We had a fantastic time at Ironbarks, it exceeded our expectations and we will definitely be back at some stage. We hired a couple of metal detectors from Coiltek in Maryborough and cleaned up a lot of rubbish in the surrounding State forests. Needless to say the fire was most welcome at the end of the day, as was the bath. The house is very private, we didn’t see anyone else in the area at all which was good. The house had everything we needed and presented well, I can’t really suggest anything else that you’d need to put in. As I said we will visit again.
It was a really lovely stay. The house was beautifully set up, and the call on the night we arrived was unexpected but greatly appreciated. The kids 13-17 years, had a great time exploring the whole property, yabbying (we convinced them on the catch and release of the 3 good size ones they got), rounders out the front, and a bit of reading and game playing in the evening. During the day we were often out and about. Dunolly, Avoca, some wineries (Blue Pyrenese and Mount Avoca), Melville caves, and just some general walking and sight seeing. Looked around where the Welcome Stranger was found. Dean developed a taste for the coffee at Wright on Broadway.
Our weekend was fantastic, thankyou. Your house is everything you need and more as far as a rental goes.The layout works really well with lots of space and comfortable furnishing. The wood heater is awesome and once warm the house continued to be so with minimal wood. We took a trailer full of bikes and went for a ride around. I thought the aerial grid map was great and put a bit of adventure into our exploring. Ethan’s (4 yr old) favourite thing all weekend was finding the mystery dam. A short night walk with torches was fun. The whole booking, correspondence, and stay was very thorough and professional with a minimum of fuss. To be honest, an MCG size oval complete with posts and wicket and an Olympic size heated swimming pool would be the only things missing!!! ( Can this be rectified before our next stay?) Again, thankyou for a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable stay, I could keep on going on all night about its positives
Just wanted to say a “big thanks” for a wonderful time at a very special place. We all fell in love with Ironbarks. It was the perfect spot to chill out and get ready for another busy 6 months at work. We all hope that we will be able to come back and stay in the not too distant future. Thanks again for all your hospitality.
Ironbark’s is a perfect getaway, a superb house for dining, drinking and chatting by the fire or having a glass of wine on the deck at sunset. The house has everything you could possibly wish for, comfortable beds, tasteful furniture, a great sound system and a supremely well provided kitchen, even an espresso machine. The surrounding bush is interesting. Lots of kangaroos at dusk and Douglas, an avid birdwatcher and walker saw 68 individual species of birds and observed that the area was an intersection for birds from south eastern Australia and the inland; hence so many sightings in a week. We will definitely be back; the week was splendid. Thank you.
We absolutely loved the house, it was more than we could have hoped for. My sister got married on the Saturday in Maryborough so that took up most of the day, and aside from a quick trip into Dunolly bakery for lunch, we just spent the time soaking up the fresh air and peace and quiet. Our daughter is still asking to go back to “the other house”, she loved the play equipment, digging the tractors in the sand and throwing rocks into the pools of water near the dam. Fantastic book collection! I started “the other boleyn girl” and have now borrowed it from our local library to finish it off. We loved listening to the frogs and the fire in the evening. My family all live in Maryborough, so we’ll definitely be back to stay, the house made a great base for a family visit while letting us have a bit of time to ourselves too.
We had a glorious time. So much so that we’ve spent the last hour looking for properties in Dunolly and surrounds. I felt like I was on school camp. As you know we have 2 small children and it was so nice not to have to watch their every move. Even when we were in the towns there weren’t any cars for me to have to worry about. I also really loved being in a renovated property. So often country properties are just terrible. Crochet, pot pouri and floral a plenty….The kids spent hours in the hammock.
Just letting you know that we had a fantastic weekend at Ironbarks. Loved the house and the property and managed to get in a couple of rides through the bush – up to Goldsborough and another up to Moliagul. It’s a very interesting area. Also visited the butcher and got our Monday night’s dinner – it was so good I went back this morning and brought home supplies from him for this week. There was a market in the main street on Sunday, so that was a bonus too.
We had the best weekend thank you. I can’t believe how much fun they had in the hammock and NOT catching yabbies. They must have cast the nets in a hundred times, waited a minute and then pulled them back out. … They loved the orienteering map and we found almost everything. We love your property, saw kangaroos and a lizard and a great thunderstorm with lightning that they had never seen before.
We had a lovely stay at Ironbarks, thanks. The girls loved the hammock, playground, toys and books (and the sheep!). The house was very comfortable and had everything we needed, the butcher was kind enough to leave us some meat for pick up and we ate way too much from the Dunolly bakery – so fun was had by all!
Just wanted to let you know we had a lovely time at your property. What a great place, we can’t wait to go back and we have only just got home!! We went to Melville caves. That was well worth it. Wouldn’t recommend it to the elderly though. What a steep hike. The kids loved it but I was glad to get back down when we finished. We will do a longer hike next time. We had a delicious feed from the fish and chips shop in Dunolly. PS The kids said thanks for letting them ride their bikes. The went up and down the driveway and around the house a couple of times. He went out into the forest and had a great time dodging spiders. The hammock and dry creek bed were a huge hit too.
We really enjoyed exploring the property and the whole area – we really liked the feel of Dunolly. The house was very comfortable and clean – thankyou – and we had terrific sleeps.
Just wanting to say a big thank you! We had a brilliant time at Ironbarks. We would love to come up again so how do we organise that: through this email account? Thanks for your help too.
Just thought I’d drop you a quick line to say thanks again for the use of Ironbarks. I thought the property was fantastic and really had everything you could ask for in a holiday home, needless to say we were all very impressed and reluctant to leave. You can be assured of future bookings from me. In fact, my uncle is in need of a break so I plan to haul him up that way in the next month or so.
We had the most wonderful weekend at Ironbarks – the kids even decided it was ‘ the best days of the lives’! We even had to tag team on Sat to go into town to vote, as the kids refused to leave the property. They had an absolute ball finding everything on the map, following sheep around, playing with the hay bales and on the equipment outside – but the big hit was playing in the mud by the dams! The weather was so great that they even stripped down to their underwear on Sunday so they could completely cover themselves. Thanks for letting us leave late on Sunday – I think they would have been devastated had we said we had to go early Sunday morning.
Just want to let you know how much we all enjoyed our stay at Ironbarks on the weekend. We arrived on Friday in Dunolly at about 530pm just in time to pick up our snags and osso bucco from Andy the butcher (thanks for the tip!) Saw kangaroos and bunnies jumping around on our approach to Ironbarks…..after a few minutes wrestling the combination lock on the gate we arrived at the house. So clean and tidy thank you! It really had everything we needed and the kids loved the train set and spent hours on play equipment. We went for walks each day – many rocks thrown in dam and followed little creek and sheep tracks. Lunch at Dunolly bakery…..Mt Avoca winery and Blue Pyrenees got squeezed in too. Great spot you have there…we’ll let all our friends know!
We had a great time at Ironbarks. The house is exceptionally well set up! I think my dad was a bit nervous having let me organise the accommodation, but he loved the place – he wanted to leave you a note to say thanks, but I told him that I would email you when we got back to let you know how much we enjoyed it. The only problem we had was that we weren’t at the house enough – with the wedding all day on Saturday (and what a wet day it was!!!), we were disappointed that we didn’t have a chance to enjoy it more! We thought the house was very well fitted out – I can’t think of anything that we needed which wasn’t there. I thought the hammock was great – although again, the rain spoiled my fun!
well what a time we all had,,,the house was beautiful and found easy,,,the rooms were so beautifully decorated and easy to use appliances thru out the house, we had three less people so we pulled up the pew for dinner and had great time, we took up a few games like totem tennis, and ball games… we bought up a yabby net also and caught ten and released em back,,,we had fish n chips on fri,,,pub looked a bit small for us all,,,,went for walks and 4×4 driving….thank you very much for your wonderful stay,,,kids all enjoyed themselves ,so did the middle age kids and the very old old ones…and jan the birthday girl was very overwhelmed by such a fantastic find…..so we cant thank u enough……..well done 10 outta ten….
The photos don’t do the property justice. The house was so much bigger than expected with heaps of room for the kids to enjoy. We loved the modern touches that helped keep the workload down. It was wonderful to see the kids yabbying and spending time near the dam. We definitely didn’t want to leave and could have stayed another week. Thanks again. Would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to taste the country life and relax.
We loved staying at Dunolly. The accommodation was more than adequate, with plenty of space for 2 families. We went for lovely walks, the children spent most of the time swimming in the dam. We even caught Yabbies and ate 3 of them. A truly stunning weekend away. We cant wait to do it again.
It was so fantastic ! When we arrived at the house we saw a big Kangaroo walking around the house. We are from the Netherlands and we have never seen a kangaroo for real. It was one of our most beautiful holiday houses we have had, that is a big compliment !!!!
Apart from exploring round the property (which our daughter loved especially when the Kangaroos were present)) we drove out to several of the nearby towns including Avoca and the Blue Pyrenees for some wine tasting. If we had had a little longer I think we would have hired a detector and done some prospecting.
We have now arrived safely at home again and we are experiencing some trouble settling in after being so well spoilt on our holiday. We really enjoyed our stay at Ironbarks and were sorry to leave. We really enjoyed the space and comforts of the house, the log fire, the endless supply of firewood, the silence, the walks around the property, and the ease of visiting neighboring towns and wineries, Bendigo, Marysville, Castlemaine, Maldon, Avoca, and the Pyrenees. We arrived home refreshed and with great memories of our stay. We hope to return some day.
Mum and Dad and the kids had a great time together, when I visited we did lots of exploring around the farm, we were excited to see how the dams up the back are now one big one and we spent time looking for kangaroos and splashing in puddles. Because the kids are little lots of simple things is all it takes to really amuse them. Learning about kangaroos and when they feed and sleep etc really had them interested and on the lookout at dusk. We went for a day trip to Maldon and Castlemaine. My sister in laws dropped in for lunch one day so you might have some more bookings from them No worries about the clean up, it’s good karma we think Thanks again, we will be back sometime.
We had a great weekend at Ironbarks, very warm and cosy with the woodfire and the weather obliged with some unexpected sunshine. We had our Friday evening meal at the Railway hotel with good food, scrumptious desserts and friendly service. Gathered together in the living area Saturday morning for some sessions that a couple of us had prepared around meals/food/ritual/community. Purchased some roasting meat from the Dunolly butcher so put that in the oven with some veg and a pudding for a leisurely dinner (we are all about 2kg heavier after the weekend). A good sleep and late breakfast with another brief session Sunday morning then some leftovers for lunch before heading off. The weather was still nice enough for a walk up the hill before leaving. Next time we will bring the bicycles! A great place to stay for peace and quiet although I am contemplating a future visit with the grandchildren that might be considerably less peaceful but lots of fun. Thanks again for making Ironbarks available to us.
We had a great time thank you – the house was spotless and warm and had everything we needed for an enjoyable stay. Because the weather was so poor on Saturday we were mainly in the house other than a quick visit to Castlemaine for some lunch. Sunday we took the kids to the Maldon Steam train for a ride – that was certainly the highlight for them, they haven’t stopped talking about it. I have stayed at a number of houses through Stayz.com now and have to say that Ironbarks was the best in terms of the attention to detail you provided – good kitchen facilities, a great DVD and music collection and a fantastic library (I could come and stay for a few weeks just to read!). Even the portacot was far superior to others we’ve used over the years. All in all a wonderful trip and a wonderful house. Thank you so much.
I was one of the lucky ones to stay at Ironbarks last week. As Bruce said, it was a great set up with everything we needed. Kitchen was very well appointed and Kunara kept us very warm. Wood was conveniently located (with wheelbarrow nearby for transporting it) We loved seeing the kangaroos in the bushland nearby and watched a magnificent sunrise on Friday before departing.
Our five days of cycling went very well. The mornings were cool but fortunately we escaped any rain. Our rides were all on roads, we did not use the gravel tracks that are more suited to mountain bikes. We rode to surrounding towns such as Maryborough, Bealiba, Maldon, Newbridge, Tarnagulla, Bridgewater and Inglewood. This was the third cycling holiday that I have enjoyed at Dunolly. The destinations are interesting and the roads are quiet with good bitumen surfaces. We dined well each evening. Matt the Dunolly butcher supplied a range of steak, sausages and chicken for a BBQ at the Golden Triangle motel on the Sunday night. Two meals were arranged for the restaurant at ‘Wright on Broadway’ and we also had one meal at the Royal Hotel. The feedback for the hotel meals was mixed – ranging from excellent to mediocre. It seemed to depend on the specific meals ordered. Now coming to the farmhouse – the reviews were excellent. Our six members staying at Ironbarks all were extremely happy with the accommodation. For our last night they invited us out to a BBQ. Matt again supplied the meat but the farmhouse dwellers prepared baked potatoes, salads and desserts. The living room was warm and cosy with the effective wood fire. The farmhouse is well fitted out and looks very comfortable. There are plenty of attractions – one of our members spent most of his time catching yabbies! It easily catered for our 23 members dining on the Thursday night. I think you are likely to get some repeat business from our people. You have set it up well for a family or a group looking for a ‘getaway’ – it certainly met or exceeded our expectations.
We had a wonderful time the children loved the kangaroos, the play equipment and my sister and family from Bendigo came for dinner on Saturday evening. They also loved the location so you may get a booking from them. My son would like to stay a week next time. Therefore, I think I can say Ironbarks worked its magic on us.
we have returned home after spending 3 wonderful nights at Ironbarks… My in-laws were thrilled with the whole weekend and absolutely loved the house. The property is amazing and I can see us returning many times. I would love to know a bit about the history of the home to pass onto the folks if you don’t mind sharing. A couple of apologies. I am sorry the folks rang in regard to the key lock. We enjoyed relaxing on the decking, caught and released 6 yabbies, did some golf chipping and played Bocce on the rough Ironbarks rink. It was huge fun
Thank you for sharing your lovely house. My son and I had a wonderful break and he particularly enjoyed exploring the property on his mountain bike. We were in Dunolly to support my daughter who was racing in the RACV Energy Breakthrough at Maryborough, so there were several trips back and forth….probably not as much relaxation time as I’d hoped for but a detour to Mount Avoca Winery on the way home made up for the lack of ‘me’ time.
As we were there for only 3 days, we perhaps didn’t explore the property as much as we could have done. We just loved the secluded position and peace of the place tucked away beyond the rise of the hill. Helen and I went for alternate early morning jogs down Gloury road and Stuart Mill road. We wanted to walk the Mt Hooghly track but didn`t get bound to it, we were so relaxed. William and James loved the sense of space everywhere,but, most of all ,the hammock! We also went to Dunnolly pool on Sat.afternoon before the change came through. I can`t think of anything that would have made our stay more enjoyable: the facilities are so good.
The weekend was fantastic. Everybody had a great time, the music was as loud as we could handle and a lot of great bush walks and little adventures were had by all. We took a long walk up through the bush, caught sight of 2 kangaroos. Up on the right above the 2nd dam, we walked up that rise and there was an amazing view over the fields!! If you haven’t seen it, it’s stunning! Your place is truly a excellent hideaway!
Ummmm…imagine taking a secluded, private bush retreat…then add a huge plot of land surrounded by even more State Forest….then fill it with all the comforts of home….add in the magnificent fresh country air, gorgeous clean water, breathtakingly beautiful clear night skies….then make sure that shops are only a short drive away…..top it off with all the peace and quiet you could ask for….and you have some small idea of what Ironbarks offers! My review cannot possibly do it justice as it is truly unique….for one or two families, a group of friends, or whatever….there really is something for everyone of every age. The hosts could not be more friendly or helpful, and if you stay there, I am sure that like us you will only have one serious problem: having to leave! Extremely highly recommended; we can’t wait to return !!!
Such a lovely property that exceeded our expectations. It had everything you need and more for a relaxing weekend away in the country. Kids loved the playground and we all enjoyed walking around the property spotting Kangaroos and the neighbours’ sheep. Thank you for such a lovely long weekend away and we look forward to returning.
“Beautiful, comfortable and spacious property, better than photos show!! Perfect for two families. Excellently equipped. Close to surrounding towns but by the time we went on nature walks and played on the equipment outside there was really no need to leave. Rick and Sarah very helpful throughout entire booking process and great with advice on things to do etc. Looking forward to a return trip!”
We had such a wonderful time at Ironbarks. The house is amazing and we didn’t leave the property the whole time we were there. I think my boys may have walked every inch of the 100 acres – they were captivated by the old tree house and were up, dressed and out searching for kangaroos with the sun each morning.
We really enjoyed our stay at Ironbarks. The kids loved the deck, hammock and the fort ( Liam loved the fast slide) and our attempts to catch yabbies, although unsuccessful were fun. No one fell in the dam! We only saw a couple of kangaroos on the property but the dawn chorus of birds around the dam was lovely. The wood fire and DVDs collection kept the kids happy in the morning until it warmed up enough to go out to play. The Maldon steam train made a nice day trip on wednesday and exploring Dunolly and its fantastic playground kept us busy. Love the giant swing seat. We agree with you about the butcher, delicious lamb chops and sausages and a well stocked bakery – yummy coffee scrolls. We also made it to Avoca, only 30mins drive away and can recommend Mount Avoca winery for their hospitality and service, yummy wines and coffee and a playground to keep the little people happy. A trip to the Dunolly doctor for our oldest boy for conjunctivitis was not a highlight but it was great that it was so easy to see a GP in town.
We really enjoyed our stay at ironbarks. Maldon was enjoyed and the train trip to, Castlemaine was great for us chaps , girls ,of course , found some shops .The driver allowed us in the cab and answered all our questions re Loco’s, two of us being engineering type had plenty!! Opposite the station in Castlemaine we found a great beer and wine garden behind the old pub ,highly recommend . The station at Marysborough was most impressive as was the food ! Dunolly bakery had a lot of visits and we are hooked on chocolate eclairs and fruit cake !
Dear Sarah and Rick, We can’t thank-you enough for letting us stay here at Ironbarks. The house is fantastic, the kids loved it and I liked coming back to a very warm dry house after Pony Club. PS. We’d love to return and will tell lots of our friends.