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4.8 out of 5

"I'll start with the positives as there are more than negatives! This retreat is exactly that- a retreat! Absolutely stunning roomy cottage with breath ... " More

By a verified traveller on Thu 25 Jun 2020

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in Melbourne awaits you at Woolrich Historic Garden Cottage. You'll be 0.1 km (0.1 mi) from Dandenong Ranges and 1.7 km (1 mi) from Dandenong Ranges National Park. Highlights at this Art Deco B&B include free self parking, and in-room kitchens and indoor private spa tubs.

All 2 individually decorated rooms feature LED TVs with DVD players, and you can enjoy free WiFi, fireplaces, and balconies. Kitchens come with microwaves and stovetops, making in-room dining convenient. Dining areas, sitting areas, and coffee/tea makers are also available.

This business-friendly bed & breakfast offers free WiFi in public areas, a terrace, and a garden. Added amenities include a free manager's reception and barbecue grills.

With a stay at this 4.5-star Olinda B&B, you'll be 5.7 km (3.5 mi) from SkyHigh Mount Dandenong and 7.7 km (4.8 mi) from Sherbrooke Forest.

Garden Retreat

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Woolrich Cottage

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Woolrich Historic Garden Cottage ratings based on 24 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.8 out of 5 5.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Woolrich Historic Garden Cottage

Everyone (9) Couples (13) Family (1)
5 out of 5

Posted by on 27 Apr. 2021

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4 out of 5
I'll start with the positives as there are more than negatives! This retreat is exactly that- a retreat! Absolutely stunning roomy cottage with breathtaking views of the mountains & surrounding flora. The photographs do not do it justice! It would be perfect for a romantic getaway for a couple (or couples) or a solo trip in which you are seeking ultimate privacy and serenity. The Jacuzzi was sensational- we especially enjoyed the serene views and skylight. The host provides an abundance of breakfast and snack options free of additional cost so there is no need to bring nibbles! The premises has ducted heating throughout, so if a fireplace is not your thing you're covered. Beds have electric blankets which was a treat as we stayed in Winter. Negatives are the cleanliness of not so regularly used areas (dust). The communication with the hosts was non existent. I sent an email, left a voicemail and tried ringing the landline twice but there was no answer or reply. For this particular trip it was no big issue, however if it was an emergency situation this is not ideal. Also, I booked this accomodation as the description stated it was child-friendly and provided cots. Be warned this particular premises is NOT suitable for children under the age of 10!!! It is not baby-proofed at all, a lot of cupboards holding chinaware and antiques were in easy reach of a toddler! Having said that, I will definitely be coming back, but this time without children.

Posted by , from Melbourne, Australia on 25 Jun. 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

25 Jun. 2020 by Mary

I’d like to thank Caitlin for the positive comments in her review but just to remark on a couple of points. It was a difficult week for us. My husband suffered a heart attack and was rushed to hospital for an emergency operation, and we had to rely on volunteer assistance for cleaning and setting up. It’s possible that in the chaos I forgot to forward the landline to my mobile while I was out, so apologies for the inability to make contact. As to suitability for young children, it does not seem to have been a problem for the many other guests with children who have stayed over the years; Caitlin is the first to have raised this issue. It is true that the majority of our guests are adults, and the Cottage is set up with their comfort in mind. I believe, Caitlin, I saw you when you arrived and told you there was a portacot in the Cottage. Best wishes Mary

4 out of 5
Loved the property, gardens etc are really lovely.

Posted by on 1 Oct. 2019

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5 out of 5
The cottage is beautiful and has everything you could want or need for a a few days away. Mary and Chas were fantastic hosts. They provided generous breakfast provisions including fruit, bread and lovely wine. My husband is a coeliac and it was the small touches such as gf granola and bread that we really appreciated. Not to mention the coffee machine! The open fire was ready to light when we arrived but there is ducted heating if you are not keen on the fire. I can’t recommend this place enough - you won’t be disappointed! I give it 5 stars - Lisa

Posted by on 10 Aug. 2019

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5 out of 5

Relaxing & homely accommodation

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Mary was very helpful & friendly. We stayed in the garden retreat which was so comfortable & clean. The celebration hamper was delicious, we would come back in the future.

Posted by , from Newport on 19 Feb. 2018

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4 out of 5

Nice retreat in the hills

Lovely little retreat. It had everything we needed and they accommodated for our gluten free request. Only negatives were the lovely wooden floor could have been cleaner and the mattresses a bit worn with a noticeable hollow - not great for those of us with a bit of a back problem.

Posted by on 13 Jan. 2018

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5 out of 5

Home in the Garden of Eden

Pros: privacy & natural gardens, fresh fruit juice
Cons: shower over bath made a wet mess in the bathroom. Setup is awkward but next time we'd know to use the shower in the laundry instead.
Location: Plenty to do as very close to all attractions around Olinda.
Exceeded our expectations. The Cottage is very spacious and homely. There is a big spa that we unfortunately didn't even get around to use. We felt like the only people on the mountain - it's so private. A Lyerbird sighting from the balcony in the morning was another highlight. Really enjoyed out stay including exploring the gardens. The breakfast was also sensational. Take some mozzie coils though as getting bitten can spoil the best of ambiance.

Posted by , from Frankston on 4 Feb. 2017

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5 out of 5

Retreat in the gardens

Pros: Proximity to the beautiful gardens
Location: Relax and eat.
Lovely location in the Dandenongs itch small towns, shops, restaurants and walks nearby.

Posted by on 25 Dec. 2015

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5 out of 5

Just what we needed

The accomodation is spot on, good ambience, surroundings to die for and all the finishing touches to make our stay something out of the ordinary. We'll be back.

Posted by , from Adelaide on 26 Aug. 2015

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5 out of 5

Lovely retreat situated in stunning gardens

Pros: It is very tastefully decorated. The breakfast supplies were plentiful and we were provided with fantastic cheeses. It is a very secluded location.
Location: Next to Cloudehill nursery and guests at Woolrich can walk around Cloudehill for free. The walk at the bottom of the road (the Hamer arboretum )
this is a perfect place to hibernate during the winter. The interior is very tastefully appointed with a large spa bath. The outlook onto the trees is very calming. Sitting in front of the fire (with an endless supply of wood) whilst appreciating the wonderful outlook is very restorative.

Posted by , from Melbourne on 10 Aug. 2015

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About the Woolrich Historic Garden Cottage

Location 20 Woolrich Road, Olinda, VIC 3788

Property Features

A free manager's reception is offered daily. Public spaces have free WiFi. A terrace, barbecue grills, and a garden are also featured at the luxury Woolrich Historic Garden Cottage. Free self parking is available. This Art Deco Melbourne bed & breakfast is smoke free.

  • 2 guestrooms or units
  • Built in 1920
  • Manager's reception (free)
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Separate dining area
  • Microwave
  • DVD player


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Train station: Melbourne Belgrave Station (9.9 km / 6.2 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Woolrich Historic Garden Cottage offers 2 air-conditioned accommodations with indoor private spa tubs and fireplaces. Rooms open to balconies. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations have separate sitting areas and include desks. Accommodations at this 4.5-star bed & breakfast have kitchens with stovetops, microwaves, separate dining areas, and cookware/dishes/utensils. Bathrooms include complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. This Melbourne bed & breakfast provides complimentary wireless Internet access. LED televisions come with DVD players. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards.

  • Private indoor hot tub
  • In-room kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Private balcony
  • Dining room
  • Sitting area
  • LED television
  • DVD player
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Wardrobe or closet

Food & Drink

The bed & breakfast hosts a free manager's reception daily.

Spa Services

  • Massages

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 11:00 PM

Special check-in instructions:

There is no front desk at this property. If you are planning to arrive after 11:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests will receive lockbox information.

Check-in for Garden Retreat rooms is 2 PM and check-out is 11 AM.

This property does not have a front desk. Guests arriving after 11:00 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests can access their accommodation through a private entrance.


  • Check-out by 11:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for AUD 25.00 per stay.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property is managed by a professional host. This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, and cash. This property reserves the right to pre-authorize the guest's credit card prior to arrival. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property. Social distancing measures are in place. Contactless check-out is available.

  • No lifts
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Private entrance
  • Credit card pre-authorisation
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Rollaway bed fee: AUD 25.00 per stay
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 2.2 percent

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Woolrich Retreat B&B Olinda
  • Woolrich Retreat B&B
  • Woolrich Retreat Olinda
  • Woolrich Retreat
  • Woolrich Retreat
  • Woolrich Historic Olinda
  • Woolrich Historic Garden Cottage Olinda
  • Woolrich Historic Garden Cottage Bed & breakfast
  • Woolrich Historic Garden Cottage Bed & breakfast Olinda

National Rating

This property has been awarded a star rating from the Australian Star Ratings Agency, Star Ratings Australia.

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Frequently asked questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.