About Barbara Gear
25 years ago my husband Greg and I moved to Forrest to pursue the dream of building our own home. After many years of our labor of love we created a beautiful home, full of charm and inspiration. Having enjoyed living in Forrest whilst bringing up a family, we now would like to offer the experience to others. We hope you too may feel inspired and enjoy some time at the Coral Fern Retreat. Cheers, Barb
Why Barbara Gear chose Forrest
Coral Fern Retreat is surrounded by rainforest and a short walk into the township.
What makes this House unique
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Nothing short of perfect. Location, space, cleanliness, thoughtful touches - 5 stars for all!
Property is well maintained and looked after and there is a really homely feeling about this beautiful house. Walking distance to local brewery and cafe. Many beautiful walks around the corner,
Owner very responsive and committed to allowing guests to have the time of their lives.
Thank you Katharina for your kind words. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay and very grateful for the way in which you left our retreat, clean and tidy. You and your lovely family and friends are certainly welcome anytime! Barb and Greg
Beautiful House in Forrest
We recently stayed in Forrest for my husband's50th birthday at Coral Fern Retreat. Our first impressions of the property were that it was beautifully presented and there was so much attention to detail in every room of the house. The house was perfect for a family as we all had our own space but had a wonderful living area that we could all enjoy together in front of the fire.
The house was spotlessly clean and well maintained. Barbara had left lots of little extras for us to enjoy such as chocolates, biscuits and wine and the local eateries such as the Brewery and Chocolaterie provide lovely outing opportunities. We could not have enjoyed our stay more, thank you Barbara for such a great experience!
It was a pleasure to host Nicole and her family. You were wonderful guests and we appreciate your positive feedback and really happy that you enjoyed your stay. Barb and Greg
A genuine retreat.
This was a magical place to stay. The house was amazing with all the amenities you could possibly need nestled in a magnificent garden and gully. The owners are meticulous. A wonderful place to distress and explore the Otways.
Thank you Glenda, for your positive feedback. Really appreciate it and we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay. You and your friends were wonderful and very respectful guests. Regards Barb and Greg
If we could give 7 stars ( hotel style) we would. Warm, welcoming and such an outstanding garden giving it a secluded, private feel, yet a stones throw to the main street of Forrest. A wonderful place for a getaway. Thanks Barb and Greg.
Thankyou for staying at Coral Fern Retreat Kim and Leszek and for being wonderful guests. We really appreciate your feedback.
Barb and Greg
An idyllic sanctuary surrounded by lush nature!
This place is spick and span! We were in awe of the interior of the house; with such perfect comforts in every corner, each room beautifully decorated and thoughtful touches throughout. The kitchen was fully equipped and a delight to cook in and the bathroom has a gorgeous cast iron bath. It's a bird-watchers dream out in the garden with plenty of space to relax amongst the gum trees and take in the spectacular rainforest gully right out the back door! We couldn't speak more highly of this place and only wish our stay was longer. Thank you!
Thanks Nick, so glad you enjoyed your time at the retreat. It is a special place and one of it's features is the quiet location with the native rainforest surrounding the property. Regards, Barb and Greg
Beautiful gardens and hone. So many thoughtful and generous touches of hospitality. Gorgeous kitchen fully equipped Wonderful place to stay!
Thanks so much Deborah, we really appreciate your feedback and are so pleased you and your family/friends enjoyed your stay. Also thank you for the way in which you left our retreat, clean and tidy. You are welcome back anytime. Barb and Greg