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Pippin Tops Country Retreat

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Pippin Tops is a relaxing retreat for adults in a recently-renovated, fully self-contained 3-bedroom( 2 King, 1 Queen ), 3-bathroom house, on a 100 acre property, set amidst the stunning Strathbogie Range granite hills. Spring-water abounds on this organic heritage fruit/olive orchard property. Feel the tensions unwind as you relax on this totally private country property .Walk the hills, or relax by the SOLAR HEATED, inground saltwater pool (pool open October to April ) or on the 80 square metre sunny deck.

Treat yourself to mountain rainwater & raindrop showers in each ensuite, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry, BBQ and pool area. Your choice to use both reverse cycle air-conditioning and ceiling fans in the warmer months, or create cozy, winter warmth with the French-imported, wood -fired heater.

Picture windows allow viewing of the ever changing scene across the valley. Watch wedgetailed eagles soaring, little grebes on the dams, echidnas and kangaroos on the granite hills,or Milky Way starlit skies, away from city lights and city sounds.

Enjoy the modern kitchen and share a meal around our huge dining table. Kitchen facilities include, microwave oven, gas cook top, electric oven, dishwasher, blender, fridge/freezer, and a full range of kitchen utensils.

Pick your own fresh seasonal produce from our kitchen garden: Dec-Feb Loganberries, Boysenberries, Strawberries and Mulberries. April to June, you can pick your own olives from over 70 olive trees.

Skymuster Broadband available.

Each bedroom is supplied with 1000 thread count linen and Egyptian cotton towels.


1323 Tarcombe Rd Avenel VIC

Approximately one and a half hours from Melbourne on the Hume Freeway.

only 13 Km from the freeway and Avenel township, via the beautiful Hughes Creek valley.

Drive 13km off Hume Fwy via part-unsealed Tarcombe Rd (picturesque Hughes Creek Valley) When you come to a T intersection, Tarcombe Rd continues on the left, you are now only 500m from Pippin Tops ( look for the Palm lined driveway ).

Or, Drive 20km off Hume Fwy via sealed Upton Rd (incl. 7km flat unsealed Tarcombe Rd) (Strathbogie Ranges foothills drive) Continue on Tarcombe Rd until you come to a sharp left hand turn, at this point, the driveway of Pippin Tops is right in front of you ( look for the Palm trees )

The nearest railway station is Avenel 16km away.

Please note, there is a Tarcombe Rd in Seymour, and a Tarcombe Street in Euroa. If you are using a navigation device, please make sure it is taking you to Tarcombe Road Avenel.

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Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2017


Other Activities:

Stunning views, Private, Quiet


Avenel House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • winery tours
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing


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Pippin Tops Country Retreat
average rating of 4.5 based on 10 reviews
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Excellent property to get away and relax

  • 5 of 5

Book this property with my family (wife two teenage children) for a the Queens birthday long weekend. The property is excellent accommodation and presents very well and provides everything you need. Three double bedrooms each with ensuites, well appointed kitchen and large living area.

Really enjoyed walking the property with excellent views rewarding those putting in the effort. Will stay

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia

Deluxe country getaway, quiet & peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Pippin Tops was just what my family & I needed.

We spent 3 days / nights relaxing, unwinding and soaking up the country air. The house is very well equipped with all the mod cons right down to the high quality of the bedding and towels provided.

The property is very clean and the bedrooms are all spacious. The bathrooms are modern and clean. The lounge and dining areas are very spacious too and large enough to host many if needed.

Our kids loved the pool and spent hours each day in it..!

The surrounding gardens around the pool & BBQ area are well landscaped.

The surrounding views from the property are very picturesque and even better at night with so many visible stars. It's very peaceful and quiet.

I'd highly recommend a stay here. Thanks again to Stephen for being a great communicator and prompt in replying to our queries.

We look forward to returning down the track. Cheers

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Healesville, Victoria, Australia

Peaceful respite

  • 4 of 5

We had a relaxing, peaceful stay here. We spent 3 nights here. It was a very beautiful property- beautiful views of the rolling, bouldered hills. A spectacular sunset first night. Saw a wallaby. Loved the wild turkeys and the bird life. The berries were truly delicious- sweet and flavoursome. The garden was beautifully landscaped. The pool was great- quite deep. Kids loved it. There is no shade- there was a small umbrella in the laundry but it didn't stand up to the wind very well. Speaking of wind, it rattled the shade sail out back beside my room which I found difficult to sleep through, though I am a very light sleeper. I swapped rooms and slept better after a windy night. The kitchen was great- modern, well- equipped. The blender made short work of my daily smoothie. The living area was spacious and comfortable. I prefer cotton blankets so you may need to hunt in the cupboards for these- I found one and was more comfortable. My one problem was that the house had a musty smell in one bedroom and the laundry. I could cope with the laundry as we could just shut the door, but the bedroom odour was quite strong for me so I avoided that room too. It didn't bother my son. The owners were very nice- their dog was lost, so Stephen camped somewhere out of sight for the first night. We explored a lovely river at Stephen's recommendation that was about a 5-10 minute drive away- boulders and pools to dip into. Mostly we just stayed put and enjoyed the scenery. Seymour was further away than expected- it seemed to take at least 40 mins, and I got lost thanks to google maps on a homeward trip. Maybe don't rely on google maps! We would have liked to stay a little longer- if it's peace and quiet you are after, then this is a good choice.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comprehensive review. It is impossible to have spectacular views without being exposed to spectacular wind. We enjoy calm weather and light winds most of the time. However, the wind is sometimes severe and can destroy shade sails, umbrellas and outdoor furniture. In relation to the smell ( dead rodent in roof ), it has been dealt with. It is best to inform the owners of minor problems, as they may be able to be easily fixed.
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  • 3 of 5

A lovely remote location but not the complete relaxing retreat that we expected.

There was little shade and no comfortable outdoor areas to enjoy.

The kids loved the pool and the music system was great.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Pippin Tops has approximately 100 square meters of decking surrounding three sides of the house. Additionally, a shady tropical garden is located at the rear of the house. Four tables and adequate seating are distributed around these areas. A creek lined with tall red gums is only 60m from the house. The real beauty of the property is that the huge picture windows in the family room give extensive westerly views and the feeling of being outside, while you sit in air conditioned comfort whatever the weather. The modern pool is only 4m from the house and can also be viewed from the family room.
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NSW, Australia

Private, Great Sunsets and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

The stay at Pippin Tops was amazing for the family 5 nights and 6 days. The rooms were spacious as well as the bathrooms. Relaxing at the pool with the sunsets and kangaroos running around was really beautiful as well as the quietness. Our say at Pippin Tops was incrediable and relaxing, away from the city.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: Stayz
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Remote, relaxing location

  • 4 of 5

Pippin Tops was a great relaxing family holiday. Pool was excellent as the weather was very hot. Bathrooms were modern and clean, although the family room was a little disappointing. Great breakfasts on the balcony overlooking the dam and hills.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: Stayz
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • For this property:
    ‘Weekend Night’ refers to Friday night and/or Saturday night (per night)
    The ‘Nightly’ rate refers to Sunday night through to Thursday night (per night average)
    The ‘Weekly’ rate is for a full 7 day week
    Rates listed based on 2 guests. Property has 3 beds and can sleep a maximum 6 guests

    Mandatory Costs
    Bond Deposit: $300 per stay

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