Retreats / Residencies for short or longterm stay

For artists or writers wishing to stay on-site at the Baldessin Press, we offer a choice of comfortable, simple self-contained accommodation. Staying and working full time over a number of days or weeks does allow for a level of immersion, focus and concentration that is often hard to achieve! Not to mention the degree of relaxation, creativity and well-being that comes from being free to work and rest to your own timetable, in such tranquil surroundings. Available all year for retreats and during workshops. Currently two self-contained apartments are available, each with a different character: the Gîte and the Artist's Garret.

Three or more consecutive days of studio access with accommodation in the Artist's Garret self-contained flat (see below).

Full 24 hour studio access to all facilities. Come and work, dream, contemplate and rejuvenate your creative self among the gumtrees in the silence and peace. Optional extras include technical assistance, and transport to/from Hurstbridge train station.

Price: $330 for three days and $100 per day thereafter. (One person only, second person fees on application)
Does not include art materials. Free pickup service from Hurstbridge station by arrangement.

For further information and bookings, please contact us.


The Artist's Garret

In the attic above the studio, this one-bedroom flat overlooks the bush at treetop height; ideal for bird- and kangaroo-spotting. The Garret is the ideal space for an artistic retreat, with 24-hour access to the studio downstairs. Access is via an exterior staircase.

The Garret has a friendly, cosy feel with sloping whitewashed attic ceilings and dormer windows. The bedroom has a queen size bed and ensuite, with a fully equipped kitchen, sitting room and small balcony. Access is via an exterior staircase. Note: there is no internet access, or air conditioning (fans are available). The property runs on tank water. Sleeps two.

$60 per night - extra person $10 per night + $30 cleaning/booking fee added to the total of your stay.
Special Retreat package rate for three or more nights with studio access: $100 per night/day (save $20 per day) + add $30 booking/cleaning fee to the total of your stay.


The Gîte

Retaining the rustic stone and timber look, but newly renovated, the Gîte is next to the main house and kitchen garden.

Recently refurbished, it has a large deck where you can sit and enjoy the bush close up. A double bedroom, a large living space with sofa-bed, and a new bathroom and kitchen makes the Gîte the newest and most comfortable space at Baldessin.

This is the only space with wireless internet connection. Suitable for people wishing to share (sleeps up to 4) or for a longer or more comfortable stay.

$70 per night - extra person $10 per night
Add $30 cleaning/booking fee to the total of your stay.