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Spa Studio at Merrow Cottages - Mt Dandenong

  • Spa Studio at Merrow Cottages
  • Spa Studio at Merrow Cottages
  • Spa Studio at Merrow Cottages
  • Spa Studio at Merrow Cottages
  • Spa Studio at Merrow Cottages
Set on 10 acres of forest Perfect for Couples Close to Tatra & SkyHigh Wedding Venues

Less than an hour from Melbourne CBD, on top of Mt Dandenong and only 45 minutes to wineries of the Yarra Valley. The Spa Studio is delightfully created as a special retreat for two. French country style decoration, this new self-contained, open-plan 86sq meter suite offers you a separate bathroom with spacious shower, a fully equipped kitchen, double spa, big screen TV (can be oriented to be watched from your spa), electric fireplace, Giant bay windows, incredible views of our surrounding rainforest, private terrace with table and chairs.

Private parking and your own entrance so you feel as though you are in a special world of your own. There are additional suites as well as 2 cottages on the property, so perhaps this is a perfect place to stay to prepare for a wedding?

Pricing for the Spa Studio

A Two Night minimum applies to weekends
Sunday - Thursday Per night $310
Friday & Saturday For 2 nights $680
Saturday & Sunday For 2 nights $650
Single Friday when available Per night $340
Single Saturday when available Per night $340
10% discount applies to 5 night stays or more.
Check-in from 2.30pm   Check-out by 11am    Guaranteed Early Check-in $30 per hour or Late Check-out $30 per hour

Continental Breakfast Basket

The Sassafras Providore will provide you with a delicious selection of produce to enhance your stay. This Breakfast Basket will be waiting in your accommodation with our compliments and is sufficient for 2 days for the number of guests staying. Should you be staying longer, you are welcome to contact us on 1300 48 84 48 to arrange to purchase additional breakfast baskets for more days, or to upgrade to the Hills Breakfast.

  • The Continental Breakfast Basket
  • The Hills Breakfast Basket
  • The High Tea Breakfast

The Hills Breakfast

The Hills breakfast is created for you using locally sourced produce by ‘The Sassafras Providore’ to give you a true taste of the Hills. We supply you with everything you’ll need to enjoy a country breakfast with market fresh fruit and cereal, free range eggs and bacon, and artisan bread. Upgrade for just $35 per couple.

High Tea Breakfast

Looking for a truly unique experience for a special occasion? The Sassafras Providore can indulge you with a High tea breakfast at your accommodation. Your breakfast will be prepared, in our kitchen, delivered and set up on your dining room table by our chef, who will then leave you to enjoy your morning. You will be treated to a selection of pasties, eggs, pancakes and many more breakfast delights all served on a traditional three tier stand and accompanied by all the glamour of a High Tea occasion. $65 per person

Add some Special Extras to your booking

We have a range of extras to make your stay even more special. Maybe you want to surprise your partner or just have the convenience of having a platter waiting for you when you arrive.

All extras are placed in your accommodation on the first day of your stay and can be added during the booking process.
You can also call 03 9751 2464 to add them to an existing booking.

  • Full range of Massage Options in your Accommodation. See here >
  • The Sassafras Providore Picnic Hamper : $75 for two people
  • The Antipasto Platter by the Sassafras Providore : $85 for two people
  • Sparkling Wine and Strawberries : $45
  • Sparkline Wine : $30
  • Flowers for your loved one : from $55 (call 03 9751 2464 to discuss)

If you would like to arrive a little earlier or leave a little later you can also book a guaranteed early check in or late check out for $30 per hour

Sorry, but this accommodation does not allow pets but we do have other properties that welcome your pet

Olinda Village

The heart of the Mountain Villages, Olinda has a wide range of restaurants, shops and attractions many of which are in walking distance. Mt Dandenong Village is a quick drive down the Tourist Rd as is Sassafras Village. The surrounding National Parks also have some great walking trails to suit all levels of fitness.

  • Cloudehill Gardens
  • Cloudehill Gardens
  • Cloudehill Gardens
  • Cloudehill Gardens
  • Cloudehill Gardens
  • Cloudehill Gardens

Olinda : Cloudehill Gardens

89 Olinda-Monbulk Road Entry $10 Open 10am - 5pm Daily

A must see garden made at the top of The Dandenongs where a maze of stone walls and jewel like garden rooms are set within woodlands of magnificent and historic, cool climate trees. Some 20 garden compartments are threaded through glorious 80 year old European beech, magnolias, maples and a collection of Himalayan tree rhododendrons, all beautifully grown and a testament to the lush, moist soils of the Dandenongs. The garden is highlighted by glorious herbaceous borders which focus on two of the finest Japanese weeping maples to be seen anywhere in the world.

  • National Rhododendron Gardens
  • National Rhododendron Gardenss
  • National Rhododendron Gardens
  • National Rhododendron Gardens
  • National Rhododendron Gardens

Olinda : National Rhododendron Gardens

The Georgian Road Free Entry Open 10am - 5pm Daily

Enjoy a self-guided tour, strolling through 40 hectares of scenic botanic gardens or a picnic by the lake and take in stunning views of the Australian Alps. Photograph the native birdlife and brilliant floral scenery. During the Spring Floral Festival held annually from August to November visitors can enjoy a series of undercover floral displays, including the largest undercover display of daffodils in the Southern Hemisphere. The garden has a gatehouse, gazebos, grassed picnic areas and toilet facilities for people with limited mobility.

  • Mangana Emporium
  • Mangana Emporium

Olinda : Mangana Emporium

29-41 Olinda-Monbulk Rd 9.30am - 6pm Daily

Walking amongst the objects shelved and arranged in Mangana feels like a journey through the old-world. Sourced from India, France, The Americas, and other remote pockets, each piece has been carefully selected for its beauty, charm and timelessness. The range features scientific and maritime instruments, leadlight lamps, sheepskin footwear, Pre-Raphaelite prints, high-quality furniture reproductions, jewellery, and other quality-crafted objects—an exclusive collection that has evolved over Mangana’s thirty-year heritage. It’s a wonderful place to bring international visitors, to discover useful objects you never knew existed, to speak to our knowledgeable staff, and to discover a fascinating object to add style and interest to your home.

  • Pirianda Gardens
  • Pirianda Gardens

Olinda : Pirianda Gardens

Hacketts Road Free Entry 10am - 5pm Daily

Designed to take advantage of the steep slopes, the terraced gardens of Pirianda are distinctive for their combination of botanically important trees, shrubs and perennials with an over storey of large blackwoods and mountain ash towering over the natural fern gullies. The garden is particularly beautiful in autumn when the trees change colour to the many hues of orange, red and yellow. Enjoy magnificent views and tranquil walks, bird watching, photography and picnicking on the lawns at Pirianda Gardens.

  • Wild Oak Cooking School
  • Wild Oak Cooking School
  • Wild Oak Cooking School

Olinda : Wild Oak Cooking School

232 Ridge Rd : 9751 2033 See the website for class times

The Wild Oak Cooking School is purpose designed to maximize the use of a central workspace that allows a ‘hands on’ experience rather than a ‘demonstration’ kitchen. Having a small capacity of 8-10, students can enjoy a much higher level of contact with professional chef instructors. With different class types and subjects to suit all levels and interests you’ll easily be able to find one that is perfect for you. Come by yourself, with your partner or with friends, it’s a great fun night or day out. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine as you learn and take home handy class notes so you can recreate these great dishes at home.

  • The Cuckoo
  • The Cuckoo

Olinda : The Cuckoo

508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd Weds - Sun 11.30am - 3pm Fri - Sun Dinner 6.30pm - 11pm Sat - Sun Afternoon Tea 3.30pm - 5.30pm

One of the hills most famous attractions, step into another world at The Cuckoo. Decorated with the charm of a Bavarian chalet, The Cuckoo is a 400 seat licensed restaurant serving an abundance of food in a traditional smorgasbord with an amazing range of cakes and pastries made fresh daily. Enjoy live entertainment daily and our famous Floor Show including the slap dance and yodeling equal to any in Switzerland or Bavaria. Always fun, always welcoming, with first class friendly service!

  • SkyHigh Mt Dandenong
  • SkyHigh Mt Dandenong
  • SkyHigh Mt Dandenong
  • SkyHigh Mt Dandenong
  • SkyHigh Mt Dandenong
  • SkyHigh Mt Dandenong

Mt Dandenong : SkyHigh Mt Dandenong

26 Observatory Road $5 Gate Fee Open Daily from 9am (8am weekends)

Get some Perspective & Escape the noise and pressures of the concrete jungle. Head out on a romantic drive and enjoy the stunning views over Melbourne. Get lost in the SkyHigh Maze, visit Percy The Possum’s House, the Australiana Tree and Giant’s Chair. Enjoy the unparalleled vista from the SkyHigh Bistro or fire up a public barbecue, spread a rug and picnic on the elevated viewing terrace. Take a leisurely walk through the gardens and visit our special Secret Garden.

  • William Ricketts Sanctuary
  • William Ricketts Sanctuary
  • William Ricketts Sanctuary
  • William Ricketts Sanctuary
  • William Ricketts Sanctuary

Mt Dandenong : William Ricketts Sanctuary

1402 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd Free Entry 10am - 4.30pm Daily

Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, due both to the natural setting and the mystical sculptures half hidden among ferns along the pathways. It is a place for quiet reflection and for contemplation of the essence of the vision of William Ricketts. The winding paths and rock sculptures reflect a spirit of place expressed through one man’s dream. Deeply felt connections to the earthly mother and the spirit of the land are explored in 92 ceramic sculptures of people and animals which merge with the natural surroundings.

  • Miss Marples Tea Room
  • Miss Marples Tea Room

Sassafras : Miss Marples Tea Room

382 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd 11am - 4.30pm Daily

Inspired by Agatha Christie’s delightful character, Miss Marples Tea Room is a gallery of Miss Marple memorabilia. Styled on the local tea room in the quaint old English village of St. Mary Mead which was the gathering place for all the local Miss Marple identities. It was a hotbed of gossip, and to anyone of an enquiring mind, like Miss Marple, it was a constant source of useful information. Enjoy a traditional menu and of course scones with jam and one of the range of teas.

  • Walking Trails
  • Walking Trails
  • Walking Trails
  • Walking Trails
  • Walking Trails

Walking Trails and Waterfalls

10 minutes from Olinda See Villages Map for locations

If you enjoy bushwalking or just want to go for a gentle stroll, there are many walking tracks throughout the Dandenongs. Along the tracks are scenic views, native flora and fauna and waterfalls. There are designated tracks for all fitness levels and the cool mountain elevation affords spectacular panoramic views. There is abundant native birdlife, including crimson rosellas, kookaburras and the superb lyrebird. Discover the Olinda or Sherbrooke Falls or enjoy a picnic at the various picnic grounds. For the brave there is also the 1000 steps from Fern Tree Gully to One Tree Hill.

Payment Options

We accept Visa (2% surcharge), Mastercard (2% surcharge), American Express 3.5% surcharge) or the fee free option of a Bank Transfer.


A 50% deposit is required to confirm a booking. All bookings are to be paid in full 2 weeks prior to your stay.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your booking you must let us know in writing at [email protected] Please include booking name, Booking ID, property name & reason for cancelling. Please note that we have a no refund policy however, if the cancelled property is able to be re-booked for the same dates, a credit voucher (coupon) for the total deposit paid less a minimum $75 administration fee will be issued. If the cancelled property is not able to be re-booked for the same dates, the following cancellation fees apply:
1. Cancellation notified 30 days or more prior to arrival - 25% of the total rate
2. Cancellation notified 15-29 days prior to your arrival - 50% of the total rate
3. Cancellation notified 14 days or less prior to arrival - 100% of the total rate
In all instances the booking fees and processing fees are non-refundable.
Any funds remaining after the deduction of cancellation, administration and booking fees will be distributed in the form of a credit voucher with 6 months validity.
Variations to an existing booking will be accommodated where possible, however, if the variation request is not available and the booking does not proceed as a result of the requested variation, the booking will be cancelled and the deposit forfeited (subject to the conditions above).

Amendments to Bookings

Amendments made to booking dates will incur a minimum administration fee of $75.

Additional Guests

Some of our Accommodation options offer additional bedrooms. In every case there is a charge for use of that bedroom. Rates are set out in the pricing tables for each Accommodation.


We welcome children and family stays, but need to discuss your requirements before allocating the cottage. We have children's DVDs and toys available to make their stay enjoyable and a portable cot is available for a charge of $10.

Damage & Property left in bad condition

Any unusual damage to the properties by guest (or their friends visiting), children and pets will be charged. Additional cleaning costs will be charged at $60 ph if we need to hire an extra housekeeper. Damages - especially those not reported - to linen, crockery, floors, furniture, building, burns from fire or candles will be charged at the rate it costs Candlelight Mountain Retreats management to have the damage repaired. We apologise for needing to add this clause, but 2 bad experiences have ruined our 21 years of generous goodwill.

Fire Season


Fortunately our beautiful villages of Mount Dandenong were not severely affected by the devastating fires of last summer AND this has been a year of extraordinary rain. Historically the villages of Olinda, Sassafras and Mount Dandenong have seldom been severely affected by bushfires. However, we need to remain vigilant to the possibility that, given extreme weather conditions, we could be exposed to danger.

To secure your safety we have adopted certain measures to ensure you can feel free to plan your stay with us at Candlelight Mountain Retreats.

COMMUNICATION: When you make your booking we have your telephone and mobile numbers and your email address. We shall be constantly monitoring the warning codes issued by the CFA during summer and in the event a threat is predicted that indicates extreme conditions occurring during the days you have chosen to stay, we shall advise you immediately.

PRE PAID BOOKINGS: At the time of booking you will have paid a deposit, or perhaps the entire fee for your stay. In the event you are prevented from staying with us on the days chosen, due to extreme weather conditions, we shall hold your pre-payment as a credit against your visit with us on a future occasion within the next 6 months. You will be supplied with a Coupon for this service.

Should your circumstances be such that you are unable to use your accommodation within the 6 month period, the amount of your pre-payment will be fully refunded (less a $75 cancellation fee to cover expenses).

In the event we are able to offer accommodation within the 6 month period, but you elect not to proceed with the booking, the amount of your deposit only will be retained.

Our full terms and conditions can be viewed at: Valley Ranges Getaways

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