Wanted a quick getaway on my own for the night..got a booking into the Dovecote Cottage at Clarendon Cottages in Sassafras. The location was great..so close to Olinda but back down to Ferntree Gully in no time. A gorgeous petite cottage, immaculately clean and wonderfully cosy! It was a rainy day and the view from the lounge room window (also where the breakfast table was) was simply breathtaking..lush green garden, flowers everywhere and great for bird watching. The atmosphere of the entire cottage was comfortable, cosy and very relaxing. The heater kept the cottage toasty and warm, even upstairs where the bedroom and bathroom were. Had a nice relaxing bath in the spacious and very clean bathroom.Breakfast provisions were ample. The microwave came very handy for the eggs in the morning since there's no other cooking facilities. The good old double bed was very comfortable with great treetops views! Met Ian upon check-in, a lovely gentleman who walked me down to my cottage holding an umbrella over me (it was pouring at the time) and my overnight bag in his other hand! I was briefed on the general facilities of the place and where I could have dinner that night, but instead of eating out, I decided to get takeaway and brought it back to the cottage. I simply didn't want to leave the place at all! I appreciated all the privacy and peace I got....from the cottage, the wonderful surroundings and most important for me....unintrusive hosts! There is nothing more annoying than hosts who are nosy and intrusive with questions about your whole life story. Thank you Ian for respecting that. How I wish I had the time to stay another night..but looks like this will become my private getaway from now on! Make sure you go on a rainy day...
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- CLARENDON COTTAGES - NOT FAR FROM MELBOURNE, VERY CLOSE TO PERFECT! This quiet garden retreat in the Dandenong Ranges is ideal for those who love quality, self contained, B&B accommodation and a beautiful setting. You will enjoy the privacy of your own cottage, the seclusion of our two acre property and the abundance of the local wildlife. If you are looking for a little more action there are wonderful walking trails to explore in Sherbrooke Forest and the Yarra Ranges National Park or perhaps challenge your fitness with a hike up the 1000 Kokoda steps at the foot of the mountain.Our boutique guest accommodation in the heart of the Dandenongs consists of two charming 1 bedroom cottages and a two bedroom cottage in a secluded, peaceful and romantic setting. Gas log fires, spas, fully equipped kitchens and private decks are just some of the many features in our Stables & Camellia Cottages. English country gardens and meadow nestle amongst a huge variety of beautiful century old trees. The cottages are within easy walking distance of Sassafras Village, the home of the famous Miss Marples Tearoom (best scones on the mountain) and Sherbrooke Forest where you can see the Lyrebirds wandering happily.In the Dandenongs there are many things to do in the vicinity of Clarendon. Within minutes you can be wandering around the lively and colourful Villages of Sassafras, Olinda & Mt Dandenong or be visiting six out of the eight Great Gardens of Victoria - National Rhododendron Garden, Alfred Nicholas Garden, George Tindale Garden, William Ricketts Sanctuary or Cloudehill Gardens. Just 10 minutes away there's the legendary 'Puffing Billy' steam train in Belgrave, the Kokoda Trail 1000 steps and the Sky High Observatory at the top of Mt Dandenong. Many antique shops house treasures next to contemporary galleries and studios filled with craft, sculpture and decorator items created by the many artists who have made the Dandenongs their home.The Dandenong Ranges is also home to a great number of restaurants, cafes and tearooms like Wild Oak, Miss Marples, King Henry, The Cuckoo, Ranges and Copperfields suiting a wide range of palates and pockets! Tesselaar's Tulip Farm and u-pick berries and cherries are a short drive and the world renowned Yarra Valley Wineries just a 40 minute drive.For our overseas and interstate guests, the Dandenong Ranges is only a 60 minutes' drive from the Melbourne International Airport and 45 minutes from the Melbourne CBD. We invite you to come and enjoy the unique experience of the Bed & Breakfast culture in the magnificent Dandenong Ranges. ... more less
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