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The History of Keebles Country House

 Keebles Country House began its life in 1863 as the Telegraph Hotel, roughly a decade after Victoria's first gold discovery in Clunes. This substantial example of Victorian architecture illustrates the wealth and confidence that the discovery of gold brought to the region and Victoria as a whole.

Keebles has led a varied life throughout its 160 year history. Not only has it been a hotel, it was also a temporary hospital, girl’s boarding house, bus terminal, gas works and reportedly was a Cobb & Co station among other more lurid uses in its early days. In the late 1890s Keebles was a meeting place for the “founding fathers” working on the Federation of Australia.

The building itself sits in two acres of romantic garden and is adjoined by a further acre of reserve along Creswick Creek (which now serves as a golf pitch).

In 1988 Joy and Alan Keebles bought the property and undertook extensive renovations converting it to a B&B and giving it its current name.

In 1996 Tim Hayes and Michael Waugh became the new owners. They ran Keebles for ten years as a B&B, until it was acquired it in 2007 by Brian and Bronwyn Ball. 
The Balls used the property as a family holiday house for five years before offering it for short term rental in 2012. They executed further renovations on the house as well as spending considerable sums on turning the garden into a spectacular showpiece.

The garden at Keebles Country House includes a range of young camellias, rhododendrons, roses, crab apples, daphne, manchurian pears, (along the creek line) magnolias, maples and sections of ferns and hydrangeas. The paths are lined by lavenders and agapanthus. It is now largely a traditional, ornamental English garden but with some native and unusual sections. It has a beautiful ambience, particularly around the rotunda. The garden here evokes a feeling of calm and tranquillity that is guaranteed to revive the spirit.

In late 2015 Peter and Shelley Chandler, your current hosts, purchased the property from the Balls, with the intention of continuing Keebles long tradition of offering outstanding Goldfields hospitality. A stay at Keebles provides guests the opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere and romance of a grand country house combined with the personal attention to detail that can only be offered by owner/operators.

Checking into your comfortable and well appointed ensuite bedroom is just the beginning. Downstairs you'll find a library, a billiard room, three separate sitting rooms and two dining rooms. These rooms are at your disposal and can be closed off for further privacy. Keebles only offers a maximum of five guest rooms at any time, lending the house its air of exclusivity.

As a guest at Keebles you are assured of an intimate and luxurious getaway at an affordable price.  

  

Romantic Gardens at Keebles

History of Clunes Township

It was Victoria’s first gold discovery in Clunes in 1851 that ignited the Gold Rush in Victoria that underpinned the state’s wealth.

Along with Keebles Country House, the township of Clunes boasts many other elegant buildings from the same period - a number of which are having fresh life breathed into them by enthusiastic newcomers and returning citizens alike.

In fact, one could say that Clunes is experiencing something of a renaissance. Having languished somewhat since its gold rush era, Clunes has now made a name for itself as the first town, in the southern hemisphere, to receive 'International Booktown' status. As such, it is renowned as a mecca for bibliophiles throughout Australia and even further afield.