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Countrywide Cottages
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Great getaway with kids or without”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2012

Immaculate modern cottages in a bushland setting. Kids loved the farm animals, feeding the wild parrots, catching (and cooking) yabbies and exploring the bush tracks - and so did we! Close to surrounding towns and a 20 min drive to Lorne there's plenty to see and do. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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DiCountrywide, Owner at Countrywide Cottages, responded to this review, February 12, 2012
Hi Troy and Margot...thank you so much for the fabulous review!! We shall make sure the yabbies grow big and fat for your next visit!!
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

I can't recommend this place highly enough.
My husband, Percy our dog and I stayed here (in the Igloo cottage) for a few days early Jan this year and had a wonderful time. We received a warm welcome from the owner Di and upon entry to the cottage found it immaculate, modern and containing everything you would need for a self contained holiday. Although there are 3 other cottages, its extremely private and you are really one with nature (or in this case bushland!). We found it a extremely peaceful and a great place to unwind without worrying about your dog being safe or unhappy. Percy was in heaven and had a wonderful time feeling completely at home!!
For us this was a couples trip (plus Percy) but would be suited to anyone whether travelling alone, with friends or family even if you don't have a dog. We met a family there who come back every year and don't have one. This is the kind of place that gets a high number of returning visitors which says a lot about the quality and service Countrywide Cottages offer. We will most definitely be back for another trip.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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DiCountrywide, Owner at Countrywide Cottages, responded to this review, January 31, 2012
Hi there Briony....wow - what a great review! Thank you so much. It is always fabulous to hear people talk about the peace and privacy you can find here - part of the reason I love it so much myself!! Next time Percy will be even happier - we are installing fencing around the front of each cottage very shortly, so that our canine guests can get a bit more exersize and go home even more exhausted!!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

We've originally booked these cabins for a weekend getaway with friends and our puppies in June. We had such a great time at the cabins and surrounding activities that the Otways offer we booked up for Christmas with much demand from the puppies who liked their dog beds, bowls and home made biscuits! The first trip was during the winter and the cabins were very cosy and warm with a roaring fire to enjoy with a glass of wine. The dogs loved the freedom of running through the woods and around the cottage. The Otway trail gave us plenty to do and see.

The second trip we took our visiting family group of 13 of all ages from Perth, London and Glasgow along with us who all loved it. Ned's Shed gave us a good spot to cater for a large group BBQ and the cabins were fully equipped to enable us to cook a traditional Christmas dinner.

Di was very accommodating and helped us with things to do, an extra table and a friendly welcoming smile.

We're now planning our third trip in the winter. A perfect getaway for people who like getting away with their kids (dogs!), enjoy fine local produce and being amongst nature.

Danny & Craig

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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DiCountrywide, Owner at Countrywide Cottages, responded to this review, January 29, 2012
Hi Danny and Craig...thank you so much for the fabulous review!! I am glad you enjoyed your big Christmas celebration here with us. Looking forward to seeing you again in the cosy winter....
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Halls Gap
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

We recently stayed at Country Wide Cottages in Bambra near Lorne Vic and had a very relaxing stay that was certainly not long enough. The cottages are well set up with everything you need, very clean and spaced well away from each other to provide privacy and personal space. We travelled with our blind Labrador and she loved it. The front verandah had secure fencing all around and once she worked out the boundaries she was very comfortable (including the dog bed by the fire supplied by Di). The clearly marked tracks around the property are great for a stroll and Cloe the dog loved that too with all the new smells to interest her she also had a great time with Di’s floppy eared rabbit who loved running around his hutch and showing off although Cloe couldn’t see him they were very close to each other through the wire and it was lovely to see them both. Di is a very friendly operator with lots of knowledge about where to go in the area. The drive to the coast is very easy and we had a lovely lunch at the Wye River Pub overlooking the ocean. Lorne is nearby if you want a bit more action.

Room Tip: All units are well spaced away from each other we stayed in Igloo on the end so it was very private
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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DiCountrywide, Owner at Countrywide Cottages, responded to this review, January 29, 2012
Hi Bill and Ros....thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us - and such a resounding one!! I am glad Cloe enjoyed her time as well, making friends with the bunnies etc. I hope you are still enjoying the benefits of your holiday with us.
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Mornington, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

Hi



I just wanted to tell everyone how wonderful a holiday we had at

Countrywide Cottages DeanMarsh/Bambra a couple of weeks ago.



Our 2 gorgeous golden retrievers (and our 2 x donkeys!!!) had

a wonderful time. The fact that we could allow them almost 100%

freedom was a bliss.

Their creature comforts were just wonderful.

Hand made food, clean dog beads, rugs, you name it, all was there

for our two to enjoy and savour.



The added fact that they could not only walk everywhere and run and

play, the added bonus of a huge dam for swimming was just heaven

on a stick for them…

I am sure if they could talk, they would like to keep going back and

back again..



Well done Di and Stuart , your place if amazing.

Keep up the good work.



See you again real soon.











regards,



JUNE WATERWORTH

Room Tip: " any cabin would be just fine"
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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DiCountrywide, Owner at Countrywide Cottages, responded to this review, January 29, 2012
Hi June and co....we really appreciate your great review - thanks so much!! It was a delight to have you stay with us - and the added bonus of meeting your two beautiful donkeys. I'll be putting up a couple of great photos on our facebook page shortly!! Have a look at facebook.com/countrywidecottages Thanks again!
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Sunbury, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

Fantastic weekend away for our friends wedding just up the road. Was a great place to base ourselves for the weekend with people from around Australia joining us. Di was so helpful when 1 of our party got stuck in Melbourne keeping us updated on his progress with our limited phone reception (which was nice). We loved being able to stroll around the property, the boys enjoyed trying their hand at yabbing and our friends from Sydney wished they had brought their 2 year old who would have loved the farm stay. The cottages had everything we needed and were so spacious. We will be back for sure and have recommended this to a number of our friends who have weddings down that way in the coming months.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

We had such a lovely time and our two girls just loved it! It was great that they had their own little area to run around and sniff everything! It was so relaxing and exactly what we needed after a long long year! Oh and my girls loved to swim in the lake and have a bark at the lama and sheep... natural instincts...LOL!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Countrywide Cottages

Property: Countrywide Cottages
Address: 1205 Winchelsea-Deans Marsh Rd, Bambra, Victoria 3241, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Bambra
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Bambra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Countrywide Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We consistently receive 5 star TripAdvisor reviews from our fabulous guests! Our property features four self contained cottages surrounded by bushland. Just 1.5 hours drive from the Westgate bridge in Melbourne and 25 minutes drive from Lorne, you can be away from it all in no time. All AAA 4 star rated, choose from the two bedroom Ferny Reach and Igloo (disabled access) or the three bedroom cottages, the Villa and Canopy. Your dogs are most welcome. We proudly hold the 5 Paws Rating for Best Pet Friendly Accommodation from Holidaying with Dogs. Take in the bushwalks from your door, bring the children to help us feed the animals, or just relax by the fire. Private bonfires during the winter months. Enjoy a game of pool in the recreation area. ... more   less 
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