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Vickie and Ed met during a chance encounter hiking Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok some 20 years ago. Vickie from the UK and Ed from The Netherlands chose to settle in Australia. With a spirit for adventure and passion for hospitality the couple made a move to the High Country and embarked on building this beautiful home.

BullerRoo - High Country Retreat | Meet The Makers

2 BEDROOMS | 1 BATHROOM

Rates start from $550 (AUD) per night 

On a trip to Mansfield the couple realised the idyllic country setting ticked all their boxes – year round tourism, a great environment in both winter and summer, breathtaking scenery and lovely food and produce. After building a charming stone clad cottage farm-stay, the couple set their sights on a new residence – BullerRoo.

Ed had worked on an architectural build in Mansfield and fell in love with the design. Being a tradesman, he appreciated the attention to detail and craftsmanship of the build, and wanted to create something similar. After getting the go ahead from the owner he met with the team behind the build and pushed ahead with creating his own home.

The result is BullerRoo – a two bedroom guest lodge with glorious views across Victoria’s beautiful high country.  Connected to the main residence, but separated by a private staircase and driveway entrance, hosts Vickie and Ed are only a short distance away should guests need anything – or fancy a tour around the property and surrounding bushland. Both Vickie and Ed have a passion for hospitality and meeting new people.

The Origins had a chat with Vickie and Ed to learn more about BullerRoo and what guests love about the stay.

What's the inspiration behind BullerRoo?

The space is influenced by the incredibly scenic views. We designed the living space to take advantage of this with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows – both dining and lounge areas take full advantage of the incredible vista. We also built a rooftop terrace with 360 degree views which is the perfect place to enjoy a bbq and relax in the fresh high country air.

We’ve used stone walls and a timber cladded ceilings to create texture and warmth. The cosy atmosphere is enhanced with a French cast-iron fireplace – making for a wonderful evening atmosphere with dim candles and the star filled night sky.

As the space is designed to be an escape retreat, it was important that we create a modern and functional kitchen, generous bedrooms and a luxurious bathroom with an oversized double shower.

What do guests most love about BullerRoo?

It’s the location. The views and landscape are incredible and we always get complimented on this. Our guests enjoy relaxing on the rooftop deck and soaking it all in. The property is set amongst hundreds of acres of natural bush and farmland. The opportunity to get up and close to nature in such a luxurious setting is something guests truly enjoy.

What do you most enjoy about BullerRoo?

We love the views and being able to share the space with friends. We recently had friends visit us for the evening. We lit the fireplace, creating a cosy environment, slow-cooked a pork belly and enjoyed a few good bottles of wine. How does it get better?

I normally ask, if you could bring anyone to dinner who would it be and why? though I think you’ve answered the question

I think we kicked off the dinner festivities at 3pm and I’m not quite sure when we finished. Our friends enjoyed it so much they wanted to stay longer. I’m not sure we can handle it too often but it’s moments like this that bring you joy and a sense of satisfaction in what we’ve created. It’s a real privilege that we can share this space with friends – new and old.

BullerRoo | High Country Retreat

BullerRoo is a 2 bedroom retreat offering luxury and privacy, with Vickie and Ed’s authentic hospitality. Set in magical bushland the modern residence offers ever changing views from the floor to ceiling windows and a luxurious space for a couple or close friends to enjoy.

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Brett Diedrich

Brett Diedrich

Prior to creating the Origins Guide Brett was a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group where he worked across Europe and the Middle East. Originally from Australia Brett has lived in the USA, Denmark, Hong Kong and the UAE. These days you'll find Brett in Melbourne and regional Victoria shaping the Origins Guide and meeting hosts of unique homes. Brett enjoys spending time with his partner Johan, visiting friends and family (including his gorgeous niece Charlotte), exploring new destinations, places to stay and of course food.

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