New accommodation option now open at Lowes Mount Truffiere

New accommodation option now open at Lowes Mount Truffiere

Nestled between the Tarana Valley and Oberon amongst an array of pine forests, Lowes Mount Truffiere now has accommodation facilities available with the recent addition of The Hobbit.

Owners Col and Sue Roberts began their truffle journey 20 years ago with people coming from all over to participate in the truffle hunts, but this year is the first year they have offered accommodation.

Built in 2020, The Hobbit overlooks the picturesque Tarana Valley, featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms and heated flooring to keep the rooms cosy throughout the colder months.

"We've just built our accommodation, this is the first year we've offered accommodation for the truffle hunts," Mr Roberts said.

"We're just going to see how it goes this year. It's all trial and error and this is just something new we're trying."

With the trees aging and still feeling the effects of the recent drought, Lowes Mount Truffiere will only be open for hunting to guests staying in the accommodation.

Mr Roberts wants to make sure that guests participating in the hunts are able to find truffles.

"We're feeling our way a bit now after 20 years and our trees are at an age where they may start to produce less truffles," Mr Roberts said.

"[The hunts] worked pretty well until the last two years when it dried up a bit so we've slowed down a bit.

"People love coming on truffle hunts but we make sure we don't book people if the trees here aren't looking that hot."

With farming truffles a relatively new concept in Australia, Lowes Mount Truffiere introduced the concept of truffle hunts to encourage people to purchase their crop.

"I was a forester and just at the time truffles were all the rage so I did some research and said let's give this a go," Mr Roberts said.

"That was very exciting for us because it was very new to Australia so we had to go out and convince people to buy it.

"We thought the best way to do that was to invite people to come for a truffle hunt and try the truffles."

Although fully booked through truffle hunting season - from now until the first weekend in August - accommodation is still available throughout the year for anyone wanting a quiet, scenic getaway.