Places to stay in the Dandenongs

The Accommodation

The Lodge

Upon arrival, our guests are welcomed into the Dining Room, with wide windows, a view of the forest, a pool table and a choice of teas/coffees. This is also where you will enjoy a delicious continental breakfast with hot selections and other meals.

There are two lounge areas that can be utilised. Guests are invited to take advantage of the downstairs Living Room with a cosy fireplace and a relaxing atmosphere or the smaller upstairs meeting room with comfortable chairs and a quiet space for reflection or conversation.

The Lodge incorporates 11 bedrooms of varying sizes, but most provide a spacious king bed and a set of bunks. The king bed can be separated to supply two single beds if preferred for group retreat style accommodation.

Each room has a private ensuite. Used primarily as a retreat centre for groups, we do not provide tvs or minibars in the bedrooms. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in main function rooms.  There is no kitchenette.  Teas and coffees are available for the duration of your stay in the dining room.


Chestnut Cottage


riginally a gardener's cottage, Chestnut Cottage was built in 1920 for the then owners' gardener, Angelo Boroni. He was a frequent winner of the Kallista flower show for his fruit and vegetables.

Chestnut Cottage DandenongsThe location is cool temperate rain forest and the cottage is next to a large stand of mountain ash and a beautiful Japanese Maple. This is over 100 years old and. very pretty in autumn with the variety of leaf colours.

Locally there are several villages with different characters. Monbulk was reduced by bushfire in the 1960s and has more modern facades. Olinda and Sassafras are tourist villages within 10 minutes drive. Kallista is quiet and small. It is traditionally the artistic centre of the hills.

The cottage includes

  • Bedroom with Queen bed
  • Living Room & fold down Queen bed from wall
  • Dining Room/Kitchenette (Microwave oven/2 burner induction hotplate/Bar Fridge)
  • Bathroom/Laundry (Shower/Basin/Washing Machine/Dryer) & separate toilet with basin