The SpaceThe cottage offers three beautiful bedrooms, each with their own personal charm, and equipped with luxury bed linen; 2 rooms each with Queen beds and 1 room with a King bed. An extra rollaway bed can also be booked, with a few days notice, for large groups.
We offer a unique, luxurious and private setting. It is suitable for that romantic time away or to share with friends for a wedding or family gathering. It has all the modern facilities expected, plus full verandah with al fresco dining/relaxing. Everyone who has come here has raved about the place. It's charismatic and atmospheric. It's got real soul people say. Surrounded by trees, you feel nestled in amongst nature, yet you're less than 5 minutes drive from the town centre and an hour from Melbourne.
Original polished hardwood floorboards throughout, the cottage has all the modern conveniences to make your stay really comfortable. In addition to a fully-equipped kitchen, there is a formal dining room and a comfortable lounge room in which to relax in front of the TV or read a book by the log fire. During the warmer months you can relax outdoors on the lovely sundeck. Guest AccessGuests will have exclusive access to the entire house and the expansive gardens, covered carport and hard standing for additional cars.
Access to the cottage has a small step so very accessible for mature guests.
The large sunny games room with a large table tennis table is a great way to spend rainy days! Interaction with GuestsAs little or as much as the guest requires. We live in Healesville so we are easily contactable. The NeighborhoodThe Healesville and the Yarra Valley are one of Australia's premier wine growing areas. It is also famous for it's local produce, the Wildlife Sanctuary and the stunning natural scenery. You can go on any number of day trips wine, cheese and chocolate tasting, walk through the stunning forests or just sit back and take it all in from the veranda.
Myers Creek Road is a very popular climb North of Healesville which is popular with recreational riders, which takes you through the beauty of the Yarra Ranges National Park. Hidden at the very top is a 4WD track which is 3.3km’s @ 10%, which will take you to the top of Mount St Leanords, which if added to the Myers Creek Road climb, makes for arguably one of Victoria’s hardest HC climbs.
Only one hours drive from Lake Mountain, makes for a great day out in the snow. Getting AroundYou'll need your own car unless you're really keen. There's a train to Lilydale and then a connecting bus. There are a few cabs around the town, and Uber drivers, but really it is best experienced with your own car. Healesville's own "Getaroundminibus" will drop you off locally, within 10 kms, for $10 per person.
Bring your own bikes; there are lots of country lanes and nearby national park tracks to explore; an easy cycle to town too. The aqueduct is very close by too, being in Melbourne's main rainwater catchment area. Other Things to NoteHere's some local info that might be handy....
Eating & Drinking
Giant Steps/ Innocent bystander is a pretty good spot with lots of room and good food, though on the pricier end of the spectrum. They also do great coffee. You can buy bread and other pastries to take home as well as any of their wines or beers. It's on the corner where you take the road out to the house (St Leonard Rd & Maroondah Hwy).
Herd (corner Maroondah Hwy/Church St) is the latest, coolest bar restaurant to hang out in. Great atmosphere, small meals, coffee and drinks.
Toolangi Tavern (past the house, up the hill) is open 7 days a week and offers fantastic pub food at very reasonable prices, with gorgeous mountain scenery.
Beechworth bakery offers standard fare of pies, cakes, sandwiches and poor coffee. It's useful if you're stuck I guess, but I don't fancy it much.
For something in the cheap range much better to go across the road is East End Fish & Chips. They do fantastic hamburgers for $8.50. The fish and chips are pretty good too. I think they also do salads, souvlaki and can probably knock you up a sandwich if you ask.
Wombat Chai, Mocha & Lime and the new Alchemy, are good daytime cafes.
GelAperia, in Green Street offers the most amazing artisan gelato's handmade on the premises with local seasonal produce. You have to try them! Great coffee too.
Bodhi Tree, a few doors down does pizzas and drinks from Thurs-Sunday. It's a pretty relaxed place with a kind of alternative feel
In the main street, you'll see a large shopping complex that contains a Coles supermarket and a few other things. There is also a chicken shop and reasonable bakery plus a few bottle shops.
Personally, I'd go over the road to Barique for booze. They have a great selection and Sean, the manager is very helpful. Say hi from me.
There's a range of pizza shops and Chinese restaurants nearby the Coles Complex on the main street
A little further back towards Melbourne on the main street is Harvest that does good, up market café food and coffee at prices you'd expect for this sort of thing. There's a courtyard out the back where you'll often see egrets.
Grand Hotel does pub meals which are quite reasonable though traditional. Healesville Hotel does fancy stuff at quite high prices. Nice for a splurge
There's an assortment of other cafes along the Main Street.
Quite a few of the bars have live music on the weekends. The town hall, the Memo, has a cinema that shows recent films.
Markets & shopping
The big market is on the 1st Sunday of every month, 8am-2pm in the car park on River St behind Coles. There's a whole range of stuff including produce, hot food, work tools, clothes, soap, you name it.
There's another smaller one on the 3rd Sunday, 9am-2pm at Coronation park (behind the Coles complex, near the river)
The organic market is every Saturday from 8am to 1pm in Coronation Park
Garage sales are usually on a Saturday and advertised with notices nailed to the telegraph pole on river St behind the Coles. You might also see a notice on the board in the IGA or Coles.
The main places are within the Coles complex, though there is a green grocer on the main street heading back towards Melbourne as well as the IGA if you can't handle Coles (fair enough and a massive oversupply of butchers, the best one being the Beef Joint, which you'll find near the far end of the shopping precinct as you head towards Melbourne.
The organic market (and others when they are running) is good for picking up quality produce.
If you're coming along the Maroondah Hwy through Chirnside Park, you may want to stock up at the shopping Centre here instead. It's just before Edward St. There's an Aldi, Coles, Safeway and an excellent, greengrocer with prices and quality that are on a level with the Queen Vic Market. They also have a selection of Asian goods there too. Other highlights of this shopping centre include a very well priced fresh chicken shop and good quality place selling fish.
There are a number of antique and second hand stores along the main street as well as some homewares / interior design places.
Harvest has an outlet next to it, called K&B, for locally produced cheese, chutney, meats for your BBQ, etc.
All of the local wineries have a range of bits and bobs too.
Yarra Valley Pasta, opposite Giant Steps, sell award winning pasta which you can heat up at the cottage when you don't feel like cooking (open till 5pm).
For many people, visiting a winery or 5 is a must and there are plenty to choose from. For a guaranteed great experience, go to Chandon and try the 4 flute sampler.
Oakridge is also very good, as is St Hubert's, Stones and Dominique Portet. Most have restaurants.
There's a new cider and ale movement out here and a few things to help you find your way around. Check out the Yarra Valley Cider and Ale trail here…. Visit the brand new gin distillery too, Four Pillars, which will change your whole experience and views of gin!
Back towards Yarra Glen, is the chocolate factory. Well worth a visit and they give away free scoops of different flavoured choc buttons.
Head to the Tourist Information Office for comprehensive information on walks and cycling around the local area.
My favourite though is Donnelley's weir, with the turnoff about halfway along St Leonard's road. From here, there are a number of tracks that head into some great bush land. The longest and hardest will take you to Mt St Leonard (11km), though there are a few gentle, flat strolls to be had as well. One of the most poplar walks is from the Weir over the hill to the reservoir.
Maroondah Reservoir – this is a huge park with BBQ facilities, views of the dam, playgrounds, lovely trees and all sorts of things to keep you happy for hours.
If you keep heading out of town along Myers Creek Road, you'll wind through some beautiful native forest with huge trees, eventually arriving in Toolangi. From here you can continue up to Mount St. Leonard for a great view and walks. Keep travelling and you can loop back round through Yarra Glenn and the chocolate factory.
Further up the road are the townships of Marysville, Kinglake and Alexandria, both hit hard by the bushfires but looking a lot better now. Continue further to access Lake Eildon, the beginnings of the high country and Mount Bulla.
There's some great driving to be had heading south towards Gippsland along the C424. This will take you around the back of the Dandenong's.
A shorter drive is across to Warburton, which is a lovely little town that the Yarra flows through. It's quite a cultural centre and has some good places to eat as well. Take a walk along the river for something really relaxing.