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Shady Brook Alpine Delux Cottage & gardens

Bedrooms 2
Space 4,036 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property


Sleeps 4 - 5 People.

Set in magnificent gardens on the Ovens river with a backdrop of forest

Relax and Restore from the busy city lifestyle, breathing in the fresh country air and taking in the peaceful environment. Ideal for families or couples.

Superbly finished and very private with spa, queen size bed with ceiling fans,a full kitchen, DVD TV Video, fire place, laundry, air conditioning and electric heating. Your own undercover car parking, verandahs and barbecue facilities. Enjoy the unique bush and landscaped surrounds of this 12 ac. property set on the Ovens river and bordered by the Alpine National Park and State forest. From your surrounding verandas of your cottage take in the views of the extensive landscaped garden and the mountain ranges of Mount Feathertop. The extensive garden offers you places to stroll and relax and there are great open places where families can play. Walking tracks up the mountain behind your facility offers another experience.

Shady Brook cottages has three individual self contained cottages and one spa apartment on the Ovens River, (refer to website). They are situated on 12 acres, 8 acres is landscape garden in a very unique picturesque setting, River on one side and state forest on the other three, only 500metres from the mountain village of Harrietville but your own secluded retreat.

Shady Brook is unique, unlike many holiday venues you have space, seclusion and in a magnificent setting. In each season the landscaped garden offers you special delights, planted down in a primary exotic theme you can enjoy the magnificent Autumn colours that the north east of Victoria is famous for. In spring the colour of 1000's of bulbs bursting forth around Rhododenrons and Azaleas to name a few, flowering trees and native shrubs. Summer is also filled with colour, what better time to enjoy a glass from your deck of your cottage in the cool afternoon. Winter carries its own special time clear frosty mornings a time to set off for the snow less than 45 minutes away or a walk or a ride out on the many tracks and trails around Harrietville.

Whilst staying at Shady Brook you will be amazed by its bird life, over 50 species occupy the area and each morning parrots and small finches come down to a bird feeder near your cottage for their morning supplement.

Things to do whilst staying in Harrietville:

Harrietville is a historical village at the base of Mt Hotham and Mount Feathertop. The town has two hotels, museum, cafes and a bakery serving fresh bread daily. Mountain Fresh trout and salmon farm is also a favorite activity along with our local lavender farm with its own cafe on the Ovens River.

The town and Shady Brook is ideally situated for nature based tourism with the iconic walking tracks up through the Great Alpine National park. The Alpine National Park borders the Eastern side of Harrietville and your walk can start from your cottage to Mt Feathertop. Or take a drive 45 minutes to highest point of Mt Hotham.

Around the village there are numerous tracks and trails suitable for families for walking or mountain biking. The town and Shady Brook is ideally situated for nature based tourism with the iconic walking tracks up through the Great Alpine National park. The Alpine National Park borders the Eastern side of Harrietville and your walk can start from your cottage to Mt Feathertop. Harrietville has many four wheel drive tracks and motorbikes within the state forest on our west.

Only a short drive down the road to Bright there are numerous beautiful wineries, endless nature base activities and various eateries to suit any budget. For the more adventurous there is plenty of nature based activities including the Mystic Mountain Bike Park.

More Details

Property Manager
John and Anne Atkins
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About John and Anne Atkins

Anne and I (john) are passionate about Shady Brook. We believe we have develop a magnificent garden in a very unique location which we love to share with others. We are passionate gardeners, and enjoy the pristine mountain environment we live in. We are both involved in our local community and believe life is found in giving. Anne has poultry which adds to the setting as they wander through the gardens. We wanted to developed something that was more than just accommodation but an experience that will last and be shared. Anne and I do all our own maintenance and cleaning to ensure the highest standard.

John and Anne Atkins purchased this cottage in 1996

Why John and Anne Atkins chose Harrietville

shady brook is set in an unique spot right on the Ovens river on fertile river flat with very steep mountain taking off at the rear of our property. This has enabled us to develop lush special gardens with a fantastic array of autumn and spring colour, summer also with hydrangeas and dahlias and others also compete in this regard.S

Your cottage is craftsmen built by local builders on an alpine style to complement the environment in which we live.

Shady Brook will not disappoint

What makes this cottage unique

Secluded relaxing fresh without pressure shady Brook aspires to be something special a place to mediate in and retouch those areas so difficult to do in our busy lives. Hear the birds, listen to the river, take scenic walks or just relax on your deck with a cuppa or a glass of wine watch the sun set over mountain ranges or the early morning dew catch the first rays of sun, its also special. Then do the tourist thing to wineries resturuants or what ever else maybe your thing


Harrietville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 4036 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • SB is ideal for families & couples seeking quiet relaxing getaways, the grounds are ideal for children to play & adults to wander respectful of others
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Shady Brook Alpine Delux Cottage & gardens
average rating of 4.868421 based on 38 reviews
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Beautiful Cottages's

  • 5 of 5

The property was beautiful, the 1 bedroom cottage had everything we needed and was super cosy and warm

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia

Perfect 5 day break

  • 5 of 5

We found the two bedroom Shady Brook Cottage utterly enchanting and SO enjoyed our holiday there. Harrietville is beautiful, but this little piece of the village was the best bit of all: the gardens, the tranquility, the privacy and the comfort were second to none.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Basil, We are glad you enjoyed it and we love sharing our little piece of paradise, Kind Regards John and Anne
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Beautiful and Tranquil

  • 5 of 5

Had an enjoyable stay at Shady Brook Cottages, what a beautiful setting, great place to get away from it all.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Pierre, I will,call you to ask for suggestions how we might improve the comfort if that OK. We try and offer a high quality facility for a reasonable tariff I am glad you enjoyed your stay and hope we can host you again some time in the future. Kind Regards John
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Best of both worlds

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time over our 4 night stay, the 2 bedroom cottage with spa was very cosy and well equipped. It was lovely in the morning to wake up nestled in among the trees and sit out on the deck to watch the birds come to feed. As the night became a little chilly it was great to have the wood fire lit.The gardens are just beautiful, we loved exploring them as well as all the hidden walking tracks and the Ovens River that runs along the property.

We would come back to stay again, as it is a hard place to leave. The Alpine region is an all year round destination, winter to spring and there is lots to see and do.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Caria We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and thanks for the review its most important to us. We try and create a very special place both in the cottages but also with the garden and surrounding environment. We hope we can host you again in the future Kind Regards John
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Perfect weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Shady Brook Cottage. Very cosy and warm, great location, beautiful gardens and very friendly and welcoming hosts. Highly recommend and will defiantly stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jayne Thank you for your review
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Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

A lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is a delightful cottage set in a really beautiful garden. We thoroughly enjoyed the chance to rest and relax in such a peaceful location. Everything possible has been provided for comfort.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
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Other Activities:

Alpine National Park SnowField

Shady Brook has been set out amongst magnificent gardens with spectacular all year colour our spring and autumn colour is to seen to believed. We are set on the Ovens River and surrounded by state forest secluded and quiet yet only .5km from the local bakery and hotels. It is the ideal place for just relaxing listening to the birds and the mountain stream right near your accommodation. If you are into nature based activities we are virtually head of trail for two of the most iconic mountain walks up mount feather top. There are also plenty of great short to medium walks to suit all ages most of which are shared with bikes. Then for the road cyclist this is the mecca with rides throughout the Alps. For those who like a different style of adventure to our west are endless four wheel drive tracks out to mountain ridges and down into pristine rivers. There are endless short drives to wineries and restaurants the variety is amazing only 25km from Bright. In winter its the ideal place to stay to enter the ski resorts only 30 kms from Mount Hotham




Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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