The farm property
Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm Cottages is set on 54 acres of native farmland bush. We are nestled in the hills of Don Valley, 90 minutes from Melbourne, 10 minutes from Healesville Sanctuary, and right on the doorstep of the Yarra Valley winery region.
Our beautiful property is forested with stringy bark eucalyptus trees, mountain ash trees and tree ferns. The natural environment attracts an abundance of Australian wildlife including wombats, wallabies, king parrots, cockatoos and lyrebirds. You can also see wild deer, foxes, and bats scurrying about. We enjoy incredibly fresh mountain spring water and clean country air.
We are a working farm with over 600 organic hazelnut trees, several chestnuts trees, and various kitchen garden veggie and berry patches.
It can be a challenge working in these steep hills and with the microclimate here, but we love it! Our aim is to create a meaningful, sustainable and nourishing place for everyone to retreat, replenish and reconnect.
Our nut grove includes over 600 hazelnut trees and several chestnut trees. The hazelnuts are harvested towards the end of summer and the chestnuts harvested throughout autumn. We love making hazelnut chocolates and roasting chestnuts over the fire.
herb, veggie and berry patch
Our ever expanding herb, veggie and berry patches are located throughout the property - wherever we can find flat land! We are fortunate to have such beautiful fertile soil and fresh mountain spring water. We apply organic growing principles and do not use any chemicals or pesticides throughout our garden or property.