It was a wonderful Autumn weekend, with the chill in the air warranting the lighting of the wood fire heater for the first time this year at little haven and the cooler weather made gardening outside a pleasant activity for a change, after the long summer heat. On Sunday we decided to put our home chores aside and we headed to the nearby town of Beechworth to visit the cordial factory that had been recommended to us by Tom’s parents. I admit, I do like sweet drinks, yet the idea of a cordial factory is not something I felt that excited about visiting. However, upon arrival I realised how very wrong I had been to underestimate it.
The building itself is a beautiful gorgeous red brick and it has been the home of the factory since 1865. We met one of the owners, Nathan Cowan, who talked us through the cordial tasting (we bought 3 different types, they were that amazing) and explained how he and his partner had bought it 18 months ago after moving up from Melbourne. They relaunched the business under its original name and now also make beers again, like the factory did 70 years ago!
Not only do they have cordial tastings, they have a café where we had some delicious coffee and breakfast, an old school barber that is decorated so charmingly and a speak-easy bar with old school leather lounges and their beer on tap (think swanky Veronica Lodge’s basement-bar-below-Pops vibes). I wish I had the chance of taking photos of the bar, however it was too early in the morning to be open for visitors so we just peeked through the window. Next time, we promise.
If that was not enough, a small sign directs you to the back of the property where there is an old carriage museum filled with old, vintage buggies and carriages that is so beautifully nostalgic and was magical to walk around and explore with not another soul in sight.
Before heading home we stopped by Beechworth Galleries – our favourite vintage and antiques shop and as usual, our “lets just have a look” turned into a boot full of old treasures. The owners are always lovely and helpful, and their hauls from around the world also extend out into the garden. There are lots of metal sculptures around the property as well that must be created by some local artist that would make quite the statement piece.
We ended up leaving with a concrete bench we plan on painting white, a little wooden house shaped shelf I need to find a place for, an old metal grate that is now decorating the shed by the veggie patch and the find we are most excited about….. our new vegetable garden gate!!! Isn’t she beautiful?
The gate has travelled all the way from South Africa, is heavy iron and handcrafted by a blacksmith. It has whimsical, old world vibes that we love and think it will make the perfect entry way into our garden. Next project? Creating the veggie garden fence!
If you are ever near Beechworth we highly recommend checking both places out, and hope in the meantime you are having wonderful little adventures of your own.