About This Listing
Forest Cottage is the perfect romantic retreat for couples to sample country living by the coast.
"Breakfast with the parrots, a sundowner with a pair of frogmouths, and supper with the possums".
What makes the cottage unique is that guests enjoy the best of beach and bush: just one and a half hours from Melbourne, yet situated close to Bells Beach and the Ironbark Basin section of the Otway National Park.
The private self-contained 1 bedroom/1 bathroom cedar studio is located on a spacious two acre property, surrounded by gum trees and natural bushland. It features an abundance of native wild life including brushtail and ringtail possums, echidnas, and an occasional swamp wallaby and sugar glider. A bird list is available on request.
The queen sized bed comes with a thick lambs wool underlay and cotton sheets beneath a downy doona. The ensuite bathroom has a shower, and a hairdryer and complementary toiletries are provided. Facilities include TV with DVD, a kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, double hot plate, toaster oven, kettle, crockery, cookware, and cutlery. Plunger coffee, a variety of teas, milk, and a welcome treat are provided for your pleasure. Please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions. Gas heating and an electric blanket ensure your comfort in the cooler months. Shady verandas and a ceiling fan ensure comfortable temperatures in the warmer months. A gas BBQ allows for outdoor cooking.
There is a shared entrance with the main house with ample off road parking. The cottage is sufficiently secluded for privacy, separated from our home by gardens and screening woodland.
Interaction with Guests
We welcome guests but then leave them undisturbed. As we live on the property, we are available at all times should a problem arise.
What we love about the neighbourhood is the proximity to the beaches of the Surfcoast and bushland of the Otway National Park's Ironbark Basin.
From the cosiness of your cottage a myriad of possibilities awaits you! Bells Beach, the world famous surfing venue is just a couple of minutes drive away. A 10 minute walk will bring you to the cliff top walking paths that wander along for miles just above our spectacular coastline. A few minutes of drive way, Jan Juc, Torquay and Point Addis have pristine and safe beaches for swimming, boasting magnificent scenery and often perfect waves! Many other activities are close at hand, including surfing, wineries, winter whale watching, spring wildflowers, golf courses where kangaroos graciously share the fairways with the locals, the Surf Museum and much, much more!
A car is essential to make the most of your stay. We recommend a hire car from the airport. The closest public transport is infrequent and a 10 minute walk away.
Other Things to Note
The hot water system and space heater run on LPG.
Guests are asked to respect the property and its environment. No smoking indoors, please.
We have two much loved cats. As our home is separated from the cottage by only gardens and woodland, we respectfully, but firmly, ask you to leave your own pets at home.
Please make suggestions for improvements if you have them. Thank you.
Clean, lovely and close to nature.
We felt tucked in to our own little paradise with help at hand if needed. Best place to wake up on my birthday!
Lorna's warmth and hospitality are unmatched! Great coffee, freshly-baked organic sourdough, wholesome cereal and a warm greeting all thrown in as extras.
Loved this cute cottage amongst beautiful bush. Possums, bird life and even the cat visited. Lorna thinks of everything a guest would need for a stay. Homemade bread and marmalade was a special treat.
Definitely will return next year :)
Perfect. We stayed the night of our wedding- which bucketed rain. But coming back to Lorna's place and sitting on the deck drinking red wine, smelling the rain in the peppermint eucalypts was beautiful. Great way to end a busy night. Very lucky.
The cottage looks even prettier in reality than it does in the photograph. The deck looks out to a gorgeous view of the bush.
Lorna was a very caring, friendly and welcoming host. It is a fantastic place to stay.
What a great location! Combining the best of the bush and the beach at the start of the Great Ocean Road.
Lorna was a very kind and accommodating host. My wife and I will be back!
Our stay in the cottage was lovely. Lorna is a very gracious host and her bush property is exquisite.
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time down at the Forrest Cottage. It is a cosy space but has everything you could possibly need in the kitchen (we cooked at least two meals), bathroom, and entertainment. We were left to our own devices as soon as Lorna had shown us around, but we felt we could have always dropped by to ask a question etc. Lorna's recommendations on what to do were excellent too - the iron bark basin walk was spectacular. We would definitely return to Forrest Cottage.
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About the Host, Lorna
Born in Yorkshire, I have lived and worked in many places including England, Mauritius, Australia, and California. Now retired, I am enjoying a relaxing time on the Surfcoast of Victoria with my husband John and our cats Della and Archie (named after characters in the mysteries we both love to read).
As a host, I aim to make guests feel at home. I enjoy cooking, love to try out new recipes, and make my own bread, cakes, and preserves.
World class surfing venue. Watch or join the experts! Stroll pristine beaches and return by the Surf Coast walking/cycling trails. Great place to see scores of grey kangaroos at dawn and dusk.
Delicious food at reasonable prices = the best take-away option in Torquay!
The best scenery along the Great Ocean Road until you reach the 12 Apostles! High cliffs and spectacular views. Caves and rock pools at low tide. A great place for winter whale watching!
Highly awarded restaurant for a special treat.
Grey kangaroos year round, orchids and other wildflowers in the Spring.
This is our favourite restaurant. The owner/chef is Italian and the food is authentic and has never disappointed!
Tour the Split Point Lighthouse, explore rock pools at low tide, enjoy a Devonshire tea in the lighthouse keeper's cottage.
Great views from the headland and rocky shore beach walks at low tide. Follow with coffee or lunch at the Starfish Bakery, Barwon Orange, or Annie's Provedore.
Views of the Rip, the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. Lighthouse tours, beach walks, cafes.
Take the ferry to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula for great view of Port Philip Bay. The Maritime Museum nearby s also worth a visit.