When you can’t make it to Paris, we bring the City of Love to you. Inspired by the lavish decor of the Sun King’s court, Villa d’Amour at Maison Belle Retreat serves up plush furnishings and a petite table for two so all you need to bring along is a French kiss for your amour de votre vie. Love is in the name of this special hideaway, with bubbly and chocolates included on arrival for weekend stays and a selection of quality eateries nearby to help you live to excess.
The villa has everything you and your special someone need to kick back and relax in privacy. A small kitchen is fitted out with a stovetop and a fridge; perfect for creating your own special breakfast with the provisions supplied. A decadent bathroom with rainshower completes the ground level area. Stairs lead to a comfortable living space which adjoins the equally sumptuous bedroom overlooking the tranquil English style garden. When you tire of lounging on pillowy soft linens, it’s only a few short steps to snuggle up to your special someone on the cosy couch by the gas log fire.
Villa d’Amour is close to the villages of Mount Dandenong where beautiful walks, ornamental gardens, bush trails and shops are only a short walk or drive away, if you can pull yourselves away from the regal bedchamber that is. C’est la vie!
Enjoy a Complimentary bottle of Bubbly with all 2 night weekend bookings!
Pricing for Villa d'Amour at Maison Belle Retreat
|A Two Night minimum applies on weekends.|
|Two Nights Midweek||$480|
|Two Nights Weekend||$580|
|Check-in from 3pm Check-out by 12 noon|
|ADD a One Hour Early Check-in or Late Check-out for $30 per hour when you book.|
|Enjoy a Complimentary bottle of Bubbly with all 2 night weekend bookings.|
Continental Breakfast Hamper
A generous Continental Breakfast hamper with free range eggs is included in your stay for up to two mornings of your stay. Staying more than two nights? You can explore the local cafés or choose to add one of the breakfast options below.
ADD one of these breakfast options to your stay when you book, or call 1300 48 84 48 to add to an existing booking.
The Bakers Box is a delicious selection of baked goods including French croissants with Sassafras Providore mixed berry jam, raspberry and coconut muffins, a loaf of locally baked multi-grain bread, butter and Yarra Valley box honey, milk and juice.
$35 per couple, per morning.
High Tea Breakfast
Looking for a truly unique experience for a special occasion? Try The Sassafras Providore High Tea breakfast. Your breakfast will be delivered and set up on your dining room table by our chef. You will be treated to a selection of pastries, eggs, pancakes and many more delights served on a traditional three tier stand and accompanied by all the glamour of a High Tea occasion. PLEASE NOTE: The High Tea Breakfast is not available between 10th Dec - 13th Jan.
$65 per person.
Add a Package, Massage or some Special Extras to your booking
We have a range of packages and extras to make your stay even more special. Maybe you want to surprise your partner or just have the convenience of having a platter waiting for you when you arrive.
All extras are placed in your accommodation on the first day of your stay and can be added during the booking process.
You can also call 1300 48 84 48 to add them to an existing booking.
- PAMPER yourselves with a Spa Treatment or Massage in the comfort of your accommodation See here >
- ADD something special to your booking like a picnic hampers, antipasto platter, wine or flowers See here >
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Want to arrive a little earlier or leave a little later? Book a guaranteed early check-in or late check-out for $30 per hour.
The heart of the Mountain Villages, Olinda has a wide range of restaurants, shops and attractions many of which are in walking distance. Mt Dandenong Village is a quick drive down the Tourist Rd as is Sassafras Village. The surrounding National Parks also have some great walking trails to suit all levels of fitness.
A must see garden made at the top of The Dandenongs where a maze of stone walls and jewel like garden rooms are set within woodlands of magnificent and historic, cool climate trees. Some 20 garden compartments are threaded through glorious 80 year old European beech, magnolias, maples and a collection of Himalayan tree rhododendrons, all beautifully grown and a testament to the lush, moist soils of the Dandenongs. The garden is highlighted by glorious herbaceous borders which focus on two of the finest Japanese weeping maples to be seen anywhere in the world.
Enjoy a self-guided tour, strolling through 40 hectares of scenic botanic gardens or a picnic by the lake and take in stunning views of the Australian Alps. Photograph the native birdlife and brilliant floral scenery. During the Spring Floral Festival held annually from August to November visitors can enjoy a series of undercover floral displays, including the largest undercover display of daffodils in the Southern Hemisphere. The garden has a gatehouse, gazebos, grassed picnic areas and toilet facilities for people with limited mobility.
Walking amongst the objects shelved and arranged in Mangana feels like a journey through the old-world. Sourced from India, France, The Americas, and other remote pockets, each piece has been carefully selected for its beauty, charm and timelessness. The range features scientific and maritime instruments, leadlight lamps, sheepskin footwear, Pre-Raphaelite prints, high-quality furniture reproductions, jewellery, and other quality-crafted objects—an exclusive collection that has evolved over Mangana’s thirty-year heritage. It’s a wonderful place to bring international visitors, to discover useful objects you never knew existed, to speak to our knowledgeable staff, and to discover a fascinating object to add style and interest to your home.
Designed to take advantage of the steep slopes, the terraced gardens of Pirianda are distinctive for their combination of botanically important trees, shrubs and perennials with an over storey of large blackwoods and mountain ash towering over the natural fern gullies. The garden is particularly beautiful in autumn when the trees change colour to the many hues of orange, red and yellow. Enjoy magnificent views and tranquil walks, bird watching, photography and picnicking on the lawns at Pirianda Gardens.
One of the hills most famous attractions, step into another world at The Cuckoo. Decorated with the charm of a Bavarian chalet, The Cuckoo is a 400 seat licensed restaurant serving an abundance of food in a traditional smorgasbord with an amazing range of cakes and pastries made fresh daily. Enjoy live entertainment daily and our famous Floor Show including the slap dance and yodeling equal to any in Switzerland or Bavaria. Always fun, always welcoming, with first class friendly service!
Get some Perspective & Escape the noise and pressures of the concrete jungle. Head out on a romantic drive and enjoy the stunning views over Melbourne. Get lost in the SkyHigh Maze, visit Percy The Possum’s House, the Australiana Tree and Giant’s Chair. Enjoy the unparalleled vista from the SkyHigh Bistro or fire up a public barbecue, spread a rug and picnic on the elevated viewing terrace. Take a leisurely walk through the gardens and visit our special Secret Garden.
Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, due both to the natural setting and the mystical sculptures half hidden among ferns along the pathways. It is a place for quiet reflection and for contemplation of the essence of the vision of William Ricketts. The winding paths and rock sculptures reflect a spirit of place expressed through one man’s dream. Deeply felt connections to the earthly mother and the spirit of the land are explored in 92 ceramic sculptures of people and animals which merge with the natural surroundings.
Inspired by Agatha Christie’s delightful character, Miss Marples Tea Room is a gallery of Miss Marple memorabilia. Styled on the local tea room in the quaint old English village of St. Mary Mead which was the gathering place for all the local Miss Marple identities. It was a hotbed of gossip, and to anyone of an enquiring mind, like Miss Marple, it was a constant source of useful information. Enjoy a traditional menu and of course scones with jam and one of the range of teas.
If you enjoy bushwalking or just want to go for a gentle stroll, there are many walking tracks throughout the Dandenongs. Along the tracks are scenic views, native flora and fauna and waterfalls. There are designated tracks for all fitness levels and the cool mountain elevation affords spectacular panoramic views. There is abundant native birdlife, including crimson rosellas, kookaburras and the superb lyrebird. Discover the Olinda or Sherbrooke Falls or enjoy a picnic at the various picnic grounds. For the brave there is also the 1000 steps from Fern Tree Gully to One Tree Hill.
We accept Visa (2% surcharge), Mastercard (2% surcharge), American Express 3.5% surcharge) or the fee free option of a Bank Transfer.
A 50% deposit is required to confirm a booking. All bookings are to be paid in full 2 weeks prior to your stay.
Bond Payments Required at Check-in
When you arrive to check-in you will be asked to supply photo ID and also a $150 Pre-authorisation Bond for your stay. For our larger properties, Beechmont, Moulton Park Homestead and Boyanda the bond required is $500. This Bond is for a fund reserved on your credit card for up to 5 working days. If you choose to use a debit card for your Bond, the funds will be taken from the card, held in reserve by the bank, and then refunded in 5 working days. Once our housekeepers have been to the property, found the house looking beautiful and no damage or minibar used (only some properties), your bond can be released before 5 days.
If you need to cancel your booking you must let us know in writing at [email protected] Please include booking name, Booking ID, property name & reason for cancelling. Please note that we have a no refund policy however, if the cancelled property is able to be re-booked for the same dates, a credit voucher (coupon) for the total deposit paid less a minimum $75 administration fee will be issued. If the cancelled property is not able to be re-booked for the same dates, the following cancellation fees apply:
1. Cancellation notified 30 days or more prior to arrival - 25% of the total rate
2. Cancellation notified 15-29 days prior to your arrival - 50% of the total rate
3. Cancellation notified 14 days or less prior to arrival - 100% of the total rate
In all instances the booking fees and processing fees are non-refundable.
Any funds remaining after the deduction of cancellation, administration and booking fees will be distributed in the form of a credit voucher with 6 months validity.
Variations to an existing booking will be accommodated where possible, however, if the variation request is not available and the booking does not proceed as a result of the requested variation, the booking will be cancelled and the deposit forfeited (subject to the conditions above).
Amendments to Bookings
Amendments made to booking dates will incur a minimum administration fee of $75.
Some of our Accommodation options offer additional bedrooms. In every case there is a charge for use of that bedroom. Rates are set out in the pricing tables for each Accommodation.
We welcome children and family stays, but need to discuss your requirements before allocating the cottage. We have children's DVDs and toys available to make their stay enjoyable and a portable cot is available for a charge of $10.
Properties that indicate that they are pet friendly are happy to accommodate well behaved and controlled pets by arrangement. A pet fee of $50 is applicable. You will be asked to bring your own pet bedding and to clean up after your pet.
Properties with wood burning fires
The lighting of the wood burning fires in properties will be prohibited from the beginning of the declared fire danger season (normally mid December) to the end of February. It is also prohibited on all days of Total Fire Ban at any time of the year. Please see www.cfa.vic.gov.au/home If there is no wood and kindling provided at your property, it will be because of this policy. The collecting and burning of twigs, leaves and branches from outside your property is strictly forbidden at anytime.
Damage & Property left in bad condition
Any unusual damage to the properties by guest (or their friends visiting), children and pets will be charged. Additional cleaning costs will be charged at $60 ph if we need to hire an extra housekeeper. Damages - especially those not reported - to linen, crockery, floors, furniture, building, burns from fire or candles will be charged at the rate it costs Valley Ranges Getaways management to have the damage repaired. We apologise for needing to add this clause, but 2 bad experiences have ruined our 21 years of generous goodwill.
FOR US YOUR SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT!
Historically our villages have seldom been severely affected by bushfires. However, we need to remain vigilant to the possibility that, given extreme weather conditions, we could be exposed to danger.
To secure your safety we have adopted certain measures to ensure you can feel free to plan your stay with us at Valley Ranges Getaways.
COMMUNICATION: When you make your booking we have your telephone and mobile numbers and your email address. We shall be constantly monitoring the warning codes issued by the CFA during summer and in the event a threat is predicted that indicates extreme conditions occurring during the days you have chosen to stay, we shall advise you immediately.
PRE PAID BOOKINGS: At the time of booking you will have paid a deposit, or perhaps the entire fee for your stay. In the event you are prevented from staying with us on the days chosen, due to extreme weather conditions, we shall hold your pre-payment as a credit against your visit with us on a future occasion within the next 6 months. You will be supplied with a Coupon for this service.
Should your circumstances be such that you are unable to use your accommodation within the 6 month period, the amount of your pre-payment will be fully refunded (less a $75 cancellation fee to cover expenses).
In the event we are able to offer accommodation within the 6 month period, but you elect not to proceed with the booking, the amount of your deposit only will be retained.
Our full terms and conditions can be viewed at: Valley Ranges Getaways