Nestled amongst the gums on the corner of The Boulevard and Karingal Avenue in Wye River, Fern Cottage is absolutely charming.
Neat and incredibly well maintained, this weatherboard beach home overlooks a peaceful fern gully that gently slopes towards the ocean. Tranquil sounds of the birdlife, trickling water, crashing waves combine in harmony.
The home itself is two story offering open plan living downstairs and two lofted bedrooms flanking the lofted ceiling above. Other features include a cosy wood fire, filtered ocean views, wrap around balcony and all the coastal character you expect from a cottage by the sea. Add in the short stroll down to the Wye River beach, Pub and General Store and you’ll find Fern Cottage has all the qualities of a magical getaway.
**Property is pet friendly although does not have fences**
STRICT NO PARTY POLICY (SCHOOLIES, HENS, BUCKS etc.) SEE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
FORCED MOVE IN DAYS MAY APPLY OVER PEAK TIMES. SEE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Just a few general words about the property.
It is important to understand this property is a holiday rental, not a shared space or principle place of residence, which ensures you privacy and quiet enjoyment. It is also professionally managed, giving you peace of mind of 24/7 support by a local, just around the corner.
Pricing is based around seasons, length of stay and number of guests. It is important all bookings reflect the exact number of guests. If this changes, you must contact us. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the published rates across all booking platforms, however Great Ocean Road Real Estate Holidays reserves the right to correct pricing errors.
Unless otherwise previously agreed, all stays must only be used for private residential usage and to accommodate the number of guests stated on your booking. Unless ‘Pets Welcome’ is advertised, the property is strictly no pets.
All holiday accommodation bookings are accepted on the basis that all occupants will treat the property with the same respect as their own home in accordance with the “House Rules”. Noise audible outside the property is prohibited between 10pm and 8am.
We love professionally managing holiday homes and guest experiences and look forward to welcoming you to our backyard.
Great Ocean Road Holidays
- Air Conditioning
- Cot/High Chair
- Furniture Outdoor
- High Chair
- Iron and Board
- Microwave Oven
- Views: Ocean
- Washing Machine
- Queen Bed x 1
- Single Bed x 2
- Queen Bed x 1
A cosy, homely place in the hills. We had a great time hanging there for the Great Ocean Road race. The place was beautifully presented, with thoughtful extras like a mohair throw rug on the couch, everything necessary to light and manage the fire, condiments in the kitchen, plenty of cooking utensils (we made lasagne, sausage rolls, and prepared a lovely roast) and a range of interesting books and toys for the kids in the bookcase. It was too wet on this particular weekend to spend time on the balcony but there was a reasonable deck and table with a great view of the ocean. Recommended.
Lovely location in the trees. Fire is great in the colder weather. Good communication from the agent.
Beautiful home with a lovely fire place, comfortable beds next to a lush forest, ocean views, so comfortable, close enough to the beach, could hear the waves at night.
Great position, 1 min walk to the beach with good views
A great house for a quiet weekend getaway. Clean, and well stocked with all the basics we needed for our stay (linen and towels provided, and kitchen/cooking facilities with a well stocked pantry of oil/salt/pepper/cleaning supplies etc). Lovely location! Would definitely return here!
The property is a lovey, cosy, quiet house atop the hill about 5-10 mins walk from the Wye River beach. The downside is the kitchen is not well stocked and has quite cheap equipment (eg knife handles falling off, coffee pot rusted). The main issue we had was with communication and check in / check out. The property is actually managed by a real estate in Lorne and you have to pick up and drop off the keys there, which is 25 mins drive away. A lockbox would make much more sense. They also message generic instructions for all the properties they manage which is confusing because you have to cross check it with the details in the listing. I think this is unprofessional and a bit lazy. They were also a bit rude and unresponsive to my requesting clarification. If I owned this property I would skip the estate agent and go with a local to help manage it!
Fantastic value in a great location with a wonderful verandah deck with a forest view Short walk to the beach general store and fantastic pub with a great menu and view on the deck Highly recommend This comfortable and inviting it’ll get away with lots of fantastic homely touches
This is a great house. Fully stocked kitchen and lots of toys for the kids. Perfect location up in the forest.
A beautiful & tranquil cottage.
Great little cottage walking distance from the shop and beach. The house was neat and tidy and there was firewood ready to go. Would recommend others to stay here but would note that the house is a little smaller than we expected although was perfect for the four of us!
Great properties. Kids loved the toys
Peaceful settingAmelia - 10th March 2020
Our kids appreciated the toys, we appreciated the peaceful setting.
Perfect for a small groupDamaris - 10th March 2020
Amazing location, decent accomodation with everything you need, perfect for a small group
A great homePaul - 10th March 2020
A great home which was just what we needed. Clean and comfortable with lots of nice little touches. A great option for anyone staying in the area
Peaceful and privateMarieLouise - 22nd January 2020
This cottage was perfect for our family. Ideally located within the bush, which made it peaceful and private, with views of the sea. Wye River walks are stunning and the sea was refreshing, but bring a wetsuit! Abundant wildlife too - echidnas, koalas, birds and reptiles. The house was very comfortable with everything we needed. Would love to come back one day
Best of both worldsMichelle - 17th October 2019
Property was clean and well maintained, in a very quiet and green area. Loved the views of both trees and ocean.
BeautifulJenni - 5th August 2019
We stayed for 3 nights with our Labrador , absolutely loved it ! So relaxing and peaceful , everything you would need for a weekend ! Fully equipped kitchen , open fire , very comfortable bed and a very hot shower . Lots of extras , great range of cook books to read , and lots of games and toys for the kids. Only downside is leaving and driving back to Melbourne !
Great LocationClaire - 14th July 2019
'Great location, really enjoyed the fireplace and well equipped kitchen'
Lovely HomeKayM - 9th May 2019
lovely home with lots of light and a beautiful fire. Perfect for family or couples. We loved our stay and hope to be back again
Obsessed with the birds!Shae - 19th November 2018
We loved every minute here. The property was really homely and well equipped with all we needed and more. The highlight was the numerous visits we had from local feathered friends: cockatoos, kookaburras, king parrots, wattle birds, currawongs all joining us on the balcony - wow! Can't wait to return.
Great cottage to stayJason - 6th November 2018
We had a wonderful time at this very nice cottage in Wye River. The location was brilliant, the facilities were awesome, and we had to fight amongst each other to score the very comfortable day bed by the window. Great place, will be certainly booking it again.
Very family friendlyAlicia - 2nd November 2018
We really enjoyed our stay at Fern Cottage. As a family with two little kids it was a perfect set up for us. Loads of toys, a cot and high chair and even a change mat (these things would not be a nuisance if you didn’t have kids as they were well located). The view from the living room was gorgeous and conveniently located to the pub and the cafe. the only negatives was that linen was not provided. We hired linen but there was a mix up with the sheets and we didn’t get enough (although the cleaner did offer to drive them down). It would be good to have some instructions on how to light the fire as we struggled being new to this. There was also no air conditioning although the fans were very powerful. Overall a highly enjoyable stay. We’ll come again.
A Cosy Weekend RetreatJaney - 24th October 2018
We enjoyed our stay at Fern Cottage - loved the Day Bed in the lounge! A cosy cottage with a great log fire, plenty of kitchen crockery and utensils. The beds were comfy and it was great to sit out on the deck looking through the beautiful trees towards the ocean. Thank you for letting us take our beloved dog to enjoy Wye River with us. My only criticism would be that I would have liked a booklet about the cottage which may have saved me having a cold shower on arrival!
Family get awayNicole27 - 17th October 2018
Our family of 5 had a lovely stay at Fern Cottage. Gorgeous bush setting, very clean and well appointed home. The beds were really comfy, and we enjoyed eating on the deck with views down to the ocean. Short walk down to the beach, general store and the pub. Loved everything about the stay and would love to come back again.
Cosy cottageRebecca - 11th October 2018
We loved our short stay at Fern Cottage. The upstairs rooms were extremely cosy. The wood fire worked really well and there was plenty of wood supplied which was good because we struck a couple of cold, wet days. It was only a short drive to the beach but very steep, so really couldn't be done with lots of gear like surfboards. The Wye general store and pub are both fantastic and have all you need plus more, even in the off season. The house had everything we needed. A bonus was the amazing array of bird life that came to visit on the deck. The only tips I could add for the house was to remember to turn on the hot water service when you arrive (there is a note on the table about it) and maybe bring your own toaster because the one there is tiny and couldn't toast our thick bread or crumpets. The house is on tank water and runs a pump , which didn't bother me as I'm live in a house that has the same arrangement. But there is a note about what to do if you have trouble with the pump. Overall, this is a great place to stay with a small group.
Loved it!Mads - 18th July 2018
Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home. Absolutely loved it!
Loved the houseKaren - 16th July 2018
We loved the house. Simple, comfy, cosy. Will keep it our little secret...no, we will spread the word! Thanks for the lovely hospitality (and the generous bottle of wine on arrival)
Great for familiesMathew - 16th May 2018
We had a wonderful stay with family visiting from interstate. The kitchen has everything you need and there was plenty of space for everyone to relax. We'd definitely stay again.
Highly recommended !!Sally - 12th February 2018
We can highly recommend Fern Cottage and were so glad we chose it for our 2 week holiday. The owners left us a note and bottle of wine which felt very welcoming. The home is well represented on the internet (exactly as it appears in the photos) and was in a great location- near the beach, but far enough away to feel quiet and private. There is a short hill to climb which kept us feeling fit after enjoying the gourmet treats at the excellent General Store. The view from the lounge and veranda is lovely- with the ocean glimmering through the trees and looking out over a fern gully with large trees bringing a sense of space and peace. The bird life is prolific and entertaining. Inside, the home is very comfortable with fully equipped kitchen (you could even bake a cake!) and with a good library of books and games provided. There is everything you need if you have young children (cot, change mat, high chair, toys and children's books). It was very clean, bright and fresh. We were reluctant to leave Fern Cottage, even after 2 weeks. Wye river is a great place for a beach and bush holiday.
Beautiful ExperienceChristine_B - 5th December 2017
Our family came back to Melbourne so refreshed after a few days here. Gorgeous place with views of the ocean, surrounded by gum trees. We really appreciated the thought that went into making the house such a pleasure to stay at - lots of books for children and adults, games and even a toy chest. The kitchen had everything we needed and the whole place was so incredibly comfortable. We're planning a return visit to Wye River and we'll definitely choose to stay here again.
Fantastic ExperienceRob35 - 5th December 2017
My partner and I had an incredible couple of days here. Can't thank the hosts enough for making our first trip to Wye River so enjoyable. Beautiful cottage with everything we needed. A few minutes to the beach, pub and general store and a fantastic cosy fire at night. Even got to feed some rosellas off the balcony. Loved the upstairs bedrooms too - we felt like we were in a treehouse. Lots of thoughtful touches for children too, including a teepee! - we'll be bringing the kids next time. Thank you!
Incredible Weekend Away!Ruby - 4th December 2017
We cannot rate this beautiful cottage highly enough. The house was gorgeously prepared with lots of personal touches - including a bottle of wine on arrival! Photos just don't do it justice. The property was nestled among gumtrees with views of the ocean and only a few minutes walk to the beach. It's clearly been recently painted and refreshed and has the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in. We'll be back ASAP. Loved it! Thank you!