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6 Pet Friendly Places to Stay in the Macedon Ranges

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Holidays are so much better when you can share them with your pooch. Here’s six pet-friendly places to stay in the Macedon Ranges that will welcome your furry bestie.

Imagine relaxing on a comfy couch in front of a crackling wood fire, glass of local wine in hand and dog by your side. You’re relishing a lovely little tasting plate of produce, created from a morning visit to a nearby dog-friendly farmers’ market.

A pair of muddy hiking shoes are out on the porch from your ‘bushwalkies’. The invigorating post-bushwalk feeling only enhanced by a cocktail you enjoyed afterward at pooch-friendly Animus Gin Distillery in Kyneton.

Sounding good so far? If you’re hankering for a wholesome holiday in the country, check out these six ideas for pet-friendly places to stay in the Macedon Ranges.

1. Rooks Edge

Bullengarook

For when you really want to get a true country experience. Rooks Edge is a registered sheep stud on 84 acres that offers a contemporary, upmarket bed and breakfast for couples or a small group.

You’ll find this rural hideaway only ten minutes’ drive from Gisborne, with cracking views to Lerderderg and Wombat State Park.

The property is designed to take in the sensational mountain views and glorious sunsets. Plus each room boasts a King bed, private en-suite, wood fireplace and private balcony.

When you get tired of watching kangaroos, native birds, horses and sheep, you’re only a 10 to 30-minute drive from 16 wineries, Hanging Rock*, Kyneton Chef Hatted restaurants, Gisborne restaurants and cafes, weekly farmers markets and popular bushwalking spots.

Sleeps

  • Three individual guest rooms each sleep two people (bed can also be reconfigured to a twin)
  • Rooks Edge also offers a ‘whole house’ accommodation to sleep 10

Average rates

Prices start from $165 to $195 per night

How to book

Book Rooks Edge online or call 0499 994 270.

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2. Adrienne’s Country Retreat

Mount Macedon

Located on 15 acres in Mount Macedon, Adrienne’s Country Retreat offers the option of a three-bedroom home or two-bedroom studio. Each can be booked separately or together for a private group.

The retreat offers a cosy and spacious set up perfect for families, couples, and of course, pooches.

The main home has an open fire for cold days and nights and a billiards table. While the studio has a heated outdoor eight-person spa in a private courtyard.

Sleeps

  • Up to 7 guests in the House
  • Up to 4 guests in the Studio
  • Up to 11 guests across both the House and Studio.

Average rates

  • House: Starting from $220 per night
  • Studio: Starting from $190 (mid-week) – $205 (weekend) per night
  • Minimum two-night stay

How to book

3. Bird House by Flop House

Kyneton

Sit in the garden under giant elm trees and listen to bird song. The Bird House by Flop House is a romantic ‘shack’ in Kyneton, only minutes’ walk from historic Piper Street’s restaurants, bakeries, cafes, galleries and shops.

It has all the little luxuries and special touches, including original artwork, Aura linen, Pendleton Woollen Mills blankets and Grandfather’s Axe furniture.

Locally sourced breakfast provisions are provided as well as organic body products.

Perfect for couples (and pooches) that want to getaway to the country but be within walking distance of great restaurants and shops.

Sleeps

Two people

Average rates

  • From $252 per night
  • Minimum two-night stay

How to book

Book the Bird House by Flop House Australia online or call Genevieve on 03 5422 1338.

4. Matilda Cottage

Gisborne South

Matilda Cottage is a two-bedroom self-contained cottage that shares an elevated acreage property in Gisborne South, the gateway to the Macedon Ranges.

Only 4o minutes’ from Melbourne CBD, here you’ll find yourself surrounded by trees and native wildlife, with stunning sunsets and city views looking out across the valley.

Matilda Cottage is nearby local wineries, Hanging Rock and Mount Macedon, as well as many of the historic villages that make the Macedon Ranges so special. There’s also a BBQ and a private fenced garden suitable for pets, when you just want to relax and go nowhere.

Sleeps

Up to four people (one queen, two singles)

Average rates
  • Sunday to Thursday: Prices from $170 per night for up to 2 guests
  • Friday to Saturday: Prices from $210 per night for up to 2 guests
  • For 3rd and 4th adult or child, $25 per person per night
  • Public holiday weekends – two-night minimum stay
  • Weekly rates available

How to book

Book online or call Marion on 0408 103 808

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5. Tree Change

Woodend

Nestled in the leafy village of Woodend, Tree Change is a six-bedroom home architecturally designed home for comfort and sustainability. The property offers stunning rural views to Mount Macedon, along with a fire pit for stargazing and a swimming pool (available from November through to March).

Great walks and bike rides start at the end of the driveway, plus Hanging Rock and Mount Macedon are only 15 minutes’ away. The region is also home to an abundance of cellar doors if you’re partial to wine tasting.

Woodend offers fantastic cafes, bakeries and historic pubs including the well-known Holgate Brewhouse where you can try an extensive range of delicious craft beers brewed on-site.

And after all that hiking, cycling, wine tasting and beer drinking, warm up by the cosy wood fire in the large, comfy lounge room.

Sleeps 

10-14 guests

Average rates

  • Price starts from $900 per night, discounts for longer stays
  • Minimum two-night stay
  • Book Tree Change online or call Peter on 0417 050 939 (references required for direct bookings)

6. Willowglade Retreat

Mount Macedon

Located in the heart of Mount Macedon, Willowglade Retreat is a contemporary yet cosy cottage set on a large, enchanting garden.

Perfect for couples, families and friends, it boasts beautiful local art, a bathtub for relaxation, wood heater to warm your tootsies (and paws) and a fire pit for stargazing.

Nearby you’ll find a number of pooch-friendly cellar doors, plus an extensive trails network in Macedon Regional Park for bushwalking.

Willowglade Retreat is pet-friendly by prior arrangement only, as the property will only suit some animals due to the way it is fenced. Please get in touch directly with Willowglade Retreat and they will try and work something out.

Sleeps

Up to 4 people (one king, one queen bed).

Average rates

Prices range from $200 – $400 per night including breakfast provisions.

How to book

Book Willowglade online

Travelling during COVID-19

Please double-check opening hours of any venues you plan to visit due to operational changes as a result of COVID-19. For the most up-to-date health and travel advice go to the DHHS website.

Where is the Macedon Ranges?

The Macedon Ranges is approximately 45 minutes’ drive northwest from Melbourne’s CBD. It’s quite a lovely drive along the Calder Highway and its proximity to the big smoke means less travel and more time to play.

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*Hanging Rock is dog-friendly (on leash) for walks in the reserve, but excludes access to the summit walk.

 

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