Barrabool Park is in Waurn Ponds, a short 8-minute drive from Geelong, just an hour from Melbourne. This makes it super convenient to get to for a night or a weekend while still putting plenty of distance between you and your stresses. Once I saw some pictures online, I was sold. I made the booking, recruited my bestie to come along, and took off for a weekend away.
When we got to Barrabool Park, I felt a bit like I had stumbled onto a movie set, thanks to the 75 acres of rolling hills, lush grass and trees. I can't wait to come back at different times of year to see how much the environment changes with the seasons, but at this point, everything was a deep green from all the rain over winter.
Up at the house, we met our hosts, Julie and Simon. They are a lovely couple who told us all about how much they love hanging out with their grandkids when they come to stay, and about their favourite hobby: playing golf. They also filled us in on everything we needed to know about the area and things to do during my stay. After a brief chat, they showed us to the cottage.
The cottage itself is a cute little studio with a double bed and plenty of extra bedding in case you've got a third person coming along. It's a private, semi-detached space, so you don't feel forced to interact too much if you don't want to. There's a living and dining area and a small kitchenette with a bar fridge, microwave and sink. We didn't need these - there are more than enough places to eat nearby! - but it's great to know you have the option if you want it, or if you're travelling with kids and need to heat up a baby's bottle. There's a tv, and wifi, just in case you're not ready for a weekend completely switched off. The heating worked well to keep us toasty, and there's a fan to keep the edge off in the hotter months.
The most difficult thing about our stay was deciding what to do during the day, since there are so many options nearby. While we considered heading to Torquay and the Great Ocean Road, we ended up enjoying the property itself before hitting a local winery and then heading into Geelong for a brief shopping spree and a finally a nearby restaurant for some fine dining.
The next morning we enjoyed a delicious breakfast of fresh bread, jam and coffee out on the patio. I can't over-emphasise how peaceful it is on the property, with nothing but the sound of birds calling and the breeze in the treetops. This was by far my favourite thing about the stay.
Proserpine Cottage is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a weekend away with a friend. It would also be ideal for escaping on your own to do some writing or to work on another project.
Looking back the other way (image from their website)