In the developing town of Harcourt just 7 km from Castlemaine, the limestone dwelling that is Create@Harcourt stands tall in granite country at the foot of Mt Alexander. The limestone from which the house is constructed is sedimentary rock composed of the skeletons of ancient marine creatures. If you look carefully at the bricks you can see shells, coral and the skeletons of fish. The property backs onto Barkers Creek.  On the hill beyond the creek is the Victorian Miniature railway. Group accommodation in Castlemaine and Harcourt.

Fancy a coffee, chai or bite to eat? We are lucky to be next door to Harcourt General Store (serving delicious coffee, food and wine as well as local produce). We are situated on the goldfields bike track and only 2km from the trailhead of Lalarrbaguawa Mountain Bike trail.

The Harcourt retreat consists of:

  • full kitchen upstairs and a kitchenette downstairs.
  • multiple gathering/living areas.
  • a plethora of outside areas with decks, verandah, shedding, yards, and stables on 0.6 acres.
  • the creative hub of the house, a 6.4 x 6.7m craft room, has excellent lighting, a craft table with inbuilt power that seats 12, 2 height adjustable cutting table, two ironing boards, and irons.
  • 2 bathrooms, three toilets.
  • good heating and cooling.
  • 5 bedrooms (12 beds)


Bedroom 1 – queen size bed
Bedroom 2 – 1 double bed and one single bed
Bedroom 3 – 1 set of single bunks, 1 set of bunks with a
double and single bed


Bedroom 4 – 1 queen and 1 single bed
Bedroom 5 – 3 single beds

Create@Harcourt is a pet free retreat due to the abundance of
wildlife in the area and is also a non-smoking retreat.

Create@Harcourt is a pet free retreat
due to the abundance of wildlife in the
area and is also a non-smoking retreat.

Local Attractions

Harcourt Valley

Harcourt is well known for its apples, cider, wine, and cycling. We plan to add crafting to that list. This growing rural town is only 130km from the Melbourne CBD, 7km from Castlemaine and 30km from Bendigo.

Comprehensive coverage of the delights of the area is available at

The delights of Castlemaine are expanded upon here



Book for Harcourt

Tariffs for 2022 and 2023

Weekend (check in midday Friday checkout 4 pm Sunday) -$1450.

Weekdays – Sunday to Thursday with a minimum booking of two nights- $350

Stay for a WEEK- seven nights starting on a Mon, Tues or Wed $2800

A non refundable deposit of $300 is required when your booking is confirmed. The balance is required two weeks before your stay. 


Doonas with covers, pillows, hand towels, tea-towels, and bathmats are provided within this tariff.

Guests will need to bring bath towels, two sheets and pillow cases for each bed.

Bed linen and towels are available for an extra $25 per head per stay.

Check in/Check out

Check-in time is 2 pm.
This can sometimes be earlier (we try hard to give 9am Friday check-ins when you are staying the weekend) depending on bookings.

Check out time is 10 am except on Sundays when the checkout is 4 pm.

Payment can be made into the following account:

Account Name: KJ Lay and NK McWha
BSB 067 167
ACC no 21016284

Booking form Harcourt:

Click on the NIGHTS that you wish to stay at Create@Harcourt and then fill in your details below.

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