If you're on the hunt for a luxury spa resort, then let's be straight - Donnelly isn't going to fit the bill.
What we offer is back to basics, self-contained, comfortable accommodation in a unique setting that's
Simple cottages set amongst towering Karri trees in a heritage village that has a whole swag of its own special charms. Nice.
The village was originally built for the timber mill workers and their families in the early 1950s. Most have 2 bedrooms and one or two sleep-outs, lounge, kitchen, bathroom and toilet.
Most cottages sleep 6 or 8, with some accommodating up to 12.
While the cottages have been upgraded over the years to meet current standards and expectations, much about the dwellings remains largely unchanged, which is part of their charm.
Alongside microwaves & electric ovens, original Metters wood stoves in some of the kitchens and log fires in the lounge make for hands-on cosy comfort in the chilly months.
Each cottage has a front verandah with a stunning forest outlook, the perfect setting for kicking back and putting your feet up, socialising and watching the birds, kangaroos and emus with their young.
All the beds have been updated with comfy Queens and bunk beds for the kids common in most cottages. You won't find turned down sheets and a chocolate left on your pillow though, it's more about having a holiday shack to make your own than staying at a serviced holiday resort.
If you're looking to house a big group and/or a collection of families, you can book a series of cottages in a row, or have a look at the larger dwellings on offer.
These include Monohan Lodge, which was the Mill manager's residence and is larger and a bit fancier than the workers' cottages. It has four bedrooms and sleeps 12.
The Old Boarding House is also on a grander scale and is set apart from the rest of the village. It's suitable for entertaining with its spacious living area and monster kitchen. It sleeps 12 and has five bedrooms and is close to the Workers' Club. It's our recommended abode for the extended Bridal Party for the lead up to the big day (and big night).
WHAT TO BRING
A hire service for linen is available (with prior booking) and will be delivered to your cottage, otherwise you need to bring sheets, doonas, blankets, pillowslips and towels for your stay.
Nights are generally cooler than Perth and extra doonas are recommended, especially in winter.
Cutlery, crockery & cooking utensils are provided.
THE GENERAL STORE
The General Store is a lovely part of the Donnelly experience.
The wood-fire crackles all winter and its huge karri slab table has seen a lot of laughter pass over it as new friendships are made between Donnelly guests and staff.
It operates 7 days a week offering '5 Senses' coffee, homemade cakes, basic groceries, local giftware, feed for hand feeding the kangaroos, emus, parrots and possums, and bags of sweets for the kids to hand feed themselves.
Due to the resident native wildlife, pets aren't allowed at Donnelly. They can have a holiday of their own a short drive away though at Bridgetown Kennels, South-West Highway, Bridgetown.
Phone: 61 (8) 9761 1751
BIBBULMUN TRACK WALKERS AND MUNDA BIDDI RIDERS
Bunk House accommodation is available, details here.
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