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Johanna Seaside Cottages
Reviewed February 26, 2013

We spent much time to find this peaceful place, but it worth that. We found that Johanna was in an excellent location to access parts of the Great Ocean Walk between Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles. There are 7 cottages in this property , that best suitable for our five families. There are farm, indoor heated pool, the chook shed (for fresh eggs) and the vege garden. Our kids enjoy picking fresh eggs and vegetables. At night, we saw the bright stars and beautiful galaxy , amazing experience for our kids living in the big city , getting little chance to see that. We also enjoy that peaceful valley and beautiful ocean view. We hope that we can have more days stay and enjoy it more.
Thanks Joy for making our trip to Australia such a wonderful and particular. We will recommend our friends to come and enjoy Johanna Seaside Cottages in the future.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Joy E, Owner at Johanna Seaside Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

Many thanks for taking the time to write your valuable feed back. I am glad your family had such a good experience at Johanna Seaside. The stars over Johanna Seaside and the Southern Ocean are amazing.
I enjoyed meeting all your lovely family, it is a pleasure to share the property with people who appreciate the quiet country side. .Hope to see you back at Johanna in the future.

Best wishes from Joy & Staff at Johanna Seaside.

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We stayed at Johanna in the first week of February, staying in both Glen Tara and Rivernook cottages.
The location is ideal with each of the cottages being well placed so as not to be overlooked at all whilst affording great views of the river valley and / or the sea. The accommodation and equipment supplied has been very well thought out too.
The sense of history around the area is highlighted in literature within the cottages and gives an indication of the effort and personality that has gone into creating an excellent and less run of the mill choice.
Joy knows pretty much everything you could ever want to know about the area and it is the personal involvement that makes this such a welcoming place to stay.
From picking veggies and collecting the freshest eggs I've ever eaten to spotting platypus and other wildlife there are many things to do here apart from the actual beach - which is stunning.
Staying here is perfect if you look for quality and real value, but also given the choice on the Great Ocean Road, here you get personality and friendliness which to me means so much, rather than just renting someones second home.
We would recommend staying here to anyone in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Joy E, Owner at Johanna Seaside Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2013

The Johanna Seaside staff are delighted you loved our cottages and the property’s offerings. Thank you for taking the time to let future guests know about our little piece of heaven. It is a pleasure to share it with guests who appreciate our part of the world. We hope to see you back soon.

Kind Regards Joy and Staff

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We enjoyed a wonderful stay with our two dogs at the farm house at the end of last year. It was lovely to have a place that was so relaxed and secluded, and very convenient to bring our two big dogs to. The yard was great to have for them at the house (though there was a hole in the fence up near the chooks that we forgot to mention on our departure because it did not affect our stay too much) and it was lovely to have a place to bring them to run around where they could still sleep in front of a fire.

The owner was lovely and welcoming and though we were right near the main office we barely noticed there was a world beyond our little private 'farm'. A nice healthy walk with our dogs across the paddocks to the ocean was delightful (perhaps we are more used to 'walking' further than most because we do it all the time with our dogs, but it really didn't seem that far to us... this IS a working farm after all. Magnificent green (rainbows end) spot for a RURAL retreat for the family or for those with 'big furbabies'.... which was what we were looking for.

Room Tip: The farm house is perfect for those with dogs/families and who want a 'home away from home'...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Joy E, Owner at Johanna Seaside Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2013

Thank you for the great feed back. I am pleased you liked the property and hope to see you back at Johanna in the future.

Best wishes and kind regards
Joy

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Upon arriving at Joanna Seaside Cottages, we were warmly greeted by Joy who gave us a friendly country welcome. When we arrived at our cottage we were not dissappointed, we felt cozy as soon as we walked in as the wood fire was already going for us, we could not have asked for more, and felt relaxed immediately, even our dogs settled in straight away on their comfy dog beds.
We felt Joanna was excellent value as the cottage was immaculate, comfortable and roomy. We had all the cooking tools we needed.
The views from our accomodation was spectacular, we particularly loved sunset as we sat on the deck with a glass of wine overlooking the coast. The walk to the beach was relatively long, however it was a beautiful walk and our dogs loved being off leash to get there, they had a wonderful time as did my husband and myself.
We also enjoyed the procession of cows going past as they made their way to the milking shed. I would highly recommend Joanna Seaside Cottages. Thanks Joy for making our holiday such a pleasant experience.

Room Tip: We stayed in "Rivernook" which is a little further than the other cottages, however, it ha...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Joy E, Owner at Johanna Seaside Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2012

Thank you for your review Karen. I am glad to hear that you had an enjoyable, relaxing time at Johanna. We pride our cottages on being well equipped so that you do not lack anything you may need to be comfortable. I am always proud to be able to share with guests the unique environment which we live in, and am glad that you appreciate it. We look forward to having you stay with us at Johanna in the future!

Best Wishes,
Joy & Staff

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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We stayed here with our two dogs in April of this year. The cottage was clean and comfortable, and had everything we could have possibly needed for our stay. The furnishings were more than adequate, the bed more comfortable than what I have at home, and everything was impeccably clean.

There was a yard for the dogs, as well as kennel. They were both in their element, exploring the paddocks and bushland.

The view is spectacular: wild ocean to expansive sands, wide green pastures to the dark lush canopy of the Otways.

We spent our days meandering down to the beach or exploring the bush. Come equipped with food, or arrange to have meals delivered, as the nearest shops are a drive away.

The walk to the beach is about about ten minutes and is very pleasant.

If you're looking for a peaceful holiday away from the noise and lights of the city, then this is for you.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Joy E, Owner at Johanna Seaside Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2012

Thank you for the wonderful review Renee.
The staff and myself appreciate the feed back it is very encouraging to us all and great help for people looking to choose accommodation.
Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you back at Johanna in the future.

Kind Regards
Joy and Staff at Johanna Seaside.

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Reviewed July 31, 2012

Our second trip to the cottages, this time with two children and we were not dissappointed. Spectacular views of the ocean and farm from our cottage (Rivernook). Stunning accommodation, warm, clean and comfortable, that was both child and dog friendly. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare our meals and the vegie garden and chickens ensured that we didn't run short of food at the end of our holiday. Our 2 children aged 3 and 5 absolutely loved the farm and did not want to leave, We all felt very much at home and this was helped by Joy who made us all feel extremely welcome, no question was left unanswered and all requests were met without any sense of difficulty. The swimming pool was a hit with the children. Gumboots were a useful part of our wardrobe and enabled us to get into the paddocks to explore the farm. We all loved the opportunity to experience a little of the farm life, in particular the chance to experience the new calves. The ability to walk to the beautiful beach from our cottage was a bonus. Thank you Joy for a wonderful, relaxing break away from the city. We will be back.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Johanna C, Owner at Johanna Seaside Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2012

Thank you very much Kerri for taking the time to write the wonderful review of Johanna Seaside. It is lovely to see the children experience country life and have an understanding of how farms work. We look forward to seeing you all back at Johanna Seaside in the future.
Best wishes Joy and Staff

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Reviewed July 6, 2012

After reading many reviews from this area we decided on Johanna beach seaside cottages. The cottage we stayed in was secluded on top of a hill nearby the main homestead. It was too far and too steep to walk to the beach but an easy drive to Johanna beach. The cottage was cosy and warm with both a gas log fire and reverse cycle air conditioning. The cottage had everything we needed for a short stay and Joy the owner was friendly and welcoming. The location is perfect with easy access to the 12 Apostles as well as a range of beach and National Park walks. Apollo Bay is also an easy 30 min drive away. There was no coverage for my vodaphone connection but my 3G Telstra worked well. The cottage also had a full size washing machine with washing powder supplied. Also provided was a small range of toiletries and great satellite tv coverage.

Room Tip: Eaglenest has glimpses of the ocean and good views of the rolling hills.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Johanna C, Owner at Johanna Seaside Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Johanna Seaside accommodation. The staff and I really appreciate your feed back and fantastic word of mouth referrrals. I look forward to having you stay with us back at Johanna in the future. Best wishes Joy and Staff.

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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: $153 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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