Lose yourself in the old world charm of the Globe Inn in the historic village of Yass.
Yass is a popular halfway stopover between Melbourne and Sydney, but with charm oozing from its footpaths and a burgeoning food and wine scene, it’s also a fabulous destination in itself. And there’s no better place to stay than the Globe Inn.
This 1847-built Georgian inn will woo even the weariest Hume Highway traveller. Originally built by convict Charles Quail, the five-room guesthouse has a long history of welcoming wanderers and that tradition continues today. It’s owned by David Small and Greg Miller, who live onsite in the residence downstairs and who are wonderfully hospitable hosts, welcoming guests with a warm smile and a list of suggestions for places to dine and visit.
They’ll natter informatively about the history of the building as they show you to one of five upstairs rooms, each uniquely configured and furnished and with its own private ensuite. Antique furniture and luxury linen are the order of the day, contributing to the fabulous sense of old world charm this rustic old inn exudes.
But for the true romantics, the Garden Room is the place to stay. Positioned rather non-cryptically amidst the Globe’s charming garden, it’s the inn’s original kitchen that has been converted to a hidden retreat with its own private courtyard entry. Like a hideaway for secret lovers in a Victorian-era romance novel, it’s rustically styled with a cobblestone floor, whitewashed brick walls and an open spa bath – in plain view of the wrought iron bed – in front of the fireplace. Needless to say, this room is for people who are intimate with one another.
The upstairs rooms, while also wonderfully romantic and charming, can accommodate a wider range of guests from singles to travelling friends. Just don’t bring your children under 10 years old, as the Globe Inn cannot cater for them. Presumably this is to maintain the guesthouse’s distinctly adult charm and refined serenity; even with other guests staying, you’d be forgiven for feeling you have it all to yourself.
The shared spaces offer a quiet nook on a leather sofa in front of the fire in which to enjoy a glass of port and a good book, homemade shortbread to be had with a cuppa in the sprawling upstairs dining hall and an enormous balcony for sundowners with friends. And then there’s the garden, with its quaint courtyard and pretty benches looking up at the rear of this visually stunning building.
Breakfast is served in the downstairs dining room, and is a sumptuous feast of local stewed fruits and granola plus a hot meal prepared as you like it with generous serves of bacon and local eggs. Tea, coffee and juice flows freely, and you’ll leave feeling well and truly satisfied and with a list of suggestions for your day’s activities from your lovely hosts.
The Globe Inn is the kind of place that enjoys dedicated return clientele and excited first-time visitors who have been tipped off by a friend. Warm, charming and with a touch of old fashioned luxury, this is how hospitality should make you feel.