The Diggers Store was originally established in 1857. It sold mining supplies to the local diggers of the gold-boom era, before dipping in and out of public and private residences.
Graeme and Lyn Bennett took over the dilapidated property in 1982 and began fixing up the historic beauty. These days, son Alex and partner Tina Helm run the multi-use space, which comprises an art gallery, function space and all-analogue recording studio. Bennett and Helm also set up a bed and breakfast in the converted 1850s built stable.
The stable sits behind the main house, surrounded by the fruit orchard, kitchen garden, grapevines and a small brood of hens. It can sleep up to four people, but is also comfy for just two. There’s a record player and collection of vinyl, and plenty of books, magazines and board games to keep you occupied. But if you can’t let your digital habits lie, there’s WiFi and Netflix too.
The kitchen is stocked with breakfast provisions each morning, including locally roasted coffee, eggs from the backyard hens, local sourdough, Dr. Marty’s Crumpets, cold-pressed Harcourt apple juice, organic milk, homemade granola, nut butters and jams, seasonal fruit and Meredith Dairy goats yogurt.