Monreale came into being as one of the original Guest Houses in the Dandenongs.
Today unfortunately, many of the classic guest houses are no more, bush fires and the ravages of time have seen their demise both as historic properties and businesses. Monreale has survived and has never been threatened by bush fire despite the region recording some major fire events. We believe that because Monreale is located in a rain forest gully next to Sassafras Creek, its unique location has protected the property from all the ravages of storms and other natural events caused by mother nature.
Monreale has had a colorful life, post its grand guest house days, a bordello of sorts run by some enterprising students to a doctors practice and then rejuvenated back into the Bed & Breakfast industry. The 100 year old historic Country House has been redeveloped at least four times in the last 80 years, and has historic gardens that date back to the early 1900’s. The Country house was fully renovated and refurbished four years ago with some modern additions built in the style of the original buildings, and can now cater for luxury accommodation in fully self contained apartments as well as cater for boutique wedding receptions.
Today the gardens are fully developed and cover three acres, the property is surrounded by natural rain forests and Sassafras creek, no visible neighbours and you can find a number of challenging walks a short distance away. The new cottages were built in 2000 with the water garden complex of trout ponds and waterfalls completed in 2001.
Monreale is now recognised as the premier bed and breakfast establishment in the Dandenongs.