Sanctuary@Waratah is the place to come when you need to get away but want to feel at home...

It is a place to enjoy on your own, with that someone special or in the company of your closest friends.

This is my home. I take pride in offering the kind of 'good old fashioned' hospitality that makes you feel warmly welcomed and completely at home so you leave feeling more relaxed, happier, contented even and above all, thoroughly spoilt!

What our guests have had to say about their stay at Sanctuary@Waratah.

Dear Trish, thank you so much for allowing us to stay here – we have not even left yet and we are planning our next trip back! The glorious views were only beaten by the most AMAZING breakfast. Then there were the crazy amount of stars at night.

Emily & Matt, Sydney, April 2018.

Dear Trish, thank you for sharing your beautiful and peaceful corner of the world with us for a few days. It has helped us unwind so much. Going to miss eating your delicious breakfasts, overlooking the stunning view whilst watching the local feathered friends vie for a turn at the bird feeder.

Emma & Neil, Melbourne, March 2018.

Spent a marvellous weekend here at Waratah Bay as a final escape prior to work commencing for the year. Trish welcomed us warmly and generously which continued for the whole stay. What a wonderful human being she is!

Hamish & Jayde, Emma & Pat, Melbourne, January 2018.

Dear Trish, such a delight to stumble on your very special spot. You have been so generous and welcoming, making us feel right at home. We have fallen in love with the place and it is such a memorable treat to have wrapped up 2018 with you, Charlie & Jazz plus rosellas and galahs!

Nim & Bev, Johannesburg/Sydney, December 2017.

‘Grazzi Hafna’ for such a wonderful stay at your Sanctuary. Your lovely smile, your warm welcome, your attention to detail, your beautiful and unspoilt surroundings filled with animals and birds all add up to make our stay such a memorable experience.

Joe & Helen, Malta, December 2017.

Dear Trish, thank you for a wonderful introduction to South Gippsland and Waratah Bay. We have had a wonderful welcome and stay at this beautiful Sanctuary. Everything was exquisite – your home is so peaceful, welcoming and tasteful and thank you for spoiling us with a yummy breakfast.

Jim & Vicki, Melbourne, October 2017.

Dear Trish, thank you so much for your hospitality over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. We have loved exploring this part of Australia and returning to a roaring fire each evening has certainly made a long day’s hiking a bit easier to manage! Your homemade breakfasts are superb and over and above any expectations. We will certainly be visiting again!

Charlotte & Taylor, UK/Melbourne, June 2017.

Dear Trish, thank you so much for offering your beautiful home. Your company, local knowledge and delicious food were much appreciated. I feel like I’ve been wrapped in a warm blanket and cuddled for the entire stay! Not looking forward to leaving this paradise. We shall return.

Rob & Colleen, Sydney, April 2017.

Dear Trish, Stu and I arrived as strangers but we feel we are leaving “The Sanctuary’ as friends. You have been tremendously generous and kind to us all. A huge thank you. We will return.

Stu & Simone, United Kingdom, March 2017.

Dear Trish, thank you so much for your fantastic hospitality. Your attention to detail is perfect. You have the perfect sanctuary, one of the best places I have ever stayed. It is the perfect place for a proposal and that is exactly what happened!

Justine & Chris, Melbourne, March 2017.

Thanks for looking after us in this beautiful paradise. Ashley wants to move in permanently!

Nick & Ashley, Melbourne, Australia, January 2017.

Many thanks for a wonderful stay! Very pleased to have had the opportunity to extend it for another night. Very peaceful, great view and we loved the birds and the dogs! We will be back!

Peter & Laurie, British Columbia, Canada, January 2017.

Dear Trish, without a doubt, we have had the most wonderful stay here – you go far and beyond what would be expected to provide such a special experience. We loved the breakfasts, the accompanying notes with weather update and tide times, the freshly picked fragrant roses & gardenias, the multitude of little ‘extra touches’, your advice & knowledge of the area and last but not least, the amazing dinner you prepared for my birthday. Thank you for a truly special break.

Alison & George, Melbourne, Australia, January 2017.

Dear Trish, our stay at your Sanctuary was perfect! This beautiful setting, combined with a wonderfully decorated home and gourmet bountiful breakfasts made for the most spectacular end to our trip to Victoria. This has been one of our most memorable holidays.

Cheryl, Michael, Aaron & Emily. East Tennesse, USA, January 2017.

Dear Trish, we have had such a wonderful time staying at your place this week. What a blessing it has been to wind down after our wedding – eating magnificent food, relaxing by the fire, star gazing late at night and having someone do all our dishes for us! Your hospitality has gone above and beyond what we could have possibly hoped for on our honeymoon. Thank you for sharing this special place with us.

James & Isabelle, Melbourne, Australia, December 2016.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful B&B with us. It was just what we needed for our 15 year wedding anniversary – we may have to make it an annual thing! We will be back!

Denise & Mark, Melbourne, Australia, November 2016.

Thank you so much for having us to stay in your beautiful sanctuary – we have thoroughly enjoyed it. You have gone above and beyond expectations. Breakfast at home will never be the same again after your amazing bakes, smoothies and fruit platters.

Jacqui & Barry, York, England, February 2016.

Thank you so much for your hospitality. This beautiful home has made a very special weekend for my brother visiting from Canada – we cannot thank you enough. I just wish we had more time to spend here!

Katie, Jeff & Ryan, Vancouver & Melbourne, February 2016.

Thank you so much Trish! What outstanding views, calming landscapes and most delicious breakfasts – different every morning!

Annika & family, Turku, Finland, January 2016.

Albeit for only two days, we enjoyed ourselves immensely at your luxurious bed & breakfast. The beautiful scenery (enjoyed best from the chaise longue in the lounge room), the amazing breakfasts and the friendly advice were just some of the highlights.

Thomas and family, Munich, Germany, January 2016.

Dear Trish What a wonderful week! Your delightful home, stunning scenery, all so very peaceful. Your breakfasts? What can one say? The anticipation each morning, wondering what ‘delish’ spread was coming. Surprises to savour. We had fun cycling around, walking the beaches and buying local produce to take home. All in all Trish, a wonderful ‘stop the world’ week. But the greatest treat was the ‘washing up fairy’.

Norm & Marian, Sally & John, Victoria, Australia, December 2015.

Words can’t tell! It was the perfect home (as we did feel at home from the very beginning of our stay) for our exploring of The Prom. Dear Trish, we graciously appreciated your hospitality and your warm welcome. As you know, we arrived very late but yet a day too early and you were just terrific! All our breakfast have been splendid …. such variety … such a firework for your tastes. You are the perfect cook, everything made with love and care.

Liane & Manfred, Gerrmany, November 2015.

Dear Trish, we have had a really great time in your guest house! Hosted like princes, we enjoyed every breakfast and your warm hospitality. Your guest house is full of attentions and anywhere we looked, it was always pleasing to the eye. It was our first time in Gippsland and we will have fond memories of this part of the world.

Elizabeth, Rene & Catherine, Montreal, Canada, November 2015.

What an idyllic location and truly a ‘sanctuary’. Surprise ‘designer’ breakfasts, quite unique for a B&B. Then to enjoy, whilst watching the ever-changing landscape of ‘steaks’ walking by in the paddock. Thank you for your kind hospitality. A place to be recommended.

Val & John, Victoria, March 2015.

Trish, what a wonderful experience – the warmest of welcomes, relaxed atmosphere in quality and homely surroundings and a breakfast that certainly cuts out lunch!

Derek & Elizabeth, Northern Ireland, February 2015.

Dear Trish, thank you for a perfect break away from the hustle and bustle of the big smoke. Divine food, wonderful surroundings and a koala all laid on – you think of everything. On top of everything, I have slept better in the last three days than I have in the last six months! A very special place.

Sue & Howard, Washington DC, January 2015.

Dear Trish Wow! What a fantastic home this is! There is a vibe and magic, which tends to make your guests feel relaxed and incredibly peaceful. The 3 days here have easily added months to our life spans. On the practical side, I have never seen such top of the line fittings and linen, never come across such attention to detail. Needless to say, we will be back again soon.

Jay & Charu, Victoria, January 2015.

It has been an absolute delight to stay at The Sanctuary. You have been an extremely thoughtful host. Thank you for lending us your raincoats and hiking poles. I love the details in this home, from the paintings to the gorgeous bed linen. My favourite is the sofa in front of the full-length window. What a privilege to wake up to such a breathtaking sunrise with the symphony of birds. It has been a perfect escape to Paradise for us.

Jess & Cynthia, Hong Kong, December 2014.

Dear Trish, Over 4 weeks we are travelling around in Australia but never found such a lovely place like your house. And never found such warm hospitality as yours. Far away from our home, here in your house we really felt at home and in place. And your breakfast – unforgettable. So sad to go – but this house has a special place in our hearts.

Therese & Enrico, Switzerland, November 2014.

Dear Trish, what a fantastic stay we have had. We are so sad to be leaving! The breakfasts were amazing, as was the picnic basket. We were just blown away by the house; it is so beautiful and relaxing. Everything has been done in such wonderful tone that we both felt at home. Hopefully we can get back down here soon for another stay, it is good for the soul!

Nicholas & Bryony, Victoria, November 2014.

Dear Trish, thank you for your wonderful hospitality. Although our stay has been short, it is truly a memorable one. We can’t thank you enough for going out of your way to make this a great experience for us. The cake you baked for Vanessa’s 21st birthday was fantastic.

Colin, Winnie, Vanessa & Genevieve, Singapore, March 2014.

Trish, we can’t thank you enough for an incredible weekend. You have truly gone above and beyond to make this a wonderful trip. We all love this quiet piece of paradise! Can’t wait to get down here again.

Paul, Hayley & Sophie, Victoria, March 2014.

Dear Trish, thank you very much for these wonderful days in your beautiful house. Your friendly hospitality (and great cooking!) is much appreciated.

Joachim & Georg, Sweden, December 2013.

Dear Trish, the past 4 days have been truly delightful – just what we needed to give us a recharge before Christmas. Your warmth and generous spirit, not to mention the BREAKFASTS have made our stay memorable and magic.

Barb & Marg, Victoria, December 2013.

Trish, you have truly a great luxury Bed & Breakfast. It all starts with your warm welcome, it’s private and luxurious with stylish furniture and highest quality fit out. We felt relaxed and could unwind – and be fit for two days of long walks in The Prom! The food was delicious. We felt that you are personally involved in providing an outstanding service. Your place is very special.

Walter & Brigitte, Germany, September 2013.

Wow Trish …. This experience has been one to remember. The cottage, the scenery, the breakfasts, the animals, your lovely smile has really made this weekend such a special time away for myself and my partner.

Matthew & Mona Lisa, Melbourne, April 2013