Forest Cottage is the perfect romantic retreat for couples to sample country living by the coast.
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, electric skillet, kettle, crockery, cookware, and cutlery. Plunger coffee, a variety of teas, and a welcome home made treat are provided for your pleasure. Gas heating and electric blankets 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.
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! Visit the pristine sands just a 10 minute walk away or stroll along the cliff top walking paths that wander along for miles just above our spectacular coastline. Within minutes of Jan Juc, Torquay and Point Addis have golden beaches 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.
The hot water system and space heater run on LPG.
It's nice and beautiful stay at the little Forest Cottage. We saw wallaby passing by us after sunset. Thanks Lorna for the birds food. We saw so many beautiful birds in front of us. And also in the night, during your sleep, possums may come to scratch the roof. It's fantastic experience living in the nature. Love it, we enjoyed our stay. Thanks Lorna!!
We loved our stay - a perfectly equipped cottage with a beautiful bush view - really close to beaches, walks and wineries. Lorna was a lovely, welcoming host.
Thankyou Lorna, I had a wonderful and peaceful 3 week stay in this charming, clean and cosy cottage nestled amongst the trees. It is a great base from which to explore the local beaches and bush or to venture further along the surf coast. I spent many enjoyable hours on the balcony watching the birds and animals and was rewarded with sightings of a wallaby, an echidna and regular visits from the cheeky possums who provide evening entertainment.
Lorna is a warm, welcoming and thoughtful host and I had everything I needed for a comfortable and hugely enjoyable stay.
Thanks Lorna! We had a super relaxing stay. Place was well appointed, comfy and homely.
Made us feel very welcome. Just a pity we had to leave so early Sunday.
The wildlife is fantastic and great beaches very close by car.
If you love beautiful beaches, great surf, nature, animals while not having to rough it...this is the perfect place for you. This cottage was an absolute gem and is the perfect getaway.
Bell's beach is less than a 5 minute drive and on this short drive you can easily spot wild kangaroos. Also, the cabin has a wonderful deck that overlooks a little forest. My husband and I would bring our dinner back to the cottage every night so we could have an extended dinner and wine night where we could watch the birds, wallabies, and cute little possums play and eat bird seed right in front of us. Being so immersed with the nature was a wonderful experience.
We also loved that Lorna and John (the hosts) live very close to the cottage. This was great in case you have any questions or need anything, they're very available and incredibly helpful.
I should also mention that Lorna and John are amazing hosts. They go above and beyond. We arrived an hour early for check-in and Lorna was so sweet and accommodating and let us check-in early. When we walked into the cabin, she had some baked bread waiting for us. She also took the time to tell us about all the local attractions and restaurants we might be interested in. We even spent the next day going with Lorna and John to see koalas in the wild, did a great hike where they showed us prehistoric plants and had tea on a beautiful white sandy beach.
We can't thank Lorna and John enough for their hospitality. They are not only amazing hosts but have also become our friends. This is an amazing place and definitely worth staying at...you won't regret it!
We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Lorna's place. The location was perfect for what we wanted - somewhere to chill out and relax after a long drive and a lovely outdoor space from which to enjoy some local wine and watch the variety of wildlife literally on the doorstep.
One night, we got a fantastic takeaway from a Thai restaurant Lorna had recommended. We decided to eat it on the decking, so that we could listen to dusk chorus of birds roosting and nocturnal creatures waking up. Not long after we started our meal, we were joined by a mother possum and her baby, who seemed very interested in watching us, watching them!
The location was a great place from which to explore the Great Ocean Road and everything it has to offer. Lorna even lent us a torch and some maps and books of her own to ensure we got the most out of our stay.
The bungalow was immaculate, very well equipped and comfortable. Arriving late at night to some freshly baked macaroons and a loaf of home made bread (with eggs and butter in the fridge for our brekkie the next morning) was a particularly welcoming touch.
Lorna was a marvellous host. She clearly LOVES where she lives and is keen to share her knowledge of the best places to spot kangaroos and koalas in the wild.
We can't recommend this place highly enough. I have already encouraged friends and family living in Oz to stay there and plan to return myself one day. Next time we'll definitely stay longer than the two nights we had this time.
Thanks again Lorna for a wonderful break.
Beautiful location, surrounded by trees, birds and flowers - like living in a tree house! But with all the comforts and little touches (we especially appreciated the welcome fruit platter; and a can opener and a torch that came in very handy). Thanks Lorna - we had a great stay and hope to be back.
We had a great time! Everything we needed in a cosy studio. You can't tell from the photos, but lying in the bed you have a wonderful view past the balcony to the trees and birds outside. Very peaceful, and Lorna was very concerned to make sure we had everything we needed. Late checkout on Sunday was more than appreciated.
This was a lovely place for us to relax in a bush setting by the beach (about 15mins walk away). Waking up to the trees and birds was the perfect way to wake before an early morning surf. The hosts were generous and looked after us while at the same time gave us full privacy and our space to come and go as we pleased. The cottage is simple yet homely and we hope to return again soon.
I really enjoyed my stay in March 2012. The cottage was peaceful, cosy, secluded and very clean with a lovely deck and comfy bed. The cottage had many thoughtful touches such as bathrobes, dvds and books and lists of local attractions. Lorna was a great host, leaving out home made cookies and marmalade. I would love to stay again.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.