Emerald Cottage sits in the town of Maude, a rural township of great natural beauty approx 25 mins from Geelong and just over 1 hr from Melbourne. We're close to award-winning, world-class wineries, Fairy Park, Steiglitz, Brisbane Ranges and Bunjil's Lookout for spectacular Moorabool Valley views. This renovated cottage is a cosy yet spacious and quaint retreat. Great for couples, solo adventurers, business travellers, families (with kids) and groups up to 10.
Emerald Cottage sits on the historical site of the old Maude Post Office (operating from 1862 - 1951). The steps you can see at the front gate are from the original era of the Post Office as is the large shed seen from the cottage garden.
It has a cosy yet spacious living area with valley views, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area with an 8-seater dining table, 3-seater kids table and an indoor wood heater.
The cottage also has a split system air conditioning and heating unit for climate control preferences.
K I T C H E N :
> 4-burner induction cooktop
> Electric oven
> Lavazza coffee pod machine
> Milk frother
> Instant coffee, tea, sugar, milk
> Pots and pans
> Oven dishware
> Servingware ie salad bowls, serving dishes
> Cutlery and plates for up to x10 guests
> Cooking oil, salt + pepper, foil/glad wrap
> Glassware (tumblers, wine + champagne glasses)
> Knives and chopping boards also provided to prepare meals
L A U N D R Y :
> Washing machine onsite but not available for use by guests
> Clothesline can be found on the back verandah straight out from the laundry.
> Iron and ironing board provided, as well as an ironing mat (a specially made mat for a convenient, quick iron which can be used safely on almost any surface).
B A T H R O O M :
The cottage has 1 bathroom with 1 toilet, a large shower and 1 small bathtub. The master bedroom has its own access to this bathroom on one side (the other side being the main access from the hallway).
> All bathroom essentials provided including toilet paper, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, makeup cotton pads + cotton buds.
> Towels provided for each guest
> Hospital grade disinfectant are utilised in the bathrooms in between all booked stays
B E D R O O M S :
The cottage houses 3 spacious and cosy bedrooms. Each with a built-in robe, hangers provided, mirror + bed linen.
B e d r o o m 1: Queen (sleeps 2) - Single trundle (Sleeps 1 | *setup upon request) - 1 wardrobe - Back verandah/garden view
B e d r o o m 2: Queen (sleeps 2) - x2 Single foldout (Sleeps 2 | *setup upon request)) - 1 wardrobe - Front verandah/valley views
B e d r o o m 3: Bunks (sleeps 4) - 1 wardrobe - Front verandah/valley views
O U T D O O R A R E A :
> Emerald cottage is surrounded by tall spotted and lemon scented gums as well as a hedge of plumbago. The cottage is surrounded by different iris species, bulbs and perennial plants with different colours popping up to be enjoyed at different times of the year.
> You may be greeted by some locals in the form of wild life which frequent the area and surrounding valleys as well as Emerald Cottage with wedgetail eagles, wrens, songbirds, echidnas and even koalas giving out a mating call in the evenings in the red gums by the house.
> The cottage has both a front and back verandah for our guests' enjoyment.
> The spacious back verandah is the perfect space to enjoy the cottage garden -utilise the outdoor dining table or lounge suite sitting on a Merbau deck or take a relaxing seat under the magnificent weeping elm tree.
> The front verandah is the perfect spot to wind down at the end of the day. Grab yourself a glass of wine, hot chocolate or relaxing cup of tea and take a seat on our rocking chairs or redgum love seat while the sun sets over the valley views for another day.
ANIMALS and PETS:
Upon request and permission obtained by hosts.
We love holidaying with our dogs, and don't like having to book low or average quality accommodation to be able to bring them with us. So we have made our cottage pet friendly, and made it the kind of place that we would like to stay with our pet.
> Booking to reflect as per 'extra person' charge/ per pet.
> We are very vigilant in removing all animal hair from the cottage after pet owning guest stays, but we also ask that you please be aware of where your pet is shedding if you have a particularly hairy pet, and try to help us out with this.
> We ask that guests bring their own pet beds and allow pets to stay only in non-carpeted areas of the cottage.
> Please do not leave your pet unattended in the house or on the property.
> There are neighboring animals and livestock nearby, so we ask that unruly dogs are kept at home who might give chase or tend to bark (as this might echo through the surrounding valleys and to our neighbours).
Maude is the perfect township to visit for a rural retreat. Far enough to get away from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungles and in touch with nature yet close enough to access from the metropol of Geelong and Melbourne CBD's. Activities guests may enjoy in the area include wine tasting and local vineyard cellar door explorations, the Maude Tennis Courts and clubrooms (where bookings can be made to use the courts or hire the hall), the Maude Recreational Reserve which includes BBQ facilities, a public fire pit, childrens playground, a bocce court, public toilets + a viewing platform, a drive to Fairy Park, Historical Steiglitz, Brisbane Ranges for a bushwalk or bike ride or Bunjil's Lookout just down the road which is a viewing platform playing host to a spectacular view from sunrise to sunset overlooking the sweeping plains of the Moorabool Valley (a great spot to watch some majestic wedgetail eagles gliding through the thermal winds of the valley!)
Maude, Victoria, Ausztrália