Araluen Park Cottages
Property Locality: Lakes Entrance, East Gippsland
Type of Property: Self contained cottages
Number of Bedrooms: 1 x 2 bedroom cottage, 2 x1 bedroom cottages
Children: not suitable for children
Rates (per couple per night)
Price Range: From $120 to $260, includes breakfast
Special Conditions: Rates are inclusive of GST and are subject to change without notice.
Set on the fringe of East Gippsland’s lowland forests, Araluen Park Cottages boasts a unique setting amongst some of Victoria’s most beautiful countryside. Adjacent to the Colquhoun State Forest, you can enjoy the tranquillity of sustainable living whilst being only minutes from the coastal town of Lakes Entrance and the vast Gippsland Lakes. Each secluded fully self-contained cottage enjoys views of the native flora and fauna found in the rainforest gullies extending throughout the property (of over 40 acres).
There are three cottages and each one has been constructed and furnished so to minimise your environmental footprint without compromise to the comforts of country living. With finely restored antique furniture, ornate plaster finishes and original handcrafted lead-light window features, the cottages offer their visitors the opportunity to enjoy a sanctuary amongst nature.
Boobialla Cottage is the newest cottage and is spacious and fully self contained with two bedrooms each with full en-suites. Each bedroom has a four poster brass bed, a queen size in one bedroom and a king size in the other. The lounge area has an antique mantlepiece surrounding an enclosed wood fire. On the deck outside the cottage, there are views to the gullies below.
Lilly Pilly Cottage is spacious and fully self contained. A full kitchen is provided and the cottage has one bedroom with a full en-suite attached. Furnishings are a blended mixture of antique, vintage and modern, providing a balance of quality and practicality. The focal point in the lounge area is an antique mantlepiece surrounding an enclosed wood fire. The bedroom has a queen size brass bed, vintage dressing table and wardrobe, and an antique barley twist Jacobean lounge. Outside, a verandah surrounds the cottage on three sides, providing vistas of the surrounding forests and landscapes.
Lomandra Cottage is spacious and fully self contained, including a full kitchen, with one bedroom and full en-suite. A focal point of Lomandra Cottage is the four poster queen size bed. The lounge area has an antique mantlepiece surrounding an enclosed wood fire. The bedroom also has an antique dressing table and wardrobe. On the deck outside the cottage, there are views down the gully to rainforests.
Things to Do
- guided or self guided walks, bike riding
- bird watching, fishing
- feed the alpacas
- explore local national parks
- visit the East Gippsland High Country and Buchan Caves
- visit unspoilt beaches, such as 90 mile beach and the Gippsland Lakes
- boat tours, eco tours, whale watching
In developing Araluen Park Cottages, the owners have adopted an objective of providing a sustainable living environment with minimal impacts on the environment, without sacrificing lifestyle. The land has been taken out of agricultural production, stock have been removed, and gullies and slopes are being restored to their original vegetation communities which are evident in the adjoining landscape.
- The design of the cottages and many of the construction materials used reflect consideration of efficient energy uses and sustainable building materials. Where appropriate, the concepts of re-use and recycling have been applied to many of the materials, fixtures and furniture used in the development.
- All electrical energy is provided by a solar power system.
- Rain water is harvested from the cottages to meet domestic potable water supply requirements. LPG gas is used for instantaneous hot water systems and for cooking.
- An award winning waste water management system complete with sub-surface drip irrigation has been installed to minimise nutrient and phosphorus discharge levels.
- Household waste is segregated for recycling thereby minimising discharges to landfill. Even food scraps are collected for composting or to feed the chooks.
- Rainforest restoration has commenced in the Bunga Creek gully which runs through the property. In addition to restoring habitat for native species, rainforests also provide significant benefits in nutrient capture and sediment entrapment.
Hosts: Peter & Marie Anne Murrell
Araluen Park Cottages
Address: 106 Hoggs Lane, Lakes Entrance, Victoria
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