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A new way to stay in the Otways

Welcome to Pennyroyal Otways Retreat

This country property is an ideal place to relax and unwind with no traffic and plenty of space to breathe. Our sixty acres embraces both native forest and rolling farm land with alpacas, sheep, goats and many native birds & animals calling us home.

This peaceful country setting will renew and inspire you. We encourage our guests to experience a slower, quieter, more connected time with nature, away from the hectic pace of the everyday world.

Choose from three accomodation options

Resplendent against the valley hillside, all three family friendly cottages enjoy sweeping views of the spectacular & tranquil Pennyroyal Valley. The long verandahs are perfect for summer siestas, whilst the wood burning fires make winter a cosy delight.

The Farmhouse

Bedroom Icon 7 bedrooms
Bathroom Icon 3 1/2 bathrooms

The Farmhouse is the largest of all our timber cottages and sleeps up to 16 people. This idyllic cottage looks down the valley, across the lake and along neighbouring hills.

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Forest Cottage

Bedroom Icon 3 bedrooms
Bathroom Icon 2 bathrooms

This wonderfully large natural timber cottage sits alongside the State Forest with sweeping views of our Kangaroo Valley below. Sleeps up to 8 people.

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Lakeview Cottage

Bedroom Icon 2 bedrooms
Bathroom Icon 1 bathrooms

This charming cottage sits on the hill overlooking the lake and has magnificent views of neighboring pastoral land. Large enough to cater for up to 2 adults and 3 children comfortably

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Our Location

725 Pennyroyal Valley Rd. Pennyroyal, Otways Victoria

Pennyroyal is only 90 minutes from Melbourne and just 15 minutes inland from Lorne, The Great Ocean Road and its surrounding beaches. Our location provides the perfect pathway for those wanting to explore the greater Lorne Hinterland, Surf Coast, Apollo Bay, The 12 Apostles and beyond.

With Lorne, Birregurra, Deans Marsh & Forrest so close you don’t have to travel far to enjoy coastal beaches, local berry farms, restaurants & wineries, walking & mountain bike trails,The Otway Fly, fishing and other outdoor pursuits.

On the Property

Sorrounded by native wildlife, lush rainforest, lakes, farm animals and a meandering creek. There are plenty of reasons to love staying at Pennyroyal Retreat.

Pennyroyal Creek

We are privileged to have this beautiful creek meandering through the property. The purposefully planted native trees that line its banks provide a natural corridor for local wildlife to journey into the state forests. If you're patient and quiet you may be fortunate enough to spot yourself a platypus but ssshhh!

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Native Wildlife

Pennyroyal Otways Retreat is home to a large number of animals and spectacular native trees. Native birds, platypus, kangaroos and echidnas are just a number of the many flora and fauna inhabiting this peaceful property.

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Alpacas

We are on a sprawling 60 acres of farmland with alpacas, sheep residing in the fields below each cottage. The Alpacas are gentle & curious animals, we encourage you to walk around the grounds and admire these amazing creatures. They can be a little timid but a handful of grass might encourage them over.

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The Lakes

Ideally positioned, we have two lakes that provide great enjoyment for our guests. The sweeping stretch of flat grassy land around the water offers everyone the opportunity to picnic besides the lake, organise a game of cricket or simply doze in an outdoor chair under a shady willow tree. During the summer months the lake fills with the most spectacular water lilies - making for the perfect backdrop to a lazy day in the sunshine. Children and adults alike will enjoy taking the paddle boat out, fishing for yabbies or maybe a game of football or cricket on the grassy green flats.

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Buddha's Garden

Located on a secluded path up amongst the manna gums and tree ferns, this peaceful hideaway is perfect for those wanting to find a place to meditate , practice thai chi or maybe just read a book. There are secret paths, winding trails and ferny nooks. Small wedding parties have found this to be an idyllic location - a little rain forest all to yourself !

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The Barn

Don't let the name fool you - there has never been an animal in it! This wonderful eclectic space is perfect for guests to enjoy futztball, table tennis, table soccer or a few beers and a game of darts. The toys, bowling and bikes for little ones to play with keep everyone happy. Located amongst the towering gums on the forests edge, its a peaceful hideaway that can be all yours.

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Local Attractions

If you're looking to get away for the day, there are plenty of nearby activities and places to explore.

Sports

Mountain or trail bike riding. Fishing – local rivers or coastal piers. Golf.

Food & Drink

Local wineries, Berry farms – pick your own and stay for lunch. Lorne is just 15 minutes away - cafes and shops.

Nature

Discover local waterfalls and bushwalking trails. Enjoy coastal beaches for swimming, surfing or just a stroll.

Adventure

Discover The Otway Fly. Ocean Rd - explore & shop the many coastal towns. Art galleries

Food & Provisions

There are nearby grocery stores and restaurants

Deans Marsh township

Only a 5 minute drive from Pennyroyal Otways Retreat

Deans Marsh 'General Store'

Deans Marsh General Store offers our guests the opportunity to purchase food & provisions without having to head into Lorne. There are postal, ATM and Commonwealth Banking Facilities. If you haven’t made it to the market before you leave don’t panic – the General Store stocks outstanding locally produced OTWAY PRIME , breads and has a great selection of fruit and vegetables.

Martians

This restaurant offers wholesome local meals and drinks with an adjoining liquor store and collectables shop. Checkout the live bands on weekends or just enjoy sitting around the fire. Try getting your children to leave the playroom!! 12 Lorne Rd, Deans Marsh. Ph 523633520. www.martianscafe.com.au

Gentle Annie Berry Gardens

Enjoy a pleasant walk from our cottages to Gentle Annie’s (or just a 3 minute drive). This little piece of heaven offers our guests the opportunity to stroll the pretty berry fields and relax in their licensed café. The food is delicious and the shaded outdoor terrace a real feature.

Contact Us

For Bookings and Enquiries contact Sara on 0402 074 073 or 0419 132 699 or fill out our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.