Firstly, I would like to point out that I have a particular way of grading properties. If a property gives themselves, or is given a 4 star rating, they are either attempting to work their way to a 5 star or they are just a glorified 3 star.
We stayed at "The Chalet" cottage as a part of a weekend away for a friends wedding. The overall experience wasn't bad, but there were a lot of areas for improvement.
Checking in was strange. We knew which room we had been assigned, but with no clear signage on the property to point you in the direction of a reception, you are left to wonder around until you make your way to the cottage and find the keys in the door. Sometimes that kind of privacy is ok, and I do understand why things were done this way.
My immediate reaction to the property was that it was great! Clean, tidy and had everything that was needed. Further inspection found that this particular cottage was billed to fit 6 people, but I would not recommend any more than 4-5. The kitchen was a good size and well equipped. The strange points were having fly screens on the front door, but not on the 2 massive doors that open onto the deck. There was WiFi, but not reliable enough to use for any more than a few minutes at a time.
A few downsides were that there was no water in the fridge (with most people driving long distances and being that it was 34*C, that was a let down). There were cobwebs in the ceiling lights in the lounge room, the sofa was stained, there was a strange smell near the stairs, the shower temperature was very temperamental and there was no relief from the heat in the form of airconditioning (something I have never witnessed in 4 star accommodation)
The grounds are massive and very well kept. each cottage has privacy from the next and had we not been a part of a very large group, would have found it easy not to mingle with anyone else staying. There were a few encounters with local wildlife, but I can't put that down to a negative because you can't exactly control those things.
I would recommend this for a small family, and hopefully they can make a few improvements to truly make these live up to a 4 star rating.
Great for a break from the rat race. Very comfortable with bucolic views, fireplace and everything you need to self cater. Do not expect luxury - do expect that there is generous fitout and everything is in good working order. Stunning country walks with views, local markets and 10 mins from the hubub of Maleny. What more could you ask for?
Stayed here over 2 nights for a family wedding. This chalet sleeps 6 but with one bathroom/separate toilet, I think it would be challenging with a full house. Luckily we only had 4 people. The dining table only has 4 chairs however so in winter, it may be troublesome squeezing the other 2 in on outdoor chairs.
We had issues with the oven as the door does not close completely, so the oven is never at your desired temperature. Microwave turn table was on and off also. Some salt, pepper and cooking oil would have been handy too. We had to buy these at a premium at the local IGA.
The upstairs bed frames had loose bed end post knobs. Perhaps this could be fixed again?
My major issue was only having one power point access in the upstairs rooms. As we were in the double bedroom, the powerpoint was right in the middle, under the bed. It is more easy to access it in the twin bedroom, behind the glass table. So we had to crawl under to find one free powerpoint to charge our phones. Perhaps add an extra long power board in future? We also noticed it was quite dusty along the walls behind the bed.
On the contrary, I really appreciated electric blankets in our upstairs double room. Made a huge difference when trying to get to sleep on a cold winters night. The property was easy to find and plenty of space in the yard to do whatever you like.
We had a lovely holiday in and around Maleny and Montville but we were a bit disappointed with the quality of the accommodation. Dishes in the cupboard were dirty, no basic salt and pepper, filthy floors especially underneath sofas and tables. Bedside lamps were not all working. However the hosts were friendly and the bottle of red wine was a lovely idea on arrival.
We stayed at Camillia cottage at Easter, and we were looking forward to a relaxing stay. Pet friendly accommodation isn't easy to find so we were delighted to find this cottage available. Camillia is set apart from the main Jacaranda Cottages and is unfortunately near a busy road. The noise of the traffic made it difficult to feel like we were relaxing. The cottage is spacious and there is a nice deck out the back which is visited by feathered friends. The cottage could be improved by providing a comfy couch to sit on. We have stayed in lots of cottages and B and Bs and I don't think we've ever stayed in a place that did not provide comfortable seating. Despite their pretty covers, the old chairs have seen better days. The provision of DVDs was good, however the tiny TV did not make for comfortable viewing. The kitchen is well stocked with thoughtful provisions (thanks for the paper towel and cooking oil), but frustratingly the frypan was buckled which made cooking very difficult. With TVs and frypans very cheap to replace, perhaps making guests more comfortable could be made more of a priority.
Six of us (two aussies and our four friends from the UK), had a lovely five day stay in The Chalet in early February 2013. The accommodation was very clean and well presented with one double room downstairs, another upstairs as well as a third bedroom with comfortable single beds. The kitchen was well equipped with a few extras (including a dishwasher and a large fridge) and our host left us a lovely bottle of French wine which we enjoyed. A great kitchen for cooking our own meals as well as a good BBQ on the decking. We had our own washing machine as well.
Only one bathroom was just manageable for the six of us - but be aware that if anyone has mobility issues, the shower is inside a large spa bath and quite difficult to get into. One of our party has had two hip replacements and found it difficult.
The outdoor decking was wonderful for the views and birdwatching. Our host Andrew, gave us a list of birds seen on the property and we enjoyed finding most of them as well as adding a few to his list. Some beautiful birds for our English visitors to enjoy, specially the Fig Bird and the Blue Faced Honeyeater which ate the nectar from a tree only a metre from where we sat!
The cottage is in a very pretty and peaceful location and we enjoyed pleasant day trips exploring the hinterland to Maleny (where we got most of our provisions), Kenilworth, Montville and Landsborough as well as some lovely walks in the Blackall Ranges.