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Araluen Park Cottages

106 Hoggs Lane, Lakes Entrance, Victoria 3909 Australia
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Set within East Gippsland’s lakes and wilderness region, Araluen Park Cottages boasts a unique setting amongst some of Victoria’s most beautiful countryside. Enjoy the tranquility of sustainable living whilst being only minutes from the coastal town of Lakes Entrance and the vast Gippsland Lakes. With finely restored antique furniture, ornate plaster finishes and original handcrafted lead-light window features, the cottages offer a minimal environmental footprint without compromise to the comforts of country living.
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Free parking
Free breakfast
Golf course
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Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
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gecko1968 wrote a review Nov 2022
Sydney87 contributions101 helpful votes
The cottage we stayed in ("Lilly Pilly") was large, comfortable and intricately decorated. The style is that of a different time and may not be to everyone's taste (it is very ornate), however, the furnishings, rather than being vintage and perhaps old and tired, are new and vibrant and beautifully made. The cottages are on a rural property a short drive from Lakes Entrance and not within walking distance of any restaurants, nor is there a water view. On the other hand, sitting on the balcony overlooking the native forest resonating with bird calls was one of the highlights of our trip. The host was very welcoming and, yes, as suggested by some of the photos, there are alpacas in a field next to the cottages.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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John_ZA1 wrote a review June 2022
Frenchs Forest, Australia42 contributions6 helpful votes
A little way out of town but well worth it. The 2 bedroom cottage was ideal for the 2 couples and the warm and friendly greeting by the host was fantastic. The four post beds and decor were really well done and the fire at night was great. The breakfast goodies that were left for us were excellent and more than enough for the 2 couples. The bird life there was amazing and it was great to feed the birds while having our breakfast. Highly recommend a visit
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Chicken Kebab wrote a review Dec 2021
Australia1652 contributions217 helpful votes
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Only 5 mins drive inland from Lakes Entrance, this delightful cluster of extremely well presented cottages does not disappoint. We only stayed one night, but could have stayed many more, and used it as a base to explore the region. We stayed in the two bedroom, two bathroom, Boobialla Cottage. It is the little things that you remember, like the plate of assorted biscuits on arrival, the large jar of birdseed, or the excellent spread for breakfast which included local eggs, bacon, tomatoes, bread, cereal, and more. The cottage itself was magnificently decorated and spotlessly clean. We had tea on the balcony and looked across the bush land and paddock where two alpacas were grazing away. Not sure why you would want to stay on the Main Street of Lakes Entrance with the noise of the traffic and locals. The cottages are off the main power grid and in winter can easily be warmed by a lovely open fire place. Beds were comfortable, and showers were hot. Could not have asked for better. Thanks Peter and co.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Spooky T wrote a review Nov 2018
Singapore, Singapore322 contributions71 helpful votes
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Peter and Marie are wonderful hosts who have done an excellent job providing a comfortable self-catering sojourn away from the crowds. They welcomed us on arrival and offered many tips on where to observe the many birds and other wildlife in the area. Our Lomandra Cottage had all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. There is no wifi, but that is the point of being there, otherwise one would choose one of the many touristy accommodations at Lakes Entrance 10-minutes drive away. There's a fully-equipped kitchen (with generous breakfast provisions), wood-fireplace, and a TV with DVD player (if one must look at a screen of sorts). The bed is comfortable and shower room generously sized. Set in a farm with Alpaca paddocks and facing a lightly forested gully, this is an ideal setting for one to retreat from urban life to savour some quiet time. We were in East Gippsland for a spot of birding, and the cottage grounds provided opportunities to observe a variety of birds. Some of the birds we spotted around the cottage included the Eastern Spinebill, Lyrebird, Rose Robin, Whistling Kite, Wonga Pigeon, and the ubiquitous Superb Fairy and White-browed Scrub Wrens. Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots will make a daily appearance on the balcony hoping for birdseed. Apart from the birds, there's always the curious Alpacas, or the wild Samba Deers, Wombats and Echidnas. Araluen Park Cottages is a welcome respite from urban life and an excellent base for nature treks and birding in East Gippsland.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Spookybaby wrote a review Oct 2018
Singapore176 contributions51 helpful votes
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We stayed at Lomandra Cottage for four nights, and were very much awed by the rich gully which supplied many varied birds to observe and photograph. Peter and Marie Ann were very generous with their time and knowledge, sharing with us the different species of birds around which they have photographed and curated into a handy bird reference book, and the places we could visit to see more. They also supplied breakfast supplies consisting of eggs, bacon, milk, and bread, together with a kitchen larder that had everything we needed to cook most of our meals (such as aluminium foil, kitchen towels, and condiments). We loved our stay, and even when it got chilly on some nights, we were all ready to set up the fireplace as Peter had earlier showed us how to use it. We could observe birds in the front and back of the cottage, and on most afternoons/evenings, we did just that, enjoying the chittering of the wrens, watching the antics of the greedy King Parrots, and even spotting the elusive lyrebird and rose robin.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Responded 3 Nov 2018
Thank you for your kind review. It is always a pleasure to have guests staying with us that share our love of nature, and in particular our native birds. When you indicated that you wanted to see a Rose Robin, I was doubtful that you would get to see one as they are so elusive, even though they can often be heard high in the treetops. We are so glad that you were able to see one right outside your cottage, and get a great photo as well. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we are happy that you enjoyed your stay. Regards, Peter and Marie Anne.
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Donnamhines wrote a review Apr 2018
Carlton, Australia16 contributions2 helpful votes
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We booked Lilly Pilly cottage for our Easter break. It was amazing Peter and Marie you have an amazing place all the little extras just made our stay just perfect. You both should be very proud of what you do. Thank you so so much for an amazing time. I loved feeding the birds every morning and afternoon. Oh and I’ve named them all lol.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 3 Apr 2018
Thank you for your review. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay, and it is so good to get your feedback - means that we are getting it right. Your king parrots are missing you - they were back at the cottage again yesterday (Tuesday), we think they might have been just a little bit spoilt. Regards, Peter & Marie Anne
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Kim J wrote a review Mar 2018
Melbourne, Australia13 contributions16 helpful votes
Well, not exactly *with* the birds, but the claw-foot bath on the verandah of Dianella Cottage is right next to a bird bath. It's been very dry in Victoria and so the bird bath was rarely without visitors - thornbills, whip birds, fantails, Wonga pigeons, finches to name just a few. The King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas used the bath too, but were even happier with a snack of some bird seed provided in the cottage - some of them even eating from our hands. And then there's Ajax, the alpaca, who was quite happy to accept the odd morsel of the apples we bought at the Metung Farmers' Market. The cottage is one of four nestled in the hills above Lakes Entrance, only a few minutes drive away. They are situated around a gully that Peter and Marie Anne are rehabilitating back to the local rainforest species. It's peaceful, but not too quiet, because you are surrounded by bird song, the croak of frogs and the distant roar of the surf. We were met by the hosts at our cottage, who ran us through the eco-friendly features and gave us tips on things to do to enrich our stay. You can tell they take pride in what they have created and the service they provide, wanting to share their love of the place and for their guests to have a great stay. The one-bedroom cottage is spacious and thoughtfully decorated with many of Marie Anne's leadlights and vintage pieces. The kitchen has all you need and some pantry basics in addition to generous breakfast supplies. There's a BBQ too, which sparkled with the same clean shine it shared with the rest of the cottage. We spent four nights at Dianella - we loved the bath, sitting on the verandah and watching the birds, a walk in the gully below the cottage and lying on the grass at night watching the heavens. We ended up doing fewer activities than we planned because we wanted to spend more time at the cottage. It was a truly restful experience.
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Responded 1 Apr 2018
So glad that you enjoyed your stay in Dianella Cottage, and that you were able to appreciate the visits by some of our locals. It never ceases to amaze us just how many species of birds we have in our bush, and how cooperative they are allowing us to take their pics. It is really special at certain times of the year when we get the bigger owls and the bigger gliders as well. We enjoyed sharing information and stories with you - there is always something new for us to learn. We have tried to create an accommodation experience with our cottages that reflect our interests and values, and it's always nice to meet like minded guests who appreciate our efforts. Thank you so much for your review, and also your kind words in the Visitors Book. Best Regards, Peter & Marie Anne.
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Ashbum wrote a review Feb 2018
Bexhill7 contributions1 helpful vote
This was our 3rd stay at Araluen Cottages and each time it's harder to leave. The cottages are extremely comfortable, beautifully clean and well presented with every thing you need provided to help make a great stay, even down to wild bird food as the variety of birds that come in to feed are stunning. Nothing seems to be too much trouble as Peter & Marie Anne ensure that there are more than sufficient provisions including eggs from their own hens, for cooked breakfast.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The 4 cottages are all beautifully presented and set in their own private gardens
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Responded 7 Feb 2018
Thank you for your kind review. We feel privileged that you choose to choose to come back and stay with us, and we are sure that the birds were grateful too. Enjoy the rest of your holiday in our beautiful country and hope to see you back here again sometime.
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sgstark wrote a review Mar 2017
Shetland100 contributions59 helpful votes
Stayed for one night on a tour from Melbourne to Sydney, really wished we had booked to stay longer. Peter met us took his time and explained about the cottage, he showed us the books of his photographs of the local wildlife he has had printed. We saw a good range of the birds in the book an we were able to identify what they were from it. The property has everything you could need and was very comfortable with lots of nice touches that we were not expecting, it was very homely and spotless. The fresh eggs, as part of the included breakfast ingredients from his farm were delicious, it made me smile that they were dated in pencil with yesterday's date, a nice touch. This was by far my favourite accommodation that we stayed in, I cannot praise it highly enough, just perfect. If you are looking for somewhere to experience the delights of peace and quite this is it.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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Responded 14 Mar 2017
Always a pleasure to have international guests staying in our cottages - so much to share and learn about where our guests have been and where they are from. We are glad that you enjoyed your short stay and got to experience a little of what our region has to offer. Thank you Gordon for your kind words, we really value and appreciate your feedback.
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Siro9 wrote a review Feb 2017
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Siew and I stayed at Araluen Park for 5 nights in late December/early Jan' 17 and can't wait to get back there. We do regular cottage stays and find that the photos on the sites are always better than the reality, but in Peter and Marie Anne's case it was the opposite. We stayed in Boobialla and it was simply outstanding. The attention to detail was faultless and all the extra little things, like the supplied daily breakfast, was much appreciated. Also we only saw Peter and Marie Anne on the day we arrived and the day we left but they were contactable at any time if needed. Very, very good. Robert and Siew.
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 14 Mar 2017
Thank you Robert and Siew for taking the time to write this kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay in Boobialla Cottage and appreciated the little things that we like to provide for our guests. Love for you to come back and see us again. Peter and Marie Anne.
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AU$198 - AU$201 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Which popular attractions are close to Araluen Park Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Footbridge Mini Golf, Icecream & Lolly Shop (5.0 km), Lakes Entrance Beach (5.3 km), and Nyerimilang Heritage Park (7.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Araluen Park Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and a golf course.
Which room amenities are available at Araluen Park Cottages?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Araluen Park Cottages?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Araluen Park Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Araluen Park Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Funkey Monkey Cafe, Wyanga Park Winery, and Albert & Co.
Are there any historical sites close to Araluen Park Cottages?
Many travellers enjoy visiting New Works Historic Area (4.9 km).