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Coral Fern Retreat - bush paradise

Forrest VIC, Australia
  • House
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 2 nights

Coral Fern Retreat is a unique mudbrick home located in a quiet part of the mountain township of Forrest nestled in a tree-ferned gully. The retreat is inviting with a beautiful, peaceful and restful atmosphere featuring old recycled timbers that give it a rustic feel.

It is a comfortable house with a spacious open planned kitchen/dining room and a sunken lounge room with a loft floor above. There are 3 unique and charmingly decorated bedrooms, 2 with queen-sized beds, 1 double and a queen sofa bed in the loft.

The timber kitchen is well equipped and contains a gas cooktop, electric oven, dishwasher, microwave and a coffee machine with any number of pots, pans and utensils to enable the preparation of gourmet meals for avid foodies.

Relax in the cosy lounge with enticing vistas out into the garden. There is a TV, DVD's, books and a grand piano for any pianists and a Bluetooth compatible stereo. The woodheater is perfect to unwind in front of on cold winter days.

The bathroom has a freestanding cast iron bath to soak away your troubles in, along with a shower, ceiling fitted heat lamp and towel drying rails. The laundry provides a frontloader washing machine and dryer along with a trough and toilet.

With views into the surrounding bush, the outdoor deck is ideal for enjoying meals and entertaining. A Weber is provided for BBQ's along with shade umbrellas for comfort on hot days.

The rambling garden is a mixture of exotics and natives with private areas to sit and enjoy the surroundings. Kangaroos regularly make their morning hop through the backyard and the occasional Koala can be spotted. Night time residents include the cute Ring-Tailed and Brush-Tailed Possums.

A feature of the Coral Fern Retreat is the abundance of birdlife that inhabit the bushland along the creek, the dawn call is an absolute highlight and the beautiful call of the Golden Whistler, Blue Wrens, Yellow Robins, King Parrots and the many Honeyeaters make for a bird watchers paradise.

The township of Forrest and the surrounding area has much to offer visitors with the world-class Bespoke restaurant, boutique craft beer brewery and Bric a Brac shop, all within a short walk. The town is a hub for mountain bikers with many riding trails that cater for all abilities. Lake Elizabeth is a short drive where Platypus tours are offered and the majestic Stevensons Falls are nearby.

A 30 minute drive through lush cool temperate rainforest and you arrive at the best beaches that the world has to offer along the Great Ocean Road. Beach towels, bag and beach umbrella are provided during those warm summer months.

For a place to take a break that is ideal for artists, writers, musicians or thinkers looking to feel inspired, or for those who love to feel close and connect with nature you have found the ideal, magical place.


Barbara Gear

Member Since 2017
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 03, 2018


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 4
        1 queen


        • 1 Bathroom


              • Family
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Garage
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wood Stove


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Music Library
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Balcony
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • forests
                                          • winery tours

                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                              • fishing
                                              • surfing

                                                House Rules

                                                Check-in: 2:00 PM

                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

                                                3 Reviews


                                                Latest reviews

                                                Beautiful, relaxing, Quiet.

                                                Michael W.

                                                My Family and I had the best time at Coral fern retreat!

                                                Barb 'Left no stone un turned'everything was there including the grand Piano!

                                                The property was the cleanest home I have stayed in.

                                                There was old world charm to this lovely property with all the modern conveniences.

                                                The Towels were soft and lush, as was the bed linen and the property was well heated for the cooler months.

                                                For the kids there was a cubby in the backyard which was a lovely suprise.

                                                On arrival we recieved a bottle of wine and chocolates as it was Easter weekend.

                                                The Hosts are delighful! very helpful.

                                                It was a pleasure to stay at Coral Fern Retreat, we will be back.

                                                Kind Regards Tristyn and Family.

                                                A beautiful home in the perfect setting

                                                Nick D.

                                                A beautiful country house set amongst the trees only a couple of minutes from town. We were very happy with the accommodation. Everything was clean and easy to find. It was the perfect escape. I imagine in winter the fire would heat up the whole house for a very cosy stay.

                                                Almost unbelievable!

                                                ANTOINETTE B.Melbourne

                                                We found Coral Fern Retreat when we were looking for accommodation in the area during the Rapid Ascent MTB race weekend. At first we looked at all the photos and wondered if the property would be as good as shown in the pictures on Stayz. When we arrived, we almost couldn't believe how truly amazing, spotless and luxurious this retreat was. The house was not only an interior design dream, but everything was spotless and impeccable with every amenity you could wish for in a five star setting. The house is set in the most beautiful bushland with abundant bird life and if you are lucky, you'll even see some smaller animals outside. It is on a quiet road and walking distance to the surrounding cafes, brewery and walks. The garden setting is beautifully maintained, with clean outdoor spaces for a BBQ or outside meal with plenty of space for children to have loads of fun. Our only regret was not meeting Barb and Gregory, who so graciously opened and shared their beautiful home with us. We would go back in a heartbeat and recommend this retreat very highly for your stay. Thank you again :-)

                                                Owner's Response:

                                                Thankyou for your kind words Antoinette. You and your family and friends were wonderful guests and we are really grateful in the way in which you not only enjoyed and appreciated your stay but also respected our home, leaving it very tidy. We thank you again for booking with us and hope to see hear from you again in the future. You are most welcome! Kind regards, Barbara


                                                Forrest VIC, Australia

                                                Rates & Availability

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                                                For booking assistance, call 888-829-7076

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