Janette and Bruce Argyle moved to the Yarra Valley from Melbourne in 2004, opening their first B&B. Over the years, they have steadily expanded their business and the ‘Argyles Yarra Valley’ brand now encompasses six environmentally friendly B&Bs, a 20 acre vineyard and farm that produces award winning wine, and the Aveda Concept Day Spa. Strong supporters of local businesses, they employ local staff, use local suppliers and buy locally grown seasonal produce and home baked items for their guests.
Argyles offers quality accommodation in Healesville, the heart of the Yarra Valley. Guests can treat themselves to one of the private executive suites in the southern wing of an historic Edwardian homestead, overlooking two acres of tranquil award-winning botanic gardens, just a short walk from the town centre.
Two private executive suites are available – the Fernshaw and the Yarra suites. Both suites have been beautifully restored and furnished with antiques from the era. Original features such as lead light stained glass windows, wood floors and panelling evoke days of yesteryear. Historic Healesville offers a good selection of cafes, shops, art spaces and even a winery for your convenient perusal. Both suites include breakfast made from locally and seasonally sourced Yarra Valley produce in the room rate. Also offered are wedding, honeymoon and Aveda Spa packages – visit their website for further details.
With its own separate entrance, the spacious Fernshaw Suite’s positioning on the first floor offers majestic views over the lawns and gardens towards Mt Riddell from its bay window and private balcony.
The suite has its own in-room deluxe European spa, en-suite bathroom, queen-sized 1890s mahogany bed, dining area, Austar TV and cooking facilities. A covered ‘sun-room’ is the ideal spot for an afternoon’s reading in the winter sun and the garden’s gazebo gives welcome shade in the summer.
With the Yarra Suite opening straight onto beautiful mature gardens from its own entrance, the gazebo and gardens are yours to be enjoyed.
This extremely spacious suite has a 1900s queen-sized brass bed and a comfortable sitting room area – perfect for watching a movie on Austar or curling up with a good book. Afterwards, be indulgent and take a relaxing spa in the en-suite bathroom. A covered ‘sun-room’ is the ideal spot for an afternoon’s reading in the winter sun and the garden’s gazebo gives welcome shade in the summer.
Argyles Yarra Valley
The Aveda Day Spa is where beauty and well-being combine, bringing you back to balance using Aveda’s products – natural ingredients of pure flower and plant essences – whilst considering our environment and sustainability.
When you arrive at the historic Yambacoona Homestead your spa experience begins, so relax with an Aveda herbal tea on the front porch or inside by the open fire. All treatments start with a grounding foot soak and scrub. Using Aveda oils, your treatment is customised, a ritual of renewal for mind and body to begin your relaxation experience.
Choose from a range of treatments including:
- Day spa packages – a range of their signature treatments and make-up packages
- Massage – relaxation or remedial
- For the face – facials, treatments and botanical resurfacing
- For the body – exfoliation, body wraps and scrubs
- Hand & feet treatments – manicures, pedicures and skin treatments
- Waxing & tinting – hair removal, lash and brow tinting
- Beauty on demand – enhancement treatments
Also offered are fully tailored packages – combine a stay in one of their gorgeous B&B accommodation options with a selection of pampering treatments at the spa, an indulgent food hamper full of local goodies in your cottage, healthy delicious meals at the cafe, light suppers at your accommodation, Champagne chilled ready for your arrival, bush walks close by, farm stay experiences, winery tours, hot air ballooning – the options are many. Visit their website for full details.
Speaking of food and drink, the Argyles Cafe offers a range of hearty breakfast and lunch options.
With breakfast served until noon, you’ll have ample opportunity to try their free range scrambled eggs served on sourdough toast – the eggs are from their own chooks (when they’re laying, of course). Or, for the more adventurous – order the home made baked beans with chorizo.
If it’s lunchtime already, you’ll love their assortment of healthy, light options including homemade soups, frittatas, share plates and fantastic paninis. For those of you with a sweet tooth, you’re in for a treat as all their cakes are freshly baked on the premises.
Also offered are a variety of gluten free and vegetarian items.
Argyles also offers quality wines for sale including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sparkling Malbec.
Their wines exhibit solid structure and complexity, and they won their first award for their 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, taking home a bronze medal from the Yarra Valley Wine Show. All grapes are hand pruned and picked, and their wines are produced with minimal intervention, using environmentally sustainable practices.
Address: 36 Old Fernshaw Road, Healesville VIC 3777
Ph: (03) 5962 6662