We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
“One of my favourite places on earth”

Review of The Potager

Bookings for this home are first-come, first served. Lock in your dates before they are gone
the potager garden swimming pool
Check Availability
Request to Book
Make Enquiry
Very good
8 reviews
the potager garden
swimming pool
saddlebag
lombardy poplars
1870's sandstone cottage
kitchen
Overview
Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Castlemaine, Victoria

Reviews from our community

Very good - based on 8 reviews
Write a Review

Reviews from our community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
English first
Any
English first
Wendy W
Romsey, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“One of my favourite places on earth”
Reviewed 1 March 2017 for a stay in February 2017

From turning into the dusty lane off golden point road to arriving at the glorious old stone house I knew I was in for a treat. Huge poplars line the driveway, rosellas dart through the trees.
The main house is full of treasures. Beautiful period furniture and old rugs, paintings. A truly civilised house. But it is not for everybody. If you are seeking en suite bathrooms and posh small bottles of shampoo etc this is not a property for you. The swimming pool is huge, the Potager garden wild and somewhat overgrown but still glorious. I would have loved to have stayed longer. Jane said a judge had booked it for three weeks this winter whilst doing the north central circuit. Lucky him. But I will return

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Noodlesam
Melb, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
83 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“A step back in time - a country-style cottage!”
Reviewed 2 July 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We stayed here for a long weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed the 'oldness' of the cottage and its' clear history and age! A beautiful location to visit and grounds, and we often found ourselves discussing what it would have been like to live here in the early goldrush days!
A great choice if you're looking for a real getaway with it's own historic tale. A really old cottage with a great fireplace and quiet surrounds, plus close to Castlemaine and other locales. Jane looked after us when we arrived, and made sure we were ok. Thankyou!

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
kulas_chr...
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Picture Perfect”
Reviewed 15 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Our weekend stay at The Potager was perfect. The tree lined driveway was our first impression and numerous "wow" moments followed. On entering the house the aura is one of homeliness and comfort. The beds are extremely comfortable and the linen cotton and cosy. The kitchen has fantastic cookware and crockery. Jane added some lovely touches like fresh eggs and bread, gourmet biscuits, butter, milk and fruit. The coffee machine was a hit too. The weather was warm so the pool was fully utilized. Surrounded by trees and birds, it is an incredibly relaxing place for a swim.The pool is big, deep and clean. The garden is diverse and lovingly tended to, which attracts a huge variety of birds. Plenty of room for parking. It's a great house for groups as there is much space inside and out, you can find a place to come together or find a quiet nook, so it works well over the course of a weekend.
Overall I couldn't recommend it highly enough. The host Jane is great to talk to and is very unobtrusive. We all loved our stay and will most definitely return.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: The ambience of the house and setting.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
PurpleGre...
Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Rustic peaceful garden retreat”
Reviewed 3 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014

Our family of 5 and dog stayed here in the peak Christmas/New Year period ($2,500 for the week). The property is lovely and private, in a delightful garden setting with lots of native birds, rabbits grazing at dusk, and even a kangaroo a few metres from our bedroom window one night. Lots of secluded spots to sit, relax, read a book and contemplate life. The pool was my favourite spot to sit, under the shade of an apricot tree.

The cottage is gorgeous, with stone floors and walls, even the bathrooms bath/showers were made of stone. It is a rustic retreat though, no dishwasher and only ceiling fans (not airconditioning) for cooling. However, the main cottage seemed to stay very cool on a 39 degree day (but the lounge and bungalow got a bit uncomfortably hot).

In winter you would need to keep multiple wood heaters running (kitchen is a fair distance from the lounge area), but there are electric blankets in the bedrooms. The 2 bedrooms in the main cottage are inter-connected and the doorway between them doesn't have a door, which may be a privacy/noise issue.

Just a short drive from Castlemaine, maybe 5 or 10 minutes, so easy to pop in and sample the fabulous cafes there.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: the private garden setting and rustic charm of the building
Liked least: no dishwasher - not fun when you are a family of 5
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
KayDunc
Clare, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Unique old world experience”
Reviewed 20 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

Wonderful experience in lovely location. Comfy bed and great host. Really great place to relax and get away from the modern world.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Enter dates for more accurate prices
2 guests
Adults2
Children0
Apply
from
US$304
/
Night
Week
Book Now
Or, send the owner a message
This property has Payment Protection
Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer.
Learn more about paying safely.
Do you own a holiday rental? List it here.
Extra income
Earn money by renting out your home. With no up-front fees and no contract, you keep more for yourself.
Easy to manage
Confirm bookings in one click and track everything from enquiry to check-out – even while you're on the go.
Trusted by travellers
With millions of reviews and protected online payments, TripAdvisor helps travellers book your home with confidence.
Set up your free listing