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.
Please be aware there is no oven.
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.
We enjoyed our stay at Lorna's cottage - it's a compact, cosy space - happy hour on the balcony with the birds coming & going was really nice.
Tranquility central! A gorgeous little nook yet so close to all the facilities and adventures you need. Loved the bushwalks and the roos and the beach sunsets. Lorna's hospitality goes above and beyond. Thank you for the timeout break we needed.
Lorna was welcoming and kind, and Forest Cottage was as nestled in the trees as the name implies. A thoroughly relaxing weekend by the beach, so serene I felt under the sea, beneath the currents. Croissants and homemade jam were excellent
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.
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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.