Set on 300 acres, the cottage overlooks our native forest, grasslands and Mt Kooroocheang. Moorakyle Retreat is a relaxing, stylish and comfortable getaway. The cottage is fully self contained and set apart from the main house. Filled with natural light, modern and well appointed with a continental vegan breakfast supplied for your first morning. We are just 15 minutes from Daylesford and touring distance to Castlemaine, Ballarat, Maldon, Macedon and all the central highlands have to offer.
A deep veranda overlooks our creek, a lovely dam, and the native forest beyond. Our rescue animals are nearby and most evenings the kangaroos will come out of the forest to graze.
The cottage is filled with light from tall casement windows and french doors, set up for your comfort and enjoyment.
The kitchen is fully equipped, including basic provisions. Sleep in a wonderfully comfortable king size bed with quality bedding and linen. Note, the king size bed can be split into twin beds. There is also a sofa bed available on request (surcharge of $20 per night.)
***Please advise on booking if you require twin beds or the sofa bed.***
We can provide locally grown organic vegetables, local wines and other supplies for your stay. Please advise on booking re anything extra you would like.
You have the cottage to yourselves, set in the garden with a pretty paved and shady court yard.
Take a walk in the forest....60 acres of native trees, grasses and seasonal wildflowers. We know you will respect the native plants and animals in our care.
Many of the animals in our care will be around for you to meet. Please note we do not allow free access to all areas.
We live on site, and leave our guests to enjoy the cottage, after checking in with you that you have everything you need. Happy to give recommendations.
We are generally available in person to assist or can be contacted by mobile.
Poppy the cat likes to visit. For those allergic to fur, please note we do not allow Poppy inside, though she did model for some of our photos!
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This is a meat free venue, see the house rules for details.
Mobile (cell) 'phone coverage can be limited in this area. Guests are advised to use 'Telstra' for the best coverage.
For access to the internet, you will need to use a Telstra mobile card/Wi-Fi. Many local cafes, as well as the local hotel, have free WiFi.
We rely on tank water for our household water and ask that you are careful with water use.
If you would like extend your Friday/Saturday night to include Sunday night, please get in contact. We generally block Sunday nights to enable us to access the cottage for gardening, however we can be flexible :)
We are an animal rescue and sanctuary. In respect to our animals we do not allow meat or meat products onto the property.
- Vegan/vegetarian foods only please
- No recreational drugs
- No smoking on entire property
Please be aware we have dams and a creek (waterway) on the property. Please exercise caution and understand we do not allow swimming in the dams.
Please advise on booking if you require the KS bed to be converted to twin singles and/or use of the sofa bed ($20 surcharge per night)
A dream came true the day we settled on this 300 acre property. Eastern Hill is part of the of the rich lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung tribes. Later our property was the Eastern Hill section of the Smeaton run of Captain Hepburn, the original European settler.
The land is a beautiful combination of grasslands, rocky outcrops and forest, together with a creek and an abundance of wild life.
We grow olives, and run a registered animal rescue. At any time there are over one hundred rescue animals in our care. Our motto is kindness to all living things.
We garden, love books, relaxing in front of an open fire watching a DVD, and enjoy good local organic food and wine.