Pets allowed

Family/kid friendly

Up to 7 Guests

3 bedrooms

5 beds

2 baths

A special place for families or couples looking for a memorable holiday, or musicians, writers and artists looking for inspiration.

Live in a beautiful quiet country house. Catch sunrise and sunset views from the decks and don't forget your camera! Experience total relaxation with the colorful garden, friendly wildlife, birdsong, fresh air and maybe spend time with our visiting yoga and massage therapists. (ask for details).

Ruddle's Retreat is the perfect choice for a surprise romantic weekend.

The space


Ruddle's Retreat has a lovely welcoming feel as soon as you enter the property. The atmosphere is deliberately not meticulous, though the house is always presented very clean and tidy and we are proud of that. There are no signs telling you how to save water or what not to put down the loo! I travel extensively, and I know there's nothing nicer than opening the door and instantly feeling at home.

Guest access

Guests have use of the whole house except locked cupboards and the shed.

Interaction with guests

Ruddle's is advertised on other web sites so please be patient while we double check your requested dates against the calendars. We will generally respond with a confirmation well within 24 hours.

Other things to note

Yoga and massages are by appointment only and the fees are NOT included in the accommodation fee, though we do offer a very special rates just for you. Please let us know in advance if you are interested and we will put Marnie directly in touch with you at your convenience.

Ruddle's Retreat has been a holiday house for our guests for 7 years. Over 60% of our guests are returning guests, some still return every year.

Ruddle's Retreat can be a venue for small quieter marquee weddings, corporate training sessions, yoga and meditation days, or 'sensible' events for up to 60 guests. We have a built in SONOS sound system on the deck, surround sound and basic Foxtel in the lounge and free internet access.

‘The views last forever here, just like the peace and quiet.’


Wireless Internet


Indoor fireplace

Free parking on premises

Cable TV

Laptop friendly workspace




Children's books & toys


Ruddle's Retreat

Ruddle's Retreat is pet and children friendly.

Offering the ideal getaway in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland for families, small groups and bridal parties, as well as the perfect rural location for marquee weddings and photo shoots, Ruddle's Retreat perches high on a hill just outside Maleny with valley and farmland views on three sides. The property is home to a variety of native birds, some of which feed from your hand, while other wildlife simply passes through the garden.

There's no traffic noise here!  Located on a no-through road, the beautiful grounds feature a cosy country house just 4km from Maleny township, and 27km from Australia Zoo. Baroon Pocket Dam, bliss for boating, swimming and picnicking, is a 20 minute drive away, as is the iconic village of Montville.

For outdoor wedding ceremonies and marquee receptions, we offer one of the most peaceful and lovely settings in the Blackall Range.


Ruddle's Retreat is a beautiful, well-equipped house with lovely views. The wood fire and big deck are great features. The house was clean and comfortable and offered everything we needed. The hosts thoughtfully provided a bottle of local Maleny milk which was much appreciated as we forgot to bring our own. We brought two medium-sized dogs with us and we all had a wonderful time. There is a huge, fenced garden that the dogs loved, but unfortunately they found several gaps in the fence and kept getting out to explore the neighbourhood. Fortunately the neighbours are very friendly and made sure to get the dogs back to us. If we were staying longer we would have needed to supervise the dogs more closely or tie them up as it wasn't possible to block off all the escapes. Thanks for our stay, we really enjoyed it and look forward to visiting again.

This is a lovely place to stay. The outlook is gorgeous and the gardens were delightful. Waking up and looking out was just lovely. The house was comfortable and very well equipped. The kitchen had everything you could want to whip up a meal. We had a great time. Johanna was very quick with communicaton. Thanks for a lovely stay.

This is a fantastic place to stay! Our dog Maxy loved exploring in the yard and the house has everything you would need for a holiday with family or friends. Its close to maleny, nice and quiet with awesome wildlife. Top spot!

Beautiful place, scenic and serene location. Check in and check out was seamless, great communication. The house is spacious, well maintained, clean and homely and very well-equipped. We only wished we could stay a few more nights. The dogs loved it too! Thanks we would love to stay again!

The cabin was great and gardens were beautiful. Pictures don't do it justice. We had a lovely stay and will be coming back!

We had the most wonderful stay at Ruddle Retreat. Six adults we very comfortable surrounded by greenery and sounds of the rain forest. It felt like no one else was nearby and yet it was a quick drive to town. We would highly recommend this home for a relaxing getaway and would 100% stay again. Hosts were great communicators and had fresh fruit and milk waiting for us on arrival Thanks!

Amazing space I was lucky to stay at. Very quite and spacious, beautiful gardens. Would love to visit again some day soon.

Stuart's place was just beautiful. The setting and facilities were everything as described. Would recommend. The photos don't do the place justice.

We really enjoyed our stay at Ruddle's Retreat. The house is very comfortable and we loved the location. The garden is lovely. The house itself is far enough away from Maleny to feel like you are away from it all, but close enough to drive to town for coffee / dinner etc. The house is very well equipped with all you could need - we also loved the fire!

Everything was perfect and our dog absolutely loved staying there as well. We will be back!!!

Great place for a girls weekend. Well stocked and perfect location. Thanks for a great stay

The location is lovely, very relaxing. Our host was very helpful and welcoming.

A wonderful place for a weekend getaway!! Accommodation was even more spacious than we anticipated, well stocked with blankets and cooking essentials, just a short drive to Maleny. Very prompt communication. Thanks so much!

We had a lovely time. Everything we expected.

Ruddle's Retreat was a little slice of heaven. The house has so much gorgeous character, the gardens are peaceful. Stuart met us at the property and was very helpful. We will definitely return to Ruddles. The whole family loved it.

We had a great weekend. Very private feel/setting. Great fire! Loved the balcony shower, garden and general feel of the place.

What an wonderful setting to arrive to. Stuart welcomed us warmly and showed us around his beautiful property. The accommodations is very comfortable, is more beautiful than pictures can do justice to, and we felt that Stuart went above and beyond the call to make our time there not just a getaway, but a memorable experience. There was plenty of room to have our own space, and as much or as little opportunity as we chose to have interaction with Stuart. We will be back to Ruddle's Retreat again. Thanks so much.

Really well equipped, quiet place with all the modern conveniences. Beautiful setting. Easy check in and out. Highly recommended!

Sleeping Arrangements

Bedroom 1

1 queen bed

Bedroom 2

1 queen bed

Bedroom 3

3 single beds