My fiance and I recently spent a weekend in the Candlelight Cottages Retreat in Olinda, Dandenong Ranges (about an hour's drive from Melbourne) to celebrate his birthday in July. The cottage was delightful and and very comfortable, with plenty of heaters and log fire to keep the place warm. Close attention was paid to smaller details, like provision of abundant supply of books, DVD, towels and quality toiletry in bathroom (with a jacuzzi big enough for 4!). We especially appreciated the well-stocked kitchen, especially the wonderful selection of exotic teas - for people like us who need a "good cuppa tea"!
Breakfast was an impressive selection of bacon, sausages, tomatoes, cheese, fresh farm eggs, bread fresh from the bakery...we couldnt ask for more.
Coming from a fast-paced, stressful working life in Hong Kong, it was just marvellous to be able to escape into the wildlife and stay in a beautiful cottage overlooking the lush forest of trees and fern, with plenty of hiking trails. We enjoyed excellent food in nearby restaurants, especially Wild Oak Restaurant and spending the day visiting wineries in the Yarra Valley. We especially loved visiting Sassafras, about 15 minutes drive away, with lots of arts and crafts shops, and having Devonshire tea at Ms Marple. So English!
Peta and Laurie are wonderful hosts who obviously care about their guests. Laurie had also entertained us with stories of his life living in Hong Kong in the 50s - amazing!
Our experience is heart-warming and memorable. We will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Candlelight Mountain Retreats and their sister business, Valley Ranges Getaways are a collection of 25 boutique luxury accommodation properties scattered throughout the Dandenong Ranges. Private cottages, villa, holiday houses. All include breakfast, wifi, indulgent baths, kitchens. Close to the villages of Mt Dandenong, Olinda, Sassafras and Yarra Valley wineries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Valley Ranges Getaways Olinda, Australia - Victoria