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Overview of The Black Sparrow

Entire home

The Black Sparrow

4-star property
Mountain Howqua Inlet cottage with outdoor pool

9.2/10 Superb

94 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Non-smoking
2595 Mansfield-Woods Point Road, Howqua Inlet, VIC, 3722

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About this area

Getting around

  • Melbourne Airport (MEL) - 153 min drive


  • Wrong Side Brewing - 8 min drive
  • Local cafe - 8 min drive
  • Jamieson General Store - 8 min drive

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

The Black Sparrow

Adjacent to a golf course, The Black Sparrow is a great choice for a stay in Howqua Inlet. You can get a workout in at the outdoor tennis courts, or take a dip in the outdoor pool. A terrace and a garden are other highlights, and accommodation offer nice touches such as comfy beds with premium bedding. Fellow travellers love the pool and helpful staff.



At a glance


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until anytime
  • Express check-out available
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10:30 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • There is no front desk at this property
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions and lockbox information; access will be through a private entrance
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • You will be asked to provide the property with a copy of your government-issued photo ID after booking

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets allowed (dogs and cats only)*

Property amenities


  • Close to a ski area, ski runs and ski lifts
  • Snowboarding and downhill skiing nearby
  • Ski shuttle nearby


  • Outdoor pool


  • Free WiFi

Parking and transport

  • Free self-parking on site
  • Ski shuttle nearby


  • Fridge (full size)
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Freezer
  • Free tea bags/instant coffee
  • Cleaning supplies


  • Couples dining


  • Premium bedding
  • Bed sheets provided
  • Pillow-top mattress


  • Towels provided
  • Free toiletries

Living spaces

  • Sitting area


  • 32-inch flat-screen TV with digital service
  • DVD player
  • CD player

Outdoor areas

  • Terrace
  • Decking or patio
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Picnic area


  • Laundry facilities

Work spaces

  • Co-working space
  • Conference space (753 square feet)


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • Pet friendly
  • AUD 25 per pet per night
  • Welcoming cats and dogs only
  • Deposit: AUD 100 per stay


  • No lifts
  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping (weekly)
  • Local maps
  • Window screens
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Blackout curtains
  • Change of towels (on request)

Location highlights

  • On the river
  • Next to a golf course
  • In the mountains
  • On the riverwalk
  • In a national park

Things to do

  • 9 holes of golf
  • Outdoor tennis courts
  • Public winery tours
  • Private winery tours
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Ecotours on site
  • Hunting on site
  • Mountain climbing nearby

Safety features

  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Security system


  • 9 rooms
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Comprehensive recycling policy
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products provided

Fees & policies


  • Pet deposit: AUD 100 per stay
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of AUD 25 per pet, per night

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

This property does not have lifts.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a security system and a first aid kit on site.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Black Sparrow House Howqua Inlet
Black Sparrow Howqua Inlet
The Black Sparrow Cottage
The Black Sparrow Howqua Inlet
The Black Sparrow Cottage Howqua Inlet

Frequently asked questions

Does The Black Sparrow offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Black Sparrow does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
Is there a pool at The Black Sparrow?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at The Black Sparrow?
Yes, cats and dogs are welcome. There's a charge of AUD 25 per pet, per night, and there's also a deposit of AUD 100 per stay.
Is parking offered on site at The Black Sparrow?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Black Sparrow?
You can check in from 2 PM - anytime. Check-out time is 10:30 AM. Express check-out is available.
What is there to do at The Black Sparrow and nearby?
Have fun with on-site activities such as hiking, and improve your game on the tennis courts. Additional recreation on-site includes ecotours and hunting. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the cottage's other amenities, which include a picnic area and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The Black Sparrow?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Wrong Side Brewing (6.3 mi), Local cafe (6.9 mi) and Jamieson General Store (6.9 mi).
Does The Black Sparrow have a kitchen or kitchenette?
Yes, there is a kitchen, which also includes a toaster, cookware and a fridge.
Does The Black Sparrow have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, this cottage features a deck or patio and a garden.
What's the area around The Black Sparrow like?
The Black Sparrow is located by the river, a short 4-minute walk from Howqua G120 Bushland Reserve. Travellers say that the local area is very walkable perfect for sightseeing.







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Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Exceptional

Renee, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Excellent place to enjoy quiet and peace.
Fiaz, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Cottage got everything we wanted. It was situated in a huge acreage. Kids enjoyed the tennis/ basketball court while my wife had a walk around the area. Cozy little cottage was very easy to maintain during our stay. We will definitely go back there
Roshini, 5-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing tranquil retreat
This property is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Gorgeous mountain views, cosy fireplace, a spa and a well equipped kitchen. Staff are lovely, Des the manager is so friendly and helpful, Stock up on groceries in Mansfield, or eat out at the local brewery. The view is spectacular, watch the kangaroos as they graze on the property, whilst enjoying a coffee on your own private deck, or through the large glass windows whilst you stay warm by the fire. Highly recommend!!
Emilie, 3-night trip
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6/10 Good

It was beautiful spot and loads of potential. Relaxing surrounds but lacked the attention to detail to make it great.
Mark, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The Black Sparrow is set in a lovely part of Howqua, it's worth it just for the setting. Unlike some rather scathing reviews recently (Yes the same group of people a number of times, quite unnecessary) you need to realise this is a country property. Reset the 5 star 'room service' expectations you might have if staying in a major City and you'll relax into it and enjoy it. Our girls loved the pool, were a bit sad there were no horses this time around...but just got on with relaxing and enjoying their stay. Lake Eildon water access only a few hundred metres away, so bring your boat !
Steve, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Lovely property, very peaceful and secluded. Our cottage was very spacious for 5 people, beds were comfortable and the bathroom very spacious! The only thing I would suggest would be a more thorough clean of the cottage but it didn’t stop us from enjoying our time there. The owners were always helpful if we needed anything.
11-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

I liked the location, scenery, cleanness I didnt like few things - air conditioner was smelling unpleasant when turned on, i believe it needs a clean and disinfection; Also, I'd suggest to place single use sponges for each booking because we were left with a dirty old sponge which i could not use to wash dishes but used my own paper towels instead.
Victoria, 2-night family trip
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2/10 Poor

Waiting on reponse from owners still for a partial refund due to the disgusting state these supposed 4 star cottages are provided in, we were moved to another cottage as the first disgusting, the next slightly better but still had to clean ourselves. 2 star at best and massively overprised.
3-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Very peaceful quiet nice bush setting Was disappointed that on the description it said next to a golf course play 9 holes of golf. Was no golf course only a mini golf at caravan park down the road
3-night romance trip
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