The Villa Botanica
The Villa Botanica
We are excited to announce that you can now come and stay at Merribee in The Villa - our new accommodation overlooking The Parterre Garden and its beautiful fountain.
Throughout winter you will be surrounded by the trees laden with citrus in the citrus grove - limes, lemonades, tangelos, grapefruits, mandarins and oranges. A herbaceous flower garden and kitchen garden is there to observe as you make your morning coffee.
In mid-August to early September the cherry blossom tree is in full bloom, and the little cherub in the fountain works hard all day and night and you can watch the birds gossiping as they gather at the end of the day as the gardeners go home.
The beautiful gnarled wisteria vine is superb in late September, along with bulbs under the Citrus Grove. The crabapples flower in October, and the Annabelle Hydrangeas planted around the Parterre are superb from Christmas through to early March, sheltered by the 4m high Murraya hedge which flowers in March. Open the doors and breathe in all the scents!
Help yourself to kindling and timber from the woodpile for the fire during winter, or stay cool with airconditioning in the heat of summer. Enjoy the barista-made coffee and cakes available during Merribee Open Days!
Book your accommodation in The Villa below, or spoil someone special with a gift voucher!
Take A Tour...
Entering The Villa, you are met with a large, light and airy, comfortable and elegant space where the garden's tranquil presence surrounds you.
Sleep very soundly in this comfortable Queen-sized bed. There is a privacy screen to delineate the bedroom from the living space, along with floor to ceiling mirror for changing.
With a marble topped vanity, plenty of towels and bathrobes provided, the bathroom looks through ferns and orchids and over the kitchen garden to the outdoor fireplace. There is a shower in the bathroom and toilet. Merribee soaps are provided.
A large kitchenette area is in one part of the living space. With an "essential" Breville coffee machine and coffee beans provided, the kitchenette is also stocked with all basic cooking provisions, including oil, flour, sugar, rice, pasta, milk etc. It has saucepans, a frying pan, and crockery, cutlery and glassware for 4 people in total. Please note there is no oven - only a portable electric stovetop. It has a double porcelain sink, a small fridge and plenty of storage. A light breakfast is also provided with Merribee Honey or Merribee Jams included.
The Villa has been designed for very easy and comfortable living. Allowing the outdoors to come in, the living area is very large, and comfortably decorated with sofas, chairs, tables and different areas to sit and contemplate life! There is plenty of space to stretch out and relax.
Set amongst 3 different gardens you are surrounded by fragrant blossoms, flowers, fruit trees in groves, flowering bulbs, a herbaceous flower garden, a kitchen garden and overlook the formal Parterre Garden with its beautiful old fountain which then leads you down a long narrow path to the Apothecary Gardens - one designed around the 7th Century Monastic style, and the other to imitate a 12th Century Medieval design. Should you feel like it, you can always have a hit of tennis!
What our guests are saying...
It was such a special experience to stay in the charming villa - and to feel connected to the stunning garden setting. Super dark at night and great soundproofing means good quality sleep is easy to find. Lots of wonderful gardening books to be enjoyed in the very lovely pale blue armoire. High quality linen and towels, good pressure in the shower and lots of lovely hot water. Friendly welcoming hosts with every detail thought of - a weekend here is guaranteed to relax the lucky visitors. We look forward to returning in a Spring month to see the roses in peak bloom. Thank you for making an exquisite space in the world.
this place is just amazing. can't rate it high enough. Richard and Lucy are just so friendly and make your stay feel really nice. Will be back for sure!