Near the top of Mt. Dandenong and snuggled away in a “secret location”, this delightful self-contained cottage built c.1920s is set in a tree fern filled one acre property between Olinda and Sassafras villages.
You might lie in bed and gaze out the big window at the forest and tree ferns... or perhaps laze in the spa bath then curl up by the open wood fire. This is a wonderful, private cottage with a very special feel and encapsulates the best of the Dandenongs.
Pricing for Cottage in the Forest
|A Two Night minimum applies to weekends|
|Monday - Thursday||Per couple, per night||$295|
|Friday & Saturday||Per couple for 2 nights||$680|
|Saturday & Sunday||Per couple for 2 nights||$680|
|Single Friday or Sunday when available||Per couple per night||$340|
|10% discount applies to 5 night stays or more.|
|Check-in from 2pm Check-out by 11am Guaranteed Early Check-in $30 per hour or Late Check-out $30 per hour|
Continental Breakfast Hamper
A generous Continental Breakfast hamper with free range eggs is included in your stay.
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 a Package or some Special Extras to your booking
We have a range of packages and 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 1300 48 84 48 to add them to an existing booking.
- Full range of Massage Options in your Accommodation. See here >
- The Sassafras Providore Picnic Hamper : $80 for two people
- The Antipasto Platter by the Sassafras Providore : $80 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bond Payments Required at Check-in
When you arrive to check-in you will be asked to supply photo ID and also a $150 Pre-authorisation Bond for your stay. For our larger properties, Beechmont, Moulton Park Homestead and Boyanda the bond required is $500. This Bond is for a fund reserved on your credit card for up to 5 working days. If you choose to use a debit card for your Bond, the funds will be taken from the card, held in reserve by the bank, and then refunded in 5 working days. Once our housekeepers have been to the property, found the house looking beautiful and no damage or minibar used (only some properties), your bond can be released before 5 days.
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.
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.
FOR US YOUR SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT!
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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