Botanical hideaway|pool| beach box| campfire

100% Recommended
4 people
No pets
Within an hour from Melbourne CBD, but a world away, this botanical hideaway offers a tranquil escape for lovers and dreamers. A place to disconnect and reconnect. Indulge in slow and simple days. Laze by the pool, hang at the beach box, nap in the hammock, write love letters from the day bed, have drinks on the deck, long lonely beach walks, sunsets, and as the day fades, toast marshmallows on the campfire. Lazy days, quiet moments, nature....
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Features and Amenities

2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bathroom
Air conditioning


  • Check in after 03:00pm
    Check out before 10:00am
  • Weekday minimum booking: 1 night
    Weekend minimum booking: 2 nights
Cancellation Policy: 

Receive a 50% refund of the total booking amount (minus service fee) up until 1 week prior to check-in.

Additional Information

The cottage was once a busy workshop and home to a thriving dried flower and botanical produce business. The rafters were hung with thousands of roses waiting to be transformed into floral arrangements and botanical products. Every year, as the florist shops closed for the Christmas period, 5000 bunches of roses arrived on our doorstep. Purchased at rock-bottom prices and delivered on Christmas Eve, they all had to be hung in the loft by Boxing Day in time for our annual family camping expedition. It was a race against time and a family effort with all hands on deck working deep into the moonlight hours.

“GARDENERS LOFT” is a botanical hideaway that reflects a rich floral history, a story of family’s unity and shared toil and their deep appreciation for nature’s beauty and abundance.

My husband and I live in the main house on the property, so you may see us from time to time coming and going. You will have complete privacy, but we are readily available if you require any assistance or local knowledge. If we are not on hand to show you around on arrival, please make yourself at home and explore! Private areas include the main house, patio area, potting shed, and maintenance area behind the chook shed.

As you step inside, reminiscences of the loft's early days linger. Our signature blend of essential oils stimulates the atmosphere with a deep and woody fragrance capturing the botanicals of a bygone era, the warmth of a just-cut flower posy and a lingering hint of the Woodlands beyond.

We use Koala Eco products which are certified safe, non-toxic, natural, and sustainable. They are not tested on animals and do not contain any harmful chemicals or synthetic fragrances. The bottles are made with 100% recycled and recyclable materials no new plastic is created. Oh, and they smell divine!

For your ultimate sleeping experience, there are 5 different pillow options. You will find the Pillow Menu on the beds and additional pillows are stored in the wardrobe. The duck feather and microfibre pillows are on the bed (duck down at back, microfiber in front).

With views over Woodlands to the bay beyond the deck is the perfect place for an early morning coffee, alfresco lunch, or as the sun dips into the ocean, an evening sundowner.

Displayed throughout Gardeners Loft you will see the original artwork created for our product labels by our dear friend, neighbour, and renowned Peninsula botanical artist Christine Eddy (RIP). We are thrilled that her love of nature and all things beautiful can be shared with our guests.

he Gazebo is located in the Orchard Garden and is accessed by the pathway behind the loft. It is the perfect place to relax with a book, chill in front of the campfire or get active with outdoor games.

Nestled snuggly at the bottom of the cliff you will find a dear little beach box. Perched on the golden sands of Moondah Beach just footsteps from the edge of the deep blue ocean, there is no place like it. Exclusively yours during your stay at Gardener’s Loft.

The beach box is located on beautiful Moondah Beach and is only a short 6-minute short drive away. It is fully equipped and has everything you need for a fun day at the beach. Just pack your sunnies and book!

There are seventy-six steps down to the beach with a viewing platform and seat about halfway down. Our beach box is located at the bottom of the steps on the right. It is number 11 and is painted coral and aqua and has a deck out the front. You can’t miss it!

You will receive specific directions to the beach box on arrival. Access is 9 am to sunset and the Beach Box is for over-night guests only - a maximum of four people

The SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) is for private use only

Relax in our refreshing oasis, just steps away from the guest house. You can relax, swim and sunbathe soaking up the sun on luxury day beds and listening to the calming sounds of nature

The pool is located to the far left of the property behind the main house and is accessed by the garden path.

There is an outdoor shower in the pool area, and guests have private use of the daybeds and pool during their stay

Access is from 9 am to sunset and children must always be supervised

The pool is a feature of the outdoor landscaping and is overlooked by the main house

A two-person picnic basket with a rug is located under the kitchen bench. We highly recommend foraging for food delicacies at nearby Tully's Corner Produce Store and taking a Woodland stroll along one of the many walking tracks which can be easily accessed from the bottom of our driveway.

Nowadays, our garden provides our local community with fresh flower posies at the roadside stall. We invite you to take the gathering basket, wander the garden at your leisure and collect fresh eggs, veggies, herbs, or flowers. A posy kit and instructions are provided so get creative!

Our darling chooks provide us with fresh eggs, fertilizer, and hours of free entertainment! They will welcome your visit at any time and will delight in any food scraps.

Queen Sophia and her girls live in the Orchard Garden and spend their days pollinating our developing orchard and collecting nectar and pollen. They generously provide us with honey and wax, the latter of which is combined with calendula-infused oil to make an all-organic, home-grown natural face cream and soap. The bee hives are safely enclosed and can be observed going and coming from a safe distance.

A curated collection of books about all things nature is located throughout the loft. It. Yours to browse and ponder over during your stay.
Wooden games, a colouring book and pencils are located in the drawer on the shelves. A range of outdoor games is located in the gazebo in the Orchard Garden.

A fine selection of beverages has been curated for your enjoyment

English Breakfast Tea | Peppermint Tea

Simone the Likeable Coffee
Affectionately known as "Simmo", this fun award-winning blend is both sweet and smooth, and just as the name states, very LIKEABLE.”COUNTRY:

Hot Chocolate and marshmallows

Mulled Wine

A mulled wind kit is provided in the beach box during the winter months

Guest Books are located on the trunk and in the beach box and are yours to use as you please. Please leave us a message and any ideas on how we could improve. Your feedback is always welcome!

The campfire is located at the very back of the property in front of the gazebo. Just follow the Orchard sign at the back of the loft. A campfire basket with blankets, toasting forks and marshmallows is provided for you to enjoy. Please inform the host by 6 pm if you would like a campfire prepared. The campfire is available from 5 pm to 9 pm and is subject to weather conditions and the Country Fire Authority guidelines.

The perfect place for an afternoon siesta or just a quiet place to read or ponder life and disconnect for a while. The day bed has pillows, throws and mosquito netting for your absolute comfort. Located in the Orchard Garden
Access -9am to sunset

The Cubby House is located in the Orchard Garden at the side of the chook pen. Strictly kids only!
The Fairy House is located under the canopy of the big old Pittosporum on the pathway leading to the pool. For believers only!

Nothing is very far away so you can easily pick up supplies in Mt Eliza village nearby Mornington or Baxter. Our locale has a milk bar, fish and chip shop, bakery, and bottle shop just a couple of minutes away by car (20 min walk) at the Humphries Road roundabout.

We highly recommend Tully Produce Corner Store for good quality fresh produce, meat, cheese, wine and bread and speciality items. Tully’s is located on the corner of Wooralla Drive and Moorooduc Highway.

The village is home to a variety of cafés and restaurants. Our favourites are:

Brekkie – The Corner Pantry (20-minute walk)
1/70 Mountain View Rd, Mount Eliza VIC 3930, Phone 0431 295 667

Lunch – Shop Ate Café
8/87 Mount Eliza Way, Mount Eliza VIC 3930, Phone 9787 0288

Dinner – The Girl and Bull
34 Mount Eliza Way, Mount Eliza VIC 3930, Phone 9787 0200

The network is: Gardener's Loft
The password is: savethebees (all lower case, no spaces)

The TV remote is on the TV cabinet
There are some books, magazines, and games on the TV cabinet
Local tourist information is in the drawer in the TV cabinet. A range of outdoor games is located in the Gazebo.

This property is not suitable for parties or events
The guest house, pool, garden, and beach box are for overnight guests only

Smoking is not permitted inside the loft
Smoking is permitted on the deck and in the pool area
Please put cigarette butts in the landfill wheelie bin

Private areas include the main house, patio area, potting shed, and maintenance area behind the chook shed.

The loft is located in a residential zone, so the EPA noise control guidelines apply:
10 pm – 7 am Monday–Friday
10 pm – 9 am at weekends & public holidays

Regretfully, we cannot accommodate pets as our chickens are free-range
Evidence of pets will incur an extra cleaning fee

Kindly remove shoes on entry if they are dirty or sandy.

There are three rubbish options in the cupboard under the sink – recyclables, landfill, and food waste

Please decant the rubbish into the wheelie bins at the side of the garage before check-out

If you fill the food waste container during your stay, leave it on the little table at the door we will empty it.
Our chooks will be ever so happy with any food waste you have!

You will find the remote of the reverse cycle AC/heating on the wall at the top of the stairs.

There is a fire extinguisher, fire blanket, sunscreen, first aid kit and mossie repellent on the top shelf in the cupboard near the bathroom Please ensure the pool gates are always closed
The beehives are enclosed, and the bees can be safely observed
The use of snorkelling gear is at your own risk

There is a washing machine, laundry detergent, clothes rack, iron and ironing board in the bathroom
There is a big old-school clothesline in the Orchard Garden and a tumble dryer in the garage which you can access on request


Battery-operated candles are provided for you to enjoy. The remote control is located in the silver case on the TV unit,

Open flames are not permitted in the loft or beach box

For extra warmth, you will find beautiful, hand-stitched vintage quilts in the suitcase on top of the wardrobe

First, turn the gas on at the gas tank by turning the knob anti-clockwise. Press the red igniter button on the BBQ to light the grill.

There are BBQ wipes and a cleaning brush in the kitchen cupboard.

Additional charges may be applicable for theft or wilful damage to property
Lost keys will incur a $100 replacement fee

For any questions or emergencies to do with Gardener's Loft just text or ring to let me know – 0421 334 270
Please know we are at your service and it would be our pleasure to assist you in any way
For any other emergencies, please call the police at 000.

The natural bush setting provides a safe habitat for wildlife. You are likely to encounter possums, lorikeets, rosellas, cicadas and even a spider during your stay. If you see a spider DON’T PANIC. You can ignore it, safely return it to the garden or as a last resort use the bug-killer spray in the cupboard. It is highly unlikely you will encounter a snake on our property but just be aware they may inhabit the surrounding bushland. The bay is safe to swim in, but it is best not to stand on any sea creature. You may see dolphins in the bay.

Frequented mainly by locals, Mt Eliza's beaches are secluded and are accessed by steps from the cliffs above. Colourful little beach boxes dotted along the sand are loved by the families who own them. Some days it can be a hive of activity, and on others, you will have the beach all to yourself, even in summer. In winter it's broody skies, long lonely beach walks, and mulled wine in the beach box. No matter the season or the weather, the beach box will not disappoint!


  • Base Price $350 / night
  • Cleaning Fee $60
  • Extra People $50 (adult) and $50 (child) / night after 2 people
  • Discounts 
    10% discount for bookings of 7 nights or longer

    30% discount for bookings of 28 nights or longer

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