Thanks for staying at our Stanhope Retreat.
Welcome to Stanhope Retreat
Welcome to Stanhope Retreat, our home away from home in country Victoria.
This welcome book is intended to help you get acquainted with the area and our home. We have listed some of our favorite restaurants, golf courses, vineyards, and more.
Along with our area guide, you'll also find everything you need to know about our home.
Welcome to relaxation!
Steven & Melissa
- The address is 27 Stanhope St Daylesford, Victoria Australia.
- The house is white and has a sign out the front "STANHOPE"
- The house is down the hill behind the straw house...there are usually rubbish bins in front of the straw house.
- If you come down Stanhope St, the street will turn left into Stanley and then you need to make a sharp right down the hill.
- If you end up in Grenville St you have gone too far.
- Check-in time is 3:30 pm and Check-out is 10:30 am.
- On departure, lock the front door, leave the keys on the kitchen table, leave via the back door.
- Ensure you lock back door on the way out.
- Turn off heating and cooling. (If left on you will be charged an additional $30)
- Ensure dishes are washed
- House is left neat and tidy
- Take your rubbish with you
We are located in a residential community and it's home to many people. As such we ask that you respect their privacy and their right to a peaceful existence!
Specifically, between the hours of 9pm and 8am noise should be kept to a minimum.
Although we love animals, pets are not allowed in our home. The only exceptions are certified service dogs.
This is a non-smoking property. Please do not smoke inside or on the covered patio. Feel free to smoke in the garden and pool area but remember to keep the area clean and free from cigarette butts!
The aircon can be controlled using the remote on the wall in the living room near the front door. We always maintain the temperature at around 71F - 73F and it should not be necessary to adjust it beyond that range. However, if you do need to, you can simply press the up or down arrow on the panel.
Please ensure all doors and windows are closed whilst it is running otherwise it will not operate efficiently.
The kitchen is kitted out! You'll find, amongst other things, a fridge and freezer, dishwasher, microwave, gas fired cook top, gas oven, cookware, etc.
We've included a starter supply of dishwasher tablets and washing up liquid. You'll also find tea towels in the second draw left to the oven.Should you have any questions before (or during) your stay please let us know!
To the left of the kitchen is a laundry room with separate washer. There is also a sink and cabinet space in which you'll find a starter stock of detergent and softener. Operation of the units is very simple, with controls for each setting and a start button!
The TV Remote controls the television.
The is a seperate remote controls the DVD player. To watch a DVD, change the input/source to AV1.
What You Will Find at the House
We provide a starter pack which includes a roll of paper towels, a roll of toilet paper in the bathroom, a few trash bags, basic cleaning products such as dish soap and dishwasher detergent.
In the kitchen, we provide basic spices such as salt and pepper and other commonly used spices. If your cooking style requires something special please bring it!
You will need to purchase these supplies for the rest of your stay.
- There is a Coles supermarket in the main street.
- The oven is gas and cooktop is gas also
- To turn on oven please ensure the switch on the wall to your left is turned on, its the middle switch
- Timber is in the woodshed. While there are plenty of branches around, please bring your own kindling and firelighters to be safe.
- There is a spare key in the linen box on the deck. Please call me on 0411356699 for the Security number.
Check out is 11.30pm. Should you wish to leave later than this please contact us beforehand. If we have guests arriving it will be tricky but we can try!
You've hopefully had a relaxing stay! But, before you leave, we would appreciate it if you could do the following:
Run the dishwasher with any final dirty plates, etc
Ensure all windows are closed
No need to clean the house but please try to leave everything tidy
Turn the AC and heating off
Extinguish the fire in the fireplace and ensure the door is closed.
Please travel safely back home and we hope to see you again soon!!
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The Oven & Grill
Prior to turning the oven or grill on you need to turn the middle switch on the wall.
The Oven & Grill
The oven is gas and the grill is electric. To turn the oven on the 2 dials on the left need to be turned on per the photo.
We provide tablets for the dishwasher. Please ensure all dishes are washed and dishwasher is emptied before departure.
We provide wood for the fire. We leave it on the deck plus there is a wood shed out the back. Kindling is provided at times but we ask you bring your own to be safe and fire lighters if you require these.
Please do not leave newspaper in the bin or the wood boxes please.
Heating & Cooling
The top remote is for the cooling system in the house which is in the lounge room. The bottom thermostat is for the central heating.
Please ensure all appliances are turned off before departure. If left on you will be charged an additional $50.
The coffee machine requires pre-ground coffee. As everyone has different taste we ask you to bring your own. We may supply at times. The coffee machine also has a milk frother on the side. Please ensure you empty the water and remove any coffee from the machine before departure.
What's On In Daylesford
Daylesford is in the Hepburn Shire located in the Goldfields area between the regional cities of Ballarat and Bendigo. Other nearby towns are Castlemaine, Creswick, Trentham and Clunes. Daylesford is easily accessible from Melbourne, being a 90 minute drive, mostly on the Freeway.
Gold was first discovered in the early 1850s where Lake Daylesford is now. Thousands of locals and immigrants heard about Daylesford and flocked to the goldfields in the hope of getting rich and of course some did but many more did not.
About a thousand of the immigrants came from the Ticono region in Switzerland to find gold. These immigrants could speak Italian hence the Swiss-Italian influence still seen today in some of Daylesford's and Hepburn Springs beautiful buildings and multi cultural lifestyle. Many descendants still live and work in the area.
The Daylesford area has an abundance of mineral springs which were formed millions of years ago. In Daylesford there are many mineral springs that are easily accessible like the Central Springs and the Wombat Flat Springs. Both of these are very close to Lake Daylesford and you can find them when you go for a leisurely stroll around the lake.
What is so Special about Daylesford
Driving into Daylesford you will be greeted with beautiful forests and streetscapes worthy of many photos. When you start exploring there are two beautiful lakes, stunning gardens and historic buildings and this is just the beginning.
The main street of Daylesford is Vincent Street, there is an amazing array of boutique shops and many other unique shops, cafes, restaurants for everyone to explore. Also there are many historic buildings to admire along the way like the Town Hall and the Post Office which were both built in the late 1800's.
Natural therapy is a huge part of the area, there are over one hundred businesses based around natural wellness including spas, massages, acupuncture and much more. You will be pampered and treated in the most amazing locations, quite often only a few steps from luxury and nature.
Many of the shops are in original buildings from the 1800's or early 1900's. As you walk the main street of Daylesford it is interesting to imagine what they could have been when the main street was dirt and 'horse and carts' and the first cars were being used.
Things To Do
Driving into the Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens is exciting and breathtakingly beautiful. From high on the hill the views over Daylesford are amazing and the manicured trees and plants are a gardeners dream come true. The trees that were first planted in the 1860s are huge and some are very rare. Follow the paths, climb the lookout tower, have a picnic, sit in the rotunda and visit the conservatory and the Wombat Hill House Cafe.
Daylesford has two lakes that are quite different, Lake Daylesford and Jubilee Lake. Lake Daylesford is about one kilometre from the main street and has great views from every angle. It is surrounded by manicured lawns, bridges and a walking path called the 'Peace Mile'. Try your luck at catching a fish, have fun on a paddle boat, view an abundance of birdlife and see historical buildings and places of interest.
Jubilee Lake is about 2.5 kilometres out of Daylesford towards Ballan. Jubilee Lake is in a beautiful natural bush setting which is very quiet and peaceful. Next to the lake is the Jubilee Lake Holiday Park where you can stay for a holiday or you can visit for the day. Picnic facilities are available, a playground, canoes and paddleboats are for hire, go fishing, bird watching, bush walking and exploring.
Daylesford and Hepburn Springs have many other things to do, if you are visiting with your family you maybe looking for some ideas for family fun things to do.
There are so many 'unique, natural, beautiful, historical and exciting' things that are blended together to make Daylesford and Hepburn Springs so 'Awesome!'
Terms & Conditions
Standard Terms and Conditions of Temporary Holiday Accommodation
By booking the property you consent to the following terms and conditions.
Note: Variances can be agreed on but only by arrangement with the owner in writing.
Deposit of 50% non-refundable is required to secure the booking. Payment of the rental deposit constitutes the clients acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
The balance of the rental amount must be received in full 7 days prior to occupancy. If not the owner has the right to cancel the booking and attempt to re-let it.
Cancellation if caused by the client, money paid is not refundable unless the house is re-let for the entire period. If it a refund is made due to the property being relet then a $50 cancellation fee will apply.
The owners will make every effort to ensure the property is available as booked. However, the owners reserve the right to make alterations to bookings due to unforeseen circumstances.
To maintain a good standard for our guests we require certain conditions to be complied with. We appreciate most will respect our property but the occasional abuse requires that we state the following conditions.
Number of Guests should not exceed the number stated on the Confirmation Notice or subsequently agreed in writing or email. Fees will apply for excess guests not agreed with the owners in advance.
Parties and Functions are strictly prohibited unless otherwise agreed in writing first and paid for. The price charged is for domestic use only and not commercial. Accordingly, this rate does not allow for the extra wear associated with functions in terms of cleaning, garbage removal, wear and tear, repairs etc. Use contrary to this may result in loss of your bond and/or additional payments.
Damage, Breakages, Theft, and Loss are the tenant's responsibility during their stay. The guests providing the credit card details approve the owner to charge $500.00 for any damage caused by the tenant to the provided credit card. Any further cost over and above $500 will also be permitted to be charged to the card by the holder of the credit card provided. In the event, the cost to repair the damage is less than $500.00 the owner will refund the difference.
Departure - the property should be left in a similar state to its condition on arrival. Check-out time is 10:30 am, to allow time to prepare the property for next guests.
Disturbance to our neighbors, including excessive noise, is prohibited and may result in termination of rental and loss of bond.
Linen is supplied by the Retreat
Pets are not allowed. Please note that Stanhope retreat has a "no shoe in-house policy" so would kindly appreciate if you did not wear shoes inside.
Loss - the owners take no responsibility for the tenant’s personal property.
Injury - the owners take no responsibility for any personal injury how so ever cause by the tenant. The owner will not be liable for any costs incurred resulting from any form of personal injury.
Any damage caused by the client will be charged to the client.
If heating and or cooling is found to be left on the following departure you will be charged a $100.00 fee without dispute or refund.
If property left in an untidy state guests will be charged a fee according to the time spent to clean at $40.00 per hour ata minimumm of $80.
Variations to these conditions may only be made by prior arrangements with the owner in writing.