Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon

Sunflower Cottage secluded getaway

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Sunflower cottage is in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges, within walking distance of the beautiful village of Olinda, a main tourist attraction along with its neighbouring village Sassafrass.

The cottage is a completely separate house more than 50 metres from the main residence in the 5 acre grounds with its own driveway, undercover parking and beautiful private fenced garden. It is perfect for guests with mobility challenges looking for accommodation with no steps.

Just a few hundred metres away from the entrance to the National Rhododendrum Gardens and walking/mountain bike trails in the National forest, the property was formerly known as the Georgian Guest House, where the gentry, politicians of the day and the well heeled used to holiday in the summer months to escape from the heat. The original guest house burnt down in the 1960's however most of the 100 year old garden remains, as does the cottage, formerly the stables for the horses.

Totally renovated for todays discerning guests, with heating in all rooms, electric blankets on all beds, a new kitchen, a double shower, large flat screen TV and an open fireplace for the cooler evenings (all wood supplied, fireplace set up and ready to be lit when you arrive), this cottage is open plan, with insulated walls and ceilings. There is a separate laundry room inclusive of a tumble dryer, washing machine and ironing equipment.

Guests have the choice of one queen size bed in one room, or one single and king single with its own TV in the additional room. Open expanses of windows at the front across the entire cottage allow for views of its private perennial garden and the visiting king parrots, rosellas and kookaburras which are in abundance.

Please note, this venue is not available for parties, events, weddings or wedding photography without prior approval.

A small welcome back is available when you arrive.

More Details

Carolyn Schuwalow
Member since: 2017
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 15, 2018


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Olinda, Australia

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No parties, weddings, events or wedding or event photography
  • Strickty no visitors apart from nominated guests staying at the cottage
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Double shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


4.8/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

75% Complete
25% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Sunflower Cottage secluded getaway
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The cottage was large, but cosy, nicely decorated and everything we needed was availiable!

  • Submitted: 10-Jul-2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Delighful! Everything you need for a relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

Carolyn's welcome was warm. The fire was ready to light and a great basket of goodies was waiting for us. Sunflower Cottage was beautifully cozy and had everything we needed for a most enjoyable stay. Thanks!

  • Submitted: 8-Jul-2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Caroline and Anne. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Wonderful guests. Left the cottage clean and tidy. Highly recommended. We hope to see you again.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Beautiful cottage in a relaxed setting

  • 5 of 5

The location is beautiful - quiet and relaxing amongst the trees and birds with our own garden. Easy walk to the botanical gardens and Olinda shops. We loved the cottage, and it was very nice of Carolyn to provide us with some goodies. It was easy to cook meals as all utensils and pantry items were available. The fireplace was amazing, kept us warm at nights. We would happily stay here again!

  • Submitted: 1-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kripa, it was lovely to host your stay in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. A sincere thank you for leaving the cottage so clean and tidy. You are welcome back any time and we do trust we see you again in the near future. All the very best Carolyn :)
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Relaxing place to stay

  • 4 of 5

We loved staying at this beautiful cottage over christmas. A nice walk to Olinda shops. Lovely gardens and the Kookaburras came to visit every morning. Our host made us feel welcome with some yummy sourdough bread and other goodies and a christmas tree and decorations! We felt very welcomed and enjoyed our stay. We would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: 8-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Maree for your kind words. We hope we can host another stay for you in the near future. Kindest regards Carolyn
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Other Activities:

National Rhododendron Gardens


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Olinda, Australia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
GX-1093 - do not use!
Apr 4 - Apr 4
1 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Contact Owner

Other Vacation Properties