About

Pennyroyal Otways Retreat is set on sixty acres of native bushland in the picturesque Pennyroyal Valley, surrounded by undulating farm land and native forest. Only 90 min from Melbourne, we are located just 15 minutes inland from Lorne and its surrounding beaches along The Great Ocean Road.

With long verandahs, cosy log fires, panoramic valley views from every cottage, no traffic and plenty of space to breathe, Pennyroyal Otways Retreat is the ideal countryside escape. Our three timber cottages are family friendly, fully self contained and  feature all the comforts of home plus more to ensure your stay will be both relaxing and memorable.

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Ideal for groups, families and couples alike, our property offers something for everyone, as we are able to provide private cottages for just one couple or the entire property for large groups – sleeping up to 30 people. Pennyroyal Otways Retreat is the perfect place for reunions, country weddings, large functions and special occasions with an enclosed barn that's just ideal for parties and other special occasions. Many memorable weddings have taken place under the stars beside the waterlily lake.

Take pleasure in leisurely walks around the farm land, enjoying the natural beauty of the Otways or maybe you just want to sit back and relax with a glass of wine on the verandah, spotting the kangaroos as the sun sets over the valley. The sweeping expanse of flat grassy land around the lake provides the perfect place for a game of cricket, a lazy afternoon lunch, yabby fishing or simply dozing in an outdoor chair under a shady willow.

Pennyroyal Otways Retreat is a haven for remarkable native plants, birds and small creatures. The local wildlife is abundant with many of the parrots feeding from your hand. At night the only sounds are the frogs calling in the lake, and the occasional owl talking to its neighbour.

Nature enthusiasts, beach goers wanting to dip their toes in the sea and general outdoor lovers will enjoy the combination of country charm that each cottage provides with the possibility to be beach side in Lorne within just 15 minutes if you decide. The perfect destination in which to escape the city for a week away. 

Come and explore everything that this splendid rural property has to offer.

**** We are dog-friendly however dogs are only allowed at management's discretion by prior arrangement ****