Previous guest comments


Name:  Judith  6/29/17
We loved our 4 night stay at Mt Ida cabin. The simplicity of it is one of its greatest assets. A roaring fire kept us warm and our hosts made sure we had everything we needed. Breakfasts of bacon and eggs; home made brownies on arrival; fresh bread and home made jams made for a lovely start to each day. The view from the front windows is beautiful - so relaxing! The rural surrounds; the 4 hole golf course and the bikes add to the joy. It is located close to town and to many wineries. Overall, a wonderful place to stay. We intend to return. Name: Jacqui

We had a lovely stay at the stylish Mt Ida eco cabin. The perfect little retreat for refreshing weekend away from the big smoke. The cozy, well equipped cabin is situated close to Heathcote's finer wineries and pubs. Ingredients for a cooked breakfast were left for us courtesy of Steve and Cally's very own chooks and homemade brownies were an extra special treat. Couldn't have asked for more thoughtful hosts. Look forward to returning soon... Exactly what we needed!


 David01.05.2017, 11:33 pm
Wow, wow, wow! 

This cabin is perfectly set amongst a spectacular Heathcote backdrop. It had everything we needed to stay put and take in the scenery whilst still being close enough to the town centre for any last minute supplies. The host are very accommodating and have great attention to detail. A walk around the property is a must and definitely get the fire going to complete the stay!

Wendy30.04.2017, 7:15 pm
Ah, the serenity :)

Cranford Cottage: peaceful, clean, beautifully decorated, very comfortable amenities.

The surroundings: Warm, calm and spacious.

The hosts: friendly, welcoming and prompt communicators. And respected one's privacy.

A brilliant 2 night stay in Cranford Cottage that exceeded expectations. Greeted by lovely music playing softly, with sun streaming through big glass doors. A fire ready laid begging to be lit. Yummy brownies & fresh fruit on the table, fresh bread, eggs, bacon, tomatoes and real butter for our breakfast.

Cannot recommend highly enough though loathe to as really want to keep this a secret :)

Brad30.03.2017, 7:10 am
What a great place to camp for a night or two or a week! Delightful hosts bring a country friendly approach to your visit. Would love to stay again anytime I'm down that way
Brigette & Trevor13.12.2016, 10:35 am
This place is a little slice of magic in the Victorian country side. Cally and Stephen have thought of everything. Cranford Cottage is incredibly well maintained, comfortable and has everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. We loved the generous supplies that were provided - including the cherries from their trees, local wine and bread etc. The fresh chook eggs that Cally put in our car as we were leaving topped off a perfect weekend. Thanks for a truly lovely stay. We will definitely be back!
Steven Schmied08.12.2016, 10:06 am
Cranfield Cottage was fantastic, with the layout perfect for two couples. Cally and Stephen's hospitality was excitement, with the extra care delightful.

We will definitely be returning.



Tanya & Patrick 17.01.2016, 3:42 pm

​​We both enjoyed our stay at Cranford Cottage, it is so well-presented, maintained and cosy. We appreciated the breakfast supplies (especially the free-range eggs from Cally & Stephen's own hens), bottle of local wine and fruit cake! The cottage is thoughtfully equipped with everything required for a short stay and is only a 5 minute drive into the Heathcote township. We will be back in the cooler months to enjoy the log-fire!



Donald & Matt 03.02.2016, 10.40 am

Staying at Cranford Cottage was a fantastic experience. Arriving to the beautifully appointed cabin (that was also stocked with wine and delicious provisions for brekkie!) was delightful. The cabin is wonderfully located to explore the wineries in the Heathcote region. Cally and Stephen were great hosts. We will definitely be back the next time we find ourselves in this part of country Victoria!



Joan & Larry said:   October 20th, 2015 9:22 pm
We really enjoyed our stay @ Cranford Cottage, very spacious. It was great to have a meal ready on Friday night, just to heat up. Breakfast is always an added bonus. It was very relaxing and we enjoyed listening to the birds in the morning. We would love to stay again, hopefully a little longer next time. P.s Also enjoyed the brownies. Thank you for the little extra touch. 

Sarah and Liam said:   August 25th, 2015 1:01 pm
It was far too hard to leave this beautiful cottage behind. We loved the fresh breakfast ingredients, sitting on the big deck watching the world go by, the fireplace, and being so close to high-class wineries. We look forward to coming back again, and wish our fantastic hosts Stephen and Cally all the best for the second cabin they are building.

Sonja & Ted said:   August 19th, 2015 8:34 pm
Had a wonder stay at Cranford. Blazing fire, wonderful music and everything you could want for breakfast! Cally and Stephen were great hosts and made sure we had everything we needed. Hope to be back soon. P.S. loved the brownies

Karen and Graham said:   August 9th, 2015 2:40 pm
We had a great time over the weekend and our friends were quick to say what a loverly location and how relaxed and homely they felt as soon as they walked into the cabin. As usual your attention to details and overall presentation makes it easy for us to want to share the experience of Cranford with others. Hope to be up again soon

Chris and George said:   July 28th, 2015 5:10 pm
We very much enjoyed our stay at your farm cottage. Thanks for making us so welcome. It was a very lovely mid week break, and we will book in another time for a weekend to take advantage of all the markets and wineries that open for lunch then. We hope you have success with the new cottage you are building too. - Chris and George 


Di and Ian said:   July 25th, 2015 3:14 pm
We enjoyed this lovely accommodation particularly the thoughtful decor and set up, wood fire, peaceful outlook and quietness. The generous breakfast provisions and brownies and wine on arrival were perfect for this mid winter get away for a couple of nights. It was hard to drag ourselves out and about as it was so cozy. Callys' recommended restaurant for our second night was great and topped off our stay. Thank you.

Nicole, Michael, Michael and Deb said:   July 13th, 2015 4:41 pm
We had such a wonderful weekend and Cally and Steve could not have been better hosts. The fire was on and music playing when we walked in, not to mention the freshly baked homemade brownies. The place is lovely, the 4 hole golf course a laugh and the breakfast provisions YUM. We'll be back I have no doubt!

Jess & Bri said:   July 6th, 2015 11:05 am
Wonderful accommodation, perfect for one couple or two. Lovely homemade brownies on arrival and generous local breakfast provisions. We saw kangaroos each day on the property and even had one hang around as we played a game of bush golf! A relaxing, warm, and inviting place to stay while visiting the local wineries, or even just to take time out. We would love to visit again soon. Consider trying lunch at Flynns, dinner at the Willow Room, and bottles of Sanguine shiraz while visiting. 

Michelle and Brendan said:   May 3rd, 2015 2:24 pm
We have stayed in well over a hundred of cottages in Victoria in the last 25+ years, and Cranford Cottage is top 5 amongst them. Lovely setting, beautifully and simply designed, generous quality goodies, and very relaxed hosts. Thank you Cally and Steve.

Brendon & Jody said:   March 25th, 2015 10:38 am
What a fantastic place to enjoy our weekend away! The cottage was very well done with everything needed and more! Our 2 young girls enjoyed the golf and having there very own bed and bathroom to share! The cottage is also in a good location with lots of wineries close by. We will be back! Looking forward to it! Thanks for sharing your wonderful property! Brendon & Jody 


Lara & Nessa said:   March 18th, 2015 7:05 pm
A very enjoyable stay. We loved the tranquil nature of the property and were thoroughly spoilt with the breakfast ingredients and bottle of wine on our arrival. Lovely big bedrooms and ensuite facilities and we loved sitting out on the deck enjoying the sunset. Thank you so much for a very relaxing weekend away!

Chantelle, Rob & girls said:   December 30th, 2014 5:23 pm
Cranford Cottage is the perfect little Australian farm getaway. Our 4 and 2 year old girls loved meeting the brand new little chicks, exploring farm and having a go at mini golf. They didn't want to leave! The accommodation was perfect and the supplied breakfast was more like a fully stocked kitchen for almost the whole weekend! Including fresh eggs from their own chickens. We will definitely be recommending Cranford Cottage to our friends. Thanks again Cally and Steve. 

Heather & John said:   December 29th, 2014 1:54 pm
A perfect place to unwind and relax! Cranford Cottage was like coming home, and Cally and Stephen's hospitality and extra touches made this definitely a place we will recommend to others. Homemade brownies, fresh and generous breakfast provisions, complimentary wine, private golf, relaxing views...a great combination to make this cottage a winner! 

Gina & Patrick said:   December 8th, 2014 1:53 pm
Cranford Cottage was everything we had hoped for and more - a modest tin shed from the outside, but a warm, welcoming, clean and modern 2-bed/2-bath apartment on the inside. We loved the big deck equipped with BBQ and big umbrellas to shade us from the afternoon sun as we sipped our new wine purchases. A perfect location to visit all of Heathcote's wine region - just wished we had more time to stay! Thank you Cally & Stephen - we'll be back for sure :) 

John McGechan said:   November 13th, 2014 8:23 am
Our first visit to Heathcoat to attend my brothers wedding and the first day after a long drive we discover this great little cottage. It was like arriving at a friends house as everything was laid out for our stay we could not fault it. The breakfast the first morning on the veranda set the pace for the next 2 days , sit back and enjoy. Even the first round of golf was relaxing although my game needs a lot of work. Cally and Steve are great hosts and have a wonderfull setting I would recomend the place for anyone wanting to escape. John & Penny




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