8th October 2016 : "Lovely house. So relaxing. What a find!!! One of the best cottage/ houses we have found ON ALL OUR TRAVELS AROUND THE WORLD! And it's on our back door step! Lois & Mark & Happy to give such a glowing review. Melbourne"
This fantastic review from our guests beautifully describes our unique house and gardens on the river.
RiverBank Spa Cottage is the perfect holiday base for couples, friends and families wanting to explore the beautiful Yarra Valley. Park the car for the duration of your holiday as the house is conveniently nestled at the base of steep mountain country with the Yarra River flowing past the front of the property. Riverside pathways from the front gate lead 200m to Warburton's fine cafes, galleries, cinema and pampering opportunities in one direction and tranquil forest walks to the swing bridge in the other. Inside the cottage indulge in a leisurely soak in the over-sized two person spa tub singing along to music on the vintage record player in the "Spa Room" or lounge beside the crackling open fire with a glass of regional wine..or perhaps retire to the front deck to view the gorgeous sunsets over the mountains whilst listening to the sounds of the cascading river... the choice is yours!
Your holiday house is set on half an acre of established tranquil rainforest gardens ON the riverbank with BBQ & picnic table facilities. Inside the retro cottage is everything required for a comfortable stay. The huge master bedroom features a NEW King size bed (hard to find in Warby)...with luxury linens & doonas. The fully equipped country style kitchen includes a coffee pod machine and you are welcome to pick fresh vegies and herbs from the kitchen garden.
There are so many ways to unwind and enjoy your time at RiverBank Spa Cottage...bike riding on the Warburton / Lilydale railtrail, bushwalking to local waterfalls, sampling local wineries, kayaking or tube floating down the shallows of the Yarra River on your doorstep...
The house and gardens are a beautiful hidden gem oozing with charm and we would love to share it with you
Kim & Paul
~~~GUEST BOOK COMMENTS 2016~~~
25/8/16 Thankyou for an amazing stay. Warburton is simply beautiful and the cottage is a warm and cozy home away from home with much character and history. Spa room & record player are brilliant :). We will definitely be back & will recommend to friends & family. Until next time Natalie & Karl
Kim: Thanks for this lovely review. It would be a pleasure to have you stay with us again
12/8/16 Thankyou had a great stay. Needed an axe to cut the kindling. Bruce & Kim Melbourne
Kim: Thanks for the feedback Bruce. We don't want our guest to play with axes ;) and on your recommendation we have since purchased smaller size kindling.
22/7/16 What a wonderful property. We had such a great stay and loved the open fire and of course the spa. Having the lights left on for us, the heating on and the fire was a lovely little touch. A great weekend away! Stuart & Natasa
8/7/16 A fantastic home with wonderful features and general warmth & ambience that reflects the personality of the hosts. And sitting in the spa listening to Dean Martin & Lionel Ritchie is hard to beat! We'll definitely be back. Thanks for letting us stay and enjoy this awesome home. Sam & Kaylene
Kim: It's an absolute joy to read our guest book and know everyone is having a fabulous time
3/7/16 Very ambient, cosy & relaxing. The proximity to town was wonderful and we walked everywhere. Many thanks L& P
Kim: Isn't it wonderful to walk everywhere instead of driving!
26/6/16 What a beautiful house in a stunning part of the world! We had a lovely time, looking forward to coming back in the warmer months. Thankyou. Nathan & Caitlyn
Kim: we would to have you stay again. The cottage is beautiful at any time of the year:)
8/6/16 We absolutely loved staying here. Very beautiful house and gardens! Cosy, warm and a lovely way to come and stay back in Warburton where I used to live. Ali & Andrew
Kim: welcome back home!
27/5/16 Thankyou for a luscious stay in this lovely house. Loved the ceiling roses, the camellias, reading Jane Austen and listening to the river. Heaven-sent. Rose & Glenn
Kim: these are beautiful observations Rose. Much appreciated
23/4/16 We definitely will be back to enjoy this lovely place. Love the space and the style of this house and everything so well equipped. Brad & Chau
Kim: we look forward to having you stay again!
20/4/16 Great place you have here! Our daughter Imogen, who has just learned to crawl, took great pleasure in polishing the floor with her clothes. Lots of great surprises around the house. Enjoyed the board games. Also a great nostalgic moment reaching back into my childhood memories to remember how to use an automatic multi disc record player! What a great machine! Very happy to see you've kept it running. Thanks for a great escape. Cheers Bill & Dana
Kim : I needed sunglasses when I opened the door, such was the dazzling shine coming off the floorboards. Thanks Imogen you clever girl!
EASTER 2016 I had a wonderful time staying in this cottage. The spa was nice and the music was relaxing. Love from Matisse Age 7, year 2 at Mt Martha primary school
Kim : Hi Matisse! You stayed for a whole week so I'm glad to hear that you had a relaxing time before returning to school yay!
I had a lovely time at the beautiful cottage. The garden is lovely. But the record player and the spa bath are the best. I loved the music. It was great. I definitely want to come again. Love Amy
Kim: Hi Amy! I'm so glad you loved our house and gardens! PS Did you see the fairies at the bottom of the garden??
14/3/16 What a beautiful place for a three day holiday! Resources were abundant and not once did we feel anything was lacking! We certainly enjoyed the serene attractions which we were graciously informed of, courtesy of Kim and Paul. It was certainly a wonderful experience that enabled the whole family to get closer to nature. Many thanks from the Lu family
Kim: What a lovely review! The house and surrounds are such a great place to relax and enjoy the amazing natural beauty on our doorstep. Thankyou
14/2/16 Kim & Paul were amazing hosts. They left a wealth of information allowing us to explore rambling rivers, Californian redwood forests and an interpretive art house. The neighbours passing by were informative and made us feel very welcome. We are an older couple. Much thanks Jan & Tony
Kim: Jan & Tony we love to host older guests and we are glad you were able to get around easily and explore our beautiful town
2/1/16 Kim & Paul. What an amazing place you have. Location was perfect and everything we needed was in this gorgeous cottage. The beds were super comfy and our boys loved the park and river across the road! We especially enjoyed the games and puzzles, prompting a little family teams rivalry! Thankyou for a lovely stay. We'll certainly be back! All in all made for a wonderful family vacation. Kim, Shaun, Bailey and Taylor. PS The coffee was a godsend :)
Kim: Paul and I are so happy to have families stay at the cottage and have a great time together playing games and enjoying the easy accessibility of the beautiful river on our doorstep.
25/12/15 We absolutely loved staying at your beautiful cottage- what a slice of heaven in a beautiful little town. We had a lovely swim in the river with the family and loved coming back to the airconditioner and a cool drink. The whole Christmas stay was topped off by the tunes on the record player and enjoying the rain on the front porch. Great location with great company. Emma & family
6/11/15 Paul & Kim! Love, love this place! The garden is a florist's dream! & the record player & spa room is AMAZING! Great music! Had a great swim in the river & the porch is the perfect dance floor! Thanks so much! Kitty & Rhys
Kim: I do believe you are the first to dance on the porch :))
3/12/15 Beautiful location and lovely cottage! The spa & record player were a lovely touch- Blues Brothers were an excellent choice. Will definitely stay again! Jesse & Alex
Kim: I think you may have started a fave music list :))
~~SPRING REFLECTIONS AT RIVERBANK SPA COTTAGE~~
The days and the nights are oh-so-crisp in the Warburton valley! Everyone is rugged up and "out and about" riding bikes and picnicking on the riverbank at the many BBQ areas along the Yarra River. Two minutes walk from the cottage sees the town full of visitors lounging outside cafes sipping on coffee and sampling local gourmet delicacies as they wander along the Main Street.
Spring holidays are warm and cosy inside the cottage! There's a big supply of firewood for the fireplace in the lounge room. It really is the most romantic way to dine at the mahogany table beside the crackling fire enjoying the misty river and valley views.
The BBQ and table & chairs are located in the bottom of the front garden amongst the tree ferns and agapanthus. It's the most beautiful spot in all the garden to rug up and enjoy a meal and a drink overlooking the beautiful Yarra river. Whilst we were relaxing there a small private tour group arrived and parked over the road as the sun was setting to go TROUT fishing on the little jetty. Yes, there is a little jetty with seating across the road!!! And it's the perfect spot for a glass of red and a plate of cheese selections. ssshhh it's a secret....
RiverBank Spa cottage is simply THE perfect holiday escape as we are a centrally located hidden gem ....Don't you just want to park the car and not have to worry about driving?? No worries. Enjoy a night out at the cinema or dine out at a local restaurant, sample delicious local wines and then wander home in a matter of minutes.. BRILLIANT!!!!
Late checkout times til 11am have been extended because it's just too cosy to rush on a cold morning!
So catch another forty winks in the NEW king size bed. Or have another morning cuppa on the deck. Your choice :)
Kim & Paul