Stone and Straw Retreat

5.0 self rated
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The Courtyard Suite

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The Ridge View Suite

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Franklin Room

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Garden View Suite

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The Estate

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Property Information

Stone and Straw Retreat
+61 3 5462 9102
5401 Midland Hwy
Dry Diggings VIC 3461 Australia

Stone and Straw Retreat

Anne and Sean @Stone&Straw have created luxury affordable accommodation in a character filled Castlemaine stone property for people to come, relax and escape from the stresses of city life! The guest house is equipped with log fire and other heating and evaporative air cooling, ensuring year round comfort. The 5 acres surrounding the property is a combination of formal garden beds and native Australian bushland, just waiting to be explored. There is a wide range of native fauna such as wallabies, echidnas, wombats, sugar gliders, the occasional koala and many beautiful birds - a bird watcher's paradise!

Alongside the accommodation, there is an Activities Studio, where guests can participate in pursuits such as dancing, yoga, board games, movie nights, art and craft, music afternoons/evenings, talks as well as lunches. This building is a straw bale construction - which is a naturally healthy and incredibly good insulating material. Within the straw bale property there is also a treatment room providing beauty and massage treatments for in house guests and others.

As part of our eco friendly policy, we have installed 20 solar panels with batteries which provide a large percentage of our electricity requirements. There is also 100,000 litre capacity of pure rainwater plus a solar power hot water system. We grow some of our own vegetables and have a firm commitment to 'reuse, reduce, and recycle'.

Property Features

  1. DVD Library
  2. BBQ Area
  3. Non-Smoking Property
  4. Iron/Ironing Board
  5. Fire Place
  6. Shared Bathroom Facilities
  7. Non-Smoking Rooms
  8. Special Retreats
  9. Air Conditioning
  10. Kitchenette
  11. Guest Laundry
  12. Conference Facilities
  13. Free WiFi
  14. Wheel Chair Access
  15. Cafe
  16. WiFi Internet
  17. Fresh linen supplied
  18. Disabled Access Rooms
  19. In House Movies
  20. Yoga Halls
  21. Games Room
  22. Free Parking
  23. Seasonal Kitchen Garden

Accommodation Details

Stone and Straw Retreat

The Courtyard Suite

The Courtyard Suite Book

The Courtyard Suite is a delightful romantic space with a four poster queen size bed, 300 year old French grandfather clock, ensuite bathroom with walk in shower, vanity unit and toilet suite as well as underfloor heating and heated towel rail. There is an walk in kitchenette/wardrobe which comprises a microwave, bar fridge plus hanging space. Continental breakfast provisions are provided daily plus a welcome snack on arrival.

Stone and Straw Retreat

The Ridge View Suite

The Ridge View Suite Book

This delightful queen room with an extra single day bed plus a balcony has views to Porcupine Ridge and amazing starry nights! Great for sipping a glass of wine on the balcony. The Ridge View Suite has an adjoining ensuite bathroom complete with rainforest head shower plus hand held shower attachment, a vanity unit, toilet suite and heated towel rail as well as a Velux skylight window. This suite shares a cosy log fire heated living space with the occupants of the Franklin Room and has a bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, sound system and satellite TV with netflix options.

Stone and Straw Retreat

Franklin Room

Franklin Room Book

This room is a beautiful cosy dormer bedroom with the choice of 2 king single beds or 1 large king bed. There is an option to accommodate an infant as we have a portacot available for a small extra cost. A compact ensuite comprises shower, toilet suite and vanity unit complete with hairdryer and toiletries. All rooms are equipped with heating, cooling, electric blankets as well as bedlinen and towels. There is a shared living space on the first floor which is cosy in winter with a log fire and cool in summer with evaporative air conditioning, a bar fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.

  1. Non-Smoking
  2. Air conditioned
  3. King / 2 single beds
  4. Clock Radio
  5. Cots Available
  6. Electric Blanket
  7. Hairdryer
  8. Stairs
  9. Complimentary toiletries
  10. Lounge Area
  11. En-Suite Bathroom
  12. Heating
  13. Tea/Coffee Making
  14. Linen and Towels Provided
  15. Mini Fridge
  16. Evaporative Air-conditioning
  17. High Chair Available
  18. Television
  20. Wireless Internet

Stone and Straw Retreat

Garden View Suite

Garden View Suite Book

Garden View Suite consists of 2 rooms opposite each other on the ground floor making it suitable for a family or a group of friends. Garden View Room 2 is equipped with 2 single beds which can be configured to form a king. Garden View Room 1 has 2 single beds and 1 single day bed. This room has a door leading to the bathroom which comprises a separate bath, shower and vanity unit. There is a door from the bathroom and the hall corridor to the separate toilet. Garden View Room 2 shares the bathroom. The ground floor of the property also has a tv room, living room, dining room and kitchen, which the occupants of this suite are able to use. The whole house is possible to be booked for a large group of 10 - 12 guests. The owners are happy to provide lunches and dinners (at extra cost) - continental breakfasts are already included in the room rate.

  1. Non-Smoking
  2. Shared Bathroom
  3. Heating
  4. Ceiling Fans
  5. Linen provided
  6. Electric Blanket
  7. Air conditioned
  8. High Chair Available
  9. Laundry Facilities
  11. En-Suite Bathroom
  12. Fully equipped kitchen
  13. Bath
  14. Clock Radio
  15. Cots Available
  16. Evaporative Air-conditioning
  17. Shower - separate
  18. Iron/Ironing board
  19. Complimentary toiletries
  20. Lounge Area
  21. Free In-House Movies
  22. Hairdryer
  23. King / 2 single beds
  24. Linen and Towels Provided
  25. Microwave
  26. 3 Single Beds

The Estate Book

The whole house is available to be booked for groups of 10 - 12 guests if desired. There are ensuite bathrooms to 3 bedrooms with the Garden View Rooms sharing a bathroom and toilet. The kitchen is available for use by the guests but the owners are happy to provide lunches and dinners for an extra cost. Continental breakfasts are already included in the booking rate.

Terms & Conditions

Stone and Straw is a no smoking property, however, we do allow guests to smoke outside by mutual agreement with the owner and in a designated space.

We do not allow pets as there are is no fencing around the property therefore no security for your animals.

The owners live on site, and are very happy to be consulted on any queries you may have so please do not hesitate to ask if you are at all unsure about what you can and cannot do.

All guests are responsible for their children and must take care of them at all times. The owners can provide a baby sitting service by prior arrangement and at extra cost

Stone and Straw Privacy Policy.

We will never divulge your details to any other persons or party. All details are held securely until after the booking period when all credit card details are erased. Only names and booking details are retained for our records and tax purposes.

Payment Policy

All reservations are made with a pre-payment of the amount for the first night either by credit card or direct deposit payable within 48 hours of booking.

If guests prefer, the total amount can be paid on booking.

Cancellation Policy

You are able to cancel your booking 5 days prior to arrival with no fees being charged. After this time cancellation fees will apply as follows:

3 – 4 days prior to arrival = 50% of the first night's fees.

2 – 3 days prior to arrival = 75% of the first night's fees.

1 day prior to arrival 100% of the total amount.

The day of arrival or a no show = 100% deduction from the deposit.

Cancellation by Stone and Straw

Stone and Straw reserves the right to cancel your booking in the unlikely event that it is deemed to be in your best interests. This would include extreme bushfire risk, and extended power outage or damage to the accommodation due to storms or other events. In this instance, you would be given as much notice as feasibly possible and be provided assistance in securing alternative accommodation. You will be refunded in full any deposits already paid and receive a 10% discount on your future booking at Stone and Straw.

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