Country Wide Cottages

Countrywide Cottages, Surf Coast, Victoria

Accessible coastal, bush and pooch friendly cottage charm.

 DATE: March 2017

VENUE: Countrywide Cottages 1205 Deans-Marsh Road, Bambra, Victoria,3241

CONTACT: Di Schulze 03 5288 7399 or 0419 114 786

PURPOSE: Pet friendly and accessible holiday accommodation. 4 beautifully furnished and maintained cabins with 1 extensively designed for inclusive living.

My review is on this accessible cabin called the Igloo.

Di has all building and doorway measurements and specs on her very comprehensive website which makes it easy to know just how comfortable you will be. She is amazingly hospitable and ready and willing to assist with any queries from tourist information to hiring of disability aids.

PARKING: brilliant open space in front of each fully fenced cabin.


RATING: Where 1 is don’t bother and 5 is gotta come back. – a BIG 5 out of 5


Di runs a fantastic dog friendly accommodation business. Set amid tall pine trees and bracken fern the area feels very snug and isolated with each of the 4 large cottages spaced very far apart .

Gaz, Banjo and I stayed with another couple and their pup. Upon entry into the Igloo we found not only made up beds and towels but beautiful home cooked biscuits – both canine and human varieties as well as a food and drink bowl per dog and a comfy bed and 2 sheets in case they liked to sleep on the couch – such lucky comfort hounds.

Staying onsite is a very charming option for those wishing to just unwind and relax. The cottages have large fenced rear yards, outdoor benches and table and a games/pool room a short walk away. With bird seed also complimentary upon arrival we enjoyed the colourful afternoon arrival of local Parrots on the verandah.

Being only 20-30 minutes drive from Lorne, Torquay or Geelong the cottages offer wonderful serenity while being close to many recreational venues and areas. Check out the Surf Coast Shire website for all this area has to offer. We picked up a very resourceful Lorne Access Township Map from Di which has recharge stations for motorised devices listed among other helpful accessible features.

There are plenty of walking trails around the Surf Coast Shire with a few being quite accessible. We fully intended to hire the TrailRider ( free with a $100 fully refundable bond) but a small sherpa injury interrupted that plan. The TrailRider is a unique looking 1 wheeled cart type vehicle that a person of limited mobility sits in. The TrailRider requires 2 fit people (the Sherpas) at the front and rear to steer and push, enabling the traversing of paths and tracks that are inaccessible by wheelchairs and scooters. Definitely worth checking out!!

Our cottage, the Igloo, was very clean with every facility available to us to ensure our stay was comfortable and fun.

We could cook our meals in the kitchen set out with a roll under sink and stovetop. The working area was large and easy to move around in for two to three adults with one being a  wheelchair user.

The roomy accessible bathroom was very easy to use with the manual chair and walking frame. We took up the option of hiring a toilet/shower frame for a mere $25 for the stay so our biggest travel consideration became a breeze.

I have included our photos here but you will find even more professional pictures on the Countrywide Cottages website.

Di has created a wonderful holiday and rest retreat that we (and my friends) thoroughly recommend.

Just perfect for couples, friends and families of all abilities with or without your pooches.


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