Top ten in Australia for Best Guest Experience from Star Ratings Australia, Hall of Fame in TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence.
Countrywide Cottages offer fabulous self-contained accommodation, set within 10 hectares of beautiful native bushland that borders the Otway Forest Park.
The cottages are located just 25 minutes drive through the Otway Ranges from Lorne and 1½ hours from the West Gate Bridge.
We know there are many who claim it, but we are truly dog friendly! We don't have a million rules, because we have found from 16 years of experience, that people travelling with their dogs are absolutely worthy of trust! Dogs are welcomed inside, with beds, blankets, bowls and home made treats. There are furniture covers for the couch potatoes. Each cottage has a huge securely fenced yard out front for their fun and freedom. There are many off-leash areas for you to give your dogs a great run, including a large dam in which they can swim if they are so inclined. With all this, and the long bushwalks from your door, you are sure to take home an exhausted pooch!
We have 4 cottages onsite, one of which is wheelchair friendly, that are spacious and meticulously clean. They are well spread across the 6 hectares of bush land in which they sit, so there are no dogs on the other side of your fence to cause trouble to yours. Each cottage has 2 or 3 bedrooms and can sleep up to 5 to 9 people. They are individually decorated and each cottage includes a fully-equipped kitchen, dining setting and comfortable lounge with wood fire and entertainment. Outside, there is a large verandah and a bonfire area where guests can enjoy a wood BBQ or camp fire. Set amongst the gum trees with bush views and well away from each other, they offer a truly private and relaxing country experience.
There is a large recreation area with covered gas BBQ facilities, pool table and surrounding lawns which are ideal for a game of football or cricket.
Enjoy bushwalking, mountain biking or bird watching on the large property, or try your hand at fishing in the dam which is well-stocked with yabbies.
Countrywide Cottages are located on a hobby farm where guests are welcome to visit an array of animals including our alpacas, sheep and chickens...eggs are finders keepers.
"Our fourth visit with our Border Collie Bella. There's no place I've been to that understands the relationships between dogs and people (or are they the same?). Can't wait for our fifth visit. Thanks Di." - Bruce (January 2017)
"This is one of the most beautiful settings that I have ever stayed in..." - Jackie (January 2017)
"I think the most important thing to note is that while some places are 'dog friendly' (dogs allowed on the property outside only) Countrywide is 'dog loving'..." - Sunfun (January 2017)
Nightly rates from
From $165 per night for our 4 night mid-week special to $350 per night in the highest peak period
• BBQ facilities
• Disabled access
• Laundry facilities
• Pets allowed - view details