Pn this fresh and sunny winter’s morning in the NSW Central West, I am so overjoyed to be visiting the gorgeous and historic village of Millthorpe. This feels like stepping onto the film set of a period drama or stepping back in time.
Millthorpe, it’s you. So pretty, so rooted in the past yet more cool and trendy than I’ve ever been. Can some rub off on me?
You are a place of tree change fantasies for very good reason.
Millthorpe is a tiny National Trust-listed village, just a short drive and 22km south of Orange. The village was established in the 1840s as agriculture developed in the local area, and had a burst of building around the 1890’s.
The buildings in Millthorpe have survived almost untouched, thanks to a recession after World War One.
The entire village seems hidden amongst the rolling hills, bypassed by the passing years. It’s absolutely charming.
Just over 1000 people live here, yet the village is chockfull of interesting little shops, groovy cafes and I hear of some great restaurants too, like Tonic on the corner of Pym and Victoria Street.
There are lovely gift shops, kitchen shops and toys shops, and a providore too. I am realising that one morning will not be enough at all, so today will just be about a couple of cafes.
The photo above shows the inside of the now-closed Billot De Boucher cafe, a riot of stripes and spots, and a fine place to settle in for a cup of tea. There’s also a shop selling French homewares.
This photo below is of the Old Mill Cafe & Bakery still very much open.
I hear it is very busy at weekends, but I am visiting on a sunny winter’s day in the late morning and it’s quiet.
More About Millthorpe
To read about Millthorpe walks, accommodation, museum, and cafes and restaurants, visit these websites:
Millthorpe – Heritage with Style
A website made by the Millthorpe Village Committee
The Millthorpe Markets
Held twice a year on the first Sunday of both April and December, these markets attract local producers and several thousand people. A great reason to visit Millthorpe and you help support the local publish school too.
So I’m wiping the crumbs off my chin, delighted to be spending so much time this year in this area, to be able to explore Millthorpe for a morning, well aware there will soon be an afternoon here, an evening, a few days stay.
What a treat. And I might just browse the real estate agent’s windows before I leave… this is the sort of secret village than encourages its lovers to steal away from their cities and escape to the country.
Here are a couple more photos, courtesy of Destination NSW.
There’s nothing better than a bit of slow reconnoitring, is there?
No rsh, no agenda, just wandering and having a cuppa.