Witbank House

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Witbank House is a well preserved example of Maldon’s 1880s mine worker housing. It was the family home of the Crayford family, and remained in the family until well into the twentieth century.

William Crayford was a miner, tragically killed in a mining accident in 1894 at the Derby United Co mine, no more than a hundred metres away, leaving a pregnant widow and at least three children. An account of this tragedy from the newspaper of the day as well as other mining artefact and maps are showcased at the house.

The townsfolk built the extension to the original small cottage to the larger house you see today in a community effort for the widow Mrs Crayford. A picture of her taken in the front yard is also displayed. A number of years ago a descendent of the Crayford family spoke to a centenarian relative who, as a somewhat wayward child had been sent to live back with his Edwardian Grandmother at Witbank in 1918, and with great clarity was able to describe a silent house of spinster boarders, antimacassars and Queen Anne chairs.

Today, Witbank House is a light filled and lively family home. Four bedrooms, two living rooms, a country style kitchen featuring a modern Victorian style oven and dining room offer comfortable accommodation for families and small groups. Many period features of the original house remain – look for the irregular heads on the handmade nails in the Baltic floorboards and the stone step from the kitchen to the laundry worn down by nearly 140 years of housework!

Enjoy a drink on the veranda and watch the world go by or enjoy a reflective space in the large garden shaded by historic palm trees. There are still many old bricks and pieces of quartz in the garden which are relics of those heady days when the din of noise from the Beehive stamping battery across the road would have been deafening!

The Victorian Goldfields Railway Station is 500 metres in one direction and the town’s shops and cafés the same distance in the other.

Witbank has provided a home for miners, millers, mine managers and shopkeepers in this lively historical town! For larger groups Smith’s Cottage next door provides additional beds which can be booked via the website. We hope you will enjoy your stay.


1 Bathroom, 4 Bedroom, 1 Kitchen

  • Sleeping
    2 Queen bed, 1 Single bed
  • Cooking
    Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Toaster
  • Heating/Cooling
    Air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Central heating, Fireplace
  • Outside
    Private Balcony
  • Entertainment
    TV (Satellite)
  • Sanitary
    Hair dryer, Shower, Towel-set, Washbasin
  • Laundry
    Iron & Board
  • Parking
    Parking Included, Roofed carport
  • Outside
    Charcoal grill BBQ, Private Garden
Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7 Children welcome, Pets welcome, Smoking not allowed, Suitable for elderly or infirm, Unsuitable for elderly or infirm
based on 1 reviews
Emma (Melbourne)
Relaxed Getaway with room for the family

We stayed at Witbank for a weekend in Winter with a family of 6. The cozy lounge / dining area sat all of us comfortably for a relaxing family night in, making good use of the wood fire. All agreed the beds were comfy and made for a good night's sleep to get up early the following morning and explore the local surrounds. After a full day out, it was lovely to come back in the late afternoon and make use of the huge garden and enjoy a beer or two on the front verandah. I would definitely choose this property again! It's an easy few minute stroll down to High Street for a meal, or to the local IGA if you're inclined to cook at home, as the kitchen it well equipped with everything you could need. Jamie at Maldon Getaways went above and beyond to make check in easy for us, as we were arriving at different times on the first day. He is a wealth of local info and even made sure we had some instant coffee on hand when we forgot to grab it from the shops! Witbank is a great option for a family, but couples partial to cooking up a storm or those who'd like to stay close to the township of Maldon could definitely treat this beautiful house as their home away from home.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 8/2018

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