Olivia's in the Forest
Beautiful Accommodation for up to 6
in the Yarra Valley
- Quality Five Star Accommodation, 10 minutes from Healesville.
- Three bedrooms.
- Sleeps 6, two Queen bedrooms one with twin king singles..
- Two bathrooms, both with rain or normal showers.
- Gourmet kitchen with double oven and walk in pantry
- Separate dining room with seating for eight.
- Open fire with an outdoor firepit.
- Beautiful forest location.
- All linen provided.
- Breakfast provisions included in your stay.
- Open fire.
- 50-inch tv.
- Outside includes table and chairs an electric BBQ, fire pit, forest and wildlife.
“This place is simply magical. The most beautiful house in a natural location. Sitting outside by the fire listening to the birds and trees rustling was a highlight.” Kate
“It was dark out when we arrived so I couldn’t fully appreciate where we were, but looking out the bedroom window the following morning, though I’d seen the photos, to the view of the surrounding forest was amazing.” Phuong
“The selfish part of me thinks I should tell you all that it’s terrible so we can keep this gem to ourselves. But I can’t stop myself talking about Olivia’s. Michael and Laurel have thought of absolutely everything and you will not regret staying here. It is better than we ever imagined and we will be back for another glass of wine by the fire in no time!” Prue
A standard booking is for one to two people in the upstairs main queen bedroom. If you prefer the (upstairs) twin king single bedroom or the downstairs (queen bedroom) please advise at time of booking.
- If stairs are difficult you can spend your whole stay on the ground floor.
- There is a professional quality massage table for you to use.
- Olivia's comes fully equipped, a full-size fridge, a full range of kitchen appliances, an electric BBQ, an outdoor table and chairs.
- 50 inch TV with DVD player and lots of movies to explore.
- Sonos system with 25,000 songs for you to enjoy.
- Internet: 4G modem is supplied, bring your own prepaid Telstra sim card.
- Olivia's will be prepared for your arrival and is all yours from then until departure. We will be available over the phone if you have any issues and have locals that can help you if the need arises.
Olivia's is a completely non-smoking property.
Olivia's is 1-hour 15-minute drive the Melbourne CBD.
One hour and 20 minutes from Melbourne Airport.
10 minutes drive to Healesville.
10 minutes drive to Healesville Sanctuary.
5 minutes drive to Piaf Day Spa. (lovely)
And if you forget to buy some local wine on the drive up help is at hand with just a 12-minute drive to our closest winery.
For safety reasons Olivia's is not suitable for toddlers. Babies and older children are welcome.
Pets: Sorry, but there is an abundance of wildlife, so Olivia's is not suitable for pets.
Please remember you will be in the middle of a forest. That means you will not get perfect mobile coverage but you will get by, even if it does mean going outside and standing on one leg.
“The most magical place we have ever stayed! Felt a million miles from anywhere. Instantly exhaled on arrival. We were visited by rosellas, parrots, kookaburras, an echidna, and a lyrebird within hours of arrival!
Hosts ensured every single detail was made extra special. Particularly loved the master bedroom furnishings, the library of art books, and the functional record player. Incredible views from every window, in any weather. Already dreaming about visiting again. Cannot recommend highly enough.”
Olivia’s in the forest is perfect for a relaxing getaway from a busy city life. Secluded and quiet, it was great getting to light a fire and sit in the cozy lounge room, and watch the sun set over the forest. The house itself is modern, clean and nicely styled. A very homely feel, with lovely hosts!
A beautiful home with breathtaking views. The perfect house to escape and relax in. Communication with Michael was immediate and very helpful, and the booklet helped us make our way around town with ease.
Michael and Laurel have a beautiful home. I look forward to the opportunity to stay in it again. It is comfortable, cozy and the lack of fences on the property give the impression of endless gum tree forest. P.S., the chocolate, bacon, eggs, and other breakfast and kitchen amenities were very well appreciated. Thank you very much
Amazing property in secluded location! Had a great weekend away. Plenty of space, and excellent finish throughout the place. Also great communication from the hosts who looked after us from booking through to check out. Will certainly look to stay again.
Best airbnb I've stayed in to date. Location was an oasis and the quality of bedding, kitchenware and views were in a class of their own!! Fantastic!
Michael and Laurel were exceptional hosts; they coordinated our stay so beautifully, and provided us with so many suggestions, recommendations, and goodies (e.g. bacon, eggs, coffee pods, chocolates, muesli, etc.). The property itself is absolutely stunning! Nestled among the trees, half way up the mountain, it is idyllic.
It's quiet and relaxing, and there is nothing better than taking up residence in the swinging chair, staring out at the trees, and listening to the birdcalls. Inside, the house is warm, welcoming, and beautifully designed.
Everything is provided for you and, if you enjoy to cook, the kitchen is well-stocked and spacious.
The open fireplace is wonderful on a cold winter night, and the windows give clear views of the forest from every aspect.
The property is only ten minutes from Healesville, and a stones throw from numerous wineries and distilleries. It was everything we could have hoped for, and so much more! We can't wait to go back.
As we drove up the dirt road we got more and more excited. We had been looking for a weekender for a couple of years and had just about given up. The forest was getting thicker and the tree ferns larger. When a lyrebird ran across the road in front of us, I looked at my wife Laurel and said, ‘I love this place and we haven’t even seen it yet.’
For the last eight years, we have called this property our second home. I recovered from cancer there — chemo sucks but it was the ideal place to recuperate. It’s also where I wrote my latest book about property investing. Spending time here has kept us sane and helped us cope with our frantic city lifestyle.
Living here led me to think about property ownership in a completely new way. We call the home Olivia’s In The Forest, after Laurel’s mother who passed away a while back. Using her name all the time keeps her a bit closer to our hearts. The locals call it ‘the slate house’ because of its unique design, and…because the walls are build out of slate.
The wife of John, who lived in the property across the the road, passed away in the mid-1980s. Soon after he called a builder he knew and said, ‘I need a project to keep my mind off things. Let’s build on the block next door.’ The builder had just returned from the Lake District in the UK and suggested building a house made of slate — thousands of pieces of various sizes like the ultimate jigsaw puzzle.
We collect our water from a creek and a generator charges a bank of batteries that power the house.
What has been surprising is how many previous owners and tenants have popped in. We’ve had young dads lurking at the top of the drive, showing their kids where they lived when they were young. Then the parents came for a visit, keen to reminisce, happy to have a quiet cup of tea and take in the forest like they used to. We’ve had people driving by and stopping when they see us. The first thing they say is “We used to live here”. Even people who stayed here when it was a Buddhist’s retreat drop in to chat, keen to see the place again. It's like they all have a stake in the place, happy to see the changes we have made and happier that we have not taken a chainsaw to the forest.
This is a special house that holds fond memories for many people over the last 30 years. It was the way they held those memories close to them got me thinking about property ownership. We used to say we owned Olivia’s as well as our other properties, but this house made me realise we don’t really own any of them. We are just the custodians — it's our turn for the property to be in our name.
After eight years, it’s time to spend more time in the city with the kids and grandkids, so we have opened Olivia’s to our guests; we hope you will love staying at Olivia’s In The Forest as much as we do.
Michael and Laurel Sloan live in Fitzroy. Michael is the author of two books, The Formula to Successful Property Investing and Cracking the Real Estate Code. His articles appear on the National Australia Bank (NAB) website and he is regularly quoted in the media. Michael and Laurel founded The Successful Investor in 2009, a national property advisory firm. With over 20 years in the industry, he has helped hundreds of people safely establish and grow successful property portfolios. Find out more at www.thesuccessfulinvestor.com.au And buy his book from www.theformula.com.au use the code Olivia for free shipping and a $10 discount.
Phone: 0147 577 597