Nestled into the inspiring mountains of the Porongurup Range..
is a remarkable place we want to share with you.
Thorn’s Mountain Retreats creates a holiday to remember with a choice of two wonderful character cottages in a mountain setting.
We provide everything for your comfort, and at a reasonable price all year round!
We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Peter and Michael Thorn
My wife and I are keen birders, we love walking and I am a runner. This is a perfect spot to tick all of these boxes. It’s very conveniently located for Castle Rock and the Devil’s Slide (along with other beautiful trails in the Porongurups). There are plenty of trails and beautiful walks around the property if you don’t want to drive anywhere too. The Stirling Range is only a 40 minute drive, if you fancy a change of scenery. For birders; we would see plenty of Purple Crowned Lorikeets, White Breasted Robins, Splendid Fairy Wrens, Baudin’s Cockatoos, Yellow Rumped Thornbils, Western Rosellas and the ubiquitous New Holland Honeyeaters just while we had morning coffee! We will return I’m sure.
Matt Rolfe 07/11/2019
Our 5 nights at the Pioneer Cottage on the extensive Thornes Mountain Retreat acreage was wonderful. Our hosts Mike and Peter provided everything we required to have an interesting and restful break from the Perth City hustle. Detailed maps of bush and forest walks were excellent. The Mountain Retreat location nestled in the Porongurups on the doorsteps of the beautiful Stirling Ranges was sensational. We loved the fluffy white bath towels and wood stove. The little library and coziness of the cottage was very special. We'll be returning in the Autum. 4 1/2 stars.
Gillian Ingram 09/10/2019
What a gorgeous place with spectacular views of the Stirling Ranges to base ourselves while we explored the Porongurup region of WA. The cottage (Mountain View) was very cosy and Mike had the fire ready for us upon our return from an afternoon hike on our first day. Mike's passion and knowledge for the region was clear in his detailed guides provided in the cottage but we were also lucky enough to hear many stories first hand from Mike while we were there. The cottage's location makes it an ideal base for not only the Bluff Knoll climb but only a 5 min drive from the iconic Castle Rock and across the road from a delightful winery.
Beds were comfortable, kitchen had everything we needed and having the extra bathroom was handy as there were 3 of us. We closed out one evening up the top of the property with a special sunset view over the vineyards and woke up to the misty mountain views from our verandah. Could not recommend a stay here more, not only for the accommodation but for such a wonderful guide that comes with it! Only regret is we did not have time to stay longer.
Lauren Phelan 30/05/2020
We loved our stay in Pioneer cottage! Peter and Mike are great hosts, the location is fantastic, and the cottage was so comfy with everything we needed. There are beautiful bushwalks straight from the property, with stunning panoramic views.
Snork Banana 03/08/2019
With Mike as our host, we came away from the Porongurups feeling really connected with this beautiful area and connected to its significance. Mike is very knowledgeable about the national park’s features and its heritage. This family and the property are part of the region’s makeup. Bush walks from the property with spring wildflowers and great views were a highlight. The cottage was really comfortable and inviting; nicely fitted out and finished with artworks of the area. Mike, and his dad, Peter, are very warm and welcoming, and their wines, very enjoyable. Russell Dilley
Wow! All I can say is if you are looking for an outstanding location and hospitality this is the place to go. The accommodation is truly lovely and has everything you need and more but the location is awesome. A true Aussie experience without leaving the property grounds. Kangaroos in the paddock, trail bush walks to a fantastic viewpoint, wine tasting twinned with the knowledge of Peter (a true gentlemen) what more could you ask. If you can drag yourself away there is the granite skywalk 3 km away and the best beaches I have ever seen with the clearest waters around two peoples bay and Bettys bay, ask Mike the best places to go. We ran out of time on our4 night stay to see more of the area so suggest to stay as long as you can ideally a week you will not be disappointed. Just book it! Tracy Marsden
My family absolutely loved staying here! Mike was very responsive to any communication & provided very useful information about utilising the property & surrounds. He & Peter went out of their way to ensure we had a great stay. The cottage has everything you need for a comfortable stay. It’s so peaceful and relaxing, sitting on the verandah enjoying the view was beautiful. We loved being able to walk around the property & head straight into the National Park. Awesome! Highly recommend, we will be back!
A perfect little cottage getaway literally in the middle of the Porongorup National Park with sweeping views of the Stirling Ranges, amazing scenery and quite a few hikes and walks right at the back door which took our breath away! Amazing couples getaway but next time will take the kids and explore some more. Thanks Mike and Peter for your hospitality and amazing knowledge of the area.
Simona and Andreas B
We had a wonderful time here. The cottage is lovely and we had great hiking weather. Thank you Peter and Mike for your great hospitality! ....oh and the great wine too.....
Stephen and Vicki B
Thank you for the wonderful warm welcome. An absolutely beautiful tranquil place to stay. Thank you for your hospitality wine and incredible scenery.
Kimbra and Darren B
Our third visit and we immediately wondered why we took 3 years to come back! A wonderful stay-cottage is perfect and the surroundings sublime. The night sky after years of light pollution in Perth is something to behold. We enjoyed our stay immensely and made good use of the suggestions in the visitors guide along with Peter's ideas for things to do and places to go. Beautiful location amongst the friendly kangaroos, and thank you for you wonderful hospitality. See you again! Cheers. Kimbra and Darren B
Simona and Andreas B
Exquisite, rejuvinating setting, beautiful wines, welcoming hosts. The hardest thing is leaving!!