The three-room cottage is simply constructed, using stones from a quarry that was within the original 63 acres purchased by August Schwerkolt. The remains of that quarry are now in nearby Yarran Dheran reserve.
The cottage is filled with period furniture similar to what the Schwerkolt family would have used. Today, the cottage is considered of local historical significance and is on the National Trust register and has heritage protection.
The cottage fell into disrepair and was threatened with demolition in the early 1960s until the former City of Nunawading purchased the 5.5 acre property and the cottage was restored, being opened to the public in November 1965.
The only other original structure is the wine cellar, which had been built into the side of a small hill. The roof had collapsed over time and has now been restored and contains artefacts related to wine production.
Among the many displays of early clothing was a wedding dress. This brought back many memories to your WeekendNotes writer, who as a former wedding photographer had photographed many weddings at Schwerkolt Cottage. It was indeed a beautiful setting for wedding photos.
The smithy building is constructed of timber slabs and displays the tools of trade of the blacksmith. The barn came from Olinda and was re-erected on the site in 1969. A horse and buggy are one of the many items displayed in it.
The barn building with the smokehouse in background.