A large sofa invites guest to enjoy the warmth in front of a cackling wood fire during cold winter evenings. During the warmer season guests might enjoy a private terrace featuring a comfortable outdoor setting for four. From here one can watch the sun setting across the valley while listening to the gently bubbling of the water in the ponds - a perfect finish to a glorious summer's day. Nightfall invites the guest to a rejuvenating sleep in a very comfortable queen-size bed.
The chatter of the many birds visiting Merlin's Garden each morning calls guests to start the day! While having breakfast, reading the paper or just contemplating the day, guests can enjoy the views of the ponds, the garden and the valley. All bed linen is provided. Merlin's Garden Terrace has a large modern bathroom with a full bath and shower. And should your party require an extra bed or two, the studio bedroom is available.
Merlin's Garden Terrace has a flat screen TV, DVD player, DVDs, books, games, coffee and tea making facilities, toaster, crockery, cutlery, glassware as well as a fridge and microwave. Due to cathedral ceilings and special insulation fans have been installed to keep the traveller cool during the summer. Further there is evaporative cooling available.
What to do?
A short walk from Merlin's Garden and you are in the National Park to enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna. Visit the National Rhododendron Gardens, Kalorama Park with its stunning views or see William Ricketts Sanctuary. At Healsville Sanctuary Australian Wildlife awaits you and should you take a ride on Puffing Billy on its way to Emerald Lake Park, enjoy towering Mountain Ash in the forest on the way. A drive through the Yarra Valley with its world famous wineries and restaurants is a must. You can go ballooning and see the world from above with breathtaking view across the whole region. There are Galleries to be visited, Antique shops to be explored and many more attractions to see.
Within walking distance the local cafes and restaurants are proud to serve specialties, which will delight. And for the children there is the new playground in Montrose - a 'must' to visit!
And a short scenic drive from Merlin's Garden the guest finds popular tourist spots such as SkyHigh Restaurant and Cuckoo Restaurants, Puffing Billy, open gardens and national parks, as well as to shops and galleries in Olinda, Mt Dandenong and Sassafras. Further, Merlin's Garden provides a gateway to the scenic delights of the Yarra Valley with its wineries and culinary delights.
Culinary delights at Merlin's Garden
Further to the complimentary continental breakfast, which includes homemade bread and jam, a breakfast menu is available. Depending on the seasons guests can chose pancakes with organically grown berries from Merlin's Garden orchard, homemade yoghurt with swiss muesli and fruit, a hearty cooked breakfast with fresh eggs and ham off the bone or other delights. Depending on the season, numerous cold pressed juices are available.
For guests who would like to stay in and relax please ask us for our specialities: spicy Hungarian goulash, bratwurst with German mustard, or our cheese platter which includes local as well as imported cheeses and with seasonal fruits, such as figs, from the orchard. And for 'the sweet tooth' guest homemade ice-cream served with Merlin's Garden special berry sauce is also available. Hampers can be provided - price on application. Please note that for all the above, 24 hours notification is required.