7 Airbnb Country Escapes To Experience This Winter

Whether you’re after a fairytale cottage to escape to, or your own personal vineyard, here are the Airbnb listings that will make sure you get the most of your long winter weekends.

Plum Tree Cottages in Apollo Bay. Photo from Airbnb.

1. Plum Tree Cottage - Apollo Bay

Set in a rainforest valley and only 15 minutes from the bay, Plum Tree Cottage is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s CBD with no television or mobile phone reception on the property. The cottage has a spectacular location sitting on the edge of an ornamental lake shared with plenty of wildlife. The property is complete with it’s own Monet-style bridge and is a comfortable day trip away from ‘The 12 Apostles’.

2. Tuckers Cottage – Olinda

Less than a kilometre from the colourful Rhododendron Gardens, Tuckers Cottage is the perfect romantic getaway spot. With three acres of garden, the property truly feels like a cabin in the woods. Those feeling more adventurous can take advantage of the nearby Dandenong Ranges, with its running waterfalls and forest walks.

3. Heaven in Healesville – Healesville

This stunning mud brick house built by a Bavarian Master craftsman is reminiscent of a fairy tale. The versatile home is perfect for a family holiday or romantic escape with 3.5 acres of bush to explore and close proximity to Healesville town centre. When the sun goes down, toast some marshmallows on the outdoor fire pit to escape the chill.

The incredible Sea Eagle Retreat in Cape Otway. Photo from Airbnb.

4. Sea Eagle Retreat - Cape Otway

With breath taking views and enough space for you and your 10 closest friends, Sea Eagle Retreat provides a glamorous getaway in Cape Otway. The property includes 68 acres of your very own wildlife park to explore, with koalas making a frequent appearance. To warm up during winter, the property includes an indoor pool and spa overlooking the sea nearby.

5. Vineyard Getaway – Healesville

Located in a quiet secluded valley, and only five minutes away from Yarra Valley’s famous food and wine epicenter, sits this rare, adults only accommodation. The cabin, a refurbished satellite tracking station used to broadcast the 1984 Olympic Games, sits in the middle of a luscious vineyard with huge windows offering mountain views over the alpaca paddocks. Although guests are free to explore the vineyards and paddocks as they please, fully accredited day tours are available with grape picking and wine tasting included.

6. Cypress Hill - Apollo Bay

This modern hill dwelling blurs the line between inside and out with it’s 360 degree ceiling to floor glass windows. The large handmade timber dining table overlooking the lush backyard makes this accommodation perfect for entertaining. The house also features a wood fireplace with plenty of space around it to gather around and enjoy the warmth at night.

7. Forget-Me-Not Cottage – Olinda

For the chance to fulfill your childhood dreams of staying in a tree house, escape to the Forget-Me-Not Cottage in Olinda. Although it’s not an actual tree house, the cottage fools you with its height and view of the treetops from the glass conservatory lounge room. Equipped with a large cast iron claw-foot bath and a wood fireplace at the end of the master bed, you’re sure to stay toasty warm during Melbourne’s winter.

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