The best cottages near Melbourne for a cosy winter getaway

The best cottages near Melbourne for a cosy winter getaway

Stringer's Cottage

Don’t let the winter weather stop you from exploring.

Winter is well and truly upon us and rather than opting to ride out the rest of the cold season from the comfort of our couch, we’re setting our sights a little further. Think foggy mornings, crackling fireplaces, scenic views and utter serenity. To help you keep cosy over the coming weeks, we’ve put together a list of winter cottages near Melbourne to turn your weekend stay into an adventurous foray.

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The Barn Owl On Drake, Malmsbury

Just an hour out of Melbourne, you’ll find one of Victoria’s most verdant refuges. A hideaway within the Macedon Ranges where valleys dive deep, flora reaches the sky and wildlife is bountiful, The Barn Owl On Drake is an eccentric spot for wanderlusters looking to hit the hay amongst the hay. The barn is fully self-contained with a queen bed, bathroom and open plan kitchen. There’s even a beehive!

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Poplar Lodge, Silvan

Close to the Dandenong Ranges, Olinda and the Yarra Valley lies Poplar Lodge. The unpretentious cabin boasts a big personality and endless serenity. It’s super romantic with timber walls, charming adornments, a bunch of furry farm friends, Alison in Wonderland-like hedges snaking through the residence, and a rocking horse for some added rustic charm. Did we mention there’s also a lake and a jetty? Suffice to say this one ticks all the boxes.

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Anarres Organic Eco Village, Blampied

Get away from the stampede in Blampied. Stay at the Anarres Organic Eco Village, nestle in amongst the fruit and nut orchard and take a stroll through the lush grass where the sheep run free. It’s all organic – the produce, power and there’s even an opportunity to get a bit top heavy at the farm’s cellar door and restaurant. There are three gorgeous cabins to choose from, each with stretching views of the property.

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Stringer’s Cottage, Walhalla

As frightening as it sounds, Walhalla is not a residence for the dead. Rather, it’s ensconced in history and rich with gold. Once one of Victoria’s wealthiest towns, it was once home to over 4,000 treasure seekers. Overlooking a cliff, Stringer’s Cottage is a magical retreat perfect for those who like to go for a walk but don’t know where they’re going. Take a step here and you’ll find a little courtyard, wander there and stumble across a hidden track.

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Nelsey’s, Healesville

Nelsey’s is an adorable cabin retreat; crawling vines embellish the exterior, alongside pebble paths, rusted wall art, and an outdoor fireplace. Step inside and comfort awaits – a self-contained residence with all the ingredients for a stellar weekend away. Mosey off the beaten path through Healesville’s perpetual forest stretches if you want the full experience.

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Want some more cosy getaway options? Check out our list of Victoria’s best tiny houses to book for a weekend getaway