Welcome to Wattle Hill, a holiday house designed for rest and relaxation surrounded by natural beauty.
Our house is only a 5 minute drive from the Forrest township, but you will feel a million miles from anywhere. You are surrounded by stunning scenery, with not another house in sight.
You are guaranteed to see a variety of colourful native birds, and we regularly see wallabies, kangaroos, koalas and echidnas.
Our 30 acre property sits on the edge of the Otway Ranges National Park. You can stroll along the Barwon River that forms one boundary of the property. Or walk through a gate into the national park where you can walk, ride or drive in the magnificent mountain ash forest. Or simply chill out on the hammock or day bed on the deck, or cosy up in front of the fire.
The house is warm and comfortable, with beautiful views from most rooms, and decks on three sides of the house. On the western side of the house is a large covered deck with outdoor dining setting, day bed and barbeque.
There are three bedrooms, two with double beds, and one with a set of bunks. We love to cook and we renovated the kitchen last year so it features modern appliances, quality cookware and a wide range of sauces, herbs and spices.
It's a great place to come all year round. In summer you can swim in the river, walk, mountain bike and generally make the most of the outdoors. In winter, you can cosy up by the fire or explore the local area with its wineries, historical sites and towns.
We are keen walkers and mountain bikers and have explored much of the local area - and will be happy to assist you with information.
Forrest is a small town nestled in the Otway Ranges that is a two-hour drive from Melbourne, 20 minutes from Colac (the nearest big town) and 45 minutes from Lorne and Apollo Bay.
It has a general store, several cafes, pub and brewery/restaurant, and has become well known for its range of high quality single track mountain bike trails. There are over 60 km of marked tracks that have been designed for mountain bikers. The trails offer experiences for all rider levels with trail grading from Easiest to Extremely Difficult.
The Otway Ranges National Park is a large wilderness area famous for beautiful walks, drives, lakes and waterfalls. We particularly recommend a visit to Lake Elizabeth, which is a 10 minute drive from the house and features magnificent scenery and lovely walks.
The house is 45 minutes from the world-famous Great Ocean Road, with its pristine beaches and wonderful scenery and great places to visit and eat out.
Features and pricing
Sleeps 6 people in three bedrooms (2 x double bedrooms, 1 x bunk)
New modern cooks kitchen
House available with linen or without
Lounge with Coonara wood heater
TV, video and DVD player
CD player and radio
Books and board games
Braun coffee machine
Bathroom with separate toilet
Linen available for hire
Early check in/late check out
You can arrive at the house at 4pm on your day of booking (or possibly earlier by arrangement). Check out is 11am on the day of your departure, however, if no other guests are due, we are happy to make this later.
Gravel access road
Please note that the house is accessed via a 1.5 km gravel road that is generally fine for 2WD vehicles but not for cars with a low ground clearance.
The house sleeps a maximum of 6 people.
There is a 2 night minimum booking. Rates are as follows:
Weekend: $440 for the first two nights, additional nights $195 per night
Weekday: $390 for the first two nights, additional nights $150 per night
Book for a week and get one night free!
From 24 Dec 2015-7 January 2016, the charge is $250 per night over this period.
These costs do not include the supply of linen. Pillows and doonas are supplied.
Linen is available at an additional cost of $30 per room.