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Review 4074: Sanctuary Park Cottage Retreat, Cottage

Review by Fletch from Australia who is a SlowTrav Contributor

Cottages on farm near Healesville, Australia


April 09, 3 nights


The cottages are on a small farm near Healesville, a town one hour from Melbourne. It is opposite Healesville Sanctuary, which has over 200 species of native wildlife.

The cottages are one, two and three bedroom so a variety to choose from.

Nearby Amenities

The closest cafes, restaurants and shops are in Healesville a 10 minute drive away.

The House/Apartment

There are six cottages spaced well apart so reasonably private. We were a group of 16 so this was not important to us. There was one other cottage occupied and I think they would have felt quite private.

The cottage we stayed in had two bedrooms with one bathroom. The bathroom was large with a separate glassed in shower and a large spa bath. The laundry has a washing machine (and I think a dryer that we didn't use).

The living area/ kitchen is open plan. The wood fire was in the middle of this area and warmed the whole cottage.


Each cottage had a veranda overlooking a small lake, or the farm. There is a playground and BBQ area, which we did not use. The lake has a path around it.

The gardens are well looked after but it was cold and wet so we rarely ventured out to them.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture is in excellent order. The open plan living area has two comfortable couches, and a table and chairs to seat four people.

The cottage was very clean.


There was a queen sized bed and for our stay the two king single beds had been zipped together to form a large king-size bed.

The linen was good quality with comfortable pillows. The towels were good quality.

The bathroom had a good flow through the shower and there was a gas hot water system with instant hot water.


The kitchen was very usable and well equipped. There was an oven which we used, and gas burners. There was enough pots and pans of good quality. We cooked roast lamb for 16 people and it worked well.

Problems or Bonuses

Only good - April was quite cold and it snowed not far away while we were there so we needed the fire. There was a large wood-box, which was kept well filled by the owners. Sometimes owners are not as generous with the wood.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

A friend booked and the owners were very helpful. We had booked in another town but it was burnt in the terrible bush fires in February so it was short notice for such a large group.

Their website is good and you get a good impression from it.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

The cottages are great for a group - we all met in the larger living area in the three bedroom cottage, but it would also be a good place for a couple or or family.

It is a 10 minute drive to the local town so anyone who would rather be in walking distance may not suit it.

The farm had goats with kids, which we could see from our window and I imagine children would enjoy visiting them.

Things to do in this area

Healesville is in The Yarra Valley, a wine area with many vineyards and restaurants. It is very easy driving in the area so a tour around the wineries is very pleasant.

Tarrawarra (a winery and restaurant) has a very good Art Gallery ($5 admission).

The cottages are opposite Healesville Sanctuary, which is a well run native wildlife centre worth a visit.

Some restaurants in the area we have been to at other times:

  • Bella Vedere
  • Giant Steps / Innocent Bystander Cafe/ winery
  • The Healesville Hotel.

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