The SpaceOur home of Bayview Ferny Creek is beautifully located on the cooler and greener, south facing side of the Dandenong Ranges, around 480 metres above sea level and enjoying uninterrupted sweeping views on the horizon from Chelsea, to Mount Martha and the southern end of Port Philip Bay and around to French Island and Western Port Bay.
On a clear day the view is amazing and the beautiful night light are also a wonderful sight.
Whether taking in the vast views across the horizon, or surrounded by a blanket of cloud, you will feel a hundred miles from everywhere in your private space; yet surprisingly everything you may want to experience in the Dandenong Ranges is a only a few minutes drive away.
Your accommodation will be in the Fern Room;
The Fern Room is a bed/sitting room with a very comfortable queen bed with pillow-top mattress, a 2-3 seat sofa, wardrobe, wall TV and free wi-fi.
You have your own private bathroom with shower over bath.
It also features a separate European style kitchenette with sink, bar fridge, convection grill microwave (you can warm milk or cook a roast), electric fry pan, toaster, kettle and accessories. Here you can cook yourself a simple meal if you don't want to visit a Ranges restaurant.
We will provide you with complimentary milk, a selection of cereals, bread and condiments to start your day with a basic breakfast.
The room offers complete privacy with a separate entrance so you can come and go as suits you.
It is an ideal space for a couple to spend a quiet week-end while visiting "the hills".
It also has an adjacent small private deck and a large paved area with open BBQ facilities.
The room is generally quiet, punctuated by the sound of the wind in the trees, rain on the roof, the chirping of tree frogs throughout the cooler months and random chatter of birds.
You don't just have to come in the warmer months. The Dandenong Ranges are beautiful all year round even if it is a little cold outside. But you needn't worry. The house has full ducted-heating and a drying cupboard where you can hang damp clothes if you've been out for a walk or you can warm your pajamas before bed.
And there is more … Guest AccessThe Garden
You are welcome to walk around the garden if you wish. It is always a work-in-progress but you will find there are slightly different horizon views from different areas of the garden.
Chill Out Room
While the Fern Room is a good sized room to sit or watch TV, you are not restricted to your bedroom suite when you stay at Bayview. You can also enjoy access to our large Chill Out Room - which is our TV / music room.
You need to enter our house to access the Chill Out Room, and obviously we might be there, but you are welcome to come in so don't be too shy.
We have a small library, TV access with every Foxtel channel and unlimited music from the internet music centre. (Foxtel TV excludes pay per view).
If we have the TV on we are usually watching football, smooth music or a foreign language movie ... feel free to suggest something else if you have a favourite show you are missing.
In winter you can warm up and enjoy the ambiance of a wood fire. In summer it is the coolest room in the house. The Chill Out Room also enjoys sweeping views across the horizon to Port Philip Bay through a large 4 section French door and windows.
It is a great place to finish that novel you've been trying to finish for weeks. Or bring an extra book and browse through the ‘Bayview Book Exchange' where you can swap it for any one of the available exchange books. (We don't have many exchange books yet but we are hoping guests will add to the collection over time.)
Two wi-fi headphones (25 metres range) are available so it's possible for one person to be watching TV, one to be listening to music and one or more to be reading or chatting only metres away.
The Chill Out Room is available to guests from around 10am till late. If the door is unlocked, the chill out room is open.
Granddad Tree Viewing Platform – A Dandenong Ranges Giant Tree
Most of the Dandenong Ranges was stripped bare of trees by logging from the 1850s to early 1900s. By 1907 most of the forest was considered cut-out. Trees that the loggers didn't take were invariably killed in bush fires which were regular occurrences through the same period – most notably a major fire in 1939.
As a result, most of the trees you see in the Dandenong Ranges National Parks are generally under 110 years old. Despite this, the forests are remarkable and there are plenty of beautiful Mountain Ash and occasional Mountain Grey Gum in the National Park Forests and other parks and gardens of the Dandenong Ranges.
At Bayview you can enjoy sitting on our viewing platform at the base of one of the Dandenong Ranges oldest giant trees – a Mountain Grey Gum we affectionately call Granddad Tree. It is a ‘mature' tree estimated as at least 150 and possible 250 years old with a 6.5 metre girth. Our Granddad Tree would be one of the Dandenong Ranges oldest and largest trees. It also has a magnificent outlook and it is unlikely you will find many giant gums with a better view in the entire Ranges.
When you stay with us at Bayview you have the rare privilege of enjoying your breakfast, an afternoon or evening drink, or just some quiet time taking in the surroundings on the viewing platform at the base of this beautiful giant. Interaction with GuestsFor a long time, we have maintained a simple but very powerful philosophy …
Treat others the way they want to be treated
In practical terms that means if you come to Bayview for a quiet time we will leave you in privacy.
If you want to be sociable, whether it’s a relaxing chat or a more serious conversation, we have enough life experiences to share and we’ll be happy to engage with you.
That is the Bayview philosophy. We won’t impose on you, but we will respond to your needs.
We want you to leave the Dandenong Ranges having accomplished exactly what you came for, and perhaps having enjoyed yourself just a little bit more than expected because you chose to stay at Bayview.
A small word of warning ... we share our lives with an energetic labrador (Maudie) who will probably want to greet you whenever you come and go as you will need to pass through the main garden which is her domain. If you give her any attention she will love you. If you ignore her she will get the message and leave you alone.
As noted above, you are welcome to come into the Chill Out Room (which is part of our house) where you will obviously come in contact with us and with Maudie. The NeighborhoodThe Dandenong Ranges are a beautiful rainforest environment and a great place to visit at any time of year (although it can be decidedly cold in winter).
If you are a walking enthusiast there are numerous tracks & trails to explore all within a short walk or a short drive from your base in Ferny Creek.
Here are just a few activities you might want to consider if time is limited:
Sherbrooke Falls Walk - A gentle 40 minute round-trip walk in the Sherbrooke Forest and you won't need the car as it is accessible as a short walk from your base in Ferny Creek.
The 1000 Steps : Kokoda Memorial Walk – A hugely popular activity with thousands of visitors every week. Be different, start from the top where parking is plentiful, walk down the steps and then up.
National Rhododendron Gardens – Beautiful to visit at any time of year.
Sassafras (4 km away) or Olinda (7 km away) – Either township is only a few minutes drive and they are waiting for you to explore with many excellent cafes & restaurants.
Other options include William Ricketts Sanctuary, Skyhigh Mt Dandenong, Puffing Billy and the popular Cuckoo Restaurant, Miss Marples' Tearooms, Burnham Beeches Bakery and Piggery (plus others). Getting AroundIf coming by public transport check Public Transport Victoria home page. The nearest bus stop to us is Mt. Dandenong Tourist Rd/Old Main Rd (Ferny Creek). From the bus stop we are a 150 mt walk.
Unfortunately the bus and train timetables do not co-ordinate well but that needn’t deter you; if you are coming by train we will be happy to pick you up from Upper Ferntree Gully railway station which is only a 5 minute drive away.
If you are planning on visiting the sights more than a few km away from the Fern Room we strongly recommend that you come by car. Undercover parking is available.
We are not in any township however there is a general store/post office about 800 mt away for basic needs (including alcohol), and major shops/supermarkets are only a few minutes away by car. Other Things to NoteAdditional Guest Information - The Fern Room is an ideal getaway for two people but if necessary can also accommodate a toddler or child. We can supply a portable cot but please bring your own bedding.
It is possible for us to add a bed for a child up to 14 years if you are staying more than one night - but please enquire first before confirming your booking and select "extra guest"
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate three adults.
If you have two children, please advise us of your situation and we will see if we can help.
Pets – Well behaved dogs are more than welcome. Please select "extra guest" or "3 guests" if you are bringing your best mate as there is a small surcharge to cover extra cleaning costs.
Please note that the garden area around the Fern Room is not fenced although you will be over 100 metres away from the nearest road.
You will not be able to take your dog into most of the National Parks but there are a few Parks and some Gardens where dogs are allowed on a lead and these are shown on our booking website.
You cannot leave your dog locked in your room or chained to a post while you are out, but we will happily entertain your pet in our secure garden area if you want to leave it behind while you go walking - just confirm with us before you go out.
Weather - Don’t let the sun in the headline banner fool you. We are in a rain forest and the weather can be changeable and you should take that into account when planning your stay. The 7 day forecast on Weatherzone is usually a pretty accurate guide as you approach your arrival date.
Mobile phone reception can be variable - usually fixed by taking three steps to the left! It is a common problem around the hills.
PRICING - Our low room rate and high cleaning cost is not set up to trick you. It is for your benefit and ours. It is set up this way to encourage our guests to stay more than one night. One night will cost $120 plus booking fee (which is still a great price), but 2 nights will only costs $180 (only $90 per night) plus booking fee. Try it, book an extra night and watch the real average nightly price automatically reduce with every night you stay.
Long Term Stay – The area is an ideal location for an artist/writer/photographer to get away from the city hustle and bustle while undertaking or completing a project. We can also offer a price inclusive of all meals if you do not want to worry about cooking for yourself.
Joni Cornell Merino-Silk Apparel – the house contains the studio of Joni Cornell. With a little advance notice Joni will be happy to show you her studio space and discuss her work. She also runs workshops which can usually be scheduled at short notice. Please see her 'popular social media' page – go to the “About” page and check under “General Information”.
Fern Room guests receive a discount on purchased garments or workshops. If you are visiting the Dandenong Ranges and decide not to stay with us you can still book a workshop if you are interested.
PRICING: We are confident we provide excellent value for what is on offer. There are not many BnB's where you have the choice of complete privacy in your own wing if you want it or if your mood changes you can interact with your hosts and share their home.
Others may offer you a 50 metre stroll to the shops, however, if you wish to experience the ambiance of the villages, all of that is only two minutes away from our secluded spot which also offers many other advantages you won't find if you are staying in town.
For something a little different, if you are reasonably fit and healthy and you can schedule an hour or two of free time, you may be interested in our alternative rates for contributing towards Bayview gardening and other projects. Make an enquiry to learn more.