Escape to the country with Ayson’s Cottage

ELMORE farmer Megan Ayson is sharing her love of the country with her bed and breakfast patrons.

Ms Ayson owns Ayson's Cottage - a bed and breakfast in Burnewang Road, Elmore.

The three-bedroom country style cottage is surrounded by farm land.

"It's very private because we live over the road so people have the whole place to themselves," Ms Ayson said.

"It has three bedrooms and a semi-disabled bathroom.

"It's on 110 acres here, surrounded by farm land, with pet lambs and our alpaca Tiny in the paddock.

"It's open all year round and is almost opposite the Campaspe river."

Ms Ayson moved the cottage onto the property after deciding to invest in properties.

"I sold my farm when I got married," she said.

"So I've got six houses now and I buy old houses and renovate them.

"This was cut in half and came up in two pieces.

"The other properties are in Rochester - they all went under in the floods so I spent two years there renovating and then had to come back to this again.

"So this has been a five-year project which isn't quite complete yet - I've still got the garden to go.

"We had tenants in this for two years but I always wanted to make it into a bed and breakfast.

"It's on a hill here and once it's all garden it will be great.

"I'm still finishing the garden."

Ms Ayson does not shirk away from hard work and gutted the cottage to complete the renovations.

Ms Ayson completed most of the work herself but left the plumbing and power to the experts.

"I ripped it to pieces," she said.

"I had to start again because everything was different - you'd walk into one room and the skirting boards would be so high and then in the next room they'd be different.

"I just liked the style of the house when I bought it but I had to gut it."

Ms Ayson said the accommodation was not far from the Elmore Field Days site. For more information about Ayson's Cottage phone 0417 711 633.

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