Lovingly restored (late 2012), luxury appointed, weatherboard cottage which nestles itself amongst the renowned Norala Garden and perfectly placed to make the most of the Ovens River and walking tracks at the back gate.
The cottage is equipped with all the things you need; 4 hob gas stove, dishwasher, microwave, oven, washing machine, dryer, TV/DVDs, Bluetooth Sound System, CD player plus CDs, books, magazines, BBQ and even a small fly-tying desk for artisans amongst us!
Mrs Simpson, the unique cottage at Norala Garden now gives you a special opportunity to enjoy the renowned gardens built by Miss Norma McGown and Miss Alma Stanhope in the 1960s, and lovingly maintained since then.
Quality Bright accommodation, where you can enjoy the garden in privacy at your leisure. Located right in the centre of Bright, this beautifully renovated cottage magically sits in the ever changing landscape of the historic garden and will allow you to truly unwind and recharge.
This cottage accommodates a maximum of 4 people, with one King and one Queen size bed. For longer stays, the King can be made into 2 singles upon request.
As the property has Bakers Gully running through it, Mrs Simpson at Norala Garden is not suitable for children under the age of 8 and they have to be supervised by an adult at all times when they are playing near the water.
Mrs Simpson is dog friendly for well-behaved pooches - just ask us first!
Smoking is not allowed in the cottage, the decks or the garden. Thanks!
King bedroom had a bathroom with toilet (to the left)
Our calendar and pricing are up to date on HomeAway and TripAdvisor. But remember: you'll get a better deal by contacting us directly!
Finding us is easy: as you drive into Bright from Myrtleford, we are on the left hand side of the road at the first 50km sign.
77 Gavan Street, Bright, Victoria, Australia
This time we came a little earlier and were treated to tulips finishing, and the full bloom of dogwood, camellias, bluebells and azaleas and of course the best viewing platform - that back deck!
Val, October 2018
When we opened the door to the cottage we knew that it was exceptional! The garden is absolutely beautiful and backs on to the flowing Ovens river. There is, also, a lovely creek that runs through the garden with three bridges crossing it- which all adds to the wonderful night's sleep in the very comfortable beds! This property is amazing, to say the least!
Peggy, September 2017
Loved all the extra touches you've made to make a very special place even nicer, eg sharp knives, canvas bags for shopping or carrying bits, the fresh flowers, lovely decor, super comfy beds and much more.
Janet, January 2017
We had an excellent stay. The location is so perfect and had everything we wanted and more! We have stayed in other places in Bright over
the years and this place tops them all.
The major highlight for us? The gardens, private access to the rivers . . it goes on and on. And one other thing . . . . the best bedding. It was the best!
Jason and Wendy, April 2015
Read about Chris' stay at Mrs Simpson and his engaging Fly Fishing story when he and his team stayed at Mrs Simpson Cottage in preparation for his National Championship Gold Medal in 2014:
Christopher Bassano, Commonwealth Gold Medal Champion Fly Fishing, 2014 and National Champion Fly Fishing 2014.
"This is truly paradise. As soon as I got there, I didn't want to go home. The cottage is so comfortable and inviting with quality everything. And the location couldn't be better. Right on the beautiful Ovens River. You can walk everywhere and what spectacular scenery. The garden is amazing a delight to explore. The hosts are very considerate and do whatever they can to make sure you enjoy your stay. I will definitely be back."
I wanted to say how much we all enjoyed the stay, and how lovely the cottage was... I managed to get a sneaky couple of hours up on Morses Creek yesterday which was great fun and had 5 fish and a couple lost up to about 30cm or so, mostly rainbow() but one lovely brown that came to the dry of the duo. Only wish I could have done a few more days...
A long-time Bright Open Garden icon, Norala Garden is one of Victoria's notable gardens. It is the result of many years of establishment and maintenance by the late Miss Norma McGown and her friend Miss Alma Stanhope. Feel their passion for creating gardens for enjoyment, rambling woodlands, open lawns and shade trees.
Throughout the garden and from the back deck of the cottage, the gentle rushing sounds of Bakers Gully can be heard, which provides coolness and tranquility.
The garden first appeared as one of Australia's icons in the 1996 book by well known garden writer Dr Holly Forsyth (The Constant Gardener TM); Garden Lovers Guide to Australia. Her entry reflected on its uniqueness.
The garden features a large variety of camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons and a large tree canopy which frames the garden and further gives context. In Winter the hellebores provide a carpet of muted colour whilst in Spring the camellias simply light up the garden from every angle.
At times the paths are strewn with crimson, red and pink as if the garden is making itself up for a wedding procession.We encourage visitors to enjoy the garden and respect the work of Norma and Alma who have created a unique place of great beauty and calm in a very rushed world.
Guests to Mrs Simpson and Norala Garden enjoy the garden in a variety of ways, with keen photographers taking shots (some of the images above were taken by recent visitors; Mr. D. Male and Mr. A. Coloma) during the recent Spring Festival or botanical painters adding own interpretation to their holiday at Mrs Simpson.
The magic and prolific Ovens and Morses can be fished from the back gate, with the Buckland and Kiewa just a short drive away. But there is always another river, in another valley somewhere...! Local guide Matthew Howell can help you hook a trout and straighten your cast. Get your gear sorted out before you go though, and the team at the FlyFisher in Melbourne know the Cottage and can set you up with the right gear for the season.
Breathtaking scenery, quiet country roads, alpine ascents, happy-to-help locals and an action-packed events calendar. With such a wide range of cycling options, this part of the world is THE ideal holiday destination for avid road cyclists. Iconic rides such as the Audax can be tried by the bravehearted, for the rest of us, the rail-trail to wineries may be a more genteel way of cycling for pleasure!
Take a movie in the sumptuous surrounds of Cloud9 Cinemas or take a walk along the Canyon walking trail or the Cherry Walk. Both start at the Back gate of MrsSimpson Cottage.