We stayed in the Blackwood at Candlelight Cottages (this cottage is located in Sassafrass, Victoria). The cottage is immaculate, spotless, romantic, very private and hidden away. Yet, amazingly, it is only a two minute walk from the quaint shops in the main street.
The layout is amazing. A living and dining area, bedroom and shower / spa / toilet room.
They could be isolated from each other or opened up so the audiovisual system was accessible/viewable from any of them.
The shower is the best I have ever experienced. It would seem that the available water pressure could easily be used for firefighting. The water temperature was hot and instant and the taps only rotate 90 degrees from off to full on. Made it so easy to adjust the flow and temperature.
Building access is a problem. The steps up into the cottage are difficult to climb because of the rise height of the steps and lack of a hand-rail for most of the steps.
Once in the driveway, backing out onto the gravel roadway (track) with a 2 - 3 metre drop, with no barriers, on the other side of the roadway, is a serious concern.
The kitchen is pokey with totally insufficient benchspace, no hotpate and the only option for any hot meals is to order it in at a cost, go to the local cafes, or use the microwave.
Teabags and low fat milk should be available as an option to the loose leaf tea and full cream milk.
The fire alarm sounded each time we used the toaster because of its proximity and lack of exhaust fan.
While the audiovisual system, utilizing an iPad was amazing, people without experience with these devices, could well become frustrated. I twice had to reinstall the app on the iPad because it locked up and wouldn't reset.
The bed had a very soft topper and personally, because I suffer from a sore back, it was uncomfortable. I am sure that other would find it divine.
Keeping in mind that this cottage is a relatively new addition, I am sure the cottage is still in the process of smoothing out some of the bugs.
The booking process over the internet worked smoothly and Peta's manner was lovely. Our request for extra time to vacate was happily granted at no extra cost.
For us, we would probably not come back to this particular cottage, but will certainly book ourselves back into some of the other Candlelight Cottages that we have stayed in before.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- High Quality Accommodation in Olinda, Sassafras, Mt Dandenong, Kalorama and Ferny Creek in the Dandenong Ranges Experience the Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges in style by staying in one of the regions most unique private houses and cottages for couples, families & groups. All properties are conveniently located close to a Village with restaurants, attractions, walking trails and of course the beautiful gardens of the Dandenong Ranges. We also have properties that are perfect for intimate weddings and elopements. All available properties are managed by us, a professional team of accommodation specialists. We ensure that our guests enjoy a high level of quality accommodation, cleanliness and amenities across all of our stunning properties. Formally Known as Candlelight Cottages - Valley Ranges Getaways can assist with all your needs. With accommodation to suit every occasion, budget and taste, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect place to stay, steeped in history with fresh modern interiors and all the lifestyle luxuries you have come to expect. With secluded forest and garden settings, you can enjoy a high level of privacy and swap the weight of the world, for the lightness of a feather doona. ... more less
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