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Review 3690: Moonbeam Cottages, Cottage
Cottages on an estate near Moonambel in Victoria, Australia
July 2008, 3days
In the country in the Pyrenees wine region of Victoria. There are a variety of cottages from 1 bedroom to 4 bedroom all with en suites. Very quiet, even though there are several cottages on the site.
Moonambel, the nearest small town, is a short drive away. There is a general store and a hotel.
The cottages are on the same site as a cafe/restaurant. A very short drive away there is a restaurant, which is recommended in the Victorian Good Food Guide. Both places serve coffee. There are restaurants and cafes at the wineries in the area.
The cottages have been built by the owner with recycled timber, hand made mud bricks, stones and stained glass. We stayed in the one bedroom cottage, but have also stayed in the four bedroom cottage with friends several times. There is a wood-fired heater as well as an open fireplace in each cottage. There is enough wood in the cottage and outside the door to keep the fires going all day. There is no extra cost for this. There is no other heating. Every cottage has a spa bath - the one in our cottage within sight of the open fire and bed.
Breakfast was included in the price - left in the fridge to cook whenever we wanted (eggs, bacon and sausage) and there is cereal, jams, tea and coffee supplied.
There is an outdoor setting with a BBQ but it was too cold to use it. Each cottage has an area to BBQ.
There is no pool. The cottage comes with instructions for a walk in the "bush."
Since the first time we stayed there the owner has built a cafe/restaurant - open at the weekends. There is a dam in front of the cafe which looked quite pretty and would be more so if the country wasn't in the middle of a drought. There is a chapel for weddings but we didn't go into it.
The furniture was reasonably comfortable. We had a couch and several arm chairs. Not too comfortable for lounging in front of the fire, but not too bad.
There was a dining table with four chairs. The four bedroom we had stayed in previously had a beautiful red-gum hand made table.
The bed was comfortable - a little hard but I like firm mattresses. The linen was good quality and there was an electric blanket on the bed. The bedroom was cool in the morning when the open fire had gone out although the pot belly stove was still alight and was easy to get heating again.
The bathroom was cold, although I have to say we were there on a cold weekend. There is no extra heating in the bathroom so I decided to have a bath in the warm bedroom/lounge room instead.
We only cooked breakfast but there was good equipment if you wanted to cook dinner. There was a full size refrigerator.
Problems or Bonuses
We were there at a very cold time but I felt there could have been some sort of heating in the bathroom.
We ate at the cafe one night and it was very basic - nothing out of the ordinary, but there was a fabulous fire going in the large fireplace. Probably wouldn't bother again.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked through the owner who lives on site and is very helpful. It is $160 a cottage a night including breakfast provisions. I am not sure if it is cheaper for a weekly rate.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We have stayed here several times and recommend it for a relaxing time in an area where there are many vineyards and restaurants to visit.
Things to do in this area
This a a wine area. There are many wineries open for tastings and many of them have restaurants. The local pub has good pub food. Our favourite restaurant is just up the hill and this is usually the reason we stay in the area. It is called Warrenmang Vineyard Resort. They also have accommodation, which we have stayed but we like the open fires at Moonbeam cottages in the winter.
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