Newly refurbished just for the pleasure of one lucky couple, this romantic love nest over two levels, offers you peace and privacy in the luscious ferny glades of the Dandenong Ranges.
It is possible to walk to Sassafras Village from Santosa Cottage, so you are not far from great coffee, tempting cakes and cafes and the boutique and beautiful shopping in Sassafras. Olinda is just a 1.5 km drive, walk the forest of Sherbrooke, visit William Ricketts Sanctuary, enjoy the sunset over Melbourne from Skyhigh - or do nothing at all, just hide away together.
Pricing for Santosa Cottage
|A Two Night minimum applies on weekends.|
|Two Nights Midweek||$530|
|Two Nights Weekend||$600|
|PLEASE NOTE: A single night supplement applies to one night bookings. A 10% discount applies to 5 night stays or more.|
|Check-in from 3pm Check-out by 12 noon|
|ADD a One Hour Early Check-in or Late Check-out for $30 per hour when you book.|
Continental Breakfast Basket
The Sassafras Providore will provide you with a delicious selection of produce for the first morning of your stay, including The Sassafras Providore muesli, milk and juice, locally baked multi-grain bread, butter and preserves, ground coffee, leaf tea and some delicious sweet treats.
This Breakfast Basket will be waiting in your accommodation with our compliments and is sufficient for one morning for the number of guests staying.
Upgrade with the Hills Breakfast Basket
The perfect addition to your Continental Breakfast Basket, The Hills Breakfast Basket includes free range eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, Sassafras Providore's own tomato relish, raspberry and coconut muffins and hot chocolate.
$40 per couple, per morning.
Staying more than one night? Add one of these breakfast options to your stay when you book. To add to an existing booking, use the form below or call 1300 48 84 48.
The Bakers Box is a delicious selection of baked goods including French croissants with Sassafras Providore mixed berry jam, raspberry and coconut muffins, a loaf of locally baked multi-grain bread, butter and Yarra Valley box honey, milk and juice.
$35 per couple, per morning.
Country Breakfast Basket
The Country Breakfast Basket is created for you using locally sourced produce by The Sassafras Providore. It includes free range eggs, bacon, locally baked multi-grain bread, mushrooms, tomatoes and The Sassafras Providore's own tomato relish. Fresh juice, milk and hot chocolate and pancake mix with fresh mixed berries.
$50 per couple, per morning.
High Tea Breakfast
Looking for a truly unique experience for a special occasion? Try The Sassafras Providore High Tea breakfast. Your breakfast will be delivered and set up on your dining room table by our chef. You will be treated to a selection of pastries, eggs, pancakes and many more delights served on a traditional three tier stand and accompanied by all the glamour of a High Tea occasion.
$65 per person.
Add a Package, Massage 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.
- PAMPER yourselves with a Spa Treatment or Massage in the comfort of your accommodation See here >
- ADD something special to your booking like a picnic hampers, antipasto platter, wine or flowers See here >
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Want to arrive a little earlier or leave a little later? Book a guaranteed early check-in or late check-out for $30 per hour.
Sassafras is a shopping haven and home to the famous Miss Marples tearooms. Only a short drive from Olinda and Mt Dandenong Villages on one side and Sherbrooke on the other, you have plenty of things to explore. The surrounding National Parks also have some great walking trails to suit all levels of fitness.
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.
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.
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.
Burnham Beeches, headed up by renowned restauranteur Shannon Bennett, is on it’s way to becoming the world’s first complete gourmet retreat, harnessed by nature and complemented by human understanding. The state-of-the-art Burnham Bakery and the adjoining Piggery Café are both in full swing and in time, Australia’s longest chicken run will be built plus a 16-cow automated dairy, along with the steakhouse, microbrewery and piece de resistance, the European-style food/hospitality/residential hub that aims to be Australia’s first six-star luxury retreat.
Established in 1929 as part of the historic Burnham Beeches Estate, Alfred Nicholas Gardens has extensive water features with waterfalls and an ornamental lake. The many linking paths through this garden take you beneath a canopy of awesome Mountain Ash Trees. Walk through shady trees down to the picturesque lake, and picnic by the quaint boathouse. In spring, view the flowering azaleas, cherry trees and viburnum. Popular for walks, picnics and birdwatching by the lake. Walks are on gravel requiring a degree of fitness.
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