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Travel writer Brett Foster stayed at Plaistow in early 2006 as part of a visit to the shire of Mount Alexander tourist venues. This is his article.
Home instead of Homestead
There is tremendous satisfaction in knowing you have fully utilised your day, that you have ventured forth and discovered new things. There also comes a time though when you just want to ???take a load off'. I was looking forward to that and I wasn't disappointed.
There are two things about Plaistow Homestead that made it the greatest pleasure of my weekend. One: It is genuine bed and breakfast accommodation with genuine hosts. Owners Peter and Lil displayed an effortless capacity for making me feel welcome and at home. I felt like I was visiting my favourite aunt and uncle whom I hadn't seen for some time. On arrival I was greeted by Lil and sat down in the old kitchen to a huge jog of cold lemonade and biscuits and knew right away I didn't want to leave, ever.
Two: A thing constantly bugs ma about old homesteads is over-restoration. From the period influences and décor they appear historic, but everything is so new and fresh they could have been built yesterday. Plaistow isn't like that. The fascinating old wallpaper looks and feels 100 years old, because it is. The floorboards are old and creaky because they haven't been replaced in 150years. It has been well-lived in since the early 1850's and as you walk the halls you can actually feel the heritage, real and believable.
Well, the virtues of Plaistow could be extolled for pages, so let this suffice: It's the genuine article, put it on top of your list of places to stay.
see Shire Mount Alexander www.maldoncastlemaine.com and other events from Shire brochure page 7 in the monthly format. Obviously this would be better than my format. Several events need to be added as they are not on the Shire page.
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