I don't really even speak French, but the phrase that came to me repeatedly over the course of our weekend at Folly Farm was 'tres charmant'. From the very private yet bright and open Little Folly cabin to the expansive gardens and views, Folly Farm is a real treat. Owners Belinda and Robert have done everything to make a weekend away from the bustle of city life (and parenting responsibilities in our case!) a beautiful pleasure. Small details mean a lot, like the champagne glasses (sensibly, in a stylish plastic) next to the spa bath, the espresso machine for your morning coffee (though we should have brought some Jasper coffee with us as we are very fussy about our beans!), and lovely antiques throughout the cabin. The bed is comfortable, and an excellent place to sleep in and read the morning away whilst gazing occasionally through the generous windows at the rolling treetops across the Dandenong Ranges. The little 'shepherd's hut' provided a very cosy spot for further reading in the late afternoon, sheltered from the early spring cool breeze.
As we like to do some of our own cooking when we're away, our only complaint was the lack of a large pot for boiling pasta and a sharp knife to make the chopping more pleasant. Belinda graciously agreed that such things might be a sensible addition to the little kitchenette. The breakfast provisions were superb - Belinda leaves you a selection of locally smoked bacon, and eggs fresh from the chooks there on the property. A very pleasant wander in the vegie garden behind the cabin produced some delicious garlic chives for the eggs.
Well done to Belinda and Robert for providing such a wonderful getaway for their guests!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One private spa cottage, ten acres of romantic gardens. Gorgeous shepherds hut overlooking alpaca. Pet friendly A chic cottage boasting beautiful wrought iron chandelier, handmade by a local blacksmith, spotted gum floors, modern gas log fire and mix of timeless antique furniture with chic modern pieces setting the mood for the perfect getaway. Little Folly is a private retreat exclusively for two and situated on a historic hills station of ten acres. This romantic cottage overlooks dry stone walls that lead on to the Edna Walling designed gardens and blueberry fields. There is a separate small kitchen and and spa ensuite bathroom. Tariff incl. hearty breakfast provisions to cook at your leisure The English Shepherds Hut is perfect for sharing a glass of wine or dinner. Pet Friendly. Conditions apply. Your dog is welcome to sleep inside next to the fire. Folly Farms cottage is the perfect country retreat, situated between Olinda and Mt.Dandenong Villages. Opposite National Rhododendron Gardens & minutes walk to Olinda Village Meet our alpaca Flame, Gizmo and Heidi or pet alpaca. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Folly Farm Rural Retreat Olinda, Australia - Victoria