Wheelchair accessibility at Countrywide Cottages accommodation in the Otway Ranges Lorne.

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Countrywide Cottages’ three bedroom Villa cottage has a ramp access for those of you with dogs who cannot manage stairs.  This is suitable for dogs only. 

Our Igloo cottage is a purpose built cottage for people of all mobility levels, specifically for independent wheelchair accessibility – finally a stylish and practical destination for disabled access accommodation. 

The Igloo offers wheelchair accessibility friendly accommodation featuring ramp access, widened doors, wheel in shower, quarter turn taps, rails in bathroom, washer and dryer and split air conditioning system for heating and cooling in conjunction with the cosy wood fire. Our wheel-under hot plates, bench and sink in the kitchen and sink in the laundry, make sure there is no excuse for anyone to get out of the chores!  True wheelchair accessible accommodation Great Ocean Road!

Bed raisers are available for use with hydraulic lifting devices, a self propelled shower/commode chair and bed sticks can be made available at a nominal fee by prior arrangement.

We have successfully accommodated many guests in wheelchairs, ranging from low to high level care in our wheelchair accessible accommodation Otway Ranges.  It is our pride to ensure that we are able to provide beautiful and easily accessible accommodation of such a high standard to people requiring wheelchair access.  We often find that guests are booking the Igloo specifically because of their elderly dogs needs too!

Come along in…

•  circular drive with access directly to ramp entrance into back door
•  ramp entrance wide with 1300 x 1900mm flat area at door
•  doors 860mm wide throughout, light switches 1200mm high
•  lovely elevated bushland setting in front of cottage for great views and lots of visiting birdlife.  Verandah easily accessed via front door

Considering getting into the water?


•  door width 850mm with door handle
•  wheel in shower, hand held shower rose, quarter turn lever taps
•  shower grab rails height 800mm
•  toilet height 440mm, 660mm front of bowl to back wall and center line of bowl to side wall 440mm.
•  toilet grab rails height 800mm
•  basin height 820mm, lever tap (mixer)
•  light switches 1080mm
•  mirrors – 750 and 1m from floor

No-ones getting out of the chores…


•  two bench heights for standing and seated use.  Seated use 800mm
•  wheel under sink.  Mixer tap 430mm from front of bench top
•  wheel under stove top.  Furthest stove knob from front of bench top 400mm
•  oven controls 650mm high, door handle 570mm high
•  fridge door handle 1050mm high
•  separate wheel under bench on island
•  ample space for chair manoeuvre within the kitchen


•  two bench heights for standing and seated use.  Seated use 800mm
•  wheel under sink.  Quarter turn lever taps 570mm from front of bench top
•  washer/dryer

Time for a nap…


•  rooms – length 3950m x 3950m width
•  door width 850mm, door handle 1050mm height
•  light switch 1200mm high
•  no automatic door return
•  Queen bed at 510 mm height
•  distance from foot of the bed to the furniture/wall is 1500mm
•  distance either side of the bed to wall or to the other bed is 1220 – 1300mm
•  bedside lights operable from beds
•  bedside tables 450mm height
•  luggage rack 780mm high
•  gorgeous bush land views from bed!

.…more time to chill?

•  spacious lounge and dining area

…because everyone deserves a stress free holiday full of happy memories….


“We were very impressed with Igloo; the space inside made getting around the house easier, the wide doorways, accessible bathroom, easy access to the backyard (we enjoyed a campfire), and the easy access benches were just wonderful. We felt comfortable and relaxed from the moment we walked in, and the cabin didn’t have the ‘clinical’ feel that some accessible accommodation has.”


“You’ve done a great job with the decorations and disabled access. For a bunch of OTs, it’s spot on!”

Em, Maz and Tam

“What a special place!  A very rare find – wheelchair accessibility and dog friendly!  I didn’t think it would be possible to find such a place….”

David, Linda and Zeus



There is a maxi taxi available in Winchelsea, a town just ten minutes drive from our property.


The TrailRider is an all-terrain wheelchair that will allow for residents and visitors with physical and mobility issues to get out in the great outdoors and explore some of the Surf Coast’s most stunning parks and reserves.  The one-wheeled chair is a cross between a wheelbarrow and a sedan chair.  The wheel supports the rider’s weight while the handles at the front and back allow 2, 3 or 4 helpers (or sherpas) to guide the rider up and down tracks.

The TrailRider can be booked free of charge from the Surf Coast Sport & Recreation Centre.  Call 03 5261 4606 to check availability and booking.

Contact Di at Countrywide Cottages on 03 5288 7399 – she is more than happy to help with any queries you may have about our Otways and Lorne wheelchair accessible accommodation.