by K Kay Bristow
Ended on January 21st 2018
For the back story here is ABC Radio Gippsland interview-click on the link below
The kitchen is part of the self contained Bed & Breakfast unit, you can prepare your own meals here or short walk to hotels. There is an adjoining loungeroom.
I have been running a holiday house and Bnb nearby for 5 years and have found that the demand is increasing as more people get to know about the natural features that the area has to offer.
Here are a couple of the Bnb reviews;
Kay was very welcoming and accommodating, offering us tea, champagne and dinner together. But the best offer was a massage for us both the next morning. The massage experience was awesome and was just what my troubled body needed! She was a wealth of information on the op shops, pubs, mtn bike tracks and much more. We loved the cottage, great cooking facilities in the kitchen and its great furnishings. The bed was sooo very comfortable. Kay has done a terrific job of up-cycling this historic home.
Kay’s house is as lovely as she is. It was exactly what we needed after a day on the road. She made us feel very welcome, the room was very homely and Kay provided a very good spread for breakfast to set us up for another day on the road. Would most definitely recommend! Ps Kay, if you are reading this – Hello from Robe, which is between the great ocean road and Adelaide. Enjoy Thailand!
Enjoy a glass of wine or local “Sailors Grave” beer in the genuine retro basement, stay for a live music performance or special wine tasting event and meal when we “pop up” over the warmer months showcasing local food, drink and artists.
Below-The fabulous Grigoryan Brothers at my recent house concert.
Much more music to come in the basement….. The brothers enjoyed the hospitality and warmth of the crowd and we all were dazzled by their beautiful music and expertise.
I have more quality concerts booked starting from the end of October with the Go Fund Me campaign promotion concert on Sunday 29th, 5-7.30pm.
Orbost Victoria,is on the Snowy River, not far from where it meets the sea at Marlo. Here you will find magnificent unspoiled beaches and quiet rivers and estuary to enjoy the water any way you like, fishing, boating, beachcombing, swimming, kayaking, bird watching, cycling. Close to the East Gippsland Rail Trail.
This is the flour room upstairs before it was emptied and cleaned up. Many an old baking treasure was found. The original French doors in the picture will be restored and used in the room.The basement with original built in shelving and storage bins, which will be easily repurposed for many uses. Basement currently looks like this! All vintage items will be displayed.
Reclaimed items on display
In 2011, I bought a building in the main street of Orbost as I was fascinated by the abandoned rear area of the shops. Part of which houses an old Scotch oven that was used commercially until it closed around 1974. The oven is 16 cubic metres internal size, and quite rare as many were demolished when the large commercial bakeries like Sunicrust took over.
As the restoration progressed, so did the realisation of what a gem I had acquired, that was now coming back to life. The locals would visit with stories of when it was a busy manufacturing bakery as many of their relatives and friends worked here. they were happy to see it being saved and that it brought hope for the future of the area.
From the moment the first fire was lit I was hooked, and I still get a buzz from seeing the fire blaze inside that huge oven.
A commercial kitchen was installed while keeping the original character and features in tact.
We used the oven for bread and Italian pizzas after being taught by an Italian couple that I hosted in my home for a month. Many a tasty (and burnt) meal has been baked since, while a cafe/Pizzaria was run here, since closed.
The room above the kitchen was originally used as a flour storage room, where the sacks were hauled up on a pulley from the beam over hanging the laneway. The dough was prepared there and rolled down ready for the oven.
I am fortunate to have found a specialist in restoration of historic brickwork. We are considering reducing the internal oven size to make it more efficient to use. This can be done so that it can be returned to original size easily if need be.
My long term dream is to build a covered deck over the courtyard to take in the stunning view of the Snowy river, flood plain and distant hills a lovely spot to watch the day end from…..This will probably be stage 3!
Thank you for taking the time to have a look. I hope you have enjoyed the story..xxKay
Big day today moving old hardwood beams out by trolley to make room in the basement. Thanks Anne for your help, I can now continue to move stuff out ready for the wine bar/movie house/ etc.......
The floor upstairs has been replaced and the plumbing is in, thanks to a loan from my lovely son! Now is the time to pre book for the Summer holidays for a unique experience. Ideal present too..Celebrating the new floor and the view with friends
The purge has begun, making room in the basement. people stopping and loading stuff into their cars, great, make use of it...
The purge has begun, for those that know me, I'm a bit of a bowerbird! I like to repurpose and pass on useful and interesting items. So have been giving it away as I clear out. Plenty more where this lot came from...
Have some great guys helping out with the building. Mark is a specialist in restoring old brickwork with traditional methods and lime mortar mix. Glen was a good find on an fb ad for Help Wanted.