We recently spent 2 nights in Credo Cottage #2 (my sense is that there is some variation between cottages). We arrived while the Credo Restaurant was open, so the restaurant manager was quick to bring us up to the cottage and show us around. Cottage #2 was set back from the road, admittedly without a view, but with enough foliage in front of the bedroom window to be private and a private garden area behind the cottage. The decor is almost Scandinavian -- sleek wood floors, white walls, clean lines, leather sofas. It was in great condition (well, except for a bathroom sink that drained ever so slowly) and beautifully furnished, including brand new kitchen and appliances, flat screen TV and DVD player. Lots of space, very comfortable and it was ven better in person than the internet photos. #2 is set back enough from the road so it was quiet even with windows open and just a 2 minute walk to the village.
Along with the cottage, we received vouchers for breakfast at The Ranges cafe for both mornings. Unfortunately, the prices at The Ranges are such that you can't eat a lot for the voucher( A$30 for 2 people). If you both have a hot breakfast entree, juice and coffee, you would definitely be out of pocket. A small annoyance to have to pay anything extra at all.
We also received a coupon for Sunday night dinner at Credo Restaurant -- one free main course with purchase of one. We enjoyed that dinner very much....great pasta dishes, friendly service, nice selection of wines. The decor is casual and nice (but also note, a little noisy because of wood floors and a little stuffy....apparently no a/c).
Our only recommendation is that next time we would clarify when the apartment is serviced (my guess is that it would not be cleaned daily ...and it wasn't, but we were given sufficient towels for 2 nights) and what to do with the key when you leave (assuming the adjacent restaurant is not open when you depart). Also, we were told that the cottages had wireless internet access, but it doesn't actually reach as far as cottage #2. No big deal, we walked halfway down the path, sat down, and got reception and during restaurant hours, you can sit at their outdoor tables.
We would definitely stay again! The Dandenongs are a lovely area and we enjoyed visiting Mt. Dandenong, the Rhododendron garden, and just biking around.
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