Modern, Luxury & Unique. Idea for getaways, families & exploring the attractions
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Although have always been a city dweller and still live in Melbourne, I love Woodend as a town to live (7 years) and now come back here as often as I can. The Macedon Ranges are wonderful to explore or relax. Love being outdoors gardening especially at the cottage and also love my family of Boston Terriers (seen in the photo on the steps of the Cottage) who join me when travelling up here. Also have two parrots and two alpacas as pets (residents of the Cottage).
Alf purchased this Cottage in 2008
Why Alf chose Woodend
Drove to Woodend for the first time and on that day saw this property and the rest is history. The property was first owned by the great grand daughter of the first man settled in the district. It was established steeped in in philanthropy where it was used for fundraising events, theatrical performances, local art exhibitions and even an open air swimming pool was built and a bandstand that was used for musical performances. Remnants of this can still be seen today.
What makes this Cottage unique
Its rural, quiet, secluded, relaxing, plenty of space to garden and have pets. Close to Woodend township for services but far enough that it really feels like your the only person on earth. The cottage built in 1959 amongst the eucalyptus trees but since then there has been planting of other indigenous trees and shrubs that wrap around the cottage. It was completely gutted inside in 2012 and purpose designed and built as an accommodation as seen today.
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Convenient location comfortable surroundings
The property manager was very easy to deal with and quite responsive. Was as described in listing-loved the wood fire!
A Weekend of Relaxation
What a beautiful little gem. We had a wonderful time relaxing by the fire, enjoying the ambience of being in the bush, whilst only being a 5 min drive from Woodend Town. Our children loved the experience of feeding the animals on the property, and the extra little touches from our hosts (eg breakfast provisions) were delightful. Would happily recommend to all and we look forward to staying again.
Very comfortable and cosy
A cosy cottage on the outskirts of Woodend. Extremely comfortable beds, and a nice touch with the fridge being stocked with a few breakfast essentials for our stay.
Vintage cottage in Macedon Range
Nicely furnished, well equipped and suitable for various needs
The cottage was thoughtfully decorated and generously supplied with essentials , plus some extra treats ! We loved the treed setting and the peace .
Quiet, relaxing and dog friendly
We booked at the last minute and Alf was very accommodating. Beautiful French provincial cottage, fully fenced for our dog which was a welcome bonus. Breakfast supplies which included eggs, bread, croissants, milk, Carmen muesli and lots of tea and coffee. Comfy bed and great shower, what more can I say!
Woodend Cottage is a perfect vantage point to explore the Macedon Ranges.
The Macedon Ranges is part of the wider Daylesford & Macedon Ranges region and so easy to get to from the heart of Melbourne; less than an hour by car, or if you prefer by train.
Woodend Village Township
Woodend was settled during the gold rush in the early 1800s and was the main thoroughfare for prospectors heading up through the Black Forest to Bendigo and Ballarat. Today, it’s a quiet town, but has a quintessential Australian rural village atmosphere making it a popular tourist destination. It's home to a cosmopolitan cafe culture, wine stores, bookstores and shops with an eclectic mix of old and new wares, plus a plethora of gourmet produce.
Feast in Woodend
There are a handful of quaint little coffee shops along High Street in Woodend. The Village Larder, our first choice for breakfast during our stay is obviously everyone else’s first choice and is usually packed. Avoid the queues and head to the Fox in the Chamber across the road. They have partnered with Woodend Neighbourhood House to offer barista training, which means you’re guaranteed good coffee.
Bourkies Bakehouse, at the bottom end of High Street, boasts the best Vanilla Slice in Victoria (although so do a hundred other VIC bakeries). Still, the Bakehouse is laden with awards so it’s not hard to get something delicious here.
Once you’ve worked up a thirst wandering the High Street, head to Woodend’s boutique brewery – Holgate Brewhouse. Their ales and lagers are free from preservatives, artificial colouring and flavouring, and I can personally vouch a number of them are delicious!
Red Wine Bar – formerly known as Zarby’s – is one of a handful of restaurants in Woodend. Here they serve a mix of Italian and modern Australian cuisine. It can be very busy at the weekends so expect to wait a little while for main meals. There is a very good wine selection so at least you can enjoy the wait.
Explore the Macedon Ranges
Hanging Rock, a distinctive rock formation not far from town, is a big visitor drawcard. Not only is it a sacred place for local indigenous people, but it was also the setting used for Joan Lindsay’s infamous mystery novel Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Gravity Hill is an anomaly. Also known as Anti-gravity hill, this mysterious spot just outside Woodend has confused and delighted many who have ventured to drive through. Here, the lay of the land surrounding the slight downward slope creates an optical illusion. Go there, take your car out of gear and it will appear to roll uphill against gravity. It’s somewhere on Straws Lane, but it’s not signposted in any way. Shh, it’s meant to be a local secret.
Hanging Rock Winery on the slopes of Jim Jim in the Macedon Ranges is only a few kilometres from Hanging Rock. It was established in 1983 by the Ellis family with the aim of making Australia’s finest sparkling wine in the French marques style, similar to Bollinger and Krug. The winery recently won Winewise Championship Best Pre-2015 Pinot Noir for their 2014 Jim Jim Pinot Noir.
Drive up the mountain for 10 minutes and you can reach the pinnacle of the Mount Macedon memorial cross. Only 5min walk from the car park you can see 360-degree views of the region. Continue along and explore the beautiful tree lined boulevard of Mount Macedon.
Bushwalk, Hike and Cycle
The Macedon Ranges are popular with bushwalkers, hikers, runners and cyclists. There are a number of trails to explore wending through Wombat State Forest and Mount Macedon. If you prefer something less strenuous, why not enjoy a good old fashioned picnic… just don’t read Picnic at Hanging Rock before you go!
Tour the National Listed Gardens
Visitors return time and time again to the Macedon Ranges to enjoy public and private spaces transformed by the art of garden design. Behind the walls of the impressive Mount Macedon mansions are some of Victoria’s finest gardens, many National Trust-listed.
The villages and hamlets in the Macedon Ranges each buzz to its own festivities celebrating local heroes and unique culture. These happen all year round. In the Macedon Ranges we’re known for lively markets that connect our communities all year long and give you a chance to shop with the locals.
The Macedon Ranges is a place where you can wander the streets of sleepy towns to look for bargains or just take a walk in the bush.