Mrs Simpson at Norala Garden

Luxury Accommodation in Bright,  
North East Victoria
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. The garden is an icon of the Bright Open Gardens and was highly recommended on 3AW's Big Backyard programme! 

Luxury Bright accommodation, enjoy the garden in privacy at your leisure. Being 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 in privacy. At a short walk distance, there are restaurants, cafes, shops and great walks. There is no need to use your car. Upon request, you can take your trusty dog with you on vacation to Mrs Simpson. 

This cottage accommodates 4 people in luxury, with one King and one Queen size bed. For longer stays, the King can be made into 2 Singles. 

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 would have to be supervised by an adult at al times when they are playing near the water.

Mrs Simpson is pet friendly for well-behaved pooches - just ask us first!

Cottage Norala Garden Fly Fishing
What some of our guests had to say:

Heaven on Earth!

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

Absolutely Perfect!

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

Another Great Stay!
Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thanks for another great stay. The garden was looking amazing and the house was lovely as always. We got a great fire going each night and had fantastic weather during the day. The fishing was good, I had 6 on the first afternoon on the Morses at Wandi but certainly had to find the pools, and had a brown of 1.5lbs which was stunning. 
I wrote an article about it in "Eat Sleep Fish", a UK publication: 
Eat Sleep Fish - Springtime fishing
Alex, October 2015

Excellent, Thanks!!!!
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

Caught 33 trout at Mrs Simpson's Back Gate!
Read about Chris' stay at Mrs Simpson and his engaging Fly Fishing story at:
Christopher Bassano, Commonwealth Gold Medal Champion Fly Fishing, 2014 and recently made National Champion Fly Fishing 2014.

Simply stunning
Gorgeous & Tranquil....this is how I would describe this place! The cottage was very comfortable and catered for everything we needed. The gardens were amazing and our little girl had so much fun discovering the surprises you left behind for her to find scattered throughout the garden. The scenery and serenity were absolutely impeccable……we sat on the veranda at the back having a relaxing drink whilst soaking up some sun. We couldn’t have asked for a better location…….Ovens River in our back yard and a very short hop skip jump to all the main shops in the city centre. We absolutely loved it and will definitely be back next year! To our hosts ‘Thank You’
Melina, Dom & Mikayla 2014

Spot on!
My husband & I recently spent a long weekend in Bright, together with my sister who was visiting from Qld. Of high priority was finding a stylish & comfortable place to stay with a log fire - and it had to be pet friendly. We are quite fussy when it comes to choosing where to stay, and often pet friendly options can be a little dreary... But not Mrs Simpson. It ticked all the boxes. The highlights are the amazing cottage with it's wonderful interiors, containing everything you could want and need; two lovely bedrooms & two bathrooms; a fabulous lounge area to relax by the fire; and the large, stunning garden. (The queen bed was extremely comfortable for hubby and I, and we are bed critics!) The location, only steps from the heart of town, means you can duck in & out at any time to explore the lovely shops, cafes or to pick up bits & pieces from the supermarket. And the river walk is right out the back gate. The hosts are truly in the right business here, as they have created a place where they've thought about each and every detail in order to create an amazing guest experience. Dealing with Mette before and after our stay has been a delight. What is missing? Nothing in my opinon, but hubby thought a Swedish hot tub out the back wouldn't be too bad... :-) 
Lisa, 2014

Another Fantastic stay
"I love this place! I said, I'd be back! This was our second visit to Mrs Simpson's. I loved it as much as the first time. The cottage is so comfortable and the hosts are so accommodating. We love the location, there really is no need to take the car out unless you want to. Our first visit was a romantic get away, this visit we bought along the kids. Even the kids loved it. They enjoyed exploring the gardens and playing hide and seek with the dog. We went on walks and bike rides straight from the back gate. So much to do - right on the door step. And Yes - We will be back again!"
- Wendi, 2014

Excellent Property with Magnificent GardenA wonderfully clean and newly renovated cottage with everything provided, including a landscaped garden with a creek. The open fire was really lovely. A great house for a family. Pet friendly!
- Pennie, April 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."
- Wendi, 2013

Only wish I could have done a few more days...
 "...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..."
- Alex, 2012

"Thank you for sharing your bit of paradise. The house is very nice and the garden is just awesome."
- Margaret and Frank, 2012

Other activities in and around Bright:

Mrs Simpson is located in the centre of Bright (77 Gavan Street). From here you can enjoy the good things of North East Victoria:

  • Dine - take an easy stroll to great restaurants such as: Walker bros wine bar, Ginger Baker or Tomahawks.
  • Wine - enjoy pubs and the brewery at a stroll away or visit Ringer Reef, Boyntons or many other leading wineries for a tasting.
  • Walk and Hike - the famous Canyon Walk starts at the back gate and tracks and crosses the river at various spots
  • Cycle - the well known rail trail from Bright to Wangaratta or for something a bit more sedate to Wandiligong
  • Film - enjoy the newly built charming Bright cinema, Cloud 9 (119 Gavan St)
  • 4 Wheel Drive - explore the High Country cattlemen's huts and some of the old Gold digging areas of Victoria's North East
  • Paraglide - take a big picture perspective on life
  • Ski - Falls Creek and Mt Hotham are only 1 hour drive away
  • Enjoy - Bright's many leading festivals, check out the latest events here
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