SASSAFRAS - at your doorstep.
Step outside the privacy of The Blackwood and wander up Woodlands Avenue into the historic village of Sassafras. (Less than a minute's stroll away!)
Enjoy a coffee at one of the many delightful coffee shops including the stunning French inspired "Cafe de Beaumarchais" or the legendary "Miss Marples Tea Room".
Bring home delicious cheeses, breads, spreads, nuts and chocolates from Cream in Sassafras. Have a leisurely lunch at "Ripe" cafe - a local favourite. Breakfast is available all day at the Black Kettle Tea Rooms just across the road from The Blackwood.
Buy yourself some gorgeous clothing from one of the many fashion stores in the main street - you deserve it! Shop at Chris Morris Antiques, right across the road as you come up Woodlands Avenue. A member of the Antique Dealers Association for over 30 years, there is always something desirable here.
Get lost in the amazing collection of tea pots, cups and 300 plus loose teas at Tea Leaves, 50 meters from your door. Buy a big tree, a small shrub or a tin cow for your garden from See Da Wood. Need a gift for a baby or little one? You will find something at Geppetto's Workshop, a little further up the road.
Pamper yourself with some body products from "Soak", indulge in a massage at "Nourish" or have your future told at "The Oracle". The choices are endless.
And this is just Sassafras village, 50 metres from your door.
If you feel like a drive (3kms) don't miss Olinda, for more shopping, including Mangana, an emporium of beautiful items for your home. There are further cafes and restaurants here also.
The fabulous gardens of Cloudehill in Olinda are a must see in any season, and you can enjoy lunch or morning or afternoon tea at "Seasons" Restaurant while you're there - our favourite is the lemon tart with a glass of crisp Prosecco.
Need a delicious wine? Ross at Olinda Cellars is our cellar master - he'll have something just right for you.
Other favourites include the famous "William Rickets Sanctuary", the "Puffing Billy" steam train, the "Alfred Nicholas Gardens" and the soon to be reopened "Burnham Beaches" estate in Sherbrooke, where master chef Shannon Bennet is currently working his magic.
Of course, the Dandenongs are famous for the "SkyHigh Lookout" (commanding incredible views over Melbourne) as well as five glorious public gardens. You can take forest rambles through the vast National Parks and challenging hikes up the 1000 steps of the Kokoda trail at Ferntree Gully
OR, maybe do nothing more than curl up by the fire, sip a glass of wine or luxuriate in your spa for two – the choice is yours!
Really, you will want to stay as long as you can...
...and we would love to have you!