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Panorama Retreat & Resort

180 Olinda Creek Road, Kalorama, Victoria 3766 Australia
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Panorama Retreat & Resort (Previously CountryPlace) is a 62 guest room venue, located just 45 minutes east of Melbourne. Set on 10 acres of bushland and glorious gardens, the property overlooks the Silvan Dam and into the Olinda State Forest, meaning spectacular views across the property. The cottage is a 2 bedroom, fully self-contained house with a fully equipped kitchen, lounge/dining area, two bathrooms and laundry. Recreation facilities include a solar heated pool, tennis courts, gymnasium and wonderful forest walks and jogging trails. Ideal for conferences, weddings and private accommodation.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Tennis court
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Desk
Telephone
Iron
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English
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Helen M wrote a review Jan 2024
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Perhaps the giveaway to what lay in store at Country Place should have been the website's effusive language, which promised a haven too wonderful to be true. "Step into a world of tranquility and sophistication as you enter our inviting accommodations." What we actually stepped into was a dusty relic. It's advertised as a hotel, but on arrival we gradually realised it's actually a corporate retreat venue. On the walls are displayed hospitality medals from the late nineties and mid-2000s, giving the sense that the whole property is frozen in time. The feeling that you're intruding on the past continues when you start to explore the property: There's a gas fireplace in the lounge but the gas line is off; there's a ropes course on the grounds but an earnest request in the room booklet that you not use it without supervision; you are allotted one pillow per person on the bed, and there's one spare pillow and blanket in the closet, but it's resting on a thick layer of dust. "Each of our stylishly appointed rooms and suites is meticulously designed to provide you with the utmost comfort and relaxation." For $359, the room is a shoebox with no shelf or table to put belongings. We dug an ironing board out of the closet which we set up to put our bags on. The bedroom door and windowsill had clearly visible handprints in several places, and the ceiling corners are coated in spiderwebs which are scattered with insects. Lying on the bed gives you a direct view of the bathroom, which only becomes private if you can manage to haul the accordion door closed. The bathroom is so small that the toiletries need a little trolley that sits in the bedroom. The bathroom has no extraction fan or an option to open a window, which explains the mould in the shower grout. The water pressure only ever works itself up to a weak trickle, and the trickle only runs burning hot or freezing cold without ever landing on a comfortable in-between temperature. "let Panorama Retreat & Resort be your haven for unforgettable moments." Our stay was certainly unforgettable due to how bizarre and disappointing it was.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Sally D wrote a review Mar 2020
Brisbane9 contributions9 helpful votes
CountryPlace are a terrible organisation. They cancelled our event weeks in advance and then would not refund any of our money, even the money for food, wages and utilities that they didn't have to spend. No ethics. Stay elsewhere.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Warwick B wrote a review Feb 2020
Canberra, Australia23 contributions9 helpful votes
Staff were great, food was generous and tasty, rooms average but adequate and the gardens and surrounds were really, really pleasant. The whole experience was let down by terrible Wi-Fi and no phone signal for Optus (Telstra ok, apparently). I've stayed in remote pacific islands with much better wifi. The main dining room was ok, but absolutely no internet in many of the rooms. This was reported to hotel staff and I was told they would look into it. No improvement some days later. It's difficult to recommend a location with no phone signal and terrible wifi. This will cost Country Place business in the long term, I'm sure. Another minor complaint is the small tvs are mounted toward ceiling height and watching TV strains the neck.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
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Preet wrote a review July 2019
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An excellent place! I loved every minute of my 5 days and nights at The Country Place. Tranquility of nature and warm, friendly staff. The food was absolutely gorgeous! I have a rather difficult diet to accommodate, and largely for health reasons; the chef team were absolutely wonderful, with every meal and dessert prepared with care and accommodated what I needed. Impressive and beyond expectations. My heartfelt gratitude to the team! Preet Kalsi, from Malaysia
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled on business
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Marnie B wrote a review Nov 2018
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I highly recommend Countryplace, providing a picturesque and comfy place to stay for both relaxation and events. The food is to die for, absolutely yummy. The staff are professional, attentive and friendly, happily sharing in a laugh or two. Nothing is too much trouble, as demonstrated when a guest announced a long list of dietary requirements right as dinner was being served. Not a beat was missed, as staff quickly and thoughtfully sorted out the meal for this guest. I’m looking forward to returning soon for our fourth visit. Thank you for another pleasurable stay at Countryplace.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Responded 20 Nov 2018
Hi Marnie B, Thank you for taking the time to review our venue.I am glad your enjoyed the surroundings and yummy food. Cheers John
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LoveubudMelbourne wrote a review Nov 2018
melbourne137 contributions89 helpful votes
THe beautiful surrounds of the country place is the perfect location for conferences and training events. The staff were helpful and friendly, able to assist with all needs including technology and special dietary needs, only too happy to help. The surroundings are perfect for walks in the break times and just a pleasure to experience, a great place to unwind. We didn't stay in the rooms overnight but the entire place looked well looked after, clean and beautiful décor a lovely place is the country place. Ample parking onsite but no wheel chair access
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Room Tip: no wheel chair access
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Responded 20 Nov 2018
Hi LovebudMelbourne, Thank you for taking the time to review our venue, I am pleased you enjoyed your experience at our venue. Cheers John
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Roz E wrote a review Sept 2018
Newcastle, Australia10 contributions4 helpful votes
2nd time here and have to come again for yet another 2 night stay. Food excellent, amenities for conferences good. I thought the room was small on my first visit, however didn’t realize they got even smaller!! Bathroom so small that toilet and sink in same space. External door opens on to the bed. No room for bedsides. It’s been a long time since I stayed in ‘student’ accomodation. Good for a wake up call I guess. Makes me appreciate what I have. Also don’t expect any level of room service. The signage about towel reuse etc is quiet false. Don’t make the mistake of putting a unwanted towel in the shower cubicle as requested. It will still be there on your return after a full day of work. All you end up with is something that has been on the floor all day. 2 day/night stay gets nothing from the service. However meals still excellent.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Country P, General Manager at Panorama Retreat & Resort
Responded 23 Sept 2018
Hello Roz E, thank you for taking the time to review our venue. I am glad you enjoyed our food and conference facilities. I have discussed your accommodation operation issues with our team. I will raise your accommodation comments at our next board meeting and have forwarded your revue directly to our Directors. Thank you John
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Michelle B wrote a review Sept 2018
Melbourne, Australia223 contributions61 helpful votes
Great meeting place, fire places were nice, food was very fresh, great setting in the forest. Rooms are small and basic but clean with a comfy bed. Two pool tables provided entertainment in down time.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled on business
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Responded 23 Sept 2018
Hi Michelle B, thank you for taking time to review our venue. I am pleased you enjoyed the food and the forest setting. Thank you John
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lkamphuis wrote a review Aug 2018
Gold Coast, Australia1421 contributions384 helpful votes
Stayed here for a girls weekend away and I was blown away by how good the food was ! Fabulous location and amazing outlook towards Silvan dam Basic rooms with very small bathroom but comfortable and several heating options for the cold nights ! Great conference rooms and access to pool gym and lovely fires in lounges ! Back next year for sure
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 23 Sept 2018
Hi Ikamphuis, thank you for taking the time to review our venue. I am pleased you enjoyed the food, location and facilities. Thank you John
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DoctorKnockers wrote a review June 2018
Ascot Vale, Australia114 contributions43 helpful votes
Food was ok Very basic rooms but a bit cold Grumpy waitress but wouldn’t want to tell her WiFi is free but didn’t work all weekend (cost cutting?) Nice location TV didn’t work Noisy rooms Squeaky floors OK for business but wouldn’t got there for a holiday
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Country P, General Manager at Panorama Retreat & Resort
Responded 28 June 2018
Hi Doctor Knockers, Thankyou for taking the time to review our venue. Unfortunately the main WiFi was not working, my understanding is that there was a telstra fault on the line coming into the property. ( Rectified on Monday ) However there were 2 Telstra Night Hawk modems connected to the 4G network available throughout your groups stay. I apologise for any inconvenience this caused you. Doctor Knockers I would greatly appreciate if you could call to discuss the other items raised in your revue, we are always looking for opportunities to improve our product and services. Kind Reagards John
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AU$145 - AU$206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
61
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Frequently Asked Questions about Panorama Retreat & Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Panorama Retreat & Resort?
Nearby attractions include William Ricketts Sanctuary (2.0 km), Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (3.2 km), and Lilydale Lake (6.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Panorama Retreat & Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Panorama Retreat & Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Panorama Retreat & Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Panorama Retreat & Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Panorama Retreat & Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pig & Whistle Tavern, Hutch & Co, and Olinda Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Panorama Retreat & Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Is Panorama Retreat & Resort located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 1.0 km away from the centre of Kalorama.
Does Panorama Retreat & Resort offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Panorama Retreat & Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting William Ricketts Sanctuary (2.0 km).
Is Panorama Retreat & Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.