Dear Matthew and Claire.
We really hope you have a wonderful stay at Olivia's.
Your Booking Details
Olivia's can be found at Nyora Road Mt Toolebewong.
Number of guests: 1
Arrival Date: January 24, 2019, Check-in at 3 pm.
Departure Date: January 27, 2015, Check out 11 am.
Time until your stay at Olivia's in the Forest
Michael 0417 577597
Laurel 0417 577 500
office hours (The Successful Investor)
03 8413 8888
It is really beautiful up there but don't forget you will be in the middle of the forest so it can be cold, make sure you rug up.
Don't let a speeding fine to spoil your visit, Lilydale is 50K zone and there is a fixed speed camera in place. And be careful on the main road between Healesville and Olivia's, Don Road, the 60K zone often catches people out.
The Sonos system has about 25,000 songs on it, it is pretty user-friendly. The Sonos system uses a modem but it that won't connect you to the internet. Sorry!
There are books that stay at Olivia's and some that form a book library, If you start a book that has a book exchange sticker and don't finish it, please take it home with our compliments.
Games are in the dining room cupboard, and don't forget to try the port from the barrel.
There is a landline for you to make local receive calls is
03 5962 4076
You can also make local calls from this number.
The best entry is through the back door which is opposite the generator shed at the end of the driveway.
The code for the keypad on the back door for your stay is
Wine Compass offers private wine tours of the Yarra Valley’s best vineyards, which are fully customisable and flexible to meet your requirements. They have no affiliations with specific wineries, meaning they can make the wine tour exactly what you want it to be. Options include.
Hand-selected stops that highlight the best of the Yarra Valley, with a focus on some of the more boutique offerings. More in-depth insight into the winemaking process, thanks to informative hosts and connections with local characters. Plenty of fun to be had along the way
– Options include: handpicked wineries, distilleries, chocolate and cheese makers, breweries, and more
A few of our favourite spots to check out include:
If you like cheese visit Coldstream Dairy, it's located just after Domaine Chandon on the left. It doesn't look much from the outside but great cheese.
You just can't go past the Gateway Estate at Coldstream, If you’re after delicious, fresh, local, seasonal fruit & veg, fill your basket. You can pick, capsicum & basil growing in the hothouses). You can also taste and buy a fantastic selection of gourmet goods made here in the Yarra Valley.
If chocolate is your vice then you have to visit the Chocolatier in Yarra Glen free tastings and a hot chocolate to die for.
Buckleys Brewery is a traditional craft brewery in a Healesville shed tucked away in the industrial estate away from the madding crowds! At Buckleys everything is done by hand from the mash in to the bottling and packing. This gives the brewer a “hands-on” end to end assurance and a unique ability to control all aspects of the craft.
If you love Gin you must visit Four Pillars Gin. Walk-in tastings are available at $10 per person until 5.30pm every day (refundable with purchase of any 700mL bottle of gin).
Since January 2017 we have been brewing at our Healesville location.
Come chat with us at the working brewery and enjoy our standard beer range along with one-off special brews. Relax on our comfy couches with one of our beers. We also serve a small selection of Yarra Valley wines and Four Pillars Gin for non-beer drinkers.
Secret Picnic/BBQ Spot & Favourite hike
Once the home of world-famous opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, Coombe Yarra Valley is a hidden gem. It is open for wine-tasting, a tour of the garden and gallery or a meal in the restaurant. This is a hidden gem in plain sight, most people drive past it at Coldstream but take the time to call in.
Boat O'Craigo is an award winning boutique winery but a missed opportunity for many visitors to the Yarra Valley simply because it is on the other side of Healesville from Melbourne. Lovely views and nice wine.
Our favourite is Donnelly Weir Picnic Area, an electric BBQ, a stream (look for trout) and a great base for some walking trails, an easy one is to Maroondah Dam and back, or you can start and finish at the Dam, cross the Dam wall, and look for the signs.
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.thesormula.com.au use the code Olivia for free shipping and a $10 discount.