A Quick Overview
The Merrijig Inn Port Fairy has a special historical significance being Victoria’s oldest Inn. Its old world charm and thoughtful amenities make it a welcoming home away from home on a weekend getaway.
As far as locations go, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better location in Port Fairy. The Inn is just a stone’s throw away from the town’s pictureque historic wharf, along the banks of the Moyne River.
It’s also short walk from the main town and just a quick three-minute stroll to the Shipwreck Walking Trail.
Space & Facilities
The Inn houses one king suite, three queen suites and four attic rooms (in the historic part of the Inn) which have all been individually decorated to ooze their own personality and charm.
Guests can also relax with a book in the communal lounge room, equipped with comfortable sofas, armchairs and even a roaring fire in the winter months. There is also a TV room and library as well as a fully equipped shared kitchen where you make your own tea and coffee.
My favourite spot is the gorgeous garden retreat at the back where you can sit and soak up the sunshine amongst the flowers and herb garden. Make sure you to say hello to my friends Lulu and Penny, the house chickens.
I stayed in one of the Queen suites, located on the ground floor of the Inn. Our room was beautifully designed and surprisingly spacious, with a large bedroom, clean comfortable bathroom and a separate sitting room which overlooked the beautiful front garden.
The queen bed was nicely fitted with crisp white sheets and fluffy doonas and blankets for those chilly nights.
What makes the room feel so special is the small touches like fresh flowers and toiletries to make you feel truly at home.
The service is attentive and friendly. The check-in was seamless and the staff are more than happy to make recommendations for things to see and do in the local area.
Check-in is available from 3.00 – 6.00pm and check-out at 10.00am.
The staff go out of their way to create an atmosphere which makes you feel welcome and at home. From the fully equipped kitchen to the library complete with books and magazines to read in the lounge room, you will have plenty of choices to rest your weary legs.
Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the house, which can be intermittent depending on which room you are in.
The Merrijig Kitchen & Bar
The in-house restaurant – the Merrijig Kitchen – has built a great reputation in its own right. The seasonal inspired menu showcases the very best of local and regional artisan producers and farmers. The Kitchen has a devout dedication to organic and biodynamic produce.
The Kitchen has a lovely rustic charm,which almost feels you have gone back in time.
The menu is filled with crowd pleasing favourites like the duck liver parfait accompanied with candied peach, pickles and toast and the Western District lamb which is slow cooked to perfection with soft polenta and house smoked tomatoes.
Head chef, Tanya Connellan, is renowned by her old-world technique to create hearty dishes packed with love and flavour.
The Merrijig Kitchen is open for dinner from 6pm Thursday to Monday nights.
The cosy front Bar is also a nice place to retreat to for pre or post dinner drinks. Their well-crafted wine list showcases the very best of regional and international wines. The Kitchen has a distinct focus on smaller producers who use sustainable practices to craft wines that speak of their place.
Breakfast is served in the conservatory and consists of a hot cooked breakfast (only one option) cooked by Tanya herself. There is also a selection of muesli, cereal, fresh fruit and bread available.
King Room – $240 per couple per night with breakfast ($210 without breakfast)
Queen : $190 per couple per night with breakfast ($160 without breakfast)
Attic Rooms: $150 per couple per night with breakfast ($120 without breakfast)
Peak Summer rates apply.
The Final Verdict
The Merrijig Inn is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. Its rustic and old world charm and attentive service makes you feel immediately at home.
Highlight: All the small details – ranging from the fully equipped kitchen to the sitting and TV room.
Lowlight: Some of the attic rooms are quite small and have low-lying ceiling (not ideal for people who are six foot and over).
1 Campbell Street, Port Fairy (03) 5568 2324