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Johanna Seaside Cottages
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Melbourne
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Loved this place :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2011

I was fortunate enough to be given 5 nights at Johanna Seaside Cottages as a present from my parents. It turned out that the only available cottage was the big "farmhouse"... and we loved it!! We had no ocean views at all but we still had the most fantastic stay - just loved picking vegies in the vegie patch and collecting eggs in the morning :)

Everyone was lovely and helpful and the farmhouse was so big - but so clean! Our favourite activity was the walks we went on, trying to spot the koalas.. we did this for hours and found so many. I was 33 back then but felt like a kid, I was so excited. For us it was a really peaceful trip after a stressful few months.. I'll never forget sitting in the living area and reading a book when I looked up and saw a huge herd of cows directly outside the window!

Although it wasn't winter, it was cold when we visited and I just adored having the fire going - it was so cozy and I'd go again when it's cooler because it just felt so good.

Staff were lovely and we hope return soon :)

(PS We actually visited in 2009 but I can't get the pull down menu to suggest options other than 2011)

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Johanna C, Owner at Johanna Seaside Cottages, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
Thank you for the great feed back, I am glad you liked the environment, farm and cows, hope to see you back in the future.
Kind regards Joy & Staff
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Dalmeny, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2011

From the moment I saw the view from the lounge room and bedroom windows, I felt that "Rivernook" at Johanna Seaside Cottages was a very special place. In one direction I saw the ocean and rugged cliffs and in the other direction rolling green hills dotted with dairy cattle. I felt privileged to share Joy Evan's spectacular property and stay here for a week.

We found that Johanna was in an excellent location to access parts of the Great Ocean Walk between Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles - in fact it goes right past the property. We were central to the beauty of the Otways (including the Otway Fly), the gourmet food trail near Timboon (chocolates, cheese, wine and berries) and the Otway Lightstation (with its many koalas).

The cottage itself is well equipped with a full kitchen, spa bath, washing machine, bbq, airconditioning and wood log fire. As guests we also had access to the indoor heated pool, the chook shed (for fresh eggs) and the vege garden.

Each cottage is completely separate from other guests so your privacy is guaranteed. We couldn't think of a better place to spend a week in this spectacular part of Victoria.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Johanna C, Owner at Johanna Seaside Cottages, responded to this review, July 25, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am glad you had a good experience at Johanna Seaside. Our plan of the property when building the cottages was to make each fully self-contained with privacy and personal space in mind; so as not to spoil the environment and for the reason you mentioned. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you back at Johanna.
Kind regards Joy & Staff
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2011

What a wonderful place to stay, we will never forget the views, the peace, the clean air and cosy cottage. Fantastic.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Johanna C, Owner at Johanna Seaside Cottages, responded to this review, July 25, 2012
Thanks for the review I am glad you found the property peaceful and cosy and the family had a good time.
Best wishes
Joy & Staff
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2011

Lovely pet friendly holidays, do as much or as little as suits. There are walking tracks, beaches, chooks, fresh veggies and swimming pool on site. Apollo bay and lavers hill are a short drive away, as is the otway fly in great otway national park. See koalas and wallabies, cows, sheep and horses while walking, biking or driving! Enjoy private views from your cottage while having a bbq or lounge next to the gas fire with a glass of wine. Joy and her staff are always willing to help out including delivery of scrumptious local cuisine and bookings at other local venues. We will return!

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Johanna C, Owner at Johanna Seaside Cottages, responded to this review, July 25, 2012
Thanks for the review, I am glad you enjoyed the delivery of scrumptious local cuisine a service to help make your stay special. Look forward to seeing you back at Johanna Seaside.
Kind Regards Joy & Staff
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2011

The most spectacular place we've ever stayed at, gorgeous cottage and views are amazing, a PERFECT place for a romantic weedend. The wonderful Joy is the warmest lady and makes you feel like family so much that she was lovely to cuddle which l did. We would highly recommend Johanna Seaside Cottages to everyone. Joy is also a fantastic tour guide and has an amazing knowledge of her heritage and all of the wonders of the Great Ocean Road. We cant wait to go back. l already miss Joy and Eaglenest.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Johanna C, Owner at Johanna Seaside Cottages, responded to this review, July 25, 2012
Heaven on the Hillside will always be waiting for you to return. Many thanks for the great review and I look forward to another cuddle, I have been in the accommodation industry for 25 years so feel thrilled you appreciated my knowledge of the history of the area and our property.
Best wishes Joy & Staff at Johanna Seaside
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2011

Really loved the five days we spent in the Johanna Cottage.

The farm is well equipped with heated (30 degrees!) swimming pool, chooks (fresh eggs daily), veggie garden, top notch accommodation and a beachfront location that's second to none. For hikers, the choice of walks is great with on farm bush and rainforest options aswell as the beach/great ocean walk.

We saw many calves being born and enjoyed feeding the chickens. As city slickers it was educational for not only the kids but us adults as well.

Joy and her team are to be commended for their standard of service and business.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Johanna C, Owner at Johanna Seaside Cottages, responded to this review, July 25, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Glad you enjoyed the walks on the property and the indoor pool which we have now renovated; we think it looks great.
Thanks again we look forward to seeing you back at Johanna Seaside
Kind Regards Joy & Staff
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2011

Spectacular location right across the dunes from Johanna Beach, awesome view across the dairy farm as well. Joy is the ultimate hostess, nothing is too much trouble and her knowledge of the local area is second to none.
Johanna Beach is right near the halfway mark for the Great Ocean Road, so makes the perfect base for day trips to the various attractions in the area.
And did I mention they have KING SIZE BEDS? Yee ha!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Johanna C, Owner at Johanna Seaside Cottages, responded to this review, July 25, 2012
Many thanks for the flattering review we love guests to have a good time and see as much of the property and the Otways as possible. After all the exploring you would have needed a good king bed. Thanks again
Best wishes Joy & Staff
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Property: Johanna Seaside Cottages
Address: Red Johanna Road | Johanna Beach, Johanna, Victoria 3238, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Johanna
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Johanna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Johanna Seaside Cottages provides fantastic Great Ocean Road accommodation offering guests an experience that covers both the quaint attraction of rural living and seaside adventures. With 5 lovely beach cottages for you to choose from, this is one of the most popular romantic getaways Victoria has to offer, you've come to the right place. This pet friendly, Great Ocean Road accommodation is simply marvellous.At Johanna Seaside, we offer the complete package - a place filled with beauty that ensures your privacy along with the choice of all of benefits of modern technology right at your fingertips. Feel the warm sand on your toes as you walk on our beachfront, with the wind in your hair as you rush towards the welcoming blue waters. Our secluded beach cottages provide you with your own private piece of paradise. Discover this Great Ocean Road accommodation in an untouched location that ensures total seclusion, utter peace and complete tranquillity. ... more   less 
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