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Sherwood Grange Retreat

Cottage, Ballarat

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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Min 2 nights stay

8 guests
4 bedrooms
6 beds
2 bathrooms


Surrounded by pine plantations and the vineyard, there is no false sense of seclusion here - it's the real thing, yet it's just over an hour's drive from Melbourne. Set on a 4,000-acre cattle and sheep property, these two delightful sand-stone cottages make an idyllic retreat for city slickers who want to get away from it all.

The beautiful cottages take their shape from 19th century settlers' cottages, but incorporate every 21st century luxury. They overlook two tranquil trout-stocked lakes and a vineyard planted with cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and more recently, pinot noir. A bottle of the property's wine, an excellent drop bottled under the Bungeeltap label, is left for guests as a welcome gift.

With a big slow-combustion fire at the heart of its open-plan living area, beautiful handmade quilts on the beds, warm polished timber floors covered with country-cottage rugs and a deep claw-foot bath in the heated bathroom, the whole cottage exudes a warm welcome.

Each of the two bedrooms has French doors opening onto the verandah, which wraps around three sides of the house. The larger is furnished with a queen-size wrought-iron bed, blanket box and a delightful shabby-chic wing-mirror and wardrobe. The other, decorated brightly in reds and creams, has two single beds.

Details such as dado panelling and thoughtfully chosen furniture add to the settlers-cottage ambience, while creature comforts and entertainment have not been forgotten. The cottage has reverse-cycling air-conditioning, TV/DVD/CD facilities with a selection of CDs, DVDs, games and books; big, comfy fireside sofas; and a fully equipped kitchen. On a pleasant evening, you may choose to enjoy cooking outside on the barbeque. Pick up your supplies at Bacchus Marsh or Ballan on the way through to Sherwood Grange Retreat, as there are no shops in the immediate vicinity.

Guests are welcome to fish in the two lakes, stocked with rainbow and brown trout. The fish are "wild", feeding naturally on insects and providing a wonderful angling challenge. Bait fishing is not allowed (fly and lure fishing only), and guests may take one fish to cook for themselves at the cottage. Others should be carefully released. You might like to try your luck with the yabby pots too.

Sherwood Grange is managed by Joe Toohey, a hearty farmer who oversees the day-to-day running of Sherwood Grange. Joe is a wealth of information about everything local.

If you find yourself yearning for the big smoke, Ballarat is only 30 kilometres away, with its wide tree-lined boulevards, cafes, lakeside restaurant, art galleries and historic museums. Also nearby are Daylesford and Buninyong, a 20 minute drive away. But it's easy to kick back and enjoy the views, fresh air, wildlife, rhythms of the farm and tranquility. Why leave?

PLEASE NOTE: Our 2 cottages sleep 4 people each, in one double and two single beds.

NOTE: Weekly and nightly prices are for two people.


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Air conditioning

Air conditioning DVD player Iron and board Kitchen Linens provided Microwave Outdoor grill Stereo Video library
Sherwood Grange Retreat is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful place to stay. Cottage was gorgeous, host very friendly. Scenery wonderful. Very quiet and relaxing.Carmen
Date published: 2013-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful location, serene, peaceful, a world of its own. An easy drive into nearby towns, Ballarat & Daylesford for instance made it simply a perfect few days escape from the "real world."Surrounded by vineyards and a fish filled lake, no city noises just the sounds of nature, cows in the paddocks, the occasional kangaroo and birds in the trees.Magnificent is an understatement.All this and a bottle of 2003 Cab Sav, produced on the property, awaiting our arrival was a pleasant and welcoming surprise, and went down very well too!Can't recommend Sherwood Grange highly enough, we'll be back.
Date published: 2011-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such serenity! An extremely comfortable, well catered setup. We very much enjoyed the complimentary bottle of Pinot Noir. The views were beautiful, the cottage was absolutely lovely. It was a cold weekend but we were cosy with the fire. My partner and I agreed that we could quite happily live there! My highest recommendations to anyone who needs to be far from the madding crowd (but still a stone's throw from 'civilisation'). Ideal!!
Date published: 2010-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the place. Drought has affected the view so they have worked on the garden. Close to many tourism sites for youngsters and oldies. Ideal location for us. All needs catered for - comfy bed, reading matter, television and space to stretch out and relax. Space and relaxation near wineries, cheese, fresh fruit and lots of restaurants tucked into places we have never been. What more could you ask for,
Date published: 2008-06-01
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