Our cosy cottage has its own private entrance & sits in a secluded garden with views to the old barn. The living/dining room, kitchenette (No oven/cooktop), bedroom & bathroom make an ideal getaway for couples. Set on a few acres, the property backs onto a treed river area. It has chickens & friendly alpacas to visit, but it's a mere 5 minute walk into town. Ballan is the perfect base from which to explore Daylesford, Trentham, Blackwood, Creswick & Ballarat, all are within a 30 minute drive.
Westcott dates back to the mid 1860’s, but while the rustic charm and history of the building can be seen and felt at every turn, the interior has been lovingly renovated to add modern day creature comforts. The accommodation is set up in the original cottage of the house, built in 1865. Although semi detached, it is separated from the main house by the original, exterior stone walls of the cottage, making it exceptionally quiet. The cottage has its own entrance and sits in a pretty & private garden with views to the old barn.
Situated on four acres on the outskirts of Ballan, the property backs onto the meandering Werribee River. The river valley is a quick, easy walk and here you’ll often discover wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies and an array of birdlife. Listen out for the kookaburras and keep an eye out for the occasional eagle hunting for prey. It’s equally close to the centre of town, just a 500m stroll away to cafes, supermarket, op shops and pubs.
Our family consists of Buddy our beautiful Border Collie & Pablo the rooster with his harem of girls, who are happy to provide eggs for your breakfast. Our four alpacas - Charlie Brown, Jeff, Betty and Svetlana, all come running when they see visiting guests bearing gifts of apples or carrots :) Feel free to visit them anytime!
None of these family members have any access to your private space! It’s all yours.
Ballan is a charming, peaceful country town which is especially picturesque as the autumn leaves change colour. The Autumn Festival held in late March gets bigger and better each year! There are cafes, pubs, op shops and markets to visit as you wander around. Ballan is also home to Mill Rose Quilting Shop & gallery, well known by those with a passion for quilting. There's also an Art Gallery run by a local Sculptor and his Artist wife. For the sports minded there’s a lovely golf course set along the Werribee river, which runs the entire way through the town, the excellent polo field of the Yaloak Polo Club and great fishing at Bostock and Moorabool Reservoirs, which are also perfect for barbecues and a walk by the water.
Around Ballan there are several mineral springs to visit and many bushwalking areas to explore. It’s also the gateway to the Daylesford spa mecca, but a somewhat quieter option for accommodation. In less than 30 minutes, you can drive to Daylesford, Ballarat, Trentham, Creswick or Blackwood. Alternatively explore the Werribee and Lerderderg Gorges and The Brisbane Ranges. For those with a green thumb there are many outstanding nurseries in the area. Blackwood has two of the best, Blackwood Ridge Nursery & Café and The Garden of St Erth, both well worth a visit. Also the stunning Lambley Nursery the other side of Ballarat is a must. This area, particularly Gordon through to Daylesford, is fast becoming very well known for its truffle farms and during the colder months there are many truffle adventures and feasts to enjoy, but you will need to book early. The temperatures may not be so inviting, but the truffles are incredible.
We also have an information folder in the cottage to help you plan your getaway.
Ballan, Victoria, Ausztrália