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The Eltham Garden Retreat

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Please note that this guide was last updated quite a few years ago (2006), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Gwen Ford
70 John St, Eltham, Victoria

Tel: + 61 (0)3-9439-9010
No cell number available
No fax number available

In all things at Eltham Garden Retreat the emphasis is strongly on the ‘natural’, whether it be in the building materials used to create the cottages or the garden itself. So you can choose between the sweetest cottage, with exposed mud-brick walls, wooden floor, rugs and furniture in primary colours, or the light-filled loft, a pale, painted-pine studio accessible via a wooden-walkway with its own elevated deck.....

.... Then there’s a Venn diagram of three conjoined adobe rondavels (bedroom, kitchen, sitting-room) with fan-beamed ceilings (if that means anything to you!), whitewashed walls, wicker furniture and a private courtyard garden. These cottages are hidden in the two acres of Australian native bush garden. This amazing slice of wilderness was actually created from an old quince orchard, though you’d never know it. The waterfall and pond are vitally soothing on the eye. In fact I challenge you to find a single object that doesn’t blend perfectly into this sylvan environment. Even the wrought-iron lamps – forged at nearby Montsalvat - that land you at your cottage at night are delightfully frayed and antique. A great place from which to visit Melbourne, but also the Yarra Valley wineries, just half an hour’s drive from here. And the Yarra River’s most beautifully rural areas are within walking distance. Gwen provides breakfast materials for you, putting things she’s cooked in your fridge, vegetarians well catered for. An idyll.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    
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Rooms: 3: 2 cottages, both doubles with en-suite shower; 1 loft with en-suite shower.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included but you need to cook it yourself. Many good restaurants and wineries in Eltham.
Directions: Directions faxed or emailed on booking.

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