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Behind the door of plain Victorian cottage lies unbelievable ‘sweet retreat’

Behind the pink door of this unassuming cottage lies an unbelievable ‘sweet retreat’ – complete with neon lights, a bedroom BALL PIT, ‘scratch ‘n’ sniff’ wallpaper and a ‘disco’ bathroom

  •  This four bedroom weatherboard home looks ordinary on the outside – but contains a burst of colour inside
  •  Each room is more vibrant than the last, and they are decked out with ball pits, neon lights and icecreams
  •  The home has scented wall paper, a lemonade stand, disco bathroom and a room celebrating biscuits

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While it may look just like any other small weatherboard cottage at first glance, behind the pastel pink door of this home lies an unbelievable getaway unlike any other in Australia.  

Dubbed the ‘Sweet Retreat’, the unusual house in Daylesford, an hour and a half north-west of Melbourne, is a ‘candy-inspired wonderland’ complete with four quirky bedrooms and two bathrooms inspired by Australia’s favourite sweet snacks.

The home is designed by the owners of Sugar Republic, a candy museum known for its immersive displays and owner Allison Jones carries the same sense of fun through every room.

Available on airbnb and perfect for a weekend getaway or country holiday the unusual home delivers rooms filled with neon lights, eye-popping decor, a giant ball pit beside the main bed and scratch ‘n’ sniff wall paper modelled after a banana-scented feature in Elton John’s home.

The bubblegum pink door at the front of this otherwise un-ordinary grey weatherboard home is a hint to what lies within

The bubblegum pink door at the front of this otherwise un-ordinary grey weatherboard home is a hint to what lies within

'You're my cup of tea' reads this neon orange sign in the 'tea and biscuits' themed bedroom

‘You’re my cup of tea’ reads this neon orange sign in the ‘tea and biscuits’ themed bedroom 

The stunning bubblegum pink kitchen featured a lemonade stand and eye catching ice-cream styling

The stunning bubblegum pink kitchen featured a lemonade stand and eye catching ice-cream styling

The rainbow room is aptly decorated to reflect its name - with colourful streamers and bright bedding

The dressing table in the master bedroom is decorated with reflective pouts

The rainbow room is aptly decorated to reflect its name – with colourful streamers and bright bedding whilst the dressing table in the master bedroom is decorated with reflective pouts

The peach room is where the ball pit is - the unusual bedroom feature is said to be a hit for children as well as adults

The peach room is where the ball pit is – the unusual bedroom feature is said to be a hit for children as well as adults

The dining room is decorated with a giant rainbow Paddle Pop and flows into the kitchen which is bubblegum pink and features a lemonade stand.

With lollies, retro board games, books and DVDs on tap – the sweet offerings don’t end with the delicious decor.

Each of the four bedroom has a theme – the master bedroom is called the ‘sweet love’ room – and is complete with a neon light which reads ‘Gimme Some Sugar’ and rests above the bedhead.

The bedroom is the only one in the house with an ensuite – and the small bathroom carries on the moody vibe as a disco room. 

Four Iced VoVo's line the wall above the fireplace and look almost identical to the real thing

Four Iced VoVo’s line the wall above the fireplace and look almost identical to the real thing

'Gimme Some Sugar' the master bedroom of this home has some very moody lighting

‘Gimme Some Sugar’ the master bedroom of this home has some very moody lighting

The dining area, which runs from the kitchen is decorated with vintage metal signs from milk bars and old corner stores

The dining area, which runs from the kitchen is decorated with vintage metal signs from milk bars and old corner stores

The look is complete with three disco balls of assorted sizes and a neon icecream cone light. 

The rainbow room comes with a wall of streamers and brightly covered artwork.

But perhaps the most popular room is the peach room – which has a ball pit ‘for the kids’.

The counter at the kitchen seats four on beautifully styled highchairs - the massive paddle-pop decoration packs a punch

The counter at the kitchen seats four on beautifully styled highchairs – the massive paddle-pop decoration packs a punch

The house glows at night - with the hues of the neon lamps which fill many of the rooms

The house glows at night – with the hues of the neon lamps which fill many of the rooms

This special cherry wallpaper is scratch and sniff - and is sure to make you feel like you're in a lolly store

This special cherry wallpaper is scratch and sniff – and is sure to make you feel like you’re in a lolly store

Disco balls and a neon ice cream light make the otherwise standard ensuite an exciting room

Disco balls and a neon ice cream light make the otherwise standard ensuite an exciting room 

The bathroom doesn't have the same impact as many of the other rooms - however the same shade of pink is carried through for effect

The giant neon icecream lights up the ensuite bathroom - leaving a unique purple glow

The bathroom doesn’t have the same impact as many of the other rooms – however the same shade of pink is carried through for effect. The giant neon icecream lights up the ensuite bathroom – leaving a unique purple glow

From the outside of the home it is hard to imagine the crazy colour scheme which lies within

From the outside of the home it is hard to imagine the crazy colour scheme which lies within

AMAZING FEATURES INSIDE THE SWEET RETREAT 

 ● Original Daylesford miner’s cottage with a modern extension and extensive outdoor areas 

● Weatherboards in Ash Grey and door in Angelica Pink, both by Haymes Paint 

● Five minutes’ walk to the main street of Daylesford 

● Pink kitchen, fully-equipped for foodies and bakers 

● Dining Room with Milk Bar art by Melbourne artist Callum Preston 

● Living area with giant Paddle Pop, retro stripe wall ● Tea & Biscuits bedroom with giant Tim Tams, floral wallpaper, scallop biscuit walls and teapot light fittings 

● Peaches bedroom with pink ball pit 

 ● Lucky Rainbow bedroom with rainbow wall hanging

● Sweet Love suite downstairs with Mills & Boon books and comic strip wallpaper 

● Disco ensuite 

● Neon artworks throughout the house 

● Entry has scratch‘n’sniff cherry wallpaper 

● All bedrooms have access to the balcony, deck and pergola 

● Large garden with roses and fruit trees 

● Board games, DVDs and lollies to keep guests entertained 

● Sonos speakers, Alexa voice-control, Apple TV and wi-fi

Guests staying at the property admitted the children loved the pit but ‘not as much as us adults did’.

The final room comes complete with four giant Iced VoVo’s which almost look real enough to eat.

The stunning home isn’t for everyone though, the host does not allowed pets, people who smoke or parties at the property, and it is not accessible to people with wheel chairs. 

A stay at the property will set you back between $450 and $650 per night. 

'Romance' wall paper, a giant pink mirror and a blue velvet lounge make for an interesting sitting space in the master bedroom

‘Romance’ wall paper, a giant pink mirror and a blue velvet lounge make for an interesting sitting space in the master bedroom

The peach room has two single beds - and is designed for children - but adults have just as much fun in the tiny space

The peach room has two single beds – and is designed for children – but adults have just as much fun in the tiny space

The pink door is the first sign of the uniqueness of the four-bedroom home which is rented out with airbnb

The pink door is the first sign of the uniqueness of the four-bedroom home which is rented out with airbnb

The home has a humble exterior - which makes the sugar-themed interior all the more shocking

The home has a humble exterior – which makes the sugar-themed interior all the more shocking 

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