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Jude’s is a fully self-contained single bedroom villa, owned by The Otis Foundation and named after Judy Burley, inspiration for the Foundation. The unique rammed earth villa is part of a private double complex with Hannah’s, separated by a purpose-designed internal courtyard. The property features ceiling to floor windows throughout, offering views of the countryside.

This architecturally designed home for two, is constructed from eco-friendly materials of rammed earth, wood and glass that blend into the natural landscape. This light-filled retreat has been designed for comfort and relaxation - featuring a wood heater and floor to ceiling windows that frame the views of the surrounding National Park, offering a place to relax and unwind.

Located within the Mandurang Valley, Jude’s is nestled on the edge of the State Forest, just ten minutes away from the historic city of Bendigo, regional Victoria’s cultural hub.


Jude’s was made for two. The house has a generous bedroom with a super king bed (that can be split into two king single beds if preferred), a bathroom and an enclosed, outdoor-seating nook to capture those sunny afternoons. There is also an adjacent carer’s unit that sleeps one - subject to availability, upon request.


Jude’s is open for bookings all year round (with the exception of the Christmas period), subject to availability. The villa can be booked for four nights from Monday to Friday, or three nights from Friday to Monday.

Due to high demand, we are unlikely to be able to accommodate requests for specific dates.

Heating and cooling

Due to the rammed earth material and clever design, Jude’s stays cool in summer and warm in winter, however, there are ceiling fans in the living areas for the warmer months and a split system for both heating and cooling. There is also a wood fire heater with wood available for use in the cooler months.

Location and area

Situated in a magnificent rural setting on the outskirts of Bendigo in the picturesque Mandurang Valley, in the heart of Victoria. It is within the ‘Goldfields Region’ approximately 150km north-west of Melbourne (90min drive).

 A ten minute drive will find you in the heart of Bendigo, a vibrant and contemporary regional centre. Experience the rich food and wine culture at a choice of award-winning restaurants and cafés or meander through the shopping enclaves dotted throughout the streets lined with beautifully preserved, historic buildings.

House rules
  • Pets are not permitted; however, certified assistant animals with appropriate documentation will be considered.
  • The property is strictly a smoke-free, vape-free property
Other considerations

All linen, including bedding and towels, is provided for your use.

The retreat is surrounded by native trees with abundant bird and wildlife and is often visited by families of kangaroos. This may include snakes during the warmer months.

Mandurang, VIC 3551


What a wonderful facility and to have such an opportunity after my 18 month journey through breast cancer, leaves me speechless. So tranquil, spacious, clean, and catered for all needs. My batteries have been recharged and I'm now ready to move forward with my positive healthy life.


Lying here on our last night at Jude's, Mandurang and looking out on the moonlight on the gum trees through floor to ceiling windows. This place is special - you can feel the energies swirling all around. We loved Bendigo and all it's arty pleasures too!


Our stay was time out of our everyday life and gave my husband and I the opportunity to reboot and reinvigorate our hopes and dreams for the future. It gave us the energy to move forward in life, however, I’m sure our daughter thought the bubbles in the spa and the pebbles in the courtyard were the highlight!

Category: Victoria

How to Book

To book a stay at an Otis retreat, please have a look at our bookings & eligibility information.

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