Welcome to Serenity at Our Countrywide Cottages
Di Schulze, your host & owner of Countrywide Cottages.
We have earned the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence since 2011. We think that’s pretty good.
Proudly included in the 2017 Gold List for Best Guest Experience with Star Ratings Australia and are now in the top 10 in Australia.
Dog friendly holiday accommodation Otway Ranges
Exciting Countrywide News
posted on 2015/09/18
It's almost impossible to believe that the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show is here again! Just a little under 12 months ago, we returned exhausted but delighted with the many new people we had met and introduced to our lovely dog friendly holiday cottages, where they could be sure their dog would be as welcome as they were. If it's something they were after, it was an amazing place to holiday…read more
posted on 2015/09/18
Romantic accommodation? Looking for some romantic holiday cottages to pop the question? There must be something in the air around here...yet another lovely couple has used their time here at Countrywide Cottages to make that huge decision. Yep - the lovely Damian and Cassie got engaged during their time here this week! We are so happy for them. We first met them when they stayed with us a couple of…read more
posted on 2015/09/18
Gold listed in Best Self Contained Accommodation!! We were delighted to discover our own Countrywide Cottages in the Top Ten Gold listing for Best Self Contained accommodation in Feb this year. How great is that? Every year, star rated properties across the country are ranked according to their guests reviews of their stays. ReviewPro is a company which collates all the data for reviews across the web and from this,…read more
Exclusive Offers & Packages
Our lovely partners, Ragamuffin Photography will join you here and photograph your lovely pet/s. See some of their amazing work below. Offering: • Accommodation at Countrywide Cottages • Welcome home…
Along with Brae Restaurant, number 44 in the Worlds Best Restaurants 2017, we offer the Dogustation Menu: • Beautiful pet friendly 4 Star accommodation at Countrywide Cottages • Welcome home…
Our Sleep and Seek package gets you back to earth for a truly wonderful accommodation experience in the Australian Otway Ranges bush forest. • Accommodation at Countrywide Cottages • Fabulous…
More About Us
Our large property is ideal for long bush walks or mountain biking, bordering the Otway Forest Park. We also have enough room for a campfire outside your cottage on those starry nights, (summer fire restrictions apply), and many of our guests have enjoyed toasting marshmallows by the cosy fire.
Kids love our animals. While staying in our pet friendly accommodation, they are welcome to come up and visit our array of critters – the alpacas, sheep and chickens. Eggs are finders’ keepers!
One of our hidden treasures is our recreation area with its pioneer buildings. Built in a rustic style, it offers a pool table and other games, and ample space for a kick of the footy. It’s also a great place for groups staying in our Countrywide Cottages to come together and have a barbeque, with a gas BBQ and undercover and outdoor seating.
Add an extra zing to your break away with one of our great new packages. “Sleep and Smile” with us and have our wonderful partners, Ragamuffin Pet Photography come and capture you and your dog on film. “Sleep and Seek” the elusive platypus at Lake Elizabeth with our partners at Otway Eco Tours. Or try our “Dogustation menu” package – bring your dog along and use Countrywide Cottages as your base for the dining experience of a lifetime at the world renowned Brae Restuarant.
“We’ve travelled the world a number of times and have stayed at many four and five star hotels.
Your cottages were one of the cleanest and homely places we’ve had the pleasure to stay at.”
As we live on site at our Otway Ranges self contained cottages, we are almost always able to greet our guests personally at reception. If we are aware that you are checking in late, we will make sure the lights are on in the cottage and the fire lit in cooler months to make for a cosy arrival. If we are unable to greet you personally, we will leave a detailed note at reception with the key to your cottage and clear instructions as to how to find the cottage.
Children aged 2 and under can stay for free when staying with full paying adults and using existing bedding.
Countrywide Cottages is proud to be a 100% non-smoking accommodation provider. We do however, provide sand boxes on the verandahs of each cottage and at Ned’s Retreat.
There is ample free parking around each of the cottages.
We prefer to give you privacy and make a habit of staying away from your cottage during your stay. Guests staying 7 nights or more receive a free weekly service. If you need linen changes for whatever reason, feel free to come up and see us at Reception.
Check in is at 3pm, check out is at 10am.
Early check in and a later check out can be organised by prior arrangement.
Our location is 1205 Winchelsea Deans Marsh Road in Bambra. Be careful to include the full street name on your GPS or you may be taken too far towards Lorne. Your GPS may require you to search “Winchelsea South” rather than Bambra to find us. We are in a rural/bush setting, 25 minutes drive north from Lorne, and 10 minutes drive south from Winchelsea.
When you enter the property, you will see our house with Reception attached at the end of the drive. We will be there to greet you!
During times of high fire danger, IF IT IS SAFE TO DO SO, we will make our way to each cottage to give our guests clear instructions as to the best action at the given time. If the fire is close and the roads are potentially dangerous, we stick to our plan of having guests come to the house and shelter there with us. There is a comprehensive fire and evacuation policy in each cottage which you should familiarise yourself with upon arrival. To read it prior to your arrival, click here.
As with many country areas, we have limited mobile and internet reception. Telstra provides some coverage within the cottages, but unfortunately all other providers are not reliable and it is unlikely you will be able to obtain mobile reception. There is very little internet reception on the property. For urgent internet access, we can provide you with assistance in the office.
Yes…please bring along your dogs food. We set up one dog bed per cottage but provide enough dog bowls and treats for each canine guest. We also supply furniture cover sheets for the couch potatoes so that everyone can fully enjoy our amazing Victoria dog friendly accommodation.
If you have any other queries? Please don’t hesitate to contact Di at Countrywide Cottages Surf Coast! She will be able to help you with any of your questions or concerns!