Total Serenity: Escape to a Secluded Hillside Home


Entire residential home hosted by Imogen

12 guests, 4 bedrooms, 10 beds, 3 baths
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This property is a hidden getaway set on 17 acres of pristine bushland. Just 45 mins from Melbourne, it’s a hop skip & jump to Healesville, The Dandenongs & the Yarra Valley. Is the perfect easy getaway?

Melbournians and visitors alike will love the serenity, in a large, quirky entertainers’ home!

Enjoy the spa, outdoor kitchen & upper deck, all with endless views of a eucalyptus valley

Take a walk around- Aussie wildlife abounds! Inc. wallaby/kangaroos, echidnas, wombats, maybe even koalas!

The space
For one or several families, or a group of friends, this is the ideal weekend getaway destination.

Open up to both social and private spaces within this expansive home, including 3 main living zones:
1) open-plan kitchen/dining/bar
2) separate lounge (with wood heater plus large TV inc. Netflix, adjoining large deck/verandah where colourful native parrots can often be sighted)
3) rumpus room (downstairs, connecting to external spa and outdoor kitchen)

These three key communal areas are complemented by up-to-date bedroom accommodation for 8+ as follows:
Bedroom 1: king (2 ppl)
Bedroom 2: double (2 ppl)
Bedroom 3: 2 single bunks (2 ppl)
Bedroom 4: 2 single bunks (2 ppl)

**Additional bedding capacity options**
- 1 or 2 x double futon style sofabeds in Rumpus with privacy room divider (1-4 ppl)
- double sofabed in first Bunk Bedroom (1-2 ppl)
- single sofabed in second Bunk Bedroom (1 person)
- double or queen air mattress in Lounge (1-2 ppl)
- single foam floor mattress - portable- eg. in Bunk Bedroom 1 or Master Bedroom (1 - 2 ppl)
- large portacot (1 infant up to 2 yrs)

** please note host’s recommendation of no more than MAXIMUM 10 PEOPLE eg:
- 5 couples OR
- 4 couples and up to 2 singles/kids OR
- 3 couples and up to 4 singles/kids OR
- 2 couples and up to 6 singles/kids OR
- 1 couple and up to 8 singles/kids OR
- up to 10 singles
The above represents the property’s COMFORTABLE accommodation limit, in light of hot water system capacity, comfort of bathrooms and communal spaces.**

**While bookings exceeding 10 ppl may be considered and accepted on a case by case basis, an extra guest fee applies for more than 10 guests **

The Communal Areas

Living zone 1 - Open plan kitchen/dining/living. This spacious area includes a quirky “Mexican bar” corner. Large reclining lounge suite and chairs look out onto the stunning bush setting. This area features floor to cathedral-ceiling windows and benefits from split system heating/cooling. The well appointed kitchen provides all your modern necessities including the all important Moccamaster coffee machine (beans and grinder provided). Double-door fridge and double-drawer dishwasher mean you can cater to the whole weekend’s meal and snacking needs. Enjoy meals in the dining space (seats 8) and/or at the counter. Breakfast cereals, tea, coffee, Milo and 1L UHT milk are provided with compliments!
Living zone 1 has access to the upstairs outdoor deck.

Living zone 2 - Lounge Room. A retro “sunken lounge” with Coonara wood heater and outdoor deck. Indoor 6+ seater couch, well stocked bookshelf, stereo/speaker system with LP player, large TV, DVD player, Apple TV (Netflix). Lounge features a Coonara wood heater to ensure relaxation in comfort, even on the coldest winter night. (**Clear and detailed instructions for the Coonara’s use, together with ample wood fuel for your stay, are provided. The Coonara’s powerful heat can be redirected with the flick of a switch to the upstairs bedrooms, providing cosy wood fired warmth as an addition or alternative to these bedrooms’ split system heating.)

Adjacent upper deck: a generous (6 + seater) outdoor lounge setting looks out onto the untouched natural beauty of the Australian bush. No neighbours, no road noise, just a flowing indoor/outdoor living zone for a large or small group. Bird feeder will often attract stunning native parrots (seed provided). The perfect place to toast your special occasion or announcement, or to simply relax.

Living zone 3 - Rumpus Room - adjacent spa and BBQ areas - provides additional bedding option (“Couple’s Retreat”). The relaxed and roomy downstairs rumpus/reading/games room has lounge seating for 10+, book and games shelf, and ample space for kids or group activities. Large windows connect to external spa area and the outdoor kitchen/dining (bbq) space. Blinds provide privacy between indoors and outdoors if required.

The Rumpus Room can be converted to an additional sleeping zone (the “Couple’s Retreat”) with:
- one or two stylish yet comfortable convertible double sofa-beds
- divine outdoor shower (a must-try-to-be-believed experience)
- separate toilet/powder room,
all well away from the other guests’ accommodation.

Outdoor Living Features

* 17 acres of wilderness to explore at your leisure (please note, terrain is steep, dense bushland, and therefore not suitable for under 10 year olds to explore without adult supervision).

* The spa area offers instant relaxation, day and night. A large, modern spa features seating for up to 6 people, ample jets, in-built speakers and various light settings. The spa is complemented by a single hammock, and more conventional patio with group seating. Spa towels provided for all guests.

* The outdoor kitchen and entertainment space comes decked out with a large barbecue incorporating 6th large “wok burner”, pizza stone/oven, small fridge, prep area and sink, cooking (BBQ) utensils, and seating and dining equipment for 8+ guests. Stylish yet authentically Australian setting. A pot belly wood-burner provides year-round warmth- and a place to toast marshmallows! Portable UEBoom Bluetooth speaker from the Rumpus Room and outdoor lighting mean you can enjoy this dining space, day or night, in total bush seclusion.

The Accommodation

Master bedroom - luscious king size bed, complete with en-suite bathroom and walk in robe. This charming bedroom has direct separate access to the upstairs deck- meaning you can wake up and step out into totally unspoilt bush tranquility and beauty.

Double bedroom - an equally stylish yet smaller size bedroom provides end-of-the-day comfort and privacy to another couple. This bedroom shares its own large bathroom - including tub (bath salts provided) - with the bunk rooms.

Bunk rooms - The 2 x bunk rooms together provide new and comfy bunk bed accommodation for 4 individual guests (more if using the sofabed, single floor mattress(es) or portacot option(s)). These rooms are perfect for kids - big or little! - while also suitable for adult guests requiring separate accommodation to retreat to.

Additional bedding:
See **Additional Bedding Capacity** in head description above for additional bedding options.

Note re. Kids: to complement the bunk beds and portacot, toys, books, board games and kids’ dvds are provided. Wifi internet connection including Apple TV with access to Netflix.

Other Amenities

• Full laundry inc. washer and dryer
• Potted herb garden for guests’ use in outdoor kitchen
• Sofabeds can be set up as a beds, or packed away for full use of Rumpus and Bunk Rooms, as part of the property’s pre-stay set up, as per guest requirements. Floor mattresses (2 x single, 1 x queen, 1 x double) and additional linen and towels are also available. Please inform host of your bedding configuration/ requirements at time of booking
• Carport parking for 2 vehicles- others can park in turning circle at bottom of driveway (caution: driveway is steep and should be navigated with care!)
• Optional “Hibernation Hamper” for your convenience on that perfect “weekend in” - please advise requirement for this at the time of booking- cost $90 (leave cash at premises). One hamper includes:
• 1) 1 x bottle Carlei Estate wine (guest choice eg. Cab Sauv Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc etc. - see Photos)
• 2) gourmet crackers/cheese twists
• 3) nut mix
• 4) chocolates (Lindt)
• 5) marshmallows for roasting
• 6) Red Rock Deli potato chips
• 7) olive oil
• 8) balsamic vinegar
• 9) dukkah spice mix
• 10) jam and marmalade/similar
• 11) honey
See also photos for contents.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 sofa bed, 1 bunk bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Hot tub
Air conditioning
Patio or balcony
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

Beaconsfield Upper, Victoria, Australia

With Salisbury Hill as your peaceful base, just 15 minutes uphill from the hustle and bustle of charming 'Old Berwick', you can get out and about to make the most of your weekend. Salisbury Hill’s location, easily accessed from Melbourne via the M1 or M3 freeways, is the gateway to both Gippsland and the Dandenong Ranges. Enjoy easy and scenic driving access to local cafes, restaurants and wineries.

For a memorable local activity, consider a visit to:
- Gumbuya Park theme park;
- Puffing Billy in Gembrook; or
- 1001 Steps at Bayview Park;
each only 20-25 minutes down the road! Further afield, the options are even more extensive.

You will possibly be tempted, however, to stay at the Hill all weekend-long; so generous and relaxing are the accommodation and tranquil bush setting.

Whether you’ve been venturing out or just lounging and exploring the property, return in the evening to the warmth of the Coonara wood heater, recline at “the bar” or soak in the spa. Cook up the local produce you’ve collected on your travels into an extraordinary feast-or enjoy simple pizza or damper made in either the outdoor, or conventional upstairs, kitchen.

Local Wineries and Dining Out

Wineries and restaurants
• Enjoy the local Carlei Estate cellar door and wood-fired pizza afternoons from 12-5pm weekend afternoons- within a less than five minute drive.
• For more substantial fare within a very short radius, Jason’s at Bradford Estate Winery, Upper Beaconsfield has an idyllic outlook and comprehensive restaurant menu.
• Ensure to book ahead for:
o a special ‘garden to plate’ experience at the highly rated O.MY restaurant in Beaconsfield; or
o delicious Japanese at Okami in Narre Warren.
• Dine at the traditional Pine Grove Hotel, or the full service Cardinia Park Hotel, for that Australian pub/bistro experience.
• Local vineyards include D’Angelos Estate Vineyard (Officer) or Paternoster Wines (Emerald).
• Order-in from Pizza è Cucina (Berwick). Or check out The Rise Pizzeria Café (Narre Warren North).
• Worth the drive: The Toolshed Bar (Noojee).

Cafes offering great coffee and delicious locally sourced produce at breakfast, brunch or lunch:
• The General Food Store in Emerald
• Spencer’s Store in Gembrook
• Primary in Berwick
• Four Figs or Daydreamers in Beaconsfield
• Worth the drive: Misty Hills Cafe, Neerim South

To source your own fresh produce and cook up a storm, we recommend:
• Akoonah Park Market (Berwick/Beaconsfield, Sundays 8am- 1:30pm)
• Mulgrave Farmers Market (Jacksons/Wellington Rd, Sundays 8am-1pm)

Suggested day trips:
* from Salisbury Hill you can enjoy an easy 25 minute scenic drive to Puffing Billy in Gembrook, and from there, the winding mountain drives and attractions of the famous Dandenong Ranges
* head a different way towards Gippsland; this location opens up easy access to the stunning Wild Dog Winery/Hogget Kitchen (Warragul), Noojee, Neerim, Jindivick and Mount Baw Baw ski resort.

Hosted by Imogen

  1. Joined in August 2016
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I am a mum, a lawyer, and an Airbnb Superhost! I love the experience of hosting guests (remotely) at Salisbury Hill, our out of town “retreat” for large groups, and at my West Melbourne micro-pad. As yet, I have not travelled a lot using Airbnb- though I was an intrepid backpacker and “WWOOFER” (worldwide network of organic farms) in my younger years throughout Europe and Asia. We are starting to use Airbnb now though, for our travel as a family with young kids, and it’s fantastic to see that the vast majority of hosts on this platform share our open and generous attitudes, and a spirit of sharing and mutual respect. You will find me interested in: yoga (I am a qualified yet still inexperienced yoga teacher), languages (I am fluent in French and competent at Spanish), travel, art and culture. I have family in New Zealand and the United States, and am an honorary member of a beautiful Breton family in France. I hope to travel everywhere, someday... Looking forward to meeting you soon :)
I am a mum, a lawyer, and an Airbnb Superhost! I love the experience of hosting guests (remotely) at Salisbury Hill, our out of town “retreat” for large groups, and at my West Melb…

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.
Checkout: 10:00 a.m.
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
No carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $1379

Cancellation policy