This is my third year at Riversdale, and it's the design details that make it special. Windows cunningly pointing at bush and sky, perfectly built doors, walls and windows that keep the house sun and warm, smooth calm Japanese interiors, cosy daybed nook to watch the sun set over the hills. Perfect place to read, reflect and walk. And only a $15 cab fare from Castlemaine's restaurants!
Jacqui - July 2016
A wonderful architecturally designed house, great to get out of Melbourne and relax in this retreat. So quiet. Loved the fire pit out the back
Phillip - July 2016
"Thank you for a wonderful stay in your amazing house!!
The fire, the verandah, big comfy bed and best of all the outdoor shower - perfect for a early crisp morning.
Daryl - March 2014
"Felt at home as soon as we got here. Everything that we needed was at hand.
Great place, batteries re-charged."
David - March 2014
"We really enjoyed our stay. It certainly met our expectations.
The directions to find the house were great and when we arrived, to have the fire set for us made it easy to feel right at home.
I was impressed that you had available the provisions to separate our compost."
Shirlee - November 2013
"Thanks for a wonderful stay. The house is beautifully made and kept me warm and comfortable in a freezing cold, we and windy week. The glass walls and little windows framed the views like art.
I ate out almost every night and cooked ahppily in the great kitchen for all my other meals.
My son loved it too, and mastered the bean bags on the tatami mats and helping me build the fire. He also liked the snug bunk and slept very well.
I'm so glad I picked this place!"
Jacqui - August 2012
I love this place! I have stayed at Riverdale Retreat twice now. It is a truly remarkable piece of accommodation. Peaceful, clean, comfortable, clever and convenient. Easy to get to and close to town. Would recommend to friends and would stay again and again and again.
Paul - October 2015
We had a lovely weekend of three nights. The property is very comfortable, the environment tranquil and peaceful. The house is close to Chewton if you need the morning papers and a bicycle ride from the Wesley market and Castlemaine. Also plenty of good rides into the hinterland such as Fryerstown .The design of the house is very special and quite unique in its simplicity and respect for the environment.
Anonymous - December 2013
In winter we were warm and cosy. Calm quiet peaceful location. Walking tracks out the back gate as long or as short as you want, meandering through the gold rush diggings of yesterday. Short drives to antique shops or a good hot cuppa.
Georgina - July 2012
"What a slice of heaven. Compact yet spacious, cosy and intimate but not claustrophobic. Great architecture, lovely aspect and everything you could want. Bring everything you think you may want - you won't want to leave here for a second!"
Kaye - May 2010
I had a wonderful time enjoying the property and the natural bush setting surrounding the house. Loved the 3 different outdoor areas, each with a unique vista that allow you to follow the sun or shade over the day and waking up to fresh air and country bird life. Watchind the kangaroos in the morning with a coffee or at dusk with a glass of wine was the perfect way to destress and escape from ciry life. Spotlessly clean, great well equipped kitchen, comfy beds. Great opportunity to 'live-in'; if only for a day or two; a funky, contemporary architect designed home at an affordale price."
Louise - February 2010
CONTACT & BOOKINGS
Tel: (+61 3) 9510 6822
Bookings can be made by contacting us directly via phone or email
Riversdale Retreat is designed by Insite www.insitedesign.com.au
As seen on Channel 9’s Postcards
Riversdale is located just outside of the popular town of Castlemaine, in the small town of Chewton - approximately an hour and a half’s drive out of Melbourne. Daylesford, Maldon and Bendigo are all within a 30 minute drive. The property also directly borders State Crown Land, with acres of secluded walking and biking tracks.
Basic provisions supplied
iPod jack & speakers
Slow-combustion wood heater
Deck with day bed
Secluded walking and biking tracks
Surrounded by native crown bush land and set in a re-vegetated bush garden, Riversdale Retreat is an uncompromising country escape.
Set high upon the private ¾ acre block, valley views are enjoyed from within, as well as from several outdoor living spaces.
This is an eco-friendly innovative house with Japanese influences, ready for indoor-outdoor living.
Nearby walking tracks, bird life and wildlife, including neighboring kangaroos provide a unique opportunity to commune with self and the environment.
Designed by Insite, this is a unique property.
Shortlisted - World Architecture Festival Awards 2009
Compact, climate and occupant adaptable located in semi bush.
Designed to sit off the land yet be immersed within, it can open and close to nature, views and sun.
The building is designed with bushfire and ESD principles, solar hot water, rainwater tank and is super insulated.
Eco - Friendly (fans only - no airconditioner)
Open-plan living area and a fully equipped kitchen ready for self-catering.
A tatami lounge area and a Japanese style bathroom provide a touch of the exotic.
Paved outdoor areas include fireplace, preparation bench, sink and shower.
Sleeps 2 or 3 adults with 1 queen size and 1 single bed.
The perfect private getaway for a couple!