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Outlook Hill Vineyard & Cottages
Reviewed July 29, 2012

Leading a very busy and time poor life, we needed a get-away not far from home but removed from daily life. We tried a few places around Melbourne with mixed success………. and then my husband found OUTLOOK HILL.
The very first time we spend a long weekend in one of the cottages we knew this was it. After visiting Outlook Hill now for several years, several times a year, we call it our ‘Recovery’ space. As soon as we drive up the driveway towards the cottages, we immediately feel calmer and more relaxed. We can reconnect with ourselves and each other.
The cottages are very comfortable and homey. The kitchenette has provided us with space enough to provide beautiful snacks and delicious meals. But with so many fabulous wineries and eateries in such close proximity………… who would want to spend much time cooking?
Peter and Lydia (the owners) have provided a cosy and private space for those looking for some peace. Provisions in the cottage are ample for your early morning coffee/tea to sit on the balcony and watch the balloons drift through the valley! Fresh bread is provided and Peter even drops in the morning newspaper on Sunday morning! Both are extremely helpful and happy to assist with anything on your mind.
As city dwellers, the most overwhelming part of our stays is always the view. Breathtaking, especially if you are lucky enough to experience a sunset. Absolutely beautiful.
We will continue to return……………… again, again, again. Our home away from home.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Eva W
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

We spent two nights in cottage three for my birthday over the weekend. It was warm and cosy with an open fire place. The place was clean and very well presented, with lovely furnishings including extra throws for warmth. Bifold doors opened out onto a large deck where the views were amazing, even though it rained the whole time it was lovely to be tucked away in the warm cabin! There was everything we needed for breakfast and we brought our own eggs and bacon for a fry up. The Spa bath was spacious and the layout was perfect. Friendly people and a very friendly little jack russel came to visit us. And on Sunday morning they brought us a weekend paper. We would definitely revisit :) Thank you!

Room Tip: We stayed in cottage 3 and it was spacious and cosy
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Hattie C
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

My husband and I love visiting the Yarra Valley and believe it to be one of the most enjoyable and beautiful areas within an easy drive from Melbourne. Our first visit to Outlook Hill was some two years ago sampling and purchasing some of their celebrated wines. At the time we noticed the cottages and decided we should return and stay to allow more time in one of our favourite areas.
Our return was later than we had hoped, we booked and stayed in the gallery suite which was quite overwhelming in size, with its high pitched ceilings and mezzanine bedroom.The decor was charming and homely and the couches around the open fireplace were welcoming and comfortable, a great place to relax with the fire alight.The view from the large windows and doors opening to the terrace was spectactular, possibly the best in the area.We found the breakfast provided was more than adequate with ample tea/coffee etc. The sleeping accomodation on the mezzanine was a delight, the bathroom was spacious,clean and fresh with soaps shampoo etc all provided.
In summary our stay was most enjoyable, the proprietors were welcoming and friendly while respecting our privacy. The accomodation and amenities ticked all the boxes with the added bonus of spectacular views and a great location. We will definitely return and have no hesitation with recomending Outlook Hill to all our friends and family.

Room Tip: Gallery Suite was excellent
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank dalboras
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

I have been to the Yarra Valley a number of times and have grown to love it and the different places I have stayed. However, on this occasion, having chosen Outlook Hill I was very disappointed. Some of my negative points may seem small but had we known about them prior to booking I would've chosen somewhere else to stay.

We stayed in the studio apartment which I expected more of considering there wasn't a great deal of difference in the price compared to the Premium cottages. Unfortunately they were already booked. The interior looked clean, however, it was shabby and the furniture looked old and dated. The electrical fireplace was also very underwhelming after it had been described as "delightful" and "mesmerising to watch" to me upon booking.

The next few points may seem minor but we felt they needed to be shared. There is no door on the bathroom. It has a bi-folding screen for some limited privacy, which is fine, but sometimes you just need a bathroom door! Also, we found out during our stay that the Studio Apartment used to be the cellar door for wine tastings. Therefore, as it is being used for a purpose other than what it was built for, it is not appropriately ventilated. So the bathroom view and the view from the main room was constantly obscured by the foggy windows.

To make matters worse, the last night we spent there was made very unenjoyable due to the constant beeping noise from the fire alarm. We didn't want to contact the owner as we had to have her visit us due to some problems that we discovered soon after check in. We didn't want to disturb her again as she seemed annoyed at being contacted and almost accusing of the problem we had discovered so we just put up with it. This left us rather annoyed and glad to be leaving.

Overall, as always, I enjoyed my visit to the Yarra Valley. However, I didn't enjoy my stay at Outlook Hill. I won't be staying here on my next trip nor would I recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

My husband and I stayed one night in a "Premium Spa Cottage". The views were great, the cottage was clean and it was in a lovely quiet location in the Yarra Valley. We enjoyed having an open fire too. The negatives are small, but important to us. There was no bath salt or anything you could use to have a spa, which was disapointing considering it was advertised as a "premium spa cottage" so we couldn't really have a spa and the toiletries were very basic. In addition it was great to have free dvd's to watch, but there was no stereo to listen to music. Also I have read a few of the reviews regarding the breakfast provisions, and we never got eggs, bacon or mushrooms so I dont know if you have to stay more than one night for those provisions but it dosen't specify when making booking, although the cereal/bread/jams/yoghurt is generous. In additon the lights were not working on the porch and the light in the bathroom is very poor and the curtains are very mismatched and cheap, again small negatives but not what you except for a four star cottage. And the book providing infomation about Outlook and surrounding area needs an update. Overall, needs a few improvements, average stay, but good location.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Cotchi
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Reviewed November 16, 2011

After a year that was extreamly busy it was lovely to stay in a property where it felt like time stood still. So relaxing and peaceful with views as far as the eye can see. We were lucky enough to have some great weather which in turn delivered a great sunset most nights. I wish we could have stayed longer!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in a spa cottage not sure if they are different but this was lovely and private.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

We stayed in the Vino spa cottage on a Friday and Saturday night. The online booking system was easy to use and the owners were easy to communicate with by phone prior to arrival. We didn’t see the owners for the duration of our stay- which provided privacy.

The cottage was clean- furnished in a classic manner and as promised the views were AMAZING. As described on the website there is a kitchenette which lets you cook if you want to but there are so many great restaurants in the Yarra Valley it would be my advice to eat out. There was no turn-down or room service- however this was not needed for a 2 day stay (although some people may like that as a special touch).

We didn't use the spa- but it did look great. The shower was over the spa- but it was not awkward to get in and out of (as a young healthy person)- but it would not be appropriate for people with limited mobility. The only concern with the room itself was that the bathroom sink was blocked and this was not fixed during our stay (we let the cleaner know about this the morning after we arrived).

The accommodation comes with continental breakfast and supplies for our stay were there for us on arrival which was nice. The coffee supplied was great, there was fresh bread, fruche yoghurts, juice and a range of jams and breakfast cereals. If you stay for 2 nights your stay includes a bottle of wine- however you have to call the owners to arrange a time to collect this (before arrival I was hoping that it would be in the room for us upon arrival). There is a fridge if you wanted to bring your own provisions for a hot breakfast.

For us Outlook Hill provided a great base for a weekend away in the Yarra Valley. Recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Outlook Hill Vineyard & Cottages

Address: 97 School Lane, Healesville, Victoria 3775, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Yarra Valley > Healesville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Healesville
Price Range: $165 - $215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Outlook Hill Vineyard & Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
3 Vineyard cottages and 2 suites on vineyard farm property overlooking central yarra valley -private and peaceful ... more   less 
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