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Lyrebird Cottages Yarra Valley

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Light filled, architect designed cottage, beautiful views, sleeps 3.


Two architect designed one-bedroom cottages. Built to the same design and standard they are separate and private and surrounded by 10 acres of mountain-top gardens and forest. The view from each cottage is magnificent. Highest standard of accommodation compliment the beautiful natural surrounds.

Spacious and separate living, bedroom and kitchen areas with a large deck on two sides overlooking beautiful gardens and forest with views to Melbourne.

Cosy wood fire, reverse cycle air conditioning, spa bath and full kitchen make the cottage suitable for weekend or week long stays.

Quiet, privacy and peacefulness surrounded by native forest, birds and animals in the heart of the Yarra Valley.

We are 10 minutes to the nearest vineyard cellar door, cafe and day spa. Healesville Main Street cafes and shops are 13 minutes from us.


Imagine yourself on a mountain top in an architect designed mudbrick and timber cottage with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Now fill the landscape with lyrebirds, wallabies, sunsets and huge starry skies. Space and peace ....

Go down into the valley and picture vineyards, a river, sophisticated wining and dining and friendly shopkeepers with time for a chat. Frame all this with a dramatic range of mountains covered in native forest only an hour from Melbourne.

Come and find us in Melbourne's beautiful Yarra Valley.



Included in all stays of two days or more are provisions for two people for the first morning so you can cook a full country breakfast at your leisure. Provisions for a continental breakfast are provided for the second morning.

Quality bathrobes, towels and linen are also supplied.

More Details

Stewart & Tessa Lockhart
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Stewart & Tessa Lockhart

Tessa and I met grape picking in Mildura. Tessa had spent a year in China in 1980 after graduating in Chinese from Durham university in England. She was still traveling when we met in 1985.

Originally from Scotland I grew up in Wollongong and was about to backpack around Canada. Having just met we set off together and spent several months in Alaska and continued travelling the world for the next three years.

On our return we lived in Melbourne for five years, which we loved but always felt a pull to the countryside.

We have lived in the beautiful Yarra Valley for 20 years, the best of both worlds, with Melbourne and all it has to offer at our doorstep and everyday surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Stewart & Tessa Lockhart purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Stewart & Tessa Lockhart chose Yarra Ranges Shire

Tessa and I have built two cottages on 10 acres surrounded by natural forest with views to Melbourne and the bay.

It is so peaceful. Wallabies and wombats live in and around the garden and the songs of Lyrebirds fill the air, particularly in the winter.

We are still in love with the property 20 years later and are often reminded by our guests just how beautiful nature is.

What makes this cottage unique

Lyrebird Cottages is a 10 acre property with two cottages.

The cottages are architect designed and built to the same design and standard. Each cottage has a great view and is set in lovely gardens and surrounded by natural forest. They are both very peaceful and private.

The cottages are filled with natural light and deigned with interior mudbrick walls and beautiful old Australian hardwood timber.

They have wood fires and electric heating, a double spa and shower and a full kitchen with plenty of space.

Music, books, drawing materials as well as DVD's and television are some of the things to enjoy when you aren't on the large outdoor deck bird watching or walking through the Lyrebird track through the 7 acres of forest on our property.

Massage is available in the cottage or just 5 minutes away is a day spa set in a delightful rainforest setting.

The nearest vineyard is 10 minutes from us and the Healesville sanctuary and Healesville shops are 15 minutes away.

We can provide meals for dinner in your cottage so you can enjoy a sunset on the deck and a bottle of wine without going anywhere.

The valley has many good walks. There is a 2 hour circuit starting at the cottages. It meanders through the forest before returning along the scenic and quiet Nyora road.

Lyrebird Cottages is a paradise for birdwatching and for chilling out in nature.


Yarra Ranges Shire Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen size bed in separate bedroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Lyrebird Cottages Yarra Valley
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews
Templestowe, Victoria, Australia

Absolutely stunning!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Lyrebird Cottages. The serenity of the surrounds, the bird & animal life was just amazing. The cottage itself was sensational & every little thing had been catered for by the lovely, friendly owners. We would come back again in a heartbeat!! Thanks so much for such a memorable stay. :-)

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The cottages are architect designed to be warm and filled with light. They reflect the natural surroundings in the material used for the interiors. Many guests spend much of their time on the property enjoying the peace and quiet but the valley and it's vineyards and restaurants are very close when you want them.
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Relaxing break away so close to Melbourne

  • 4 of 5

A lovely cottage for couples, 15 minutes drive from Healesville. Be prepared for the dirt road which is narrow but lovely through Aussie bush landscape, lovely trees and we even saw a beautiful wombat driving home after dinner.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The gravel road winds through a forest of mountain ash and tree ferns.It is narrow secondary road but well maintained by the council and there is often a chance to see a lyrebird and wombats along here. The mountain ash trees are the worlds largest flowering trees and often the drive through the forest is a highlight for our guests escaping the urban environment.
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Nice views

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable and clean property with all the needed amenities

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love the views too! Whether it's watching a storm roll in or enjoying a fantastic sunset, nature is all around you up here. Thanks for reviewing us Igor.
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Peaceful escape

  • 5 of 5

I had such a fabulous, peaceful stay and exactly the escape from the city I needed. Listening to the sounds of the bush, watching the sunset, spa bath with a glass of red, curling up in front of the fire and collapsing into a very comfortable bed.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really happy to hear you enjoyed your stay. To be in one place and enjoy peace and time out can be so renewing. The option of vineyards only 10 minutes away or Piaf day spa set in a pocket of rainforest only five minutes away are also there.
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Amazing stay

  • 5 of 5

Peaceful location with beautiful views, great hospitality. Excellent accomodation with everything you could need for a romantic weekend. Wonderful food available for you stay too.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad we met your expectations!
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Serene views from a clean, cosy spot

  • 5 of 5

It's a decent, winding drive up the mountain to get to Lyrebird Cottages but it's worth it for the lovely outlook of trees all around. The place is kept extremely clean, breakfast provisions were plentiful (cereal, muesli, milk, bacon, eggs, tea/coffee) and I love that they provided kitchen staples like olive oil, salt, pepper. Small things like this make a huge difference.

We sat in front of the fireplace for much of the weekend and listened to the small collection of CDs - I even discovered a new favourite amongst them. The walk through the trees is lovely but you will come back with burrs sticking to your socks and pants. We didn't see any animals except for rabbits unfortunately.

The bed was comfortable but pillows a little on the firm side for us. The room is generously sized, as are the facilities.

We look forward to returning when we are after another quite, romantic weekend away.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Cindy, really glad you enjoyed your stay. The burrs on your socks are the seeds of Bidgee Widgee a local and native groundcover, the seed is dispersed in summer. We mow the garden but you may pick it up when you walk in the forest. During summer there are still many wombats and wallabies but they graze and browse later at night. Lyrebirds also retreat to cool mountain gullies but during the cooler seasons they can be seen all around the garden. There is however a large variety of beautiful native birds in the garden throughout the summer and winter. The best time for animals during the day is from June to October.
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Nearest Airport
87 Kilometres
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Healesville Sanctuary

Lyrebird Cottages is on 10 acres of beautiful mountain forest with views across the valley to Melbourne.

Healesville is 15 minutes from us, the nearest cellar door is 10 minutes away. A day spa in a a beautiful rainforest setting is 5 minutes away.

There are over 100 cellar doors in the valley many with restaurants.

Healesville Sanctuary is Victoria's major native wild life sanctuary 10 minutes from Lyrebird Cottages.

Healesville is in a beautiful natural setting only an hour from Melbourne . Surrounded by native forests and only an hour to the nearest cross country ski resort of Lake Mountain.

There are wombats and wallabies and many species of native birds in and around the gardens of Lyrebird cottages.

Massage can be arranged in the cottage and wine tours from the cottage can also be arranged.

There is a forest walk through 7 acres of native forest on the property and several walking options nearby including a 2 hour return circuit from the cottage through the forest.

Meals can also be provided in the cottage.

Enjoy a sunset on the large private deck with the sounds of birdsong and a view across the forest toward Melbourne in the distance.

Large bathroom with double spa bath overlooking garden. There is a separate shower, a handbasin, heat lamps and a heated towel rail.

Dining can be at the large fine timber kitchen bench or at the separate round table in the window with a view to the garden and forest.

Full size kitchen with oven and hotplates, dishwasher and a full compliment of kitchen utensils

Olive oil, salt and pepper, vinegar, teas and coffee, hot chocolate and marshmallows are provided. This is in addition to complimentary provided for breakfast on the first day of your stay.

A full set of matching dishes, cutlery and glasses are provided.A large range of quality kitchen utensils is also provided.

Dining can be at the large fine timber kitchen bench or at the separate round table in the window with a view to the garden and forest.

Wood is supplied for the cast iron radiant wood fire.

Electric heating and reverse cycle air-conditioning in addition to the wood burning stove.

Spacious and light filled living room with views across the Yarra Valley to Melbourne's skyline in the distance. A library of quality books is available to read and to purchase.

A regularly updated range of quality books fills a large bookcase. The books are for your enjoyment whilst in the cottage and also for you to purchase if you wish.

An electric outdoor barbeque is provided on the attached deck.

A large attached deck overlooks the garden with a view to Melbourne.

Tables and chairs and electric barbeque are provided. The deck is fully undercover of the cottage roof.

The property is ten acres of which 7 acres is forest. There is a forest walk for you to enjoy. The cottage is set in large gardens with chestnut trees to one side and native plantings

Parking is next to the cottage in the cottage car parking. There is a separate driveway entrance to the cottage car park.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.