Westcott Cottage dates back to the 1860's, but while the rustic charm and history of the building can be seen and felt at every turn, the interior has been lovingly renovated to add modern day creature comforts. The accommodation is attached to the main residence, but separated by the original thick stone walls that once formed the exterior walls of the small cottage. The cottage is completely self contained. It has it's own private entrance, and sits in a secluded garden with views to the historical barn. The pretty garden provides a peaceful space to enjoy breakfast or shady spot to enjoy a barbecue or glass of wine on a warm day.
Guests will have use of a completely self contained cottage with access via a key safe at the entrance, so you can arrive whenever you like. The cosy cottage consists of a living room with a dining area, spacious bedroom, kitchenette and bathroom. This space makes for a perfect getaway for couples, a quick business trip or even a bit longer stay.
The bedroom contains a queen size bed with a fluffy down doona, linen cover and fine cotton sheets. Extra blankets and an electric blanket provide extra warmth for those cold, wintery nights. There’s a coat stand for hanging space and a chest of drawers adds storage for personal belongings.
The living room is bright with a comfy sofa with lots of cushions and throws for you to snuggle up on. The sofa converts to a single bed for a third guest if pre-arranged. From the dining table you have views into the lovely, sunny garden. There's a large TV with a full range of free to air channels, and a DVD player with some movies provided, although best to bring your own favourites. A bluetooth speaker from which to play music from your own device can be used inside and out and there's panel heating to keep you cosy.
The kitchenette is well equipped for simple meal preparation, (microwave with microwave cookware, toaster, sandwich maker, electric jug, coffee plunger). There are basic pantry supplies, a variety of tea and coffee, also a few breakfast supplies for your first morning to allow you a relaxing start to your stay. A BBQ sits in a sheltered outdoor space if you would like to prepare a more substantial meal. There's also a small fridge and washing machine in the kitchenette. The bathroom includes the toilet and shower, with towels and soaps provided.
Westcott is situated on four acres on the outskirts of Ballan, and backs onto the meandering Werribee River. The river valley is a quick, easy walk and you'll often see wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies and an array of bird life. Listen out for the kookaburras and keep an eye out for the occasional eagle hunting for prey. Also keep an eye out for the elusive platypus that frequent this section of the river. The cottage is equally close to the centre of town, just a 500m stroll to the centre of town and less than 1km to the train station.
We live on the property, residing in the 'east wing' of this large, rambling house, so you'll no doubt see us out and about. Your space is private and self contained and we find that most people prefer and enjoy their privacy. We often don't meet our guests (due to the self check in situation), but we're available to ensure you have a wonderful stay, so please don’t hesitate to text or call if you have any queries. Although we may not always be on the property during your stay, we're usually not far away. You may see us doing our chores or tending the veggie garden from your private garden setting. Feel free to say 'hi' or simply ignore us, (we won't be offended!)
Our family consists of a menagerie of furry and feathered creatures. Buddy is our hilarious Border Collie. Our rooster protects his harem of girls and crows throughout the day. Our three alpacas - King Charlie and his cohorts, Betty and Svetlana, love apples. None of these family members have any access to your private space. It's all yours!
Along with your private garden area, guests are also welcome to access the treed river area of our property (please read the directions on the house info sheet in the cottage for access details) There's a picnic area by the river, a good place for an evening glass of wine to watch the sunset or where you'll often see a platypus playing if water levels are good. You can also feed the alpacas some treats from here - their all time favourite ... apples!
NOTE: Guests are requested not to enter areas marked private or enter the animal enclosures.
Westcott is a NO SMOKING property. Smoking is permitted outside providing butts are disposed of thoughtfully & thoroughly!
Ballan is a charming, peaceful country town and especially picturesque as the autumn leaves change colour. The Autumn Festival held in late March gets bigger and better each year. There are cafes, op shops and markets to visit as you wander around or call into the pub to enjoy some local bluegrass music and some pub grub! Ballan is also home to the Mill Rose Quilting Cottage, well known by those with a passion for quilting. For the sports minded there's a lovely golf course set along the banks of the Werribee River, which runs the entire way through the town, the excellent polo field of the Yaloak Polo Club and great fishing at the regularly stocked Bostock Reservoir. This area is also perfect for barbecues and a walk around the water or through the bush.
Around Ballan there are several mineral springs to visit, don't forget your water bottles to fill. There's also many renowned bushwalking areas to explore. Ballan is the gateway to the Daylesford spa mecca, but a somewhat quieter option for accommodation. In less than 30 minutes you can drive to historical Ballarat, Trentham, Creswick or Blackwood or explore the Werribee and Lerderderg Gorges and The Brisbane Ranges. For those with a green thumb there are many outstanding nurseries in the area. Blackwood has two, Blackwood Ridge Nursery & Cafe and The Garden of St Erth, both worth a visit. The famous Lambley garden and Nursery is also not far away. Myrniong and St Anne's Winery are home to various food & music festivals and markets throughout the year. Gordon through to Daylesford area is also well known for its truffle farms. Coming into the colder months there are many truffle adventures and feasts to enjoy, which are definitely worth a visit. Even though temperatures may not look so inviting, these events do book out quickly. Bring your warmest winter woolies.
In Ballan you'll find a well-stocked IGA, perfect for grabbing snacks, food supplies and alcohol (for a small town their selection is good). There's also a host of other amenities in town including a local Butcher, Bakery, swimming pool, hardware, medical clinic & hospital. Hopefully the later won't be required during your stay. If driving from Melbourne you may like to take a detour through the Bacchus Marsh fruit and veggie growers area, running along the Avenue of Honour. You can pick your own fruit or simply buy fresh produce direct from the growers.
We'll provide you with continental breakfast supplies for your first night so you can have a leisurely start to your stay. These will be left in the kitchenette prior to your arrival. This will include some of our free range girls' eggs when seasonally available.
While we have listed Wifi as available, it can be intermittent, to non existent, therefore if you're relying on Wifi during your trip, Westcott may not be the best option for you. Telstra based providers seem to work best in this area.
Getting to and from Ballan is easy. Ballan is less than 80kms from Melbourne (Western Hwy). This will be under an hours drive (non peak hour). The railway station is on the Ballarat line and provides regular services to Melbourne (55 mins) and Ballarat (20 mins). If arriving by train we may be able to organise a pick up and drop off if pre-arranged (depending on our schedules for the day). The town centre is less than a 10 minute walk and Westcott Cottage about a 15 minute walk from the station. An airport shuttle bus service stops in Ballan, providing easy access to and from Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport.
This property is not suitable for children under 12.
The booking allows for 2 people sleeping in the QS bed.The single sofa bed is available if booked for a third person in your group.
Bookings are a 2 night minimum, with public holidays attracting a longer minimum stay.