Style On the money
Setting Stately red-brick bank
Two of our favourite sports, shopping and sleeping, combine at Mollisons hotel in Kyneton, a designer den in an old bank where everything you see is for sale. Take inspiration from the antiques and contemporary statement pieces, cow-hide rugs and white-on-white furnishings to create your own boutique abode at home.
Need to know
- Rooms Nine, including two apartments.
Double rooms from $201.75 (AU$209), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (AU$209) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- Facilities Gardens, boutique, free WiFi throughout. In-rooms: fridge, flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, handmade toiletries. The apartments also have kitchens and living rooms.
- Check-out 10.30am; check-in, 3pm to 5pm. Both are flexible subject to availability, but let the hotel know if you plan to arrive outside this time.
- Children Welcome – extra beds for kids cost AU$50 a child a night, but you'll have to bring your own baby cot.
- Also For King Rooms and Apartments, there's a two-night minimum stay on weekends and public holidays. Smoking and pets aren't permitted.
Food and drink at Mollisons
There's no restaurant or bar, but Mollisons is just a short hop from the gourmet hub of Piper Street, home to cosy cafés, note-worthy restaurants and organic produce markets, so dining out is de rigueur. If you've booked an apartment, cook up a storm using local ingredients in the fully stocked kitchen.
Mollisons 116-118 Mollison Street, Kyneton, Victoria 3444
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A bottle of local olive oil and a tea-towel from the Mollisons boutique
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Our favourite rooms
The polished wood floors, cow-hide rugs, antique furniture and stylish lamps look as though they've been lifted straight from an interiors mag. King Room One is our pick for privacy, and King Room Two scores points for its three walls of windows (exhibitionists take note) and generous deck. If you're travelling with a troop, opt for the Two-bedroom Apartment, complete with light-filled living room and a deep street-view veranda.
Bring an empty suitcase so you can snap up scarves, jewellery and homewares in Mollisons' ground-floor shop. Lip gloss is a good tip for fending off red-wine lips (the local drops are seriously swillable).
If you're a fan of Deb Myers' dreamy interior design, it's easy to recreate the Mollisons look at home. Here, everything from the handmade soap to the king-size bed is for sale. Now that's what we call a maxibar.