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The Yalandra Farm Stay home­stead” Mit­tavale” is lo­cated in the heart of the Mitta Val­ley and is 5 kms from the town­ship Eskdale and 15 kms from the small vil­lage of Mitta Mitta.


Orig­i­nally set­tled in 1872 by the Larsen fam­ily as a dairy farm and re­mained in the Larsen fam­ily un­til 2013 when the prop­erty was pur­chased by the Gil­trap Fam­ily, a long-term farm­ing fam­ily of the Mitta Val­ley. The orig­i­nal home was a slab and bark house built on the banks of the Mitta River. The cur­rent home­stead was built in 1913 from bricks made on the prop­erty, these same bricks were used in the con­struc­tion of the Eskdale But­ter Fac­tory. Yalandra Farm Stay at Mit­tavale re­mains a work­ing farm and the prop­erty now grows out the grass-fed Wagyu cat­tle for Yalandra Fine Foods.


From the early morn­ing wakeup call of the Kook­abur­ras to the peace and seren­ity of country life as you sip your even­ing wine and watch the sun set behind the hills, Yalandra farm stays of­fer the true plea­sures of life that are some­times for­got­ten. The home­stead con­sists of 4 bed­rooms to of­fer guests a com­fort­able and re­laxed stay in this stun­ning val­ley. The farm house con­sists of 4 suites (2 dou­ble and 2 Queen) each with their own en­suite and air-con­di­tion­ing units. A mod­ern fully equipped kitchen is avail­able for those wish­ing to self-cater. Lo­cal meats, sea­sonal pro­duce and prod­ucts can be ar­ranged if re­quired and guests are free to utilise fruit from the or­chard, herbs and veg­eta­bles from the kitchen gar­den when pre­par­ing a meal. Don’t feel like cook­ing but want to ex­pe­ri­ence the amaz­ing culi­nary de­lights of the re­gion, Yalandra Farm Stays can ac­com­mo­date with pre­pared meals, bar­beque trays, sal­ads ready for you on ar­rival, or per­haps you would pre­fer your own per­sonal Chef to cook for you, this can be ar­ranged. A de­li­cious cook your­self farm style break­fast hamper can be pro­vided for your stay in­clud­ing our own farm fresh free range eggs, Yalandra free range smoked ba­con, lo­cal sour dough & fresh pre­serves and of course lo­cally roasted cof­fee. A great way to start any day. View the farm res­i­dents, chick­ens, sheep, al­pacas and calves as they en­ter­tain guests and add to the farm stay ex­pe­ri­ence. The ma­jes­tic re­lax­ing on the banks, tak­ing in the seren­ity with a pic­nic lunch and a glass lo­cal wine. Whether bush walk­ing, moun­tain bike rid­ing, boat­ing, horse rid­ing or hunting is to your lik­ing, the area has some­thing to of­fer ev­ery­one for all sea­sons. Yalandra Farm Stay of­fers guests com­pli­men­tary use of moun­tain bikes and Kayaks. Guided farm tours and 4WD tours are avail­able with prior ar­range­ment and pri­vate prop­erty ac­cess for Deer hunting can also be ar­ranged. But if you wish to re­ally travel in style, pre-ar­range a horse and buggy ride in beau­ti­fully re­stored bug­gies.


In 2017 the farm­house will also be home to a true “Pad­dock to Plate” cook­ing school. A cook­ing school that en­com­passes ev­ery­thing food re­lated from the North East and Alpine re­gions of Vic­to­ria Imag­ine a unique culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence where your farm stay and ac­tiv­i­ties are paired with lo­cal farm­ers, wine mak­ers and ar­ti­sans. Help­ing peo­ple con­nect through food, land and the en­vi­ron­ment. Lo­cal chefs, in­clud­ing Yalandra Fine Foods Chef Giuseppe Migli­ac­cio will share their many recipes and tech­niques that are bound to im­press all. For in­stance, im­merse your­self in the Ital­ian life­style, af­ter all they were the founders of agritourism in Europe. Dis­cover Ital­ians pas­sion for food and wine with Giuseppe Migli­ac­cio, where he will share re­gional foods sto­ries while teach­ing you how to make gnoc­chi, pasta, rich sauces and many other Ital­ian de­lights us­ing only qual­ity lo­cal meats and pro­duce. Of course, at the end of the class its ev­ery­one around the com­mu­nal ta­ble to en­joy the fruits of their labour, matched to bou­tique lo­cal wines. Or per­haps bread mak­ing is what in­ter­ests you, learn from a lo­cal ar­ti­san the se­crets behind that light airy sour dough that ev­ery­one can­not get enough of.


For groups of 4 or more stay­ing 2 nights, classes can be taken over one or two days and can be a com­bi­na­tion of a for­mal 5 course din­ner or an in­for­mal class such as mak­ing your own pizza dough, add qual­ity lo­cal fresh sea­sonal pro­duce and cook in the make to suit the sea­sons.

Af­ter an in­dul­gent few nights away from your busy life­style, you may just want to keep com­ing back!

Also avail­able for Pri­vate Din­ners and Func­tions. Look no fur­ther than the Yalandra Farm Stay at Mit­tavale for your next pri­vate din­ner party or func­tion.

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