The season for Summer road trips is impending! If heading north of Melbourne, the place to lay your weary head after a day of wine-sipping and sight-seeing is The Schaller Studio. Art Series Hotel Group invited me to do that very thing at this project – one of their newest – in collaboration with Australian artist Mark Schaller. Swathed in signature yellow, this place is dubbed a “studio” as it is intended to get guests’ creative juices flowing more so than their other gallery-like properties.Workspaces, notepaper, mood boards – even classes, paints and brushes on request – are on hand should lightning of the artistic variety strike.
Since I take advantage of the chance to be slothful whenever possible, I’m content to simply sink into their luxe, cocoon-like beds and cloud-like pillows (however go-gettingly motivational the quotes upon them aspire to be) and nest. Reclining back, you’ll note the rooms are not your standard beige hotel fare. Instead, mine was a cheerfully neon-accented space – the likes of which The Design Files’ dreams are made of – with views spanning across the unapologetically charming historic township.
When the grumble of your stomach forces you to venture out from beneath the sheets – The Schaller Studio is sans room service – The Pantry is a short elevator ride away. Forgetting my imaginary diet, hearty fuel comes in the form of country beef pies (made with local shiraz), toasted flatbreads and sweet bakery treats, or locally-sourced wine and cider (I won’t judge) amid a communal atmosphere. Schaller’s original paintings and sculptures are scattered throughout, many commissioned for the hotel itself the artist even signed the wet cement out front (much to the delight of perfectionist construction workers everywhere). You kind of feel his cheery presence smiling upon you here. A plethora or art books, journals and quirkily styled items are set out to be conversation starters.
Should you strangely wish to escape, sunnily-painted Lekker bikes and smart cars are on offer to take you to wineries, museums, cafes, bars (you’ll want to note DrinkMelbourne’s handy guide to Bendigo here), heritage sites and parks in the gold rush precinct.
Feel inspired at The Schaller Studio, corner of Lucan and Bayne Streets, Bendigo.