Westcott has a bedroom, a separate living/dining area & is a 5 min walk to town
About Vicki Buchanan
After years of inner city living, we felt the country calling. Desperate for a big vege garden, a few chickens, a menagerie of fury creatures and some form of self sufficiency, we began the search for a property. We now call Westcott in Ballan home. Loving country living!
Vicki Buchanan purchased this Cottage in 2008
Why Vicki Buchanan chose Ballan
Westcott screamed out to be rescued. It was a massive project, but worth the effort. Run as a maternity hospital in the 1920's - 40's, many of the elderly Ballan residents were born here, so there are many stories to be told about this property, and much sentiment for Westcott within the town. The property is almost 4 acres on the edge of town and backing onto the Werribee River. What was not to love about this property... Set on hill with views down the river valley to the Wombat State forest, and steeped in history. Not to mention a barn to die for!
What makes this Cottage unique
Westcott is a lovely, old rambling house with an amazing old barn that once watered Cobb and Co horses. The view from our living area to the country side and forest is amazing, especially given the property is within Ballan township. It is situated on the edge of the goldfields and in spa country. The stunning autumn colours bought on by freezing winters, give way to the most spectacular spring blossoms. We love the four seasons in this area. Within a 30km radius of Ballan there's so much to explore. There are many historic towns and sites, great food and wine, fantastic walks and beautiful countryside.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We had a great stay. Vicki was very welcoming and kind. The cottage would have been perfect if it had a stove. Location is fantastic, walking distance to town, with great restaurants and cafes. Would definitely come back, and highly recommend.
Thanks For your review Heidi. The site does indicate that’s it’s only a kitchenette, but it is well equipped for cooking in the microwave and BBQ. You may have noticed, the space is not suitable for a stove.
A charming atmosphere and comfortable stay. Thank you
Good communication and instructions before and during our stay. Clean and warm. Thank you
A Weekend in Ballan
Spent a couple of days at this wonderful cottage to attend a family event at the Ballan Sporting Reserve.
Although the weather was lousy, the cottage was warm and cosy and the bed very comfortable to my wife's delight.
Being located within easy walking distance to the towns amenities, the car was not essential to get around.
I would definitely recommend it to friends and family.
Keep up the good work Vicki and hope to get back there again in the future.
Thanks for your detailed review Richard. This really gives prospective guests a good idea of what to expect... in particular a comfy bed!
Lovely historical cottage
Everything we needed very comfy bed gorgeous garden would stay again
Thanks for staying at Westcott Carol. The garden is lovely throughout all the seasons!
A very easy home away from home. Lovely setting and arrangements all prepared with attention to detail and care. Thank you
thanks for staying with us Jim and for your kind words.
A cosy cottage, easy to find, with easy driving access to Melbourne for business or to explore the local wineries and eateries.
Very clean, comfortable and well appointed. The private garden is very relaxing with birds fluttering about.
Thanks for staying at Westcott Martin and for your review. Hope to see you again if you revisit the area.
Ballan is a charming, peaceful country town and especially picturesque as the autumn leaves are changing colour. There's an Autumn festival held late March, attracting more people each year. There's cafes, op shops and markets to visit as you wander around or call into the pub to enjoy some local bluegrass music and some pub grub. The bluegrass music scene is thriving in the area and there are many events held locally. Ballan is also home to Mill Rose Quilting shop and gallery. Mill Rose is very well known by those with a passion for quilting and also has a lovely cafe. The local farmers market is held every second Saturday in the Mill Rose carpark.
For the sports minded there's a lovely Golf course, and other popular courses close by, such as the one at Trentham. There are many bushwalking and hiking sites, all within a 20 minute drive, Werribee Gorge, Brisbane ranges, Blackwood, Lerderderg Gorge, just to name a few. The historic Goldfields towns, such as Creswick, Dayelsford, Blackwood and Clunes provide many walks for those wanting a less strenuous, but history filled outing.
There are many wonderful nurseries in the area. The Garden of St Erth is a short drive to Blackwood, which is also home to the stunning Blackwood Ridge Nursery and cafe. Lambley Nursery on the other side of Ballarat is a must if in the area.
Dayelsford and Hepburn Springs is the spa mecca of Victoria, but these towns have so much more to offer than just a relaxing massage. There a many wonderful restaurants, cafes and food experiences to try. For a special treat lunch at the stunning Lakehouse will not disappoint! Dayelsford is also home to some amazing galleries. David Bromley's is well worth a look in.
For those with a passion for truffles, there's no place better to be in winter. There are many truffle farms around Ballan, running from Gordon through to Dayelsford. During the short lived truffle season they team up with many of the restaurants in the area to provide the ultimate truffle experience. The Myrniong Pub/restaurant is a great place to experience this. From truffle hunting on farms with the dogs to eating a delicious meal, this is a wonderful experience for all who have the truffle bug.