Our pioneer cottage is nestled in the Dandenong Ranges. Indulge in a home-cooked morning or afternoon tea by an open fire or in the garden; enjoy a private wing with two beautifully restored bedrooms, dining room and sitting room. Take walks to the forest and popular heritage Patch Post Office cafe. A four minute drive or half hour walk takes you to the historic tourist village, Kallista. A short drive to key tourist destinations: Puffing Billy, wineries, tourist villages,cafes and craft shops.
Guests have use of a very roomy "wing" of this rambling cottage. A dining room and living room in addition to two beautifully decorated bedrooms are yours to enjoy.
The dining room: Beautiful high ceilinged room with a large open fireplace, dining table and upright piano.
Living room: Sunny and light-filled comfortable room with books, board-games, sofa and coffee table. Comfortable daybed allows for a 5th guest. T.V., bar fridge stocked with essentials, microwave, coffee machine and tea making facilities. Free Wi Fi available.
Out in the garden, guests can make use of a Provincial style garden table with plenty of seating; a secret, vine-draped arbour to sit in and read a book or enjoy a quiet cup of tea; and a barbecue.
Whether it's unwinding from a day of sight-seeing and walks through the forest or just relaxing over a cup of tea, the rooms will welcome you and you'll feel like you're in your own country cottage.
There is an information folder provided giving a range of useful facts and tourist tips - including basic information about nearest petrol stations, medical centres etc.
Guests may enjoy the stroll down to an orchard, sheep paddock and small creek at the bottom of the valley. In addition, guests may use the garden, courtyard and verandah.
Please note, parking for guests is available both on and off street but not undercover.
Interaction with guests
You will be welcomed with a home-cooked morning or afternoon tea.
Continental breakfast is provided. On request, a cooked breakfast is available at a moderate price. For special occasions meals may be arranged.
We can provide recommendations about events, favourite bush walks, sights, tourist hotspots and hidden gems, cafes, bars and restaurants, all within a short drive.
Private tours and picnics can be arranged.
We can also offer pick up to and from the local train station for $10 each way (max 4 people per trip ).
We are a well travelled couple who have happy memories of the kindness and hospitality offered to us by others. We understand the needs of travellers; we enjoy meeting people and making them feel at home, but we also understand the importance for rest, space and privacy.
Other things to note
Minimum Stay, 2 nights. Listed price is for 3 people. Additional guests are an extra $20 per head per night. One week or more can be offered at a reduced price. Infants - free.
Please note that your family/friends in the second bedroom can only access the bathroom/toilet through the main bedroom.
The nearest train station is a 10 minute drive away, so having your own means of transport is advised. However local bus services are available. (See below for transport details.)
Please make sure you bring warm clothes if visiting in winter and spring as it can get cold outside.
Laundry and ironing facilities available on request.
There is a strict no smoking policy in the house; smoking may be permitted outside. Please respect the other members of the household by not playing loud music or indulging in reckless behaviour. Pets are strictly by arrangement.
Another important point: Please bring slippers or indoor footwear. The carpets (bedrooms and sitting room) are new and of a pale colour. As we are semi-rural here and the climate can be rather European, we wish to avoid having mud or dirt on carpets.
We are a married couple who enjoy our close community, the natural beauty and walks that surround us, as well as books and music. We are both involved in the creative arts. We have travelled quite widely. We genuinely enjoy having visitors and take pleasure in not only making people feel at home, but also helping people to make the most of their time in our spectacular Dandenong Ranges.