Sorrel has found a gorgeous b&b tucked away in private surrounds, perfect for the whole family.
For many years Melburnians have escaped to the Dandenongs, and to cater for them, there are lots of cafes, restaurants, b&bs, galleries and beautiful gardens to visit. The once-heavily wooded area supplied timber to build much of Melbourne in the 1800s.
Some time between 1840 and 1870 the Cole family began Glen Harrow Gardens. Their home become an important part of Dandenongs' history and their fascination with botany was responsible for many of Melbourne's Botanic Gardens' early stages. Belgrave's first church services were held in the stables, which now make up the main house.
Lou and Marg Hesterman now own the 10 hectare property which has four cottages spread amongst 11 hectares of wild and fragrant gardens. In between the Cole family and the Hestermans, Glen Harrow belonged to a developer who seemed to be intent on destroying the property. Fortunately, the Hestermans have restored and healed and given the beautiful place back its life.
The one-, two- and three- bedroom cottages blend in with the romantic feel of the Dandenongs. The Blacksmith is suitable for two people and has an old Australian feel. The other cottages, Gardener's, Tallow and Yanakie, are more Victorian and elegant. There are open fires, spas, four-poster beds, fine antique linen and antique furniture. The cottages are hidden from view and you can enjoy your lavish breakfast while relaxing in your robe.
The old barn is perfect for weddings and the gardens are the perfect setting for the all-important photographs of the special day.
Dinner can be delivered to your door from a choice of local restaurants, or the local tavern is a short walk away.