Information & News

Information & News

Information & News


81 The Crescent

Olinda, Victoria, Australia 3788

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please scroll down to see FAQ's.

IMPORTANT:  Our ponds are fed by a natural bore. Unfortunately, due to low volume in the aquifers our ponds are at an all time low for the first time. We are currently in discussions with companies to resolve the replenishment of our ponds. Please contact us if you have any further questions and thank you for your patience.



Monreale came into being as one of the original Guest Houses in the Dandenongs.

Today unfortunately, many of the classic guest houses are no more, bush fires and the ravages of time have seen their demise both as historic properties and businesses.

Monreale has survived and has never been threatened by bush fire despite the region recording some major fire events. We believe that because Monreale is located in a rain forest gully next to Sassafras Creek, its unique location has protected the property from all the ravages of storms and other natural events caused by mother nature.

Monreale has had a colorful life, post its grand guest house days, a bordello of sorts run by some enterprising students to a doctors practice and then rejuvenated back into the Bed & Breakfast industry.

The 100 year old historic Country House has been redeveloped at least four times in the last 80 years, and has historic gardens that date back to the early 1900’s.

The Country house was fully renovated and refurbished four years ago with some modern additions built in the style of the original buildings, and can now cater for luxury accommodation in fully self contained apartments as well as cater for boutique wedding receptions.

Today the gardens are fully developed and cover three acres, the property is surrounded by natural rain forests and Sassafras creek, no visible neighbours and you can find a number of challenging walks a short distance away.

The new cottages were built in 2000 with the water garden complex of trout ponds and waterfalls completed in 2001.

Monreale is now recognised as the premier bed and breakfast establishment in the Dandenongs.

Monreale's Gardens

Monreale's Gardens

Monreale Gardens – a place of magic each season

Spring – A flower show that is a blaze of colour, a large variety of rhododendrons and azaleas.

Summer – On balmy afternoons guests enjoy a picnic hamper by the pond, and feed the trout.

Autumn – A magnificent display of colour from our majestic English trees.

Winter – Romantic season – Smoke from chimneys, the haunting English trees shrouded in mist.

Monreale’s gardens create an all encompassing atmosphere for guests. There are lawns, walks, many bridges, secreted nooks and tree fern grottos that provide solitude for quiet contemplation.

The Historic Garden

Monreale’s gardens have been a feature in Sassafras since it began as a B&B in the early 1900's. Originally the gardens were confined to a half acre area adjacent to the country house, and were connected by a number of quaint brick pathways that allowed visitors to explore the gardens displayed of the large variety of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas. The gardens were also interspersed with many varieties of English cottage garden flowers that appear all year round in surprising shapes and colours, in clusters or little pockets here and there. Each spring seems to bring out a new special flower that has not appeared before. Today most of those plantings survive as large plants and excellent examples of mature plants. The gardens also have the remnants of a aged apple orchard, with only a few surviving the ravages of time, but still producing enough green apples to feed the rosellas and possums that live at Monreale. We have discovered a minimum of 40 different camellia species, which produce abundant flowers from winter through to spring presenting astounding colours, shapes and of size of flowers The same can be said of the great variety of azaleas and some very large rhododendron tress. All of the plants are mature and to a large extent seem to be drought resistant as the harsh dry spell of this year seems to have made them flower even more profusely.

Monreale Creates “Two Acres of New Water Gardens"

In 1998 Cheryl and Karl arrived at Monreale as the proud new owners, and built four architecturally designed cottages. They discovered the property had a bore with a bountiful supply of water so they designed a water feature theme as the background. Leaving the original gardens undisturbed they cleared the remaining two acres of very basic scrub and replanted a special water garden theme as a backdrop for the cottages.

Building report from Cheryl and Karl

We reshaped the remaining two acres into our fantastic “water garden” feature and reinstated the rain forest feature of the surrounding forest that had been gradually lost by the previous owners. Our water for our man made creek is supplied from a bore which is pumped into the creek via waterfalls that meander through our trout ponds through a recycling feature that returns the water back to the ground. This ensures that whilst we have a plentiful supply of water, we are nevertheless mindful that we do not unnecessarily waste our good fortune and water supply. The water is pumped from an aquifer that is some 60 meters below ground, and provides chilled clear water that is ideal for trout. Whilst the ponds are only 1.5 meters deep, the cold moving water seems to make an ideal setting for rainbow trout. We have thirty trout that live happily in our pond’s, the fish survive as fish do in the wild apart from a weekly feed of fish food we provide them to ensure their total well being. The creek feeds the top pond that runs via little brooks to the other ponds. During spring we are visited by a number of black ducks and wood ducks who raise their offspring in and around the water features. We also planted over 100 English trees that include wonderful specimens of Chinese Elm, Twisted willow, and a vast number of Japanese Maples and Manchurian pear. All are now 20 feet tall, having beginnings no more than a meter in height. Clearly the rain forest climate has meant that they not only grew, but simply exploded in growth. The large range of Sankaki Japanese Maple with their flaming red bark in winter are a major feature after the brilliance of the autumn festival provided by the other English trees, especially the various colours of the Japanese maples and the vivid red of the aged Oak trees. We are now also finding that a great number of spring flower varieties are also popping up in unexpected parts of the new garden, which is surprising as the area had been rough bush prior to our arrival.

Tree Ferns

We have replanted over two hundred tree ferns throughout the new gardens, recreating the natural rain forest setting that must have been part of our Sassafras gully. Our cottages are literally hidden from view, as the tree ferns have now grown to maturity with fronds that are measured in meters, providing that magical feeling of secrecy and romance.

Mountain Ash

Monreale is surrounded on all boundaries by a natural rain forest that has maturing and towering mountain ash. The majesty of these trees is something to behold, the size and scale leaves you breathless. It is hard to imagine how they would have been 100 years ago before they were cleared to make timber for Melbourne’s development.

"Guest Comments from Gregor and Gail Robinson

The extraordinary gardens and rainforest surroundings are so serene that we instantly feel relaxed and stress free. On departure we have emerged with a brimming smile and offer a ready hug of thanks to the hosts for the hospitality received. The tree fern lined trout ponds provided an additional romantic experience for us, on a balmy afternoon we enjoyed a delicious picnic hamper by the pond. The gardens are distinct point of difference, with its water gardens that feature a permanent meandering creek. We relaxed on the porch of our cottages and all we could hear was the murmuring and soothing sounds of water music and the quiet of nature. "


A garden to remember – we are often asked by guests to help them take their couples or group photos with our gardens as the backdrop. These photos then become keepsakes of their visit to Monreale.

Flowers at Monreale

Flowers at Monreale

Monreale's Flowers

In the Dandenongs you will discover stunning gardens located in beautiful settings that display a huge variety of brilliantly coloured blooms, rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and daffodils.

Monreale Cottages has a vast array of these plants that display their special colour and variety throughout the year.

Many of the Hill's streetscapes have open gardens displays throughout the year.

Public gardens are open during the year and can be found throughout the Dandenongs and Dandenong Ranges.

From Monreale Cottages in the Dandenongs.

Within walking distance, 400 meters down the road from Monreale Cottages, you will find the renowned Alfred Nicholas Gardens.  A great way to spend some hours admiring plants in their natural environment.

Other Gardens to visit within our area:
  •     Pirianda Gardens
  •     George Tindale Gardens
  •     RJ Hamer Arboretum
  •     Tesselaars Tulip Farm
  •     National Rhododendron Gardens
  •     Emerald Park Lake
  •     Grants Picnic Ground

Our Commitment to you

Our Commitment to you

Monreale Cottages believes it offers the highest standard accommodation in the Dandenong Ranges

Our Commitment to you

Sleep Overs manages the estate with an uncompromising commitment to quality and guest satisfaction.

We have developed the business to provide you with value for money, high standards of service and cleanliness and a stunning natural environment.

Our aim is to have you leave the property wanting to tell your friends about a great Monreale experience, and of course entice you to return to Monreale yourselves.

We trust that we have earned this privilege through our hard work of surpassing your expectations of us.

Our written feedback is telling us that our guests have their expectations met or surpassed them whilst they have experienced the Monreale hospitality.

As we pursue excellence, we have created for you and your partner, a luxurious environment with a romantic ambiance, spotless comfortable accommodations ensuring that you will both be rejuvenated, relaxed and refreshed when the time comes to leave Monreale.

We believe that most of our guests value the seclusion, privacy and serenity of Monreale, and it is for this reason we request our guests to honour our strict NO VISITOR policy.


Monreale is a nationally accredited business through the Better Business Accreditation Program.

The quality assurance program identifies best practice business conduct and customer service.

We commit our business philosophy to embrace:
  •     Professional customer service
  •     Compliance with all health and safety standards
  •     Ethical conduct and business professionalism
  •     Honest advertising
  •     Continuous service improvement and staff training about Monreale Estate

What Our Guest Says

What Our Guest Says

The following testimonials are a sample from the many delighted guests who have stayed in the luxury cottages and retreats at Monreale Cottages.

Monreale exceeded our expectations we had of this style of boutique cottage accommodation. The setting of the cottages, the quality and high standards of the Watergarden cottage itself was excellent. The standard of service from the proprietors was wonderful striking the right balance between service to the guests and their privacy. The food in the hampers was a delight to the tastebuds.
– Aaron

After city life a very relaxing retreat. Not nearly enough time to fully appreciate the location. We love the relaxed informal approach, the lights, the log fires and the birds. The meal hamper for two was excellent and the pudding superb. Thank you Cheryl and Karl.
– Sheila and Bob

Thank you for a beautiful stay, everything was absolutely perfect, we will definitely spread the word about this place. And I'm sure it won't be the last time you see us here.
– Anthony and Olinka

Alan and I have enjoyed a wonderful break. Even the rain didn't affect our time at Monreale. In fact it is almost impossible to remember when we last relaxed by a fire and read a book in the afternoon. Thank you.
P.S. The dinner hamper was delicious and very generous.
– Glenda and Alan

We will never forget the moment we first walked into the room. The place was set up like a dream, with perfect lighting, candle and DVD flame and soft music. Thank you.
– Liora

Three wonderful days of peace and tranquillity in a lovely cottage. Didn't want to leave! Not happy with the no fishing policy in the trout ponds! (just joking)
– David

We have had a lovely romantic weekend we didn't leave our cottage because everything we needed was provided. It is so peaceful and secluded – just what we needed. Thanks.
– Sam and Sharyn

Absolutely beautiful! An experience we have both enjoyed and will long remember. You have provided us with all we could want and need. Your attention to detail, ambiance, warmth and fine pleasures are greatly appreciated. We will definitely be visiting again. ! De-stressed & Refreshed – Thank you!
– Melissa and Daryl

Our second time staying here and it could not be any better. The little details and extras that even the big city hotels don't offer add to the personal experience. We love staying at Monreale and will definitely be returning again for future trips to the Dandenongs. Monreale by far our favourite. P.S. Thanks for organising the "taxi".
– Mol and Jaime

"Heaven on earth”
Thank you for providing a wonderful haven for a very tired run down mother of three. I enjoyed every second, minute, and had the two nights of my life. God bless you and all who come to Monreale.
– Agueda

Everything was perfect, a nice relaxing stay, from the moment we walked in through the peaceful gardens. The cottage was well supplied with all the necessities to relax and unwind – the MUSCAT on arrival was a welcome delight. Lots of thought has been put in to ensure our stay was the best ever. Well done.
– Koula

We thought your estate offered us everything we needed for our break. The dinner hamper was delicious especially the Cheese cake! The massage was great. The late checkout time of 11.30am is an extra added bonus as well. The service of getting DVD's from reception is a great initiative.
– Andrea and Peter

Thank you – Accommodation wonderful. We were impressed with the standard of service and the quality and outlay of the kitchen equipment. Hamper and breakfast provisions exceeded expectations. Congratulations on providing such a Perfect "Getaway”.
– Rita and Graeme

Our time at Magnolia Retreat was exceptional. Cheryl made both the booking and check in process very enjoyable. Her friendly nature set the tone for the remainder of our stay. The cottage was exceptionally well maintained and supplied. The gardens are serene, peaceful and beautiful. We will definitely be telling our family and friends about this jewel of accommodation. THANK you for a great weekend.
– Heidi

Everything we needed was available to us. The local produce made a delicious breakfast & the gardens are so beautiful & we felt very relaxed. Thank you.
– Pamela

From the moment we walked into our cottage we felt very relaxed. The Steeple cottage was absolutely beautiful. The decor was very warm and inviting.

We loved spending our 10 year anniversary here. The Steeple Cottage was fantastic and very romantic. Cheryl's food hampers are absolutely magnificent. We were so full but couldn't stop eating Cheryl's beautiful food. We thank you so much for a memorable 10th year anniversary. We will love to return.
– Glenn and Melanie

A fairy tale setting, an absolute fantastic retreat. Beautiful decor and facilities. I will recommend Monreale to all my clients and friends,  it's an ideal getaway all year round.
– Liz

Cheryl & Karl, thank you for helping to make our weekend so perfect. Accommodation was beautiful, gourmet hamper was sensational and enjoyed thoroughly. Also watching your pet chickens & trout was divine. Thank you.
– Lisa

My new wife & I could not have chosen a better place to stay, Had a fantastic time! Will be definitely returning and recommending to others!
– Robert

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay – such a beautiful setting & cottage. Thanks Cheryl for the warm welcome & friendly hospitality – it really adds to the whole stay. The breakfast basket was great.!
– Mark and Vanessa

What can we say! Absolutely magnificent home away from home.
The surroundings are very picturesque and facilities too good to pass up. Definitely will recommend. Thank you.
– Rachel

We had an excellent time, a very welcome stay, excellent & fresh food, excellent hospitality and privacy. We would highly recommend it to anyone. Thanks for a great weekend.
– Maria

Media Reviews

Media Reviews

The place: It's not as ostentatious or overtly sexy as other five-star destinations, but Monreale Cottages cannot be faulted when it comes to seclusion. In a gully next to Sassafras Creek, the estate was home to some of the region's earliest guesthouses, and later a bordello. Now revived as a respectable hideaway for romance, it offers four cottages, built in 1998, and two apartments in the remodelled 100-year-old guesthouse. Open-plan cottages have cathedral ceilings, extensive windows, complete kitchens, plush lounges and spas. Bathrooms are dated but serviceable. Ponds and gardens add to the Zen atmosphere.

The experience: Arriving to a heated cottage, with the keys in the door, and no one else in sight, creates a feeling of utter solitude. Indeed, you needn't see another soul all weekend. Light the pre-stacked fireplace and enjoy complimentary liqueur muscat, chocolates, DVDs and breakfast goodies. Gourmet dinner hampers can also be dropped at the door by extremely thoughtful yet invisible hosts. Depending on your sociability, you might encounter the estate's resident animals (three friendly cats, myriad birds and trout), or drive to the villages of Sassafras and Olinda for bric-a-brac browsing and cake-gorging. Local bush or garden walks can be reached on foot from the property and take about half an hour, while more arduous excursions are minutes by car. " Read more...  The Age Good Weekend 29 October 2011

"It's luxurious and romantic accommodation. It's everything you could dream of in a spring weekend retreat" "... it is the attention to detail at Monreale that makes you feel special, the chocolates on the pillow, the freshly laundered fluffy bathrobes and slippers in the wardrobe, the mini bar well stocked with local reds, whites and sparkling wines for your indulgence. All is designed with enjoyment in mind..." Jan Morgan Editorial Manager – Melbourne City Weekly

"If privacy, luxury and sensual delight are high on the list, Monreale Estate may well be your perfect destination...""Each of the charming cottages has a cosy wood fire (as well as central heating and cooling) and an open plan design that’s perfect for lovers, the bed (king or queen), spa and fire are in the same visual space". "… From every window there's a superb garden/forest outlook. Each cottage also has a comfy lounge area and fully equipped kitchen..." Jane Mclean travel writer – Weekends for Two

Monreale Estate in Sassafras is only a short drive down Burwood Highway to Melbourne. The 2.5ha property, featuring four self contained cottages and two apartments, was built 11 years ago and has been winning the major Victorian and Australian tourism awards for some years. Each cottage is positioned for maximum privacy and has a special feature. Ours, "Oakbrook Cottage" has a large veranda overlooking a trout pond and trees hug all the windows. There are tree ferns seen from the spa corner, Japanese maples from the living room. Manchurian pear trees from the kitchen and a 40m-high pin oak dominates the veranda view. But what really sets Monreale apart are the in room dinner hampers. We were handed a hamper at the door with a single red rose and were left alone for a blissfully romantic evening. Co-owner Cheryl Johnston is a truly, magnificent cook. After dinner there was nothing left but to watch my husband tackle the male science of fire stoking and settle on the black leather three seater to watch some DVD's. The open plan cottage makes for easy living and communication. The entire apartment can be viewed from the king-sized bed. Breakfast is a struggle after such a big dinner the previous night but a quick walk to the nearby Alfred Nicholas gardens opens the appetite. Catherine Lambert – Herald Sun Writer/Review

Herald Sun Feature – 22 August 2010 Monreale Herald Sun Feature 22 Aug 2010 – PDF File

Free Press Leader – 30 September 2009 Steadily on in Sassafras, with eye to a tourism trio. A unique Sassafras business is in the running for a tourism award.Monreale Cottages, a collection of luxury self-contained cottages, has been nominated for a Tourism Victoria award. Each year the awards recognise leading businesses and individuals for their contribution to the Victorian tourism industry. Cottages Monreale is trying to achieve the trifecta this year, after winning the award in its category for the past two years. The estate has been run by Karl and Cheryl Johnston for the past 10 years. Ms Johnston said that over the years the business had built a loyal client base, and they had a number of loyal customers, including locals and those from interstate. She said although business dropped off in February after the bushfires, it was once again steady. Other popular attractions of the estate include three trout ponds with fresh fish, open fires and large fireside spas, as well as the surrounding bush scenery. Award winners will be announced on November 16.

Article Herald Sun 14 June 2009 Herald Sun Writer/Review Catherine Lambert Check – IN finding the perfect place to stay
Winter is a great time to visit the Dandenongs,writes Catherine Lambert A CHILDHOOD in Melbourne usually involves regular Sunday drives to the Dandenongs. The trip is not always received well. There are possibilities of car sickness on the windy climb up the mountain and long waits while the adults look in bric-a-brac shops. For adults, the trip makes more sense. Only an hour from Melbourne is this little piece of Europe where the air is clean, the ground moist, the colours are glorious and the shops are fun. It is possible to miss autumn in many parts of Melbourne now, but in the Dandenongs the autumn colours still shines brightly as winter takes hold. The gullies and slopes are ablaze with red, orange and rust. This is the perfect season to visit the Dandenongs, and Monreale Estate in Sassafras is only a short drive down Burwood Highway to Melbourne. The 2.5ha property, featuring four self contained cottages and two apartments, was built 11 years ago and has been winning the major Victorian and Australian tourism awards for some years. Each cottage is positioned for maximum privacy and has a special feature. Ours, "Oakbrook Cottage" has a large veranda overlooking a trout pond and trees hug all the windows. There are tree ferns seen from the spa corner, Japanese maples from the living room. Manchurian pear trees from the kitchen and a 40m-high pin oak dominates the veranda view. But what really sets Monreale apart are the in room dinner hampers. For only $118 for two, we were handed a hamper at the door with a single red rose and were left alone for a blissfully romantic evening. Co-owner Cheryl Johnston is a magnificent cook. Her kitchen produces 12 different hampers. We chose soup, roast chicken with Macadamia nut stuffing, organic greens and potato gratin. Followed by sticky date pudding and baked cheesecake. It included the bottle of wine, crusty baguettes and candles. After dinner there was nothing left but to watch my husband tackle the male science of fire stoking and settle on the black leather three seater to watch some DVD's. The open plan cottage makes for easy living and communication. The entire apartment can be viewed from the king-sized bed. Breakfast is a struggle after such a big dinner the previous night but a quick walk to the nearby Alfred Nicholas gardens opens the appetite. There is a back entrance to the 80-year old gardens only 300m from Monreale and is a breathtaking display. The reflection of the liquid ambers and maples in the ornamental lake is so pretty it could have a movie set. Even a walk through Monreale is pleasant because such attention to detail has been devoted to its design. That it lies so close to Melbourne makes it all the more special.



Monreale Cottages appreciates guests who would like a bit more information before booking. Hopefully the list below will answer many of your questions but if not, please email the Venue Manager directly on

Breakfast Provisions

As a guest at Monreale Cottages, breakfast provisions are not included as part of your tariff. However, please let us know if you would like to add breakfast to your stay as we have many yummy options on offer!

Bush Fire Preparedness

Monreale Cottages was built in 1902 and, having been bypassed by past bushfires in the Hills, it remains as secure and intact today as it was 100 years ago. We are told that one of the many reasons for this is the estate's location at the bottom of Sassafras Gully in a rainforest setting.

Business Facilities

Mobile phones other than Telstra do not work on the property due to our location in a rain forest gully. Mobile phone reception for other carriers can be obtained at Sassafras village, 3 kilometres away. WiFi is available at the property and important emails can also be sent from reception.

Chauffeur Service

Due to insurance liability requirements, we are not permitted to provide a chauffer service for guests wishing to be picked up or taken to restaurants and reception centres. We are pleased to pre-arrange and book taxis and other transport providers as and when you require.

Check-In and Check-Out Times

Check-in is from 3:00 PM on day of arrival. We ask that guests notify us if they plan to arrive after 8:00 PM so that special arrangements can be made.
Check out is before 11:30 AM on day of departure.


We are happy to discuss your needs regarding children. There is plenty of separation between cottages to cater for individual privacy. We also have a port-a-cot available for rent for children under 2 years of age.

Credit Card – Additional Charges

The Management of Monreale Cottages reserves the right to charge the credit card of clients for any additional costs incurred. Examples of situations where additional charges may apply include, but are not limited to:
Repair/Replacement of damaged property above fair wear and tear
In the event that your accommodation unit is vacated and left excessively dirty an additional cleaning cost amount will be advised to you and then charged to your card
Use of mini bar items or extra services


Mini bar or extras services enjoyed during your stay must be paid for on departure.
Check all cupboards to avoid leaving behind any valuables or personal belongings. Any belongings left behind, that need to be posted to guest will incur a postal charge.
Ensure cottage door is locked and key is left in the lock box upon your departure.

Disabled Access to Cottages or Retreats

As our property is located on a semi steep hill slope, we have a variety of paths and steps to engage and encounter, if this is of concern to you we suggest you discuss your needs with us as certain access solutions can be provided to enable and facilitate your participation.

Eating In or Out

All cottages and retreats have a fully equipped kitchen designed to make self-catering as easy as possible – fridge, microwave, gas cook top, oven, china, cutlery and glasses.
Eating out is also very convenient as Olinda and Sassafras Village’s are only a short distance from the property and have an array of restaurants and eating establishments.

Extra Persons

The tariff is for two adults. Any extra persons, including children, must be approved by management.
Additional persons will be charged at:
$50.00 per person (13+ years) per night.
$25.00 per child (2-12 years) per night.
There is no additional charge for children less than 2 years old if own bedding is provided.

Guest Numbers per Cottage or Retreat

Watergarden Cottage – Maximum 2 guests – King Bed
Oakbrook Cottage – Maximum 2 guests – King Bed
Steeple Cottage – Maximum 2 guests – Queen Bed
Lyrebird Retreat – Maximum 2 guests – Queen Bed
Tranquility Cottage – Maximum 4 guests – Queen Bed, Sofa Bed
Magnolia Retreat – Maximum 6 guests – King Bed (can be split into 2 king singles), Queen Bed, Sofa Bed

Laundry Facilities

There are no laundry facilities located on the property. A laundromat is located in the main street of Monbulk (10 minute drive).


We try to be as unobtrusive as we can to allow you to enjoy the seclusion and privacy of our Estate, but we are happy to accept messages from family and leave them at reception for you. Naturally if the messages are of an extremely important nature we will pass them on to you as soon as possible.

Newsletters and Marketing Communication

Monreale will only send you newsletters or marketing communication if you have subscribed or requested to receive them. We do not distribute mailing lists to any third party with the exception of a provider contracted by us to provide a service. If you do not wish to receive any newsletters or marketing communication from Monreale, please send us an e-mail with your request. Your details will be removed from the mailing list.


Well-behaved dogs are always welcome. If you would like to bring your fur child along with you, there is a $25/pet/night fee applicable.

Power Failures

Major blackouts can occur during severe storms, and as we rely entirely on electricity for virtually everything that opens and shuts on the property, temporary inconvenience issues may arise. Thankfully most occur very late at night or very early in the morning, but these events will still cause the water to stop because the pumps won't work. Unfortunately, the use of showers and toilets will be delayed until power resumes. On such occasions we provide temporary water for toilet flushing and cups of tea.

Privacy Statement

Monreale Cottages are committed to protecting our guests'  privacy before, during, and after their stay with us. All information remains strictly private and will not be divulged to any other unauthorised party. Your presence at Cottages at Monreale is nobody else's business. We will decline to divulge your presence here should anyone ring inquiring for you – unless instructed otherwise by you.

Public Lighting

All paths have external all night secure lighting for your safety.

Servicing Accommodation

We do not service during your stay.

Smoke-Free Environment

All internal areas, including the cottages and retreats, are smoke-free environments. In the event that you do smoke in the accommodation, you will be charged an additional cleaning fee to rid the area of smoke aromas. For smokers, we have provided facilities for smoking on the decking outside of each cottage or retreat.

Travel Time from Melbourne

Generally allow at least one and a half hours from the airport or city, and one hour from the eastern suburbs.

Visitors / Friends

Most of our guests place great value on the seclusion, privacy and serenity of the property. With this in mind, we have a strict NO VISITOR policy. Should you wish to have a small number of friends or visitors for a brief daytime visit during your stay, you must seek permission beforehand from reception.

Water our Precious Resource

We are not connected to mains water and rely on pumping our own water supply. We receive water from two sources, both controlled by mother nature. Firstly, we have our rainwater collection system, and secondly our natural spring water that we mix with rain water to form a delightful mineral spring concoction. We store this water in a holding tank and pump the water back under pressure to each accommodation unit. This system works well until we are hit by storms, which can temporarily affect the colour but not the quality or safety of the water. Whilst we have ample water supplies, we request that you are mindful to limit your water usage to reasonable limits taking into account the needs of spas and other domestic appliances and uses.

What Do You Need to Bring With You?

All of our cottages and retreats are fully provisioned with linen, towels, toiletries and are self-contained for your convenience. Supplies for the wood fireplace are not provided, however guests are welcome to bring their own. Alternatively, firewood, kindling, firelighters and matches can be ordered and delivered to the cottage prior to your arrival.