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RiverBank Spa Cottage by the Yarra River

Bedrooms 2
Space 32 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

8th October 2016 : "Lovely house. So relaxing. What a find!!! ONE OF THE BEST COTTAGES/ HOUSES WE HAVE STAYED ON ALL OUR TRAVELS AROUND THE WORLD! And it's on our back door step!" Lois & Mark from Melbourne

3/1/17: So many great things about staying here! The records, the candles, the beautiful views, the abundant lemons, cumquats, mint & mandarins, the cute furniture, the beautiful Art Deco bits & pieces and the proximity to the good part of the river for swims. I could have stayed a lot longer. Thanks for creating this lovely little haven on earth for people to enjoy! Jane from Perth

The STUNNING HYDRANGEAS are now in full bloom!!! And our guests are raving about our double spa bath in the "deco-dent" spa room! Read on in this section for more fantastic reviews from our Guestbook which best describes our unique house and gardens ON THE RIVER...

RiverBank Spa Cottage is the perfect holiday base for couples, friends and families wanting to explore the beautiful Yarra Valley. Park the car for the duration of your holiday as the house is conveniently nestled at the base of steep mountain country with the Yarra River flowing past the front of the property. Riverside pathways from the front gate lead 200m to Warburton's fine cafes, galleries, cinema and pampering opportunities in one direction and tranquil forest walks to the swing bridge in the other.

There are so many ways to unwind and relax the cottage... indulge in a leisurely soak in the over-sized two person spa tub singing along to music on the vintage record player in the "Spa Room" lounge beside the crackling open fire with a glass of regional perhaps retire to the front deck to view the gorgeous sunsets over the mountains whilst listening to the sounds of the cascading view the galaxy of stars in the beautiful clear skies from the comfort of your new king size bed. Oh the choices to be made!!

Your holiday house is set on half an acre of established tranquil rainforest gardens ON the riverbank with BBQ & picnic table facilities. Inside the retro cottage is everything required for a comfortable stay. The huge master bedroom features a NEW King size bed (hard to find in Warby) luxury linens & doonas. The fully equipped country style kitchen includes a coffee pod machine and you are welcome to pick ripe lemons, fresh vegies and herbs from the kitchen garden.

The house and gardens are a beautiful hidden gem oozing with charm and we would love to share it with you

Your hosts

Kim & Paul


7/10 We enjoyed a very relaxing week in your beautiful cottage in scenic Warburton and surrounds. Everything was very comfortable. Thankyou, Greg, Sari and Rachael

Kim: so glad you were able to stay a week and really settle in and enjoy everything!

28/9 We had a lovely stay in this Art Deco cottage. Everything we needed was there. We enjoyed being able to walk everywhere - only getting in the car to go home. Thankyou Eric & Alyson

Kim: thanks for your kind words. We think the location of the cottage is brilliant too!

5/8 Thankyou for a great stay in your gorgeous little cottage. Perfect for a winter escape from Melbourne. The kids loved the "giant" spa! Nyto, Dimi & Sebastian

Kim: glad you all had a relaxing time. It's the best "giant" bath in town!

24/7 Thankyou! What a gem!! We had the most amazing getaway from the city. Can't wait to getaway again. The Spa was A M A Z I N G!!! I wish I could grow gills and stay in the forever. Thankyou for creating a wonderful atmosphere and coming to our rescue when we got locked out. Rosy & Elijah

Kim: Thankyou for your lovely comments.

27/5 Please can I stay longer???? This was such a lovely experience- we are certainly coming back! Everything was perfect. It was inviting, cosy, comfy and had everything we needed. Perfect winter getaway. We want to return when the snow has hit the mountains.. and maybe Warburton? So Thankyou!! Great job on the Spa cool

Elissa, Ben & Gus


20/5 Thankyou so much for a lovely stay! We loved the wood fire and the Spa bath. Plus walks along the river. What a beautiful place. Also a huge Thankyou for being so accomodating and generous with our delayed arrival! Sall, Tim & Harriet

Kim: not a drama, glad you made it in the end!

16/4 it was a delight to stay in this well thought out little getaway. Our family loved every moment (besides locking ourselves out on arrival) but even that made our little holiday more memorable. Thankyou for all the little extra touches. Kurt, Donna, Myla & Leni

14/4 Thankyou for a great holiday! The Spa was the best. The beds were really comfy :) Lindy's children

20/2/17 What a beautiful little cottage equipped with everything you need for a relaxing time away! Although we were only here for two days it was a much needed getaway and will definitely be back! Mr 1.5 year old especially loved running up and down the backyard with a lemon in his hand! Thanks you Cheris Reece & Ashton :)

5/3/17 Enjoyed a most wonderful weekend escape. Rode the Warby trail which I have dreamed about for 20 years. it was every bit exciting and coming home Toni's lovely cottage was perfect. The Spa alienated all our aches and pains. The record player added the old world. Brilliant touch. Thank you Phil & Matylde :)

Kim: Wow! That's a really long time to have dreams about doing something and I'm so happy the cottage catered so well for this dream to come true

4/2/17 Had a great weekend away. Escaped the Mornington Peninsula for a touch of country. Love Warburton and this cosy little "old skool" cottage which is clean, comfortable, quiet and a pleasure to stay in. Thanks for having us Bre & David :)

Kim: love love love that you escaped the popular beach area to visit the country

29/1/17 Hi! Thank you for letting us stay here! It's a nice place. We loved the scenery! From Bill, Nikoleta and Athena

16/1/17 Thankyou for sharing this peaceful haven with us. A beautiful place to relax and unwind. Sharon and David

25/11/16 I'm in love with your garden view from the dining table! Thankyou so much for a wonderful stay- what a beautiful property you have here. Our little one loved crawling around polishing your floorboards too :) I'm glad everything here is up high and out of reach! A beautiful place & a very relaxing getaway. Belinda & family Melb :)

Kim: we love having babies stay

30/9/-6 The spa was amazing and better than expected. We listened to the old vinyls in the spa. Thankyou Kim, Tristen and Ethen

11/9/16 Had a great stay, very warm and the bed, the views, the spa and reliving childhood memories of my dads' record player! Very enjoyable weekend reconnecting with my beautiful wife! Graham & Maree Melbourne

2/9/16 Thankyou for a beautiful cosy stay. We LOVE the spa room. I love the lemon tree and I like sleeping in the cosy bed- Finn aged 4. Was the best birthday/ Father's Day weekend. Thankyou from the Sullivan family Kim: it's an absolute privilege to host our guests for their special celebrations! Hey Finn we love little kids exploring the gardens and then getting tucked up into bed at night for a great sleep.

25/8/16 Thankyou for an amazing stay. Warburton is simply beautiful and the cottage is a warm and cozy home away from home with much character and history. Spa room & record player are brilliant :). We will definitely be back & will recommend to friends & family. Until next time Natalie & Karl

22/7/16 What a wonderful property. We had such a great stay and loved the open fire and of course the spa. Having the lights left on for us, the heating on and the fire was a lovely little touch. A great weekend away! Stuart & Natasa

8/7/16 A fantastic home with wonderful features and general warmth & ambience that reflects the personality of the hosts. And sitting in the spa listening to Dean Martin & Lionel Ritchie is hard to beat! We'll definitely be back. Thanks for letting us stay and enjoy this awesome home. Sam & Kaylene

27/5/16 Thankyou for a luscious stay in this lovely house. Loved the ceiling roses, the camellias, reading Jane Austen and listening to the river. Heaven-sent. Rose & Glenn


The days and the nights are beautiful in the Warburton valley! Everyone is "out and about" riding bikes and picnicking on the riverbank at the many BBQ areas along the Yarra River. Two minutes walk from the cottage sees the town full of visitors lounging inside cafes sipping on coffee and sampling local gourmet delicacies as they wander along the Main Street.

Enjoy the magnificence of the swimming spot in the Yarra directly across the road. No need to cart everything in the car or navigate steep Warby hills in the heat. Your cold drinks and snacks are in the fridge RIGHT ACROSS THE ROAD :)

The BBQ and table & chairs are located at the bottom of the front garden amongst the 10 metre high tree ferns and agapanthus. It's the most beautiful spot in all the garden to enjoy a meal and a drink overlooking the beautiful Yarra river. Whilst we were relaxing there a small private tour group arrived and parked over the road as the sun was setting to go TROUT fishing on the little jetty. Yes, there is a little jetty with seating across the road!!! And it's the perfect spot for a glass of red and a plate of cheese selections. ssshhh it's a secret....

RiverBank Spa cottage is simply THE perfect holiday escape as we are a centrally located hidden gem ....Don't you just want to park the car and not have to worry about driving?? No worries. Enjoy a night out at the cinema or dine out at a local restaurant, sample delicious local wines and then wander home along the river bank in a matter of minutes.. BRILLIANT!!!!

Late checkout times til 11am have been extended because it's just too cosy to rush.

So catch another forty winks in the NEW king size bed. Or have another morning cuppa at the sunbathed country kitchen table. Your choice :)

Kim & Paul

More Details

Property Manager
Sue White
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018


Warburton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 32 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • forests
  • winery tours
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • skiing


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RiverBank Spa Cottage by the Yarra River
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 26 reviews
Bannockburn Victoria

Excellent property

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It was so great that we could leave the car and everything was within walking distance. Walking by the Yarra River was fantastic. The house's art deco interior was a wonderful step back in time as was the record player and records and furniture. Great collection of DVDs, books and board games. Well equipped kitchen and the spa room so romantic. We will definitely be returning!

January 2018. Year of stay needs to be updated below.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

So much character!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at The Cottage! The proximity to everything was perfect. The heating was exceptional, the beds are super comfy and we felt at home right away. Would absolutely stay again :)

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Came for snow, left with a tan!

  • 5 of 5

We had originally booked our stay to enjoy some snow play up Mount Donna but Mother Nature had better plans and put on a beautifully warm weekend which we utilised by cycling the Yarra Rail Trail. River Bank cottage was the perfect home base. Highlights were: amazing heating, super comfy beds,fantastic location, delicious smelling gardens with fragrant Hoya everywhere! House was extremely clean and we had everything we needed. Communication was seamless. One little bit of feedback.. The sofa was cute but incredibly uncomfortable as the cushions slip out from under you as soon as you sit down. Would come back to stay for sure :)

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nicky. Thankyou for your lovely comments. It is such a joy to be able to share the cottage and gardens with our guests, read about individual holiday experiences and know that we have delivered relaxing times in spades. We also immediately act upon any raised issues and new cushions for the couch have been ordered and will be delivered mid-October. Along with a bottle of sunscreen in the cupboard ;)
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Werribee, Victoria, Australia

Country getaway

  • 4 of 5

Very happy with our "new house" as described by our 3yr old active boy! All of us had comfy beds and slept well for our 3 nights. Well equipped with all that we needed to cook and eat in for all 3 nights. Great access for walks along the river. Our son enjoyed exploring the front and back yards. Beautiful fallen flowers everywhere, so he thoroughly enjoyed throwing these and picking the abundance of fruit on the trees. We used the trip to visit Healesville sanctuary & Puffing Billy, and be home in time for our toddlers afternoon nap. If I had to make any suggestions for improvement, it would be replacing the couch. It complimented the cottage decor, but was very uncomfortable to be able to truly enjoy afternoons by the fire while our son was fast asleep. Also some attention to finer detail with cleaning. Some cobwebs & spiders that look quiete established and happy, that were visible on first arrival. We loved he spa room, record player was a beautiful addition, as well as the open fire which was lit every night and well resourced to do so. Just had to buy a firefighter, as matches were wet and firefighter was empty in the kitchen draw. We loved our stay and would highly recommend and would certainly return. Thankyou. Returning to suburbia feeling rested and refreshed.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Relaxing Retreat

  • 4 of 5

A great cosy cottage by the Yarra. Peaceful and romantic for our wedding anniversary. Besides a hot water hiccup which left us without for 24hrs, everything was really nice especially the spa (once hot water returned lol) and the fireplace

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Demi. We are glad you had a great time despite the hot water not working for a period of time during your stay. We appreciate your patience with this unforeseen problem and hope you will take advantage of a discounted future stay at RiverBank Spa cottage again. (Please mention this issue at the time of rebooking). The problem has been rectified by an electrician and we can reassure our future guests there is plenty of piping hot water to fill the wonderful king size spa bath.
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Wonderful weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at the cottage. The spa room was absolutely incredible, the garden was great to relax in, and there was plenty of wood to keep the fire going all weekend. The staff were also incredibly quick to assist when we locked ourselves out on the first day! Would definitely stay here again

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Other Activities:

River activities at front gate


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Manager'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.

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