Blog posts, updates & Ferny Hill Retreat news
One sunny afternoon in 2018, I said to myself, “I’d love to share my quiet corner of nature with others.“ At the time I didn’t realise this small wish would become the inspiration for a self-contained, holiday apartment in Emerald that everybody could enjoy. Today, Ferny Hill Retreat offers guests a unique, artistic getaway – with a special touch of magic – right in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges.
Fern fronds signaling Spring
Spring is just around the corner and this tree fern knows it. I love this time of year at Ferny Hill Retreat when the gardens burst into life.
Gardening in the hills is a BIG job!
I looked at the gum tree in Ferny Hill Retreat’s front garden the other day only to discover that a massive branch was split and very dangerous…
The rewards of hosting a short term rental (beyond money)
When I was setting up my short term rental apartment I hadn’t anticipated the joy it was going to bring to my life…
Guest’s private fernery & patio
Privacy is assured at Ferny Hill Retreat, Emerald. This idyllic outdoor space is for guests only. Need a relaxing break?
New feature wall in the bedroom
I’ve been wallpapering a boring, beige bedroom wall at Ferny Hill Retreat to make a feature of it …
We’re officially one of Airbnb’s best of the best
Ferny Hill Retreat, a funky holiday home in Emerald, is thrilled to announce we’ve been awarded Airbnb Superhost’ status.
Uplifting spring garden photos, 2020
Check out photos of Ferny Hill Retreat’s spring gardens, sprinkled with a little uplifting prose. Enjoy!
Lessons Learned in 2020
There’s been lots to think about in 2020. Coronavirus has turned the world on its head. Here are 10 key things I’ve learned so far…
Check out those smiles!
The Kumar family are Ferny Hill Retreat’s guests today. As you can see from their happy faces they’re already enjoying their stay.
Holiday rental with a guest-authored book!
Our guests can contribute to an ongoing story in the ‘And Then … Book’. They can be as whacky as they like, writing their own …
Black Lives Matter
Several years ago I was lucky enough to live in a rural First Nations Community in the Northern Territory. As a white woman, it was…
Staying a little longer
Ferny Hill Retreat’s current guests are enjoying their stay so much they’ve booked 2 extra nights. It’s a pleasure having them here.