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Barham Hill Retreat is set amongst 40 acres of gum trees and is truly a place of natural beauty that we share with the native wildlife. Located just 3.5 kms from the township of Apollo Bay where you can dine, shop and explore the beautiful beaches and local markets as well as the Great Ocean Road and all that it has to offer, including the magnificent twelve apostles.

Barham Hill Retreat offers a Cottage or a Studio Apartment.

The Cottage is fully self contained with one bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and separate lounge area with fire place. It’s perfect for a couple but also includes a sofa bed to accommodate an extra couple or family members.

The Studio Apartment, which is separate to the cottage, accommodates two people and has a separate lounge area and a queen size bedroom with ensuite. It is equipped with a kettle, toaster, microwave and BBQ facilities. Please note that there are no cooking facilities in the studio.

Guests are welcome to explore the walking tracks around the property where you may sight one of our koalas or wallabies that visit regularly. Enjoy kookaburras, parrots, cockatoos and other birdlife in their natural habitat. If you like walking you’ll be pleased to know that Apollo Bay is located at the very beginning of the Great Ocean Walk.

Cost includes a light breaky and a glass of champagne.

Please contact us via email or phone to book your stay.

Due to our extensive wildlife Barham Hill Retreat does not allow pets.

If you are staying further afield either before or after us we recommend the following sites www.otwaysaccommodation.com.au and www.greatoceanroadaccommodation.directory.


From time to time we will be offering some great specials which we will display here. Stay tuned.

Upcoming events

Apollo Bay and surrounds plays host to some fantastic events and festivals throughout the year. These will be displayed here.


Paradise found

“I think we just found PARADISE! The parrots are incredible. As bird lovers, we couldn’t have wished for more. Let alone the koalas, wrens, kookaburras…….the list is endless. Such a beautiful home, landscape and atmosphere. We will be back. Thankyou for being such welcoming hosts. We will recommend! Mum couldn’t resist doing a pastel painting/sketch of the view from the other side of the pond. We’ve left it in the kitchen for you/ Hope you like it. Lucy, William & Pam Cox (UK).”

Loved it

“Thankyou for allowing us to share your paradise for 3 wonderful days. We have much to tell when we are back in Germany. Dirk & Sabine (Germany).”

Peaceful place

“Beautiful and peaceful, but little time to enjoy. Thanks for a piece of the lovely pie. Jill  & John.”

Can't wait to come back

“Absolutely stunning location. Very peaceful. Would love to come back and spend more time. Roz is a fantastic host. John & Becky (London via Melbourne).”

Piece of Paradise

“Thankyou for sharing your little piece of paradise with us all. Roz and & Pete were so warm and welcoming and we enjoyed every minute. We couldn’t have asked for better hosts, or a more beautiful and peaceful setting. Bec (Melbourne) & Andy, Jess, Liberty & Oscar (Brighton, UK).”


“Wonderful relaxing time. Olive loved the chickens. We’ll be back. Michelle, Brad & Olive.”

Back again

“Another great stay. Thankyou Roz & Peter, you are great hosts, so accommodating. We will be back again. John & Becky (London via Melbourne).”


“Thankyou very much. Beautiful place. A lovely introduction to Australia. God Bless this lovely place for ever and ever. Albert (Switzerland) & Deb (Melbourne).”

Certainly Worth It.

“Thankyou for your hospitality over the past five days. The place is serenely beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The gardens and walking trails are fantastic and we appreciate the effort you put into it’s upkeep. It is certainly worth it. We look forward to our return. Nick & Simone (Melbourne).”


“What a gorgeous and relaxing retreat! Perfect place to bring in the New Year. Such wonderful hosts and attention to detail, plus immaculately clean. Paddy loved feeding Sammy the pony and listening to the koalas. Thank you so much. Lu, Rory & Paddy (Melbourne).”

Adventure bound towards an Engagement.

“Started our journey in Canberra, arrived in Geelong and from there decided to take a road trip down Great Ocean Road. With nothing booked, we were extremely lucky to find this place. The owners were lovely, the cottage was really nice , especially waking up to the sound of the forest and birds. This was the place that Ian asked me to marry him, off course I said yes. Lori & Ian (Canberra).”


“What a beautiful cottage! And such serene surroundings. Thanks Roz for your hospitality and kindness. A wonderful break. The Bird Family (Brighton, UK).”


“We were looking for a peaceful retreat surrounded by nature and we found that in your home. Thank you for your hospitality, everything was PERFECT! We will happily recommend anyone looking for the same to psy you a visit. All the best. XXX. Shahn, Sheree, Max & Mandy (San Diego, California & Melbourne).”

Exactly what we were looking for.

“Lovely walk first day and then a day of reading in front of the fire. Watching the birds play was entertaining and Sammy is a dlight. Cottage had everything we needed. Many thanks Roz and Peter for providing a lovely place to stay. We will be back. Peter and Chris. Melbourne.”

Great Alternative.

“A great alternative accommodation. Many thanks. Wendy and Jan. NSW.”


” A beautiful place, relaxing and gorgeous cottage. Memorable Birthday getaway. Thankyou. Lucy, Elle and Hyacinth.”

Beautiful Place on Earth.

” Once upon a time, after one week in Southbank Melbourne, we arrived to this beautiful place on earth. Sharing the veranda with our friends, the parrots. Seeing a koala in the trees……Time to relax!!! We’re happy to be here. Thanks to Roz and Peter for their good service, providing us very well. Alexander, Gillian and Amelie. Dusseldorf, Germany.”


“Very lovely few days, thanks Roz and Peter – a real ‘retreat’. Particularly enjoyed the blue wrens and the other birdlife. Very Special. Amanda and Gus. Melbourne.”


“Thankyou for a lovely stay in Apollo Bay. This was a delightful stop on our trip down the Great Ocean Road. We loved feeding the chickens and birds, spotting koala’s and patting Sammy (the pony) Best Wishes. Wayla, Adrienne, Sharnice and Eliara.”


” Great stay and such a beautiful property. The kids love the pony, koalas and birds. Thankyou for your hospitality, the koala tour and the bird feeding. All the Best. Tina, Lee, Edan and Calab. Adelaide.”


“Peter and Roz – Thankyou for your wonderful hospitality. We have fallen in love with your property – it looks like something from a storybook. The kids don’t want to leave and have had a ball feeding Sammy and the hens. We will definitely be back in the not too distant future. All the best. God Bless. Katerina, Nectarios, Despina, Vasilia and Peta.”

Little Gem.

“Sometimes the moon and stars align and you happen upon a gem the will forever remain in your mind and heart. What a pleasant surprise and delight to find this paradise and be acquainted with such welcoming hosts. After a wonderful week in Melbourne we sought out some relaxing time in the country and never did we anticipate what we found here. The beauty of the property and the wildlife exceeded our expectations. Extraordinary. Thankyou Roz and Peter. Remember hospitality awaits you in Canada. Oh, and this morning, saw the wallaby with her joey. Life is complete. Lind and Brad. Canada.”

Best stay in Melbourne so far.

“Very quiet and peacefull. Brilliant wildlife and excellent caretakers. Will recommend to all our friends. ‘To Infinity and Beyond’, we watched Toy Story while we were here.”

Life is Change.

“Great place, great people, great beach. No internet connection means no choice but to disconnect and enjoy. Don’t change a thing. Sandrine and Pierre.”


“Lovely hosts and creatures to play with. Thanks so much. Kim and Stephen.”


“Thankyou for our beautiful stay. Love the view and cozy fireplace. Thanks for making us welcome. Tali and Daniel.”


“Dear Roz and Peter. We had a wonderful time staying at your property. The wildlife, the cozy fireplace, the calming surrounds were all elements that have made this a truly memorable stay. Not to mention the great hospitality. We couldn’t have asked for a better mini-break. Thankyou for welcoming us into your sanctuary. Sharon and Martin.”


“Had an absolutely lovely weekend here feeding the birds and sitting by the fire. Roz and Peter, you are so welcoming and made us all feel immediately at home. Thanks. Anna and Phil, Kat and Tom.”


“We really enjoyed our visit here! The cottage is just perfect. Just loved seeing the blue wrens, rosellas and even managed to see one of your resident koalas. Many thanks to Roz and Peter. Maggie and Bill. Clare Valley, SA.”


“We loved staying her and wished we could have stayed longer. Close to Apollo Bay but a retreat all of its own.”


“Like others before us, we found Barham Hill Retreat a delightful place for a restful stay – and a wonderful base for our time exploring the Great Ocean Road and the Otway National park. The property and cottage, and hosts Roz and Peter, are wonderful – welcoming and natural. So nice to be in a natural environment and so close to town and all else. Loved the birds, forest and all. Thanks. Heather and Mick. Brisbane, QLD.”


What a lovely slice of paradise. Thankyou for your warm welcome. We enjoyed the tranquil surrounds and the proximity to Apollo Bay. Barham Hill is the perfect retreat. Simon and Estelle. Melbourne.”


“Thankyou so much for having us stay on your beautiful property. We had a lovely getaway and your hospitality was excellent. Including the koala hunt. xox. Brendan and Emily.”


“Thankyou Roz and Peter. Absolutely wonderful! Kids loved the property and the koala hunt. We appreciate all the special extras to make our stay so enjoyable. Thankyou. Karen, Kapil and family.”

God's Creation.

“There are no words to express the beauty of God’s Creation, but I thank him for it, and thank you Roz and Peter for allowing us to be a part of and to enjoy it for the weekend. Sam and Maria.”


“Thankyou for your friendly hospitality, the tranquillity and for letting the very generous Easter bunny know we were hiding. David and Tracey. QLD.”


“Thankyou Roz and Peter. You are thoughtful and generous hosts and we’ve enjoyed your home as much as we’ve enjoyed exploring the local environment. The guided koala walk was the icing on the cake,”

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