Land­mark makeover done and dusted

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - By BRAD WOR­RALL

IT al­ways seems im­pos­si­ble un­til it’s done.

They are the words of coowner of Elk at Falls Creek Leanne O’Con­nor.

What was once known as Ju­lian’s has com­pleted a stun­ning makeover this sum­mer, one part of the most sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in pri­vate ac­com­mo­da­tion in the re­sort for more than a decade.

Orig­i­nally built circa 1966, it had op­er­ated as lodge style ac­com­mo­da­tion be­fore Ms O’Con­nor and Peter Duffy re­branded the Falls Creek land­mark in 2011.

“It seemed im­pos­si­ble in Oc­to­ber last year as the epic re­fur­bish­ment of Elk at Falls started, that the project would be fin­ished by the open­ing of the ski sea­son,” Ms O’Con­nor said.

“Since the con­clu­sion of the 2016 ski sea­son, much of Elk’s lodge-style ac­com­mo­da­tion has been com­pletely re­built in a chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing ef­fort by all in­volved, in a race against time and weather.

“The de­vel­op­ment team has been led by ex­pe­ri­enced Falls Creek builders, Alpine Build­ing, owned by Damien All­port and Shane Lawther.

“The ren­o­va­tion has seen the ad­di­tion of five deluxe suites and five lux­ury apart­ments to the Elk of­fer­ing to suit cou­ples, fam­i­lies and groups.

“In­te­ri­ors by Coy+Yion­tis ar­chi­tects with nordic in­spired fur­ni­ture and fit­tings, lux­ury beds and linen, the lat­est heat­ing, se­cu­rity and WiFi sys­tems, cou­pled with stun­ning alpine views from ev­ery room make Elk at Falls the place to stay this ski sea­son.

Two new ski stores, com­plete with Mon­tana boot dry­ers and ski racks, ded­i­cated boot on/off ar­eas, new restau­rant bath­rooms, a stun­ning new en­try foyer and im­pres­sive ex­te­rior de­sign com­plete the Elk trans­for­ma­tion.

Guests and lo­cals will be pleased that largely un­changed is Elk’s won­der­ful restau­rant with its cosy in­te­rior and 360 de­gree fire­place.

Run by lo­cal culi­nary iden­tity, Barry Id­dles, Elk restau­rant is open seven days a week dur­ing win­ter for breakfast, lunch and din­ner.

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