Testimonials & Reviews

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Meet The Owner

GC Magazine

Read the background story about the Qii House Lorne host, Heather. John Van Klaveren immerses himself in the electic decor of Heather McFarlane-Kolb’s Villa De Mar.

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“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods.
There is a rapture on the lonely shores.
There is society, where none intrude
By Qii house, and music in its roar.
I love not man the less, but nature more.”
-Lord Byron-

“Thank you so much for having us, for Letting us in a piece of your world – your dreams- as Qii House breathes all That you are – a one of a kind, exceptional Warm hearted person. I love absolutely everything Qii House is. All the best, Stay wild! X”

14 Feb 2018 “Valentine’s Day”
Laura Coolen (travel writer) & Robert. The Netherlands.
www.whatabouther.nl & www.thebohoguide.com

“Everything is wonderful.”

22-27 Jan 2018
Daniel Kelsey, Abu Dhabi, UAE (Dubai)

“Thank you for having us for a very pleasant stay at Qii House. We all agree that this house has been totally unique to any of places we’ve stayed on our trip around Australia. We particularly enjoyed sitting out in the back decking and listening to the noises of the forest, going for walks around the house and visiting Erskine Falls. We appreciated the lovely gifts you left us and to leave the property relaxed and recuperated! Many Thanks again.”

4–6 Jan 2018
The Davidsons & Matt. UK

“Dear Heather, Thank you for a lovely stay at your amazing house. We very much enjoyed the forest and the outdoor deck. What a magical place.”

Emma Davidson – UK

“We had a great stay at Heather’s lovely home. From our massive welcome basket with complimentary bottle of wine to the thoughtfully stocked fridge and the gorgeous and quirky décor, the house is a delight. You really feel like you’re ‘off the grid’ when staying there. It’s nestled in beautiful native bush and is wonderfully quiet, with the only sounds to wake you from birds and wind chimes. There’s so much space to enjoy too – the deck in particular is perfect. It’s huge and the perfect spot for a sundowner or BBQ or just to curl up with a book in the sun. I hope to be back one day soon!”

Boxing Day 2017 – 2 January 2018
ZARA LOMAS – Business Support Manager

“Thank you for allowing us to experience the Qii house. Your home is immaculate and the rooms are beautifully decorated yet cozy. Enjoying the deck under the trees with friends and warm fireplace have been a very memorable way to spend Christmas. The house is fully equiped and we could cook our Christmas dinner successfully! My friends and I were happy with the place. We love the architecture and will be delighted to come back again anytime soon.”

26 December 2017
Mia Adams

“Dear Heather, Thank you for producing/creating such an amazing relaxing environment. It’s Perfect. Every little touch, the gorgeous art and natural environment are perfectly blended. Couldn’t ask for more. Every corner tells a story. ‘Let nature surround your senses – be at one with the environment and breathe.'”

23-26 November 2017
Fiona Lucas

“Thank-you so much for having us at your beautiful home. You have really thought of everything and made our stay amazing. Your attention to detail and the peace and love you have put into your paradise is beautiful. ‘Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.'”

10-12 November 2017
The Jago Family

“This is a perfect place for relaxing; probably one of the best we have ever been. Thanks for making sure everything facilitated us and we found nothing we could complain of. We wish we all could come back here again to feel the sensational surroundings. Thanks Heather.”

“We experienced the most welcome enhancement by the nature and we should be grateful to you for arranging every aspect to let us sense this sanctuary. Please come and enjoy these precious moments of being unitary with nature. Many Thanks Heather, we will see this place again surely.”

29 Sept – 1 Oct 2017
Serandi, Vinuki, Dinuli, Savinu, Kau, Thasith, Nenal & the Kids

“Thankyou for such a special place. We had a wonderful time and feeling recharged. There is magnificent atmosphere and spirit. I would recommend to all my friends to visit your unique place. Thanks a lot.”

22-25 September 2017

“Hi Heather, Thanks so much for having the happy group. At your happy place.”

16 August 2017

“Thankyou for creating such an inviting and beautiful place for people to come together in. Your home is everyone else’s house and we all appreciate that. What a wonderful world.”

10 June 2017

“Thankyou for an amazing weekend away – this environment perfectly reflects my brother Andy, and has been a beautiful experience, and way to celebrate his 30th year on this earth! Can’t wait to come back!”

3 June 2017
Love Robyn xx. Mitch is a cool dude!

“Hi Heather It was immense pleasure spending Easter Holidays at your lovely property. Well maintained and lovely interior and ambience. Will definitely suggest your property to other friends and family. Thankyou for the goodies as well!! Loads of love, and we loved the gesture.”

April 2017
Thankyou Adi, Mai, UD, Misha, Sunjay & Latika

“Such a beautiful home in the middle of a tranquil forest, we had a great weekend and will be definitely back. Was lovely to meet and chat with you which adds that special touch as opposed to renting through Agents. We enjoyed the amazing garden, fireplace and hamper. Thank you again.”

February 2017
Hulya Samanli and Mustafa Messeire

“Hi Heather, thank you for letting us stay at your beautiful house. We felt very privileged. Very relaxing. Something magical happened to me at Qii House and everything started to fall in to place in my life. We will most definitely come back to stay.”

Australia day weekend, 2017
Spencer Ellis (Bendigo)

“Absolutely loved it. The location is beautiful; the house is gorgeous- so much thought and attention to detail in both the décor and guest amenities. If only we’d had the opportunity to stay for a week. Thank you.”

January, 2017
The Miller-Wright Family (Gold Coast) with Grandparents, Sandra and Nigel Wright (London, UK)

“Qii House has been a tranquil oasis for the Falls Festival staff to unwind, re-charge and relax. Such a beautiful forest setting and gardens, surrounding this creatively designed and decorated abode. We loved the attention to detail and thought that has been put in and we will definitely come back one day! Thank you!!”

Boxing Day 2016 –January 3, 2017
Andrew Irwin (Senior Financial Controller, Falls Festival) and
Belle Stewart (Artist, Design Stylist, Photographer) (Melbourne).

“Amazing Home, tastefully decorated, beautiful serenity garden, We loved this place so much that we went back twice, so peaceful, clean and the owner is amazing, she is such a lovely person, and also the yummy hamper and wine you receive, thank you, will definitely will be back again.”

Hulya Samanli Interior Architect/Building Construction/Commercial Cleaning (Melbourne)

“Destination retreat, wedding or reward. Qii is world class!”

Wendy Walker – Editor at Social Pages VIP

“Qii House is a beautiful retreat in the heart of the Otways. The perfect place to unwind and become one with nature.”

Gareth Jago – Jago Digital

“Hello Heather, loving the house….We’ve used the pizza oven two nights in a row; it’s awesome. Thanks for the great weekend. Thanks again.”

Juan, Serena and co

Reviews & Articles

Otways eco retreat offering a wellness experience

“Please give us a brief history of Qii House? – As a child and in married life I was driven, always finding good inspired energy and calm within the natural world, as a place to self-reflect, re-boot and to contemplate
life. I was introduced to Qii House in 2007 and was immediately captivated by its serene, pristine environment, fresh misty mountain air and rainforest canopy.”

GT Journal
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Dream up that unforgettable wedding experience…

“Qii House Eco Meditation and Relaxation Retreat is the pristine harmonious space to set the tone of your tranquil green wedding. This hidden organic architectural gem is set in the heart of the Great Otway National Park and is simply luxurious with fresh mountain air. Set high in the tall timbered blue gums and abundant tree ferns in marshmallow clouds, Qii house is a whimsical vision and the perfect space to spark romance and imagination.”

Bride’s Diary
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Spirit of the Otways

“It’s more than accommodation,” says Heather Kolb of her stunning Qii House. “It’s the transformative travel component that adds to the Qii House experience; the therapeutic aspects that may benefit health and well-being.”

Geelong Coast Magazine
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Finding Self-Awareness Through Nature at Qii House Meditation Retreat

“Qii house Eco Meditation Retreat, nestled in a lush rainforest on top of Erskine Falls, in Lorne, Australia offers guests a quiet respite designed to connect them, on a deeper level, with nature. Originally designed in 1977 by architect Edgard Pirrotta, the Qii house concept is quirky…”

Melissa B. Williams
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Eluxe Magazine

“Ever been standing in the middle of a city, finding yourself desperately wanting to be someplace else? Ever wished that the world around you moved at a slower pace, and that there wasn’t quite so much noise? Who doesn’t need just for a little respite from the frantic, fast paced world?”

Lora O’Brien – Eluxe Magazine
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The Weekly Review – 10 of Australia’s most architecturally unique holiday stays

“Holidays are all about memories, and what is more memorable than an outstanding and truly individual vacation location? While comfort is a priority, any element that goes towards making a trip unforgettable—for all the right reasons—is a definite win…”

Megan Osborne – The Weekly Review
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Sue Warner

“I stumbled across Qii House when a gorgeous couple from Ballarat invited me to be their celebrant at their wedding in this quirky little place. So I contacted Heather and organised a visit. It is perfect if you want to get away from it all and do your own thang! It sleeps 8 people in what I’d call understated-luxury…”

Sue Warner – Bellarine Celebrant
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Seaire Yoga

“Anticipation builds the closer one gets to Qii House, fuelled by the excitement created by the inspiring website descriptions. A canopy of overhanging trees and an escort of native birds welcomed us as we drove into the beautiful bushland setting. At the first glimpse of this amazing iconic house you know you are in for a special treat; a secluded paradise. The retreat is like a parading lyre bird in all its splendour beckoning towards you to urge you closer…”

Debra Walker – Seaire Yoga
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GC Magazine

“Make sure you grab this weeks GC Magazine. Stunning property the Qii House features inside – a gorgeous property in the Otways that has been brought back to life by Geelong resident Heather Kolb. The retreat features stunning architecture and beautiful Japanese influenced gardens. We can’t wait to visit!”

Refer pages 52-55 – Lorne’s Hidden Gem Qii House Lorne – Fiona Lucas
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Coast Style

“Qii House – Built in the 1970’s and nestled in the forest above Lorne this home was designed by Melbourne renowned architect Edgard Pirrotta. The owner of this home has wanted to keep the original atmosphere of the home and has done some amazing work in this hidden gem already. We are taking inspiration from the architect and developing it’s outdoor living spaces. Visit www.qiihouselorne.com.au and book in for some R&R.”

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The world is your oyster: everything you need to know to pick your perfect wellness retreat.

“And last but not least, let’s say you are looking for a corporate retreat with a wellness component, where you can mind your stress and coalescence in nature whilst sprinkling some work into the itinerary. We highly recommend properties like Qii House Lorne who have done a masterful job of creating an environment that is conducive to balancing work and play, If there is such a thing!”

Kim Roberts
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Eco Weddings with Qii House.

“There’s something special about escaping life’s hustle and bustle to enjoy the serenity that comes with the bush. Outdoor weddings, but in particular, eco-friendly weddings reflect both the beauty in the environment and in you as a couple. Embracing your natural surrounds and celebrating getting back to the basics is what makes an eco-escape so enticing, and enjoyable. We were delighted to stumble upon a local gem that celebrates this growing area and passionate owner, Heather Kolb has filled us in on what makes Qii House Eco Retreat so special, alongside her top tips for your own eco-friendly wedding experience.”

Natalie Drum – Ivory Tribe
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InspireME Global

“I think it’s time we introduced you to some of our hosts. In between some other ramblings I thought it might be good to talk about the truly amazing accommodation that has come on board, and when they are willing, maybe have a ‘chat’ with the hosts, because without them there would be no InspireME Global to InspireYOU!

One of the first was Qii House in Lorne, Victoria. I just remember the amazing vibrant colours and the ‘vibe’ that the gorgeous images exuded. WOW!!

And this is exactly what the team at InspireME are about. All our hosts are contacted directly and invited to join our select group of hosts. Each and everyone of the properties must meet the discerning standard set by Ankie, Fern and Elke. I’m a bloke, so I don’t get much of a say. After 40 odd years in the Army they think living in Barracks doesn’t allow one to develop a discerning eye!! Welllllll……that may be true, but I do know enough to know that Qii House is wonderful and I could certainly see myself spending some downtime there: and hopefully we can one day soon. Thank you Heather for joining our team and sharing your Inspirational Accommodation with us.”

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Women in Business

Relaxing and unwinding is the Qii

Eco-retreat Qii House located in Lorne was purchased by Heather Kolb in December 2007. It was “love at first sight”; like discovering a precious gem, a sacred piece of paradise on earth and in hiding, according to Heather.

The quirky organic architecture was “cutting edge” and yet fit beautifully among the tall blue gums in the Otways’ landscape.

Despite its dire need for some tender love and care, Heather immediately saw its vision as a venue for renewal and relaxation; which is constantly evolving. “For me, being at the house sometimes is to gain a sharper focus for a greater creative drive or meditation,” Heather said.

“The natural environment gives great restorative energy. “The process and its creation also make me very happy.” Heather describes Qii House as a “spiritual spa”.

“The promotion of mindfulness and wellbeing is impacted by engaging with the natural environment to restore energy, balance and healing, while time spent in nature meditation and relaxation is simple luxury. “It’s about ‘getting back to basics’, blocking out noise from ‘business as usual’ and shifting focus to the ‘art of living’ in harmony with nature’s rhythm.” Qii House offers a perfect space for creativity, a space to think and a pristine environment to inspire a weary spirit and to digitally detox.

“A place where dreams become a reality.”

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