Rothesay Park is a 4-star AAA rated luxurious country-style bed & breakfast situated on 9 acres in Tolmie – just 15 minutes from the historic town of Mansfield and approximately 3 hours from the Melbourne CBD.
Your stay at this luxurious sandstone residence in either the Edinburgh Suite or Highland Suite includes all linen and towels, private ensuite, heater, colour TV and your choice of a continental or high country breakfast.
A complimentary morning/afternoon tea is included in the tariff and for a very modest additional charge you may like to enjoy an evening dinner that includes a glass of locally produced red or white wine!
Guests can relax in the privacy of the spacious sitting room in front of a log fire or enjoy a drink on the wide verandah whilst appreciating the fresh, country air and majestic views of the Delatite Valley – a Tolmie Local may even come and pay you a visit!
For the skiing enthusiasts, Rothesay Park is just one hour's drive from Victoria's winter playgrounds including the world-renowned ski-fields of Mt Buller and the cross-country trails of Mt Stirling. Just as beautiful during the summer months, the twin peaks are a must for intrepid mountain trekkers. For those who want to just take pleasure in the spectacular views of the northeast region, take a short walk to the summit of Mt Buller - and don't forget your camera!
Award-winning wineries, historic sites and rugged mountain scenery are just some of the numerous attractions that await visitors to the region. And should you wish to venture a little further into the high country on horseback, trail rides catering for beginners to advanced riders are available.
For the sports-minded, how about a round of golf at the challenging 18-hole Mansfield Golf Club or if you're not feeling so energetic, try fly-fishing in one of the many excellent rivers or cast a line into Lake William Hovell or Lake Eildon.
There are many and varied enticements that the high country has to offer. All are within an hour's drive of Rothesay Park and a tour to these popular tourist destinations can be arranged when you stay at Rothesay Park.
The following guided tours can be arranged and we would be pleased to show you the many and varied sights of this historic district where bushrangers lived as large as the landscape they roamed.
1. Stringybark Creek – Site of the famous shoot-out on 26th October, 1878 between the Mansfield police and Australia’s most famous bushrangers, the Kelly Gang. Under the command of Ned Kelly, the gang elevated themselves from being petty horse thieves to Australia's most wanted outlaws after gunning down three police officers, Sergeant Michael Kennedy and Constables Thomas Lonigan and Michael Scanlan who now lay at rest in the Mansfield Cemetery
2. Power’s Lookout – The mountain ranges afford spectacular views of the King Valley and the Lookout is a challenging 10-minute walk. This is the awe-inspiring vantage point and mountain hideout of bushranger Harry Power who was said to be a young Ned Kelly's bushranging mentor in the early 1870’s
3. Glenrowan – This is the focal point for all Kelly enthusiasts and anyone interested in the legend of the Kelly Gang. In 1880 Ned Kelly was captured in Glenrowan at Annie Jones' Glenrowan Inn after a bloody battle that killed his brother Dan and accomplices Steve Hart and Joe Byrne, thus bringing the gang's bushranging days to an end. Ned was subsequently hanged at the Melbourne Gaol on 11th November, 1880
4. Benalla – Also known as the "Rose City", was the epicentre of Ned Kelly's bushranging days and was police headquarters for the Kelly Gang manhunt. Sidney Nolan's tapestry "Glenrowan" depicting the siege is on display at the internationally famous Benalla Art Gallery along with other Kelly-related works. Another Kelly site includes the cemetery where gang member Joe Byrne is buried
5. King Valley Wineries – We visit the district’s premium wine region and taste the diversity in the cellar doors where wines with exotic names like Albarino and Dolcetto sit alongside traditionals such as Reisling and Shiraz. We will stop at Gracebrook Vineyards in Whitfield for lunch that also includes a complimentary glass of wine
6. Mt Buller – The pinnacle of the high country and Victoria’s winter playground that’s open all year round affording spectacular views of the surrounding district
7. Ned Kelly Tour – This full day tour includes Stringybark Creek, Power’s Lookout, Glenrowan (lunch stop at Dad & Dave’s Billy Tea Rooms), Benalla and finishes at Mansfield with a visit to the cemetery where the three Mansfield policemen are buried. We will also visit the monument at the beginning of High Street that commemorates the memory of the slain troopers