Woodleaton Cottage is perfect. It is a new building, though the exterior is in the verandah style of traditional local housing. The interior is breathtaking — immaculate, pin neat, minimalist but not cold, decorated and furnished with a meticulous eye for detail. The first word we both said when we walked through the front door was “wow”.
The kitchen is well-equipped. It has a central reservation/breakfast bar and lots of well-designed shelf, cupboard, drawer and pantry space so that the kitchen, like the rest of the property, is completely uncluttered. The only “clutter” was the kettle and a complimentary bottle of local red wine. It was fantastic.
Our accommodation came with the makings of breakfast, and it too was perfect — fresh bread, organic eggs and bacon and tomatoes, cereal and muesli, juice and fresh fruit, milk and cream, black and green tea, ground and instant coffee, big lightning-stoppered glass bottles of chilled water.
The biggest problem we had was choosing which of the two bedrooms to use. The property has two large bedrooms (so is suitable for either two or four adults, though being a couple we only had to pay for two adults), each with their own ensuite. We slept like logs. The beds were large and soft, the linen, towels and dressing gowns as clean as everything else in the place.
In the end we chose the bedroom which had both a bathtub and a walk-in shower (the other had just a large walk-in shower). The bathtub showed just how carefully everything in Woodleaton Cottage has been designed – above the bathtub are two simple shaded hanging lights so that you can read comfortably in the bath. The shower was so well-designed too – the water pressure was good but there was no splash at all onto the floor of the room.
The main communal area (kitchen and lounge in one space in the modern style) has a very high ceiling and is capacious and wooden floored, but it is well-furnished: two comfy couches, a dining table, a chaise longue. It leads, via large glass sliding doors, to a Japanese-inspired garden at the rear — a small plain deck, a stoned area with wood and metal table and chairs, bamboo screening, and a lovely small established herb garden. We used some of the fresh herbs in our breakfasts.
The cottage and the neighbourhood is quiet. It is two block or two minutes to the high street, with its friendly pubs and quality restaurants and craft brewery and supermarket and boutique shops. The only things which we heard, apart from the chatter of birds, was the lovely high-pitched whistle of the train in the middle of the day in the middle distance.
We decided to leave the car at home (though there is a covered garage right beside the cottage, well off the quiet oak tree-lined residential street) so we travelled by train from Mebourne. It is a picturesque, inexpensive one-hour journey, and a flat, easy five-minute walk from the station to the cottage.
We had a lovely weekend. There is so much to see and do in Woodend and the many nearby villages. We will certainly return.
~ Shane B, Melbourne
The place was amazing! Very clean and modern and stylish. We loved our stay and will be back. Great location too.