About the property
- House215 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 nights
Relax and take in the natural beauty of the landscape. Old redgum trees, the great dividing range. Wildlife which includes kangaroos, emu's, wallabies, birds. Access to hiking trails, biking, fishing, bird watching. Great local produce. Awarding winning restaurant and cafes. Scenic drives through the Grampians to waterfalls and mountains. Or just simply relax and put your feet up at Bernie's Retreat, recharge your batteries.
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- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 18, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Peaceful and animal heaven
A male peacock welcomed us upon arrival. House is massive, an old OZ home with garden. It was like a maze for us. You can see sun rise and sunset from the gate. The gate is heavy so we got sick of opening and closing each time but we had the lovely Xmas get away. Surrounded by birds, wild & farm animals, butterflies and the Rocky Mountains. The kitchen utensils are limited so if you are into cooking, I recommend taking your own tools with you. Shops are 20 min drive away and people in the area seem to be all very happy and friendly. Auto-mated petrol station is 5 min away. Hiking at the Chimney Pots was the highlight for us. (40 min drive from the house) We did not see a soul and the view was just stunning!
How's the serenity!!
What a wonderful place to stay - we came for the Dunkeld Races and had a ball - Clean, roomy, comfortable accommodation and it had everything we needed. Had pre-race drinks out in the beautiful cottage garden before our day at the races....we'll be back :) thanks Stan
Lovely place for a family break
Great views and very peaceful location. We felt very relaxed after our stay - and it was the perfect place to stay with three boys.
Very neat, tidy, spacious and comfortable accommodation. Arrived on a cold, wet night and owner had kindly put slow combustion wood fire on so house was warm in advance of our arrival. Only recommendation would be that there was no tea, coffee or milk provided so if that's important to you you may want to bring it with you, but as far as accommodation goes was very comfortable and hard to fault, and a great location.
We had a few issues with our stay. Firstly the safety switch for the power kept switching off. When we contacted the owner he was unable to assist us and didn't bother to check in with us to see if we sorted it out which was disappointing. We finally worked out it was the fan for the wood heater. We unplugged the fan and just had to use it without the fan which was less than ideal given it's a cold house and the area gets below zero. A couple of rooms have separate heating which is good. The house has pretty much everything you'll need but you don't have access to the laundry and the hot water runs out really quickly. There weren't any champagne glasses so would recommend that you bring your own. We couldn't locate a vacuum cleaner or mop so couldn't really keep it very clean or leave it very clean. We also couldn't locate the garbage or recycling bins. The owner provided good wood for the fire and also kindling. The property was clean and very pet friendly. The views are spectacular from with in and outside the house.
The Mouse House
We were so looking forward to our 2 night stay in Dunkeld which was to be centered around Bernie’s Retreat. Communication with Stan was warm and friendly in the lead up to our stay and we were looking forward to enjoying the home, the views and native animals in their natural environment. We arrived to a very freshly cleaned house with a simply appointed kitchen, just enough to get by cooking for ourselves. Within an hour of arrival though it became clear to us that some animals were also making themselves at home IN the home. With mouse droppings discovered in our bags and on the kitchen bench after leaving that section of the house to bath our children we began to think that we may have a problem. That became evident when a mouse started to use the kitchen as a highway and the toaster tray as a snack bar. As it was too late to find new accommodation in the early evening, and that fact that we weren’t scared of ONE little mouse, we put our kids to bed and decided to move all of the food and our cases into the car, just to be safe. Before 9pm there were at least 5 mice spotted running throughout the kitchen and living area- they were so active that we didn’t turn on the TV. They were our entertainment for the night. We sent Stan a message to inform him of the mouse situation, that we would be staying that night only and requested a refund for night two. Thinking that the mice were confined to the living areas of the house we headed to bed for what we hoped was a refreshing sleep. Sleep did not come. What did come was the mice. Into the bedrooms. They spent the entire night running the corridors, using the bedside tables as climbing frames and at 2am I was shocked to find a mouse scratching my head and nesting into my hair. At that point we requested a refund for that night as well due to the house being completely inappropriate for sleeping! We cleaned up and left the house before 8:30am the next day and continued to message Stan with our movements. On that day we received no messages from Stan and he did not answer our phone call. This was in stark contrast to his usual punctual communication before arriving at the house and expressing any concerns. The next day, Stan replied to our sms asking for our bank details to transfer our refund and explaining that mice do come inside at that time of year ‘do’ to the cold nights and that some poison free traps had been set. This was the last communication that we received from Stan. Phone calls went unanswered fro