Home stay experience. Your friendly helpful hosts are in residence. Provincial setting, with trees, ringtail possums, owls etc. Nightly visit from cute brushtail. 5xQ BR avail. Cot. Veg garden, chickens. Deck and outdoor dining areas. BBQ. Beaches. Great family or group spaces with TVs, winter fire & heating, summer aircon. 4 lounge rms, 2 kitchens, 2 bathrooms. Recently renovated. Spaces can be adapted for creative workshops and retreats. Add-on healthy organic meals supplied with prior notice.
The price is for booking out all 5 guest BRs of the 9 BR house - for up to 10 people. (Previously we let 6 BR for up to 11 but we have restructured. Get in touch to check our capacity for the dates you want.) Children are counted as guests - do not omit them in your booking request. Our guests choose not to stay in a motel because they can have the homely pleasures and spacious freedom of all this with the convenience of self-contained, self-catered accommodation. The hosts live-in, but respect your privacy and don't share your bathrooms. We share the two kitchens and three fridges by mutual agreement. Please let us know if you will need much fridge space.
Do not expect us to respond to your enquiry directly to your mobile phone or email. Airbnb blocks us from seeing your number and address so we must use this site to communicate until booked.
In low season we are open to negotiate your price down for booking out fewer bedrooms available. We could also give you a special offer for extended stays. Send us an enquiry with your proposal.
Taman Damai is not a luxury resort but a big and spacious family or social-group self-contained holiday accommodation of more than 50 squares on one acre of gardens with lots of Australian native eucalypts, sheoaks and teatree.
We are blessed with resident (and visiting) native fauna and birds on the property. We haven't seen a koala in our trees yet but they are in the area.
Lots of bedrooms means you can have friends or family holiday with you. Functions and parties may be approved by prior arrangement, within the limits of our house rules.
This is provincial living - we enjoy fresh healthy produce (including Australian native foods) from the veggie gardens and orchard and eggs from the chooks.
We have recently renovated a kitchen, added a deck, and repainted. Our dual-occupancy house is well lived in and could benefit from more renovation but we are just doing it a little bit at a time. No pretenses here. It is homely, clean, comfortable and safe but probably not for you if you expect 5-star indulgence or have glamorous Hollywood tastes! Our improvements are ongoing and we take on board guests' feedback to inform us what's most important to do next.
Subject to renovations and availability, guests may access to up to five bedrooms, two bathrooms, two toilets, 3 lounge/sitting rooms, plus decks and garden settings.
Bedroom 1: "Gold Rush" - 1 Queen bed
Bedroom 2: "White Beach" - 1 Queen bed
Bedroom 3: "Pretty in Pink" - 1 Queen bed
Bedroom 4: "Blue Iris" - 1 Queen bed
Bedroom 5: "Boonwurung" - 1 Queen bed
Bedroom 6: Sorry - no longer available.
Portacot & requisites for baby available on request.
Beds are made up. Linen and towels supplied. We expect you to hang and reuse your towel. For extended-stay guests, we provide fresh linen and towels as required.
Bathroom 1: "Choir Practice" - Shower in glass cubicle, standard bath, double basin vanity, huge space, great acoustics!
Bathroom 2: "Retro Glory" - shower with glass screen, small corner bath, single basin vanity.
By prior arrangement, you may also use the laundry, clothesline and airing racks, 1 to 2 kitchens, 1 to 2 art studios and watch TV or movies in the theatre.
We offer art & craft classes and cooking classes with at least 3 days' notice, fees dependent on activity and numbers.
Many guests like to self-cater but please let us know if we need to provide fridge space. Our B&B-style experience is also very popular so if we are in residence on your dates (usually), then we can also supply a great country breakfast for a low extra charge. We could supply the produce for you to cook it yourself or Barbara will cook for you. Two breakfast options:
Generous Country Breakfast $17.50 includes yoghurt & seasonal fruit, then croissants & jam, then toast, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes in season, baked beans, bottomless cuppa.
[New!] Light Provincial Breakfast $12.50 includes two freshly baked croissants, yogurt with fresh seasonal fruits (you may choose to take this as a blended smoothie) and bottomless cuppa.
Breakfast orders are payable prior - on check-in. Please advise if halal, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan or any allergies.
Candlelight Dinner - many guests have requested and rave about Barbara's fabulous catering around the antique 8-seater dinner table. Negotiable rates and fare but as a guide: 3 courses at only $50 per head. Very important you advise any allergies/ special dietary restrictions and picky preferences well in advance. If you book the dinner option it is payable in advance as lump sum on check-in. (No split bills.)
We can also help you arrange 'take away' dinner deliveries, at cost, for cheap eating in. Pizza is popular here.
Interaction with guests
Guests and the resident hosts, Julian & Barbara share the facilities. Your hosts currently use 4 of the 9 bedrooms. We have our own ensuites.
We can keep out of your way as best we can while going about our provincial routines. Or we will be your new friends and can give you a local home-stay experience, host garden tours, feeding the chooks, collecting the eggs, wildlife spotting, country cooking classes, art & craft workshops & activities. We can provide country breakfasts and candlelight dinners by separate arrangement.
Barbara is a professional training facilitator, artist and award winning songwriter and she's happy to share her wide-ranging expertise: art, weaving, gardening, songwriting, wildlife and cooking.
Julian is a keen photographer, wine lover and tourism champ who'd gladly guide or even accompany you on photo projects, tours and wine tasting around the Mornington Peninsula.
Other things to note
We often have first-timers enquire through airbnb and expect us to reply to their private email or mobile number but we can't - airbnb blocks email addresses and phone numbers. We only get this info after a booking is confirmed. We can answer your questions through the airbnb portal - no obligation to book.
Our fee for additional guests over 10 applies for adults and children alike - anyone 2years old or more. If you have a group larger than 10 maybe our place will not suit your needs. Please be honest about the number in your party or you will be liable to pay cash on arrival for extra guests, or worse have some guests turned away. We do not allow sleeping on couches or floor.
Directions supplied on confirmation of booking - further travel advice available on request.
Host speaks English and Bahasa.
Taman Damai honours and acknowledges the Boonwurung people as the traditional custodians of the land from which Taman Damai Country Retreat operates. We respect Boonwurrung elders, past and present. We are delighted to host indigenous guests at special discounted rates.
We sometimes offer special seasonal rates - refer to our calendar.
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Some simple house rules apply and will be enforced through the withholding of your bond if you are in breach:
Strictly no pets, no smoking, no illegal activity anywhere inside and on the 1 acre property. No offensive language - including in music.
Keep your feet off the furniture, some of which is genuine French and Chinese antiques. No sleeping on couches. Children must not climb, jump or stand on furniture.
Access the things you need except from rooms, cupboards, drawers etc labeled 'private'.
If you use it, you clean it and put it away again.
Don't touch the original art works. They may be purchased. Parents supervise your children. Breakages will be claimed against your security deposit. As a guide our top-of-the-range fused glass sculpture is valued at $680.
No wet towels on beds or carpets. Please hang your towel.
Standard respect for neighbours expected with noise restrictions. We are a tree-change quiet country retreat. Sure, this is a great party house but we don't generally do loud music and wild parties except for New Year, Chinese New Year, Melbourne Cup, Christmas/Boxing Day. Don't plan a party or invite non-booked visitors unless you have express prior permission from the host.
Please respect our gardens and native wildlife - photos allowed (tag us on Instagram and social media), and feeding supervised by hosts okay. For many guests their close up experience with our ''tame'' possums is a highlight.
Children under adult supervision are fine to run around outside and play here but let us give you a safety briefing, especially if unfamiliar with country living. There are natural hazards.
My mission: enable healing, wellbeing and enrichment through caring, compassion, commitment and contribution to community.
I've been many things like psychologist, education specialist, linguist, consultant, Army officer... but now I'm of an age to decide what I really want so I am a poet and Christian song writer, artist and foodie. And your host. :-) I love the provincial country lifestyle: veggie gardening, raising chooks, country cooking, eating fresh and spicy foods!! (of course), happily coexisting with native residents (especially the owls and sweet little ringtail possums and sugar gliders, and I like the more assertive brush tail possums too, and our magpies are of the friendly variety). I appreciate beauty in nature, art, photography and ancient cultures.
I've traveled mostly in South East Asia, but also visited UK and USA and lived in Indonesia, Malaysia and lots of places around Australia. We hope to travel throughout Europe sometime too. Favourite places to visit: Siem Reap Cambodia, and Ha Long Bay Vietnam.
I'm happily married to Julian and as a blended family we have several teenagers to 20s between us, mostly girls. Julian and I were first married very young but split up after 7 years - for 20 years - before getting back together to live happily ever after! We're soul-mates. It's a funny true story - should be a movie.