The SpaceThe price is for booking out all 4 guest BRs of the 9 BR house - for up to 8 people. (Previously we let 6 BR for up to 11 but we are presently restructuring. Get in touch to check our capacity for the dates you want.) Our guests choose not to stay in a motel because they can have the homely pleasures and spacious freedom of all this with the convenience of self-contained, self-catered accommodation. The hosts live-in, but respect your privacy and don't share your bathrooms. We share the two kitchens and three fridges by mutual agreement. Please let us know if you will need much fridge space.
Do not expect us to respond to your enquiry directly to your mobile phone or email. Airbnb blocks us from seeing your number and address so we must use this site to communicate until booked.
In low season we are open to negotiate your price down for booking out fewer bedrooms available. We could also give you a special offer for extended stays. Send us an enquiry with your proposal.
Taman Damai is not a luxury resort but a big and spacious family or social-group self-contained holiday accommodation of more than 50 squares on one acre of gardens with lots of Australian native eucalypts, sheoaks and teatree.
We are blessed with resident (and visiting) native fauna and birds on the property. We haven't seen a koala in our trees yet but they are in the area.
Lots of bedrooms means you can have friends or family holiday with you. Functions and parties may be approved by prior arrangement, within the limits of our house rules.
This is provincial living - we enjoy fresh healthy produce from the veggie gardens and eggs from the chooks.
Our dual-occupancy house is well lived in and could benefit from some renovation but we are just doing it a little bit at a time. No pretenses here. It is homely, clean, comfortable and safe but probably not for you if you expect 5-star indulgence or have glamorous Hollywood tastes! Our improvements are ongoing and we take on board guests' feedback to inform us what's most important to do next. Guest AccessSubject to renovations and availability, guests may access to up to six bedrooms, two bathrooms, two toilets, 3 lounge/sitting rooms.
Bedroom 1: "Gold Rush" - 1 Queen bed
Bedroom 2: "White Beach" - 1 Queen bed
Bedroom 3: "Bluebird" - 1 Queen bed
Bedroom 4: "Blue Iris" - 2 Single beds
Bedroom 5: "Boonwurung" - 1 Queen bed
Bedroom 6: Sorry - no longer available.
Portacot & requisites for baby available on request.
Beds are made up. Linen and towels supplied. We expect you to hang and reuse your towel. For extended-stay guests, we provide fresh linen and towels as required.
Bathroom 1: "Choir Practice" - Shower in glass cubicle, standard bath, double basin vanity, huge space, great acoustics!
Bathroom 2: "Retro Glory" - shower with glass screen, small corner bath, single basin vanity.
By prior arrangement, you may also use the laundry, clothesline and airing racks, 1 to 2 kitchens, 1 to 2 art studios and watch TV or movies in the theatre.
We offer art & craft classes and cooking classes with at least 3 days' notice, fees dependent on activity and numbers.
Many guests like to self-cater but please let us know if we need to provide fridge space. Our B&B experience is also very popular so if we are in residence on your dates (usually), then we can also supply a great country breakfast for an extra charge. We can supply the produce for you to cook it yourself or Barbara will cook for you. Two breakfast options:
Generous Country Breakfast $17.50 includes yoghurt & seasonal fruit, then croissants & jam, then toast, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes in season, baked beans, bottomless cuppa.
[New!] Provincial Breakfast $12.50 includes two freshly baked croissants, yogurt with fresh seasonal fruits (you may choose to take this as a blended smoothie) and bottomless cuppa.
Breakfast orders are payable prior - on check-in. Please advise if halal or any allergies.
Candlelight Dinner - many guests have requested and rave about Barbara's fabulous catering around the 8-seater dinner table. Negotiable rates and fare but as a guide: 3 courses at $50 per head. Very important you advise any allergies/ special dietary restrictions and picky preferences well in advance. If you book the dinner option it is payable in advance as lump sum on check-in. (No split bills.)
We can also help you arrange 'take away' dinner deliveries, at cost, for cheap eating in. Pizza is popular here. Interaction with GuestsGuests and the resident hosts, Julian & Barbara share the facilities. Your hosts currently use 4 of the 9 bedrooms. We have our own ensuites.
We can keep out of your way as best we can while going about our provincial routines. Or we will be your new friends and can give you a local home-stay experience, host garden tours, feeding the chooks, collecting the eggs, wildlife spotting, country cooking classes, art & craft workshops & activities. We can provide country breakfasts and candlelight dinners by separate arrangement.
Barbara is a professional training facilitator, artist and award winning songwriter and she's happy to share her wide-ranging expertise: art, weaving, gardening, songwriting, wildlife and cooking. Julian is a keen photographer, wine lover and tourism champ who'd gladly guide or even accompany you on photo projects, tours and wine tasting around the Mornington Peninsula. The NeighborhoodTaman Damai Country Retreat is at the gateway to the beautiful Mediterranean of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula. Wineries and local farm-gate seasonal produce (bakeries, chocolate, honey, cheese, berries, apples, cherries, tomatoes, eggs, onions, etc), beaches and bush walks. We are cycling distance from heritage Coolart homestead. Walking distance to Bittern Sunday market. Close to Balnarring races. Close to Summerfields wedding receptions. Close to HMAS Cerberus - great for families coming to see their loved one graduate as an Australian sailor in their "passing out parade". 10 mins from passenger ferry which will take you to Phillip Island and French Island - you could even take your bicycle to explore.
See visitmorn online. Getting AroundGetting around is easy with your car or pushbike. Easily accessed by car. Plenty of open parking space. Caravan and tent space if required (fees apply according to number of guests).
Public transport: Bus and train are but a short walk from the retreat. Other Things to NoteWe often have first-timers enquire through airbnb and expect us to reply to their email or mobile number but we can't - airbnb blocks email addresses and phone numbers. We only get this info after a booking is confirmed. We can answer your questions through the airbnb portal - no obligation to book.
Our fee for additional guests over 8 applies for adults and children alike - anyone 2years old or more. If you have a group larger than 8 maybe our place will not suit your needs. Please be honest about the number in your party or you will be liable to pay cash on arrival for extra guests, or worse have some guests turned away.
Directions supplied on confirmation of booking - further advice available on request.
Host speaks English and Bahasa.
Taman Damai honours and acknowledges the Boonwurung people as the traditional custodians of the land from which Taman Damai Country Retreat operates. We respect Boonwurrung elders, past and present. We are happy to host indigenous guests at special discounted rates.
We sometimes offer special seasonal rates - refer to our calendar.
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