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Healesville Eco-friendly Accommodation, you need to book now, Forest Retreat for up to 6 people, electric BBQ, fire pit, forest and wildlife
  • Accomodation Options

    The whole house is yours with access to one, two or three bedrooms depending on the number of guests. Bedroom options: Master queen bedroom (upstairs), Twin king singles (upstairs) and queen bedroom (downstairs)

  • Five Star Accommodation

    Midweek from $233, Weekends from $367. Discounts for longer stays. Quality Five Star Accommodation, 10 minutes from Healesville. Modern bathroom with rain or normal shower, gourmet kitchen with double oven and walk-in pantry. Large lounge with open fire, 50-inch tv with DVD library. Separate dining room with seating for eight.

  • Rainforest Setting

    Beautiful forest location, all linen and breakfast provisions included in your stay, outside includes table and chairs a  fire pit you can cook on and a gas BBQ. Lots of birds and local wildlife. The perfect place to relax.

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IMAGINE YOUR DAYS AT OLIVIA'S

We will leave you speechless, then turn you into a storyteller

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Important notes, Our Story, Extra Details, Distance from nearby areas
  1. Please note there is no internet supplied. However, there is a 4G Modem for your use with your own pre-paid sim card.
  2. For safety reasons, Olivia’s is not suitable for toddlers. Babies and older children are welcome.
  3. Pets: Sorry, but there is an abundance of wildlife, so Olivia’s has a strict no pets policy. 
  4. 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.

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 built out of slate.

The wife of John, who lived in the property across 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 for a 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.

A standard booking is for one or two people in the upstairs Master 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, a gas BBQ, an outdoor table and chairs. You can be adventurous by cooking on the BBQ plate over the fire pit.
  • 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 we have locals that can help you if the need arises.
Olivia’s is a completely non-smoking property.
“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, June 2018
  1. Olivia’s is 1 hour 15-minute drive the Melbourne CBD.
  2. One hour and 20 minutes from Melbourne Airport.
  3. 10 minutes drive to Healesville.
  4. 10 minutes drive to Healesville Sanctuary.
  5. 5 minutes drive to Piaf Day Spa. (lovely)
  6. And if you forget to buy some local wine on the drive up help is at hand with just an 8 minutes to our closest winery.
Attention
  1. Please note there is no internet supplied. However, there is a 4G Modem for your use with your own pre-paid sim card.
  2. For safety reasons, Olivia’s is not suitable for toddlers. Babies and older children are welcome.
  3. Pets: Sorry, but there is an abundance of wildlife, so Olivia’s has a strict no pets policy. 
  4. 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.
Our Story

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 built out of slate.

The wife of John, who lived in the property across 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 for a 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.

Extra Details

A standard booking is for one or two people in the upstairs Master 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, a gas BBQ, an outdoor table and chairs. You can be adventurous by cooking on the BBQ plate over the fire pit.
  • 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 we have locals that can help you if the need arises.
Olivia’s is a completely non-smoking property.
“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, June 2018
Distance to Near Places
  1. Olivia’s is 1 hour 15-minute drive the Melbourne CBD.
  2. One hour and 20 minutes from Melbourne Airport.
  3. 10 minutes drive to Healesville.
  4. 10 minutes drive to Healesville Sanctuary.
  5. 5 minutes drive to Piaf Day Spa. (lovely)
  6. And if you forget to buy some local wine on the drive up help is at hand with just an 8 minutes to our closest winery.

Keep in Touch

Pre-booking questions, clarifications, suggestions

Email: oliviasintheforest@gmail.com | Mobile: 0417 577 597