Serenity, views, nature, relaxation .................


The Kiewa Valley is renowned for its rural lifestyle set against the backdrop of the Victorian alps. Sweetwater Rural Retreat (aboriginal for Kiewa) is located in the midst of this beauty. This setting invites total relaxation - do nothing, or do everything. We are located In the heart of the Kiewa Valley and yet only a 15-30 minute drive to many local towns - Yackandandah, Lake Hume, Albury/Wodonga, Beechworth, Bright and Mt Beauty, the gateway to the snow fields at Falls Creek.

Imagine having this private retreat entirely to yourself for the duration of your stay. Wake to the sound of birds. Stroll through the established native gardens. Sit under the huge shade trees and read a book. Watch the sunrise over the mountains. Marvel at the magnificent 360 degree views or just listen to and watch the endless variety of bird life that call this small area of heaven home.

Enjoy the ambience and privacy of the well-appointed house, located on a quiet laneway about 1km from the main Kiewa Highway. It is situated on 5 acres and is surrounded by large-acreage farmland so peace, privacy and serenity are guaranteed.

The modernised house provides large family living with views from every room. We have provided those little luxuries that help to make you feel special - fluffy eider downs, electric blankets, Egyptian Cotton Sheets, Espresso machine, LED TVs, stereo systems, large DVD library, reading materials and CDs.

We have provided for familiies - porta cot/high chair, toys, mountain bikes, ride ons for smaller children, board games - and plenty of outdoor room and shade for everyone to enjoy the outdoors. Or perhaps the kids would like to feed our minature horse Princess, or Bluey & Mendholsen - the alpaccas.

If you have kids and long for a little bit of peace and quiet, you can opt to use the "Kids Retreat". This cabin is separate from the house and is stocked with a Playstation 2, Singstar, Buzz, PS2 games, and kids DVDs. The kids can make all the noise they like, and your peace and quiet will not be interrupted.

Luxuries and a view from every room.......

The property can accommodate 2-12 people comfortably. The four-bedroom house is large enough for each person to have their own space and sleeps 2-8 people. In addition, there is a separate cabin with its own ensuite which can accommodate a further 2-4 people. The cabin is not rented separately from the house so if you choose to stay, you are guaranteed to be the only people on the property.

Inside the house has been modernised and every room has a view. Main bedroom has a queen bed, ensuite and its own LED TV, DVD and Stereo system. Second bedroom has two king singles (or one king size bed), third bedroom has two singles and fourth bedroom has a queen bed. The cabin has a double sofa bed with an innersprung mattress and can sleep up to 3 additional singles.

The house is air-conditioned with two whisper-quiet reverse cycle split systems. The lounge room has a wood-fired combustion heater and 42" LED TV and DVD player (with a large DVD library available). The main bathroom is newly renovated with an elegant free standing oval bath, separate shower and modern basin whilst the main bedroom has its own ensuite. The reading room invites relaxation, with a stereo system and a library of books to read. The kitchen is newly renovated with modern appliances, stone bench tops, espresso coffee machine and coffee filter, and adjoins a generous full size dining room.

Enjoy the outdoor lifestyle with a fully-functioning under cover BBQ area which includes a BBQ, large table & chairs, beer fridge and magnificent views. Or choose to sit quietly in the native garden in a number of secluded spots and marvel at the myriad of birds and native plants.

Pets are welcome by prior arrangement.

Plenty to do within 15 minutes...... and only 20-40 minute drive from most major centres

Do absolutely nothing, or have an action packed break without having to travel far -

* Feed our minature horse Princess and our alpaccas Bluey & Mendholsen.

* Walk down to the Kiewa River and try your hand at fishing for Murray Cod, Redfin or Trout. If you feel inclined, you can plunge into the crisp clear waters and cool off.

* Borrow our mountain bikes and cycle down the laneway....or cycle a section of the Lake Hume Rail Trail.

* Go fishing, boating or water skiing at Lake Hume.

* Have a gourmet lunch at renowned restaurant Waddingtons at Kergunyah. This restaurant offers quality Australian cuisine with emphasis on local produce.

* Vist the historic local pub at Dederang.

* Visit local wineries in Gundowring and Mt Beauty or further afield in Beechworth, Yackandandah and Rutherglen. Cecannti is a boutique winery in Gundowring which offers cellar door sales as well as Tuscan cuisine.

* Cycle the High Country Rail trail which covers 55km over three stages.

* Sample the gourmet delights of the region - Sweetwater Brewery, Alpine Olives, Alpine Tea Company, Alpine Estate Olive Oil - to name a few.

* For those interested in historical architecture, visit the towns of Beechworth and Yackandandah, both within a 20-30 minute drive.

* Go 4WD driving on nearby 4WD tracks/State Forrest Fire trails.

* Take one of an unlimited amount of bush walks (both short and long) in the Kiewa Valley.

* Go horse-riding at Tawonga South, or road cycling or mountain biking in Mt Beauty.


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peaceful stay Clean, tidy & plenty of space, the garden was doing very well for mid summer, house was cool on a really hot day when we arrived. Kitch appliances user friendly, summer swimming options in both directions from house, this was just what we were hoping for. The kids loved the animals and we found some great swimming spots on the owners advice. It was great to have so many options for 1/2 day trips and thank you for having all that information there. Will stay a bit longer next time - Thanks Steve
Date published: 2016-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We had a wonderful time with family and friends We stayed here for 3 nights and what a wonderful time we had with friends and family. The house offered everything that we need and more. Kids enjoyed the most. The entire setting of the property are beautiful. Thanks to Angela for the delicious cookies and cake. We are definitely planning for a return.
Date published: 2016-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for relaxing long weekend Great accomodation: big, clean and extremely well equipped. We stayed there for few nights enjoying fireplace, home made scones and animals. Thank you.
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderfully relaxing break Our group of 3 couples enjoyed five nights at Sweetwater. Although it is a long drive from Melbourne, it was well worth it. We had everything we needed for a pleasant stay. During the day we explored the local towns and state parks and at night we cooked up a storm and enjoyed our purchases from the local wineries by the wood-fired heater. The weather was absolutely perfect so we spent one day just relaxing at Sweetwater in the hammocks. Amazing views and the local corner store was very handy for milk and bread. Thank you Angela for the baked goodies on our arrival. They didn't last long!
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect weekend getaway We booked this property because it was equidistance for us (Melbourne) and our relatives who live in Canberra and it seemed like good value and very child friendly. We didn't realise until we got there however, just what good value the property is. It is a bit of a drive from Beechworth which was our original planned destination but what you get with regards to space, views and tranquility more than makes up for the distance. The restaurant with pub gardens a few minutes down the road (Waddingtons) is a must for lunch. A truly perfect weekend had by all.
Date published: 2015-09-20
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Stayz Rental Guarantee Stayz Rental Assurance Features

Airconditioning, Washing Machine, Parking, Dishwasher

DVD player, In-house Movies/Videos, Stereo
High chair, Pets allowed, Rumpus room, Cot
Barbeque, Cooking Facilities, Microwave, Dishwasher
Linen Supplied, Ironing Facilities, Towels Supplied
Video Games
Airconditioning, Open Fireplace, Heaters
Clothes dryer, Washing Machine
Non-Smoking, Parking
DVD Library, Reading Library, Espresso machine, Ensuite bathroom, Espresso machine, Kids Club with PS2, Multiple outdoor seatring areas, Board Games, LED TVs



Tariff based on 2 people per night - sleeps up to 10

Last minute deal!

Stay before 14 Feb 2016 for 10% off.

Property Overview

Property Rates & Min Night Stay
From To Sun to Thurs ($ p/n average) Fri & Sat night 7 night stay Min night stay Extra adult ($ p/n) Extra child ($ p/n)
This property has a standard rate of: $165
Unless specified in the rate table or exceptions listed below, the standard rate will apply.
* $175 $350 $1050 2 $30 $15
* $165 $330 $990 2 $30 $15
* $185 $370 $1295 4 $0 $0
* $165 $330 $990 2 $30 $15
* $175 $350 $1050 2 $30 $15
* $185 $370 $1170 2 $30 $15
* $175 $350 $1050 2 $30 $15
Additional Costs
Optional costs*
Kid's Retreat $30 p/s

Note: Pricing is subject to change, and a minimum stay period and other conditions may apply. You should confirm pricing with the property owner. Bookings paid through the Stayz online payment system incur a 2% credit card surcharge.

Prices listed based on 2 adults. Property has 8 beds and can sleep a maximum 10 people.