fire, listening to records on the turntable.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here amongst this picturesque country setting. The bed was one of the comfiest we've ever slept on and the crisp sheets were AMAZING. The homemade breakfast treats were glorious - from spreads, to granola, to sourdough.
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This converted barn certainly is rustic and no doubt representative of 1860's goldfield accommodation standards. However time has moved on.
At $180 a night, it is expensive and provides little comfort. Downstairs is dingy, draughty with no view other than brick walls and a ramshackle barn door. Upstairs, the sleeping quarters, has some charm but again it is totally uninsulated and draughty.
Overall both floors stink of soot from an open fire that clearly does not work
The bathroom also fails to impress. You have to walk through the shower space to get to the toilet. Water, water everywhere.
Probably the greatest concerns however relate to electrical safety and building fire standards. It is unacceptable in 2014 to power kitchen equipment from a multiple portable connector running from a single socket.. Similarly, the lack of an emergency exit from the sleeping quarters is of concern
The diggers of the 1860's did it tough. This overpriced place proves it