FAQs

SAFETY

The Millinery Retreat will not be liable for any damages or injuries arising out of use of materials, equipment or techniques taught in the courses.  It is the student’s responsibility to read and comply with the safety data sheets and occupational health and safety guidelines from the manufacturers of the materials and equipment they are using.  The millinery student will use hot irons and steamers and students must remain alert and conscious of their own safety when using such equipment. We request closed toe shoes are worn at all times whilst in studio classroom and that you bring your own apron to protect your clothing. 

CLASS SIZES

Class sizes are capped at 14 for day students and 10 for millinery retreat guests.

COMFORT

Every room and guest cottage has air conditioning and heating and private ensuite bathrooms.  Your ensuite is equipped with a hairdryer, body wash, shampoo and conditioner. 

WIFI

You can access high speed wi-fi throughout the farmhouse however wi-fi at the guest cottages can be a bit slow.

ROOM SERVICES

There is no daily service, beds will not be made/changed during your stay and towels will not be replaced unless requested.

DRESS CODE

We request closed toe shoes are worn at all times whilst in studio classroom and that you bring your own apron to protect your clothing. 

Charlies Creek Farm is a very relaxed atmosphere and there is no need to dress up for dinner during your stay. 

We will on occasion host formal or themed evenings and notification of this will be made during your booking.

As we are located high up in the Macedon Ranges the temperatures are often 2 to 5 degrees lower than Melbourne so you will need cool clothing and jackets/beanies for those wishing to venture outside and explore our farm.  However, it is always warm and toasty inside the farmhouse and guest cottages with you able to control your own room temperatures. 

When we have good evening weather we often sit outside for drinks around a fire pit so just be award your clothes could get a bit of smoke smell on them.

MEALS

Day classes: lunch is provided for all those attending day classes.

Guests staying in house: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner and drinks are provided to all guests staying in house with an emphasis on plant based with ingredients sourced from our local farmers’ markets and specialist suppliers.  All meals are prepared on site by Possum Ball and typically consist of:

Daily: bottomless supply of coffee and selected teas (help yourself)

Breakfast: buffet of cereals, fruits, yogurt, toast, spreads and juice

Morning Tea: selection of sweet treats

Lunch: selection of salads, breads, dips, antipasti, soup and fruits

Afternoon tea: savoury snack selection

Dinner: two course dinner/desert with menu changing daily served with local wine selection

ACTIVITIES

Charlies Creek Farm is a 200 acre farm which includes quite a large rural conservation zone, it is a very hilly property and you can bush walk as little or as much as you wish during your stay. There are some wonderful walks down by Charlies Creek and for the more adventures further hill climbs will take you to back paddock.  If you are not up for walking we have farm vehicles that we will use to take you on farm tours during your stay. 

In house there is a large selection of board games and books.  In the main lounge there is a large screen TV with all streaming services accessible.

LOCAL AMENITIES

Our farm is located 4 kilometres from Riddells Creek and 6 kilometres from Romsey where you can find post offices, grocery stores, a wine shop, cafes and several other amenities.  We are happy to run you into town if there is something that you need.  For those that drive themselves to the retreat we also have the larger towns of Gisborne (9kms) and Woodend (20kms).

LAUNDRY

We have a washing machine, drier and iron station available for guest use.

ARRIVAL

All workshops begin at 10am and we ask all attendees of daily classes to arrive no later than 9.45am.

Those staying for overnight retreats will be informed of their schedule, including arrival and departure times when booking retreats.

AIRPORT TRANSFER

We are unable to offer airport transfers.  The cost to take an Uber/Taxi from Melbourne Airport to Charlies Creek Farm is an average $90. 

PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION

All workshops must be paid for upfront when booking through our website. 

Payments made for workshops are non-refundable however, if you are unable to make the workshop, we will offer you an alternative date. 

Gift vouchers are sold with a 3-year expiry date.

A full refund will be given in the unlikely event that a workshop has to be cancelled by us.

If we are unable to run the class due to a government lockdown you will be eligible for a full refund.

POSTAL SERVICES

If your work hasn’t dried or you cannot fit everything into your suitcase at the end of your stay postage can be organised to ship your items home.  A receipt for your postal costs will be forwarded to you for reimbursing to The Millinery Retreat. 

INSURANCE

For those travelling from outside of Australia to attend our retreat we strongly recommend you have appropriate travel and cancellation insurance so that you are compensated if you find you have to cancel your trip.

PETS

We have an indoor cat and three small dogs that you will often find bundled up in their baskets inside the studio while we are working.  They will never be given access to your bedroom.  Outside we have cows and horses, their paddocks are strictly off limits to our guests, however you are welcome to interact with them from the other side of the fence when enjoying some outside time.

PHOTOS/SOCIAL MEDIA

The Millinery Retreat assumes permission to share photos of you and your work on The Millinery Retreat’s social media channels.

Additionally we’d love to see you share your photos of your workshops and your time with us on your social media channels. 

You can find us on Facebook and Instagram.