Romantic Accommodation in Maleny at Bendles Cottages

Every so often, we need a romantic getaway. And while many people choose Sunshine Coast as their destination, wouldn’t it be nice to avoid the crowds and have your own exclusive getaway with just you and your loved one?

Welcome to Bendles Cottages. Located in the rustic, scenic town of Maleny, it is the perfect romantic getaway destination, offering stunning views of the Sunshine Coast hinterlands. Bendles Cottages are the perfect retreat for all couples, whether it’s for a honeymoon for newlyweds or the celebration of an anniversary or birthday.

If you’re looking for the most romantic accommodation in Maleny, Qld, make Bendles Cottages your choice.

Bendles – an Edna Walling Story

Bendles Cottages are dedicated to Edna Walling's memory. The gardens have been planted in sympathy with Edna's principles of landscape design. Please enjoy the gardens along with the abundant bird life on the property.

Edna Walling Memorial Garden

Edna loved meandering, organically designed gardens.  Having emigrated from England, Edna’s first gardens were English style. ln l92l Edna Walling built her first cottage at Bickleigh Vale, Mooroolbark, Victoria. She named it Sonning and it was there, on a three acre paddock, the collection of cottages in a controlled woodland setting continued. The other cottages Downderry, Mistover, 

Devon Cottage,  Badgers Wood and Lynton Lee, followed. The cottages were simple but in sympathy with the surrounding garden and were probably Australia’s first Cluster Villa, as such. As Enda’s career flourished, she became enamored with the native flora and fauna of Australia.  She observed that seeds fell randomly, then developed a simple technique of  throwing down a sack of potatoes to see where they would fall to work out where she would plant.

Edna Walling was to become one of Australia’s greatest landscape designers as well as conservationist, photographer and writer. Her influence on Australian gardens has been prodigious and her original garden designs in water color are now held at Latrobe University.

Bendles Cottages are dedicated to A rose arch, reminiscent of Enda’s early style.

Most of Enda Walling’s now famous gardens: Durrol, Mawarra, Cuming and Boortkoi, were located in Victoria and designed in the 1930s to 1940s. Through her prolific writings and sensitive photographs she is still inspiring gardeners today. ln 1967 at the age of 71, she moved to Buderim in Queensland, her final little cottage she named Bendles.

Enda Walling’s memory. The gardens surrounding the original four cottages were planted in 1992 by Brenda and David Gray . The second owner’s of Bendles were Annie & Michael McGuiness and they added the 5th Cottage Toorak.

Bendles new archway which will be covered in blooms before long.

The Third owners were June & Tony Allison purchased the property in 1999 and then sold to current owners and hosts Sue & John Ede in 20l3. Sue and John are renovating the cottages in sympathy to the Edna Walling style. The gardens have been landscaped in sympathy Edna’s principles of garden design. Please enjoy the gardens along with the abundant bird life on the property.

Edna Walling was renown for her use of stone walls and rock pools.

We do hope you have a pleasant and memorable stay at Bendles.

You can read more about Enda’s Life in  The Unusual Life of Edna Walling by Peter Watts

And research her collection of photographs and life’s work through Trove, the State Library of Victoria and an Edna Walling Website