Sunlit dining roomDouble room with garden views.
Hosted by Martina
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6 guests
3 bedrooms
6 beds
2.5 baths
6 guests
3 bedrooms
6 beds
2.5 baths
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Relax and rejuvenate with family and friends in the beautiful two-acre garden. Walk amongst majestic gum trees, or go for a swim in the bordering Yarra River.

With a clear philosophy of sustainability, come and experience life 'off the grid'.

The space

Riverdale is set on 15 acres in the heart of the Yarra Valley. We purchased Riverdale in 2009 after instantly falling in love with the magic exuding from the beautiful flower gardens, fields, bush lands and old majestic gum trees on the river flats of the Yarra River. We wanted to share this unique place with others and had the idea to develop an accommodation and retreat venue that maintains a strong philosophy of sustainability.

Working with biodynamic principles, we have since then been passionately and dedicatedly transforming the property into what some have called a ‘paradise off the grid’, relying on solar power and tank water.

The property features a large kitchen and bush food garden, a two-acre flower garden with over 100 rose bushes and an orchard. With paths along the bordering Yarra River and through open fields, and the Warburton ranges as a backdrop, guests can walk and explore the unique beauty this property holds.

Guests can also enjoy swims in the river, games of table tennis, beautiful picnic spots, ride along the passing Lilydale to Warburton trail or take short drives to the many nearby popular attractions including famous Yarra Valley wineries and lush mountain forests.

As the property is off the grid, please note that there is no television, wifi or microwave. But there is mobile phone coverage!

Guest access

Guests rent and have exclusive access to three bedrooms in the house and the living and kitchen areas.

Guests are welcome to enjoy the gardens and fields on the property, however do not have exclusive access to these areas. As this is a working farm, guests accept and acknowledge that other people may be present on the property at any time.

Other things to note

Three night minimum stay on long weekends.

Free parking on premise

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
2 single beds

House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Terms and Conditions for Riverdale Rental

1.The tenant accepts that they are renting three bedrooms as well as its kitchen and living areas in the main house
a.They can enjoy the surrounding premises but have no legal rights over it
b.The tenant accepts that there might be other people on the property
2.The tenant understands that the property is completely off the grid and electricity is solar powered
a.The tenant will not use electrical appliances that have a heating element, such as hairdryers, as they could blow out the power immediately
3.The tenant understands that the property has a septic tank system and will take reasonable care in ensuring it is not damaged and only use biodegradable cleaning products
4. The tenant will use water sparingly as tank water is relied upon
5.The tenant understands that the flooring is sustainable bamboo, and will take reasonable care in ensuring it is not damaged
6.Pets are not allowed on the premises
7.The tenant understands that this is a working farm and although they have access to walk the property, vehicles are not to be taken beyond the space provided for parking
8.The tenant must pay for any additional costs incurred during their stay including, but not limited to, any breakage, damage or excess cleaning requirements
9.Guests are to leave the accommodation in a similar state to its condition on arrival. We do not expect you to make any beds but we do expect you to clean up any mess you have created. Please clean all dishes, leaving the kitchen counter as it was when you arrived. If you do not do the above, an extra cleaning fee will apply and be deducted from your bond
10.Theft and loss of the tenants’ personal property is the tenants’ responsibility during their stay
11.Parties and functions are strictly prohibited unless agreed to in advance by the owner in writing. Fees will apply if a party or function that has not been agreed to by the owners in advance is held
12.The tenant guarantees that a maximum of 6 people will be staying at the property unless agreed to otherwise with the owner in writing
13.Smoking is prohibited inside the house
14.The house is fully furnished, and the tenant confirms that all items in the house at the beginning of rental will be there at the end of the rental period
15.Outside fires of any type are strictly prohibited
16.In summer, if a Code Red (a fire warning signifying extreme high risk) is declared for the area surrounding Riverdale, Riverdale will close on those days
a.The tenant agrees to leave the property if a Code Red is declared
b.The tenant will be refunded payment for the days that Riverdale closes as a result of the Code Red


5 Reviews

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Stacey User Profile
March 2017
Peaceful, environmentally friendly property. Stunning location. Beautiful gardens. Thankyou Martina we will be back.

Maryrose User Profile
May 2016
Riverdale was perfect for my writers' group weekend away. The house and the grounds had numerous spaces to relax, wander, read and congregate in. Martina was very welcoming, meeting us at the house and showing us about about. The house was clean, comfortable and had beautiful aspects out to the garden and the nearby hills.

Meagan User Profile
April 2016
What a beautiful property. The description and the photos certainly give enough justice, you must see for yourself. The house was very spacious yet cosy and comfy. The immediate relaxed feeling you get when you step onto the property was my favourite aspect, particularly after a stressful week of work. The property met all our needs in terms of facilities and is perfect for a nice quiet getaway to explore the region. Martina was a lovely host and very welcoming. Highly recommended!

Stephen User Profile
March 2016
Martina made us feel very welcome. We were shown around the house and property and she gave us the essential tips on living in a sustainable house. Martina gave us some beautiful organic vegetables from her massive vegetable garden which we enjoyed using with our dinner. The property is in a very quiet rural location with the benefit of being only a short walk, cycle or drive to local cafes.

Kate User Profile
November 2015
Fantastic accommodation - beautifully presented. Martina was so helpful and friendly. Location was beautiful and I only wish we could have stayed longer. Really really recommend this place - lovely, very clean and spacious with amazing surroundings! 5 star :)

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I run accommodation businesses in the Yarra Valley.
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