You'll Soon Be Arriving At Central Springs Cottage!
We thought you might find it helpful if we gave you a few last minute tips before your stay.
EATING OUT ON FRIDAY NIGHTS
If you are arriving on a Friday night and you plan to eat out we recommend you decide where you would like to eat and then contact the restaurant to make a booking and to find out when the kitchen closes. Friday nights are very tricky for restaurants in Daylesford as it is difficult for them to know how many people will show up. If they aren't very busy it is not uncommon for them to close the kitchen before 8.30pm. If you would like some suggestions about where to eat head over to our favourites page and our restaurant reviews or use the usual methods of checking out TripAdvisor, Urban Spoon etc.
There is quite a temperature difference between Central Victoria and Melbourne. In summer it can be considerably warmer during the day (but it generally cools down in the evenings) and in winter it can be very cold. We recommend you consult weather information before your stay.
If you plan to go for walks we recommend you have sturdy walking shoes or boots and long pants (even in summer) because of the grass seeds and insects and possible (highly unlikely) reptiles.
Always bring something warm to wear in summer as the evenings can be cool to cold and even the days can get really cool. In winter if you are going to go outdoors a coat and warm clothing is recommended.
A hat for shade in summer and warmth in winter is a good idea. A pair of slippers to wear inside can make you feel extra comfy and at home.
We have a full size fridge and stand alone stove and oven. There is also a microwave & BBQ. We supply a small amount of olive oil & balsamic vinegar to get you started as well as tea, coffee (instant and plunger) and sugar.
You just need to bring the rest if you want to eat in. The Coles Supermarket, just up the road and around the corner (Cnr of Bridport Street & Albert Street), has a pretty good supply of groceries. It is open from 7.00 am until 10.00 pm daily. We also have two very good butchers in town as well as a fantastic green grocer called Tonnas (right next door to the BP Service Station) on King Street. To get there take a right at the round about and its about 200 metres past the school, on your left.
Over summer the mosquitos can be annoying so we recommend you bring your choice of personal insect repellant. We supply fly spray for indoors and we're guessing you won't want to spray that on your body?
We have designed the driveway and gravelled area so you can manoeuvre your car(s) so you can drive forward out into the street. This is safer than reversing out.
We have a fabulous wood fire in the living room because we realise how lovely it is to sit in front of a fire on a cold evening sipping a glass of wine and reading a good book. The wood fire is purely for ambience and not for heat as the central heating does a great job of heating the cottage. Before you arrive we go to the cottage and turn the heating on so your arrival is warm and welcoming. We also provide you with red gum which is the best quality wood for burners (unless it is not available) and kindling which should last you at least your first night (if you run it efficiently - there are instructions). If you would like to have a fire burning for longer you can buy wood from either of the two service stations in town or the hardware store (a bag of wood and a bag of kindling). Sometimes they run out so it is not guaranteed you will get some. If you prefer you can buy better quality red gum wood and kindling from us for $25. We have a big container in our wood shed at the cottage. You just need to call us to get the padlock combination and you can pay by credit card over the phone.
BRINGING A dog(S)?
Don't forget to check out our dog letter one more time before you leave so you don't forget anything. If you are in need of a massage but can't leave your dog check out Jaya Lisa Saunders who is an experienced therapist who will come to the cottage or she may allow you take your dog to her studio. More information about Jaya is on our favourites page.
CHECK TO SAVE DISAPPOINTMENT
Some tourist businesses, shops and restaurants close at certain times of the year or days of the week. To save disappointment we recommend you do some investigative work before you come by checking websites and/or calling. For example, the Chocolate Mill closes all of February.
To relax and unwind.
Some people have missed the fact that you can walk to the lake by turning right out of our gate then right into West Street. At the bottom of West street (less than 500m walk) keep going straight (not right) and there is a dirt track down to the lake. It is a little rough and a little steep so take care. Walk in a clockwise direction to get to the Book Barn and Boat House quickly for your first coffee. It is a beautiful walk, especially on a summer's morning. If you are taking your dog(s) and you want to let them have a drink from the lake, be mindful that in some spots - especially at the bottom of the track from West Street -it is quite deep right from the edge. Tully fell in once and we had to drag her out by the scruff of her neck. The Book Barn usually has a doggie water bowl outside if your pupster(s) can wait.
We have a manual in the cottage which has lots of information ranging from how to operate the DVD & BBQ through to emergency phone numbers for doctors, hospital and vets. If the information you are looking for isn't in the manual please don't hesitate to give a call. We also recommend you read the FAQ page on this webpage as it has some very important and valuable information.
AND JUST TO BE SURE YOU KNOW EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU ARRIVE..
Please head to our FAQ page as there is some very important and useful information there.
If you think we have left anything out we'd love your suggestions so just go to our contact page and send us an email.
We have arranged a special treat for you at the Book Barn! Andrew, the owner of the Book Barn and Sue and I, would like to shout you an espresso coffee (latte, cappuccino, or whatever you fancy) or tea when you visit the Book Barn which is located right on the lake with a lovely balcony. PLUS, if you spend $10 or more on books you will receive Devonshire Teas - For up to Two People (value $14). There will be a voucher waiting for you at the cottage.