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David and Elisabeth Judge are a
remarkable couple who own a
remarkable bed and breakfast.
Far enough away for it to be considered
a country escape, but close enough to
Canberra to only have to travel up the road,
the Redbrow Garden Bed and Breakfast is
the ideal get away.
The Judge’s bought the property located
half way between Hall and Murrumbateman
in 1998. When they first purchased the land,
it was just a paddock. Seven years later, they
opened the doors of Redbrow Garden Bed
and Breakfast and its been growing since.
This 22-bed estate is a picture of serenity.
Surrounded by a calm lake, plenty of shady
trees and ducklings waddling around the
grounds, this truly is a place to relax and
Married for 32 years after meeting in
a kibbutz in Israel, David and Elisabeth
settled down in the suburb of Scullin in
Belconnen where David was a tourism
teacher at the Canberra Institute of
Technology and Elisabeth was a nurse at
John James Hospital. They had always had a
longing to live rurally, and starting up a bed
and breakfast was the prefect way to do it.
Guests come and stay at Redbrow from
all over the world for conferences, weddings,
family reunions, girl’s nights, a quiet time
away or just a general holiday destination.
Redbrow is open every day of the year and
the couple are happy for people to stay just
one night if they wish. David and Elisabeth
have no hired help and run the entire show
themselves. The only help they do take on,
is the form of backpackers from all over the
world who work on the property picking
apples and other fruits in return for a bed.
The old horse stables, which have been
converted into four separate rooms, smell
like freshly polished wood and homeliness.
Each room also has a small kitchenette and
breakfast is served to guests daily. Larger
groups that wish to all stay together can
book out the guesthouse with separate
bedrooms leading off a main room. The
main room itself contains couches, a snug
fireplace and is cosy and comfortable.
When staying at the retreat, guests can
visit nearby wineries, take a little wooden
boat out on the lake, paint, read and just
generally have some down time. For those
who like to indulge, visit Poachers Pantry for
lunch or dinner just down the road or check
out the Grazing Restaurant.
If you have a dog you would like to bring
with you, the Redbrow is pet-friendly
and have inside and outside shelter to
accommodate dogs, at extra cost.
Redbrow have been rated a four-star bed
and breakfast and they have won numerous
David and Elisabeth love their business,
a fact made apparent by the timeline they
have up in the dining hall room. From 1998
to 2010, they have photographs of the estate,
some from a bird’s eye view that represent
how much the business has grown and
expanded throughout the time they have
“This is not just for the guests to look
at, it’s for us to stand back and look at and
feel proud about how far we have come,”
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Suppor ting local live enter tainment
Redbrow Garden Bed and
Where: 1143 Nanima Road
(formerly Bedulluck Road which is
still showing on Google maps)
When: Redbrow is open every day
of the week.
Phone: 6226 8166
BreatH taKING: the surroundings
of redbrow are beautiful.
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