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Pet Friendly

We treat your pet to 5 star luxury.

  1. “…There is no doubt why you have been voted the Best Pet Friendly Accommodation – I can’t put in words just hat a wonderful time we all had, and we have been telling all of our pet mad friends too…” Jemima and Mark
  2. “…We are extremely fussy about so called “dog friendly” accommodation…we have stayed at places that make great claims and fail dismally. Our dogs are family, they live inside and are truly loved beyond words. Countrywide really did impress us….” Michelle and David
  3. “…everything was perfect and loved every minute of it and so did Bookie.  I dont know how many times we heard him crying at the fence only to be lifted over and run of into the bracken to return with a ball…he must have sniffed out 10 or 12 of them.  Never known a dog with a better nose, LOL…”  Graham, Casey and Bookie

Pet friendly? Your better believe it! We were nominated for the Best Pet Friendly accommodation in the nation in 2015 and are proud to have held the 5 Paw Rating for Dog Friendly Accommodation since 2008 from Holidaying with Dogs –  one of just a handful in Australia!  See below for more information!

We know your dog is as much a part of the family as the people within it – this is why we go all out to make them feel at home.  Happy dogs, happy people!  We provide a cosy bed, with blanket and bowls, home made dog treats and fabulous rain water to welcome your canine pal on arrival.  We even leave some furniture cover sheets for the couch potatoes among the party.

Your dog will love the open spaces and long bush walks.   Our huge dam is securely fenced so that your dog/s can be off leash for some happy galloping and perhaps a swim or two.  The yards around the cottages also ensure that they can play with relish and you don’t need to worry about them running off into the bush after all those interesting new smells.  Because our cottages are at least 50 – 75 meters apart, there is minimal risk of finding another dog on the other side of your fence.

Your Assistance Animals are, naturally, most welcome too!


  1. The accommodation has certainly exceeded our expectations and after visiting many dog friendly properties this is certainly the best.
    Rob and Tanya, and our dogs Molly and Wilson

Here at Countrywide Cottages, we pride ourselves on the meticulous cleanliness of our cottages.  Please be assured you won’t see evidence of previous guests pets in your cottage when you stay here in our Lorne dog friendly accommodation!

  1. We all loved the species-specific cookies!
    Olivia, Tom, Dougal and Riley

Dogs are allowed in the Otway Forest Park just beyond our back fence too – a wonderful spot to take advantage of our Great Ocean Road dog friendly accommodation , so let them drag you along for a walk and take home a happily exhausted little mate.  There are also lots of dog friendly beaches within half an hours drive also, for the salt water fiends.


5 Paws Awards

You may have heard of the Holidaying with Dogs books and its’ 5 Paws awards. These awards were given to accommodation providers who demonstrate the quality of their product through the votes of their past guests.  Guests with the most creative entries are in with a great chance to win one of three national prizes.

We seem to attract the cleverest of guests. In 2006, a guest of ours was one of the three national winners of the competition and in 2008 we were lucky enough to find that two of our guests were national winners.  In 2010, we had a runner up also. We were pretty chuffed!

  1. It’s great to find such an amazing place where the whole family is really welcome, including our Sarsha… hope you get the 5 Paw friendliest accommodation award, we have certainly voted for you.



Horses are welcome to stay at Countrywide Cottages  – true Otways pet friendly holiday accommodation! Come and ride the Otway Forest Park straight from your door.  What a treat for both you and your horse!  Please BYO tack and hay.

It’s great to be able to go away and take all the members of your family, including the furry ones!
Pris, Paul and Sami

horse at dam 800

Check out the self contained accommodation Otway Ranges on offer at Countrywide Cottages.