Welcome to Serenity at Our Countrywide Cottages

Countrywide Cottages offer 4 star, pet friendly, self-contained cottages.  Choose from our 4 secluded Great Ocean Road accommodation cottages spread over 26 acres of farm and pristine bushland.  Ideally located in country Victoria only 25 minutes north of Lorne and under 2 hours from Melbourne, this is the perfect accommodation on the Great Ocean Road.  One of our cottages provides purpose built wheelchair accessible accomodation Otway Ranges.  Our guests have reviewed us into the Gold List of Australian accommodation providers – now number two in Australia!

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“We love providing a genuinely pet friendly Otways accommodation retreat here at Countrywide Cottages.”

Di Schulze, your host & owner of Countrywide Cottages.

“If you’re thinking about whether or not you should book this place, just click on that book button immediately! 🙂 Trust me, you won’t regret it…” Weimun Ding, 2018

Wow – we’ve made it back on the 2018 Gold List, now Number Two in Australia based on our guest reviews across the internet. Thank you for keeping us up there!

We are very proud to announce that we have reached the Gold List for Best Guest Experience with Star Ratings Australia and are now amongst the Top Ten in Australia.   Wild!


One of our two bedroom self contained cottages which has a cosy eco feel.

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Self contained cottage with additional value of wheelchair accessibility.

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One of our 3 bedroom self contained cottages, the Villa sleeps up to 7 people.

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The Canopy is a beautiful, 3 bedroom self contained cottage which sleeps up to 9.

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Dog friendly holiday accommodation Otway Ranges

Countrywide Cottages  is ideally located for taking a trip along the Great Ocean Road. The inland route takes you to the Otway Fly, Lake Elizabeth or the 12 Apostles, and Lorne is just 25 minutes drive through the beautiful Otways.  A perfect base to explore the fabulous Otway Harvest Trail showcasing the unique wine, beer and produce of the Otways region. 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 and many of our guests have enjoyed toasting marshmallows by the cosy fire.

Exciting Countrywide News

“There is no doubt why you have been voted the Best Pet Friendly Accommodation – I can’t put in words just what a wonderful time we all had and we have been telling all of our pet mad friends too.” Jemima and Mark

Melbourne Dog Lovers Show

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…

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Romantic holiday cottages

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…

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Best self contained accommodation

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,…

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Exclusive Offers & Packages

We are very happy to have worked on our own great specials and these further great deals below with some amazing local folk whose business can make a wonderful addition to your time with us.

Brae Restaurant’s food images here photographed by Colin Page.

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More About Us

Featuring the best of farm stay accommodation here in the fabulous Otways, each of our spacious Countrywide Cottages has 2 or 3 bedrooms sleeping anywhere between 5 – 9 people and are set among the gum trees for a truly relaxing country experience. Fully equipped with modern facilities including entertainment and a well equipped kitchen, the cottages are individually decorated and provide 100% dog friendly accommodation Otways.

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.”


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Popular Questions

Yes! We welcome horses to our property. We are proud to provide the best pet friendly holiday accommodation Otways!  There are paddock facilities at your disposal. Please BYO tack and hay.

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!