The little things that count

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Experienced travellers open the door to many rooms over the years and kilometres they span during their travels.  While locations can add some interest, one motel room is generally just like another. Once you close the door behind you, there is little to remember. This is part of the reason why so many people now choose to enjoy the comfort and luxury of Bed and Breakfast accommodation.  You are guaranteed to find a room with unique and individual features, which makes your stay a memorable one.

At Arcadia Cottages, we put time and energy into creating the right kind of atmosphere for our guests. That’s why all of our self-contained cottages are different in personality and style. Many of our guests try out the different cottages and enjoy the variety each time they stay with us. Others choose a particular cottage and that’s the one they book every time. We like to accommodate everyone’s preferences.

Our Treehouse Cottage is one of the cottages that many of our guests enjoy. There are very few motel rooms that offer you this kind of accommodation all to yourself. The view out of the window into our extraordinary gardens sets it apart. Our guests particularly like the architecture of the cottage with cathedral ceiling and the garden conservatory. We’ve made sure to add richness of colours with the choice of drapes and hand picked antique furniture. All to make sure your stay at Arcadia Cottages is truly memorable.


Peace and quiet amongst the birds


 At Arcadia Cottages, we pride ourselves on providing an elegant and peaceful place of retreat for our guests. However, as owner-operators, our lives are often not as serene. Like a couple of ducks on the water, we do a lot of pedalling below the surface in order to create a peaceful space for our guests.

Updating the furnishings and décor in our four cottages is a constant activity and recently we’ve been lovingly redecorating our Olinda Cottage. This includes adding a hot tub made from beautiful New Zealand kauri wood.  A hot tub provides luxurious therapy and the water is kept at the perfect temperature for relaxation. Guests have always enjoyed using the hot tub in our Fernwood Cottage and we are delighted to be able to offer a second cottage with this benefit.

Olinda Cottage has undergone a total transformation and will re-emerge in mid-April with elegance and confidence.  We’ll have pictures of the transformation on our website in April for everyone to see.


 We are looking forward to the beautiful display the trees put on for us every autumn. The property is a picture as the leaves change to their rusty, autumn tones. Our four cottages, Fernwood, Forest, Treehouse and Olinda, are hidden in acres of mature gardens designed to be rambling with plenty of variety in foliage. It makes it a lovely spot for a morning walk. We’ve also created quiet spots throughout the gardens where guests can sit and enjoy a good book with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Each cottage has its own secluded area just outside the door where guests can relax over breakfast or a quiet chat. Our focus is on making sure every guest enjoys the privacy they desire.

Our location provides a great balance between space and distance – far enough away from the main tourist road and all the traffic noise – yet close enough to all the places Olinda is famous for. There are bush walking trails nearby in the National Park. A five-minute walk has you in the township of Olinda where you can enjoy coffee and good food at restaurants and cafés. A nine-minute walk and you’ll be enjoying the views in the Dandenongs. Olinda boasts some amazing gardens nearby and guests can spend time walking through the William Ricketts Sanctuary or having a picnic in the Rhododendron gardens.

Of course we love it when our guests tell us they “felt truly peaceful” from the moment they set foot into our cottages. They describe the “calm and cosy feel of the cottage, the elegant gardens, and the beautiful sounds of nature.”  That’s when all the energy we put into Arcadia Cottages really pays off. We know we’ve done everything we can to have our guests relax and truly unwind.