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Brindalee Cottage

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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.

Lynne Vingrys
2 Upper Coonara Rd, Olinda, Victoria

Tel: + 61 (0)3-9751-1837
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Fax: + 61 (0)3-9751-1837

Driving out of Melbourne a sudden elevation takes you beyond the metropolitan basin and up into dense forest. Tucked in amongst strapping mountain ash, you’ll find Brindalee, a fairy-tale cottage in the heart of the Dandenongs.....

.... The drive gently winds to this gingerbread house, trimmed with blue-grey timber frames. Under the watchful gaze of scarlet lorikeets, a wrap-around verandah is decorated chairs festooned with woollen throws and cushions. Sitting out here is incredibly peaceful. You enter through a glass door to a borderless living area which, when I visited, was warmed by a wood-burner and winter sun. The cottage is delicately furnished with fabrics, soft blankets and comfy sofas. It’s Lynne’s detailed handiwork that personalises Brindalee: framed embroidery and hand-stencilled walls echo one another’s motifs; fresh flower arrangements, wicker baskets full of pine cones and dried lavender add aroma. There’s an indulgent bathroom where you can share the claw-foot bath with a mop of sponges and bath salts and the front bedroom has a sleigh bed and access to the bubbling outdoor spa. The cottage is also fully air-conditioned and centrally heated (though obviously not at the same time!)Should you manage to pull yourself away from this idyll, gardens, nurseries and bush walks await. But Lynne assured me that most people don’t leave the cottage. Galleries, restaurants, potteries and antique shops in nearby Olinda and Sassafras; a golf course with unrivalled views and the National Rhododendron Gardens, a tulip farm are moments away.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    
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Rooms: 1 self-contained cottage with 2 queens, private bath and shower and separate loo.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full gourmet breakfast provisions provided.
Directions: From Melbourne take the Burwood Hwy (26) east. At Ferntree Gully turn left onto C415 to Olinda. Follow C406 toward Monbulk. Brindalee is on the corner of Upper Coonara Rd.

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