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“Picture Perfect”

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Very good
8 reviews
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Castlemaine, Victoria

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kulas_chr...
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Picture Perfect”
Reviewed 15 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Our weekend stay at The Potager was perfect. The tree lined driveway was our first impression and numerous "wow" moments followed. On entering the house the aura is one of homeliness and comfort. The beds are extremely comfortable and the linen cotton and cosy. The kitchen has fantastic cookware and crockery. Jane added some lovely touches like fresh eggs and bread, gourmet biscuits, butter, milk and fruit. The coffee machine was a hit too. The weather was warm so the pool was fully utilized. Surrounded by trees and birds, it is an incredibly relaxing place for a swim.The pool is big, deep and clean. The garden is diverse and lovingly tended to, which attracts a huge variety of birds. Plenty of room for parking. It's a great house for groups as there is much space inside and out, you can find a place to come together or find a quiet nook, so it works well over the course of a weekend.
Overall I couldn't recommend it highly enough. The host Jane is great to talk to and is very unobtrusive. We all loved our stay and will most definitely return.

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Liked best: The ambience of the house and setting.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Large groups
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PurpleGre...
Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Rustic peaceful garden retreat”
Reviewed 3 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014

Our family of 5 and dog stayed here in the peak Christmas/New Year period ($2,500 for the week). The property is lovely and private, in a delightful garden setting with lots of native birds, rabbits grazing at dusk, and even a kangaroo a few metres from our bedroom window one night. Lots of secluded spots to sit, relax, read a book and contemplate life. The pool was my favourite spot to sit, under the shade of an apricot tree.

The cottage is gorgeous, with stone floors and walls, even the bathrooms bath/showers were made of stone. It is a rustic retreat though, no dishwasher and only ceiling fans (not airconditioning) for cooling. However, the main cottage seemed to stay very cool on a 39 degree day (but the lounge and bungalow got a bit uncomfortably hot).

In winter you would need to keep multiple wood heaters running (kitchen is a fair distance from the lounge area), but there are electric blankets in the bedrooms. The 2 bedrooms in the main cottage are inter-connected and the doorway between them doesn't have a door, which may be a privacy/noise issue.

Just a short drive from Castlemaine, maybe 5 or 10 minutes, so easy to pop in and sample the fabulous cafes there.

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Liked best: the private garden setting and rustic charm of the building
Liked least: no dishwasher - not fun when you are a family of 5
Travelling group: Teenagers
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KayDunc
Clare, Australia
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9 reviews
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“Unique old world experience”
Reviewed 20 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

Wonderful experience in lovely location. Comfy bed and great host. Really great place to relax and get away from the modern world.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Carole S
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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“A wonderful escape”
Reviewed 14 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

Driving down the poplar lined lane to arrive at The Potager is much like leaving behind the 21st century. The stone miner’s cottage, nestled at the foot of a hill is warm and welcoming, with a curl of smoke from the chimney, the call of frogs in the air, towering eucalypts and beautiful gardens. There’s even a babbling brook at the bottom of the garden! Days were spent enjoying Castlemaine and surrounding areas, and buying up local produce and wine to enjoy in front of the roaring fire, or a sunny spot in the garden. The Potager is very well appointed, with comfortable beds, beautiful linen, fully equipped kitchen and bookshelves and big comfortable sofas. Flat screen TV and electric blankets are a nod to modern lifestyle. A wonderful weekend and we definitely have plans to return in summer to relax by the pool!

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Travelling group: Friends
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Anne G
Australia
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“A Little Bit of Heaven”
Reviewed 3 September 2013 for a stay in February 2013

I spent a 'girl's' weekend at The Potager, and it was wonderful. The sandstone miner's cottage welcomes you the moment you step inside. Stone floors, scrubbed wooden tables, lovely soft sofas, bookcases to keep you occupied for days in front of the huge fireplace. The house is decorated with flair and personality, giving you the feeling that you are visiting a friend's home. The beds are really comfortable and there is an amazing view from every window. There are 4 acres, which include a huge swimming pool and an amazing herb and vegetable garden, espaliered apple trees, sculptures, a creek and huge old poplars and gum trees. There is also a beautiful self contained stone studio within the grounds, if you need more accommodation. At sunset, the cicadas and frogs come out in force, and the eucalyptus reminds you that you are in Australia. We sat outside for an evening glass of wine enjoying the beauty surrounding us, before cooking dinner in the well equipped kitchen. A truly special experience.

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