The Old Surgery Cottage Accommodation (TOSCA).
Located in Camp Mountain, Samford Valley - a stylishly converted fully equipped, two bedroom cottage; separate and private from owners home; abutting National Park with views, birds, walking trails, cycling, cafes, city train nearby.
A modern two bedroom cottage overlooking picturesque Samford Valley. Formerly the Camp Mountain Veterinary Surgery, the cottage is situated on 5 acres of landscaped garden and native bushland and is home to a superabundance of native birds and other wild life. There is access via the carport or road, through the garden to enjoy those views with strategically placed seating. The courtyards and front patio allow you to be comfortably 'outside' to relax with a book, or your iPad.
D'Aguilar National Park can be accessed directly from the cottage to a range of 'fire', 'pony' and tramping trails. These lead out onto local, 'traffic sparse' roads.
It can be your ‘get-away’, or a base for an action packed ‘change of scene’. Walking, cycling, wining and dining, or simply reading and relaxing in beautiful surroundings—yours to choose.
Fully furnished two bedroom cottage adjacent to, but separated from, the main house.
Rooms are all sunny, bright, and with leafy outlooks:
- 1 Queen bedroom
- 1 Double bedroom (air-conditioned)
- 2 foam mattresses and futon bed also available
- Fully equipped kitchenette
- Separate Dining and Lounge rooms
- Bathroom with Shower, WC, and Vanity
- Front patio with couch and squatters chair
- Private courtyard off each bedroom
- Ample parking
- Quality furniture in both bedrooms
- Comfortable beds
- Blinds to all windows
- Privacy lattice screening
- Range of books, record player and records, children’s toys, and board games on request, Wi-Fi
- Iron and ironing board, portable heater and fan
- Some equipment not stored in the accommodation can be made available, such as a BBQ (Webber) and a Juicer
We do not provide meals, however we offer ‘breakfast ingredient’ hampers by arrangement. Always available are breakfast cereal and milk, tea and coffee, as well as a home made frozen meal (curry and rice, or a spaghetti meat sauce) for late night arrivals.
We are happy to put your dirty dishes through our dishwasher on special occasions, and have arranged a ‘box’ to facilitate this. With it is a notebook where messages (housekeeping type) can be left for us.
There is the use of washing machine, clothes line and dryer if required.
Professionally laundered bed linen and towels are provided, along with soap and other essentials.
On the ‘Food’ side of things we encourage you to take advantage of the numerous Restaurants and Cafes in the Village and environs, or utilise the kitchen facilities to ‘do your own thing’. For ‘self-catering’, there is an excellent IGA in the village that stocks a wide range of gourmet food.
There is ample parking close to the entry of your accommodation.
While doors may limit wheelchair accessibility to some rooms, the cottage is all on one level, and the immediate surrounds are flat and easily accessible.
There is access throughout the lower level of the garden and the gully, with strategically placed seating, to enjoy the views .
The courtyards and front patio allow you to be comfortably 'outside' to relax with a book, or your iPad.
D'Aguilar National Park can be accessed directly from the cottage.
Interaction with guests
Hopefully your experience here will restful, recuperative, interesting and active, so that when you leave, you will want to return again. With this in mind just a few things to explain how things work. It would be lovely if you could let us know a little about yourself and any guests you have with you (names etc). Also if you could give us some indication of times you intend to arrive and leave the accommodation, it then allows us to make sure we will be here to meet you and show you around.
The cottage is set up as an independent space with no meals provided, however, we can provide breakfast hampers or late night homemade frozen meals (for you to re-heat) on arrival by arrangement. We expect that guests would take advantage of the many cafe's and restaurants nearby or would self cater.
Your hosts are more than happy to discuss 'where to go and what to do' with you - or to respect your privacy. Please indicate your preferences.
If at any time you suddenly have a need, or want to ask, or advise us of something, feel free to catch us on the run, or use the phone to call or leave messages. We are happy to provide you with our phone numbers. You will find 'tourist' information in the left hand door of the lounge room cabinet which should cover most needs such as 'where should we dine tonight?' - menus available, or where to go for a drive.
In the right of the white cabinet there is some historical memorabilia of the Vet Surgery Days, for those who may be interested.
Other things to note
We are happy to welcome well controlled outdoor pets with consideration of the local wildlife and the knowledge that there are no fences .
Occasionally you may find various consumables around, like drinks, nibbles, or even a spare new toothbrush (if you've forgotten yours). These are for you to use if you need to. In these cases please just leave the discarded bottle or wrapping on a bench so we become aware that it has been used and will need to be replaced. If you seem to have used many of these things, eg the wine etc please feel free to make a donation to the "Guide Dogs" via the box on the kitchen bench. They are very grateful of our support.
You should find spare pillows, bed linen, towels, cleaning gear etc, in the pantry off the kitchen. Also in this "old pharmacy' there will be an iron and an ironing board.
Meals: Hopefully you will take advantage of the choice of restaurants and cafes available within easy reach, however, if you are wanting to stay in and cook up big, you should find all you need in the cupboards to do just that. We are happy to share the herbs from the garden, and spices - just ask. To continue the 'holiday' theme, if you do do your own cooking, we are happy to do your dishes for you! Just put them in the "box" and put the box through the lattice door close to the house. We will put them through our dishwasher and get them back to you asap.
We have stocked the cottage with a selection of our personal books, records and other things to make your stay interesting and comfortable. We ask that these be left at the cottage upon leaving for future guests, and that fittings and furniture be treated with care. Please advise us if there is anything in need of attention.
Val, a retired veterinarian, and John, a town planner, have lived in Samford since 1981, and raised both their children here. They have travelled and worked extensively overseas as well as in Australia, and are into gardens, wildlife, good food and travel, and Rugby of course - John, that is. They are now the grandparents of 3 little Australians and welcome the babysitting chores.
The wonderful community of Samford Valley has always been home for them, and they enjoy sharing this small part of it with others.