Put on your cowboy boots and crank up the Taylor Swift because we’re about to talk cottagecore. More specifically, the holiday rentals of your cottagecore fantasies.
This trend isn’t going anywhere soon, as demonstrated by a whole bunch of celebs — including the likes of Kendall Jenner, the aforementioned Swift — and even one of my best friends who has been cottagecore her whole life without even realising until literally today.
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Of course, the first step to really nailing this ‘Grammable country aesthetic, is an adorable country cottage. Some of you may be lucky enough to live in one, but for the rest of us, holiday rentals make for the perfect, dreamy weekend away.
We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite rental cottages around Australia for your cosy cottagecore getaway.
#1 Dollywood, Daylesford
I simply cannot deal with this adorable and kitschy cottage in country Victoria. In news that will surprise no one, it’s inspired by the vintage Hollywood era, with “a hint of Palm Springs and a dash of Cali coast-line, heading down Mexico way”.
The location itself is pretty prime too, with Daylesford being nestled against the stunning Macedon Ranges. Here’s a guide to help you what to decide in between taking pics for the ‘Gram.
Price: $880/ night
Sleeps: six people
#2 The Little White House, Emerald
#3 Beechmont Garden Retreat, Olinda
With a manicured garden fit for a Queen, and plenty of space to invite all your friends (seven of them, anyway), this rather grand garden cottage on one of the highest points in the Dandenong Ranges is a straight-up beauty.
Price: Minimum two-night stay from $1,100
Sleeps: Eight people
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#4 Wollemi Wilderness Cabin, Blue Mountains
Take your cottagecore dreams up to the trees with this rustic secret cabin in the forest tree-tops of the Blue Mountains. There’s even an indoor spa bath and a fireplace so you can keep cosy while you’re enjoying epic views of Bowen’s Creek Gorge and rainforest.
Price: From $290
Sleeps: Four people
#5 Warramba, Capertree Valley
Set on 100 acres of regenerated farmland in the Greater Blue Mountains area, this restored 1890s homestead is an actual dream. This is probably why it’s been in a bunch of mags, a finalist in the Dezeen International Design Awards and used for fashion shoots by huge brands like We Are Kindred and My General Store.
The beauty of this location is really being able to relax and disconnect for a weekend. We have a few places you should stop off on the drive there though, including this very quirky local distillery.
Sleeps: Eight people
#6 Kondilla Eco Retreat, Sunshine Coast
Sure, it’s a retreat, not a holiday rental. Still, if you head into the stunning Sunshine Coast Hinterlands to enjoy one of only 21 rooms at this eco-retreat, you’ll forgive me for including it.
Sure, you may be wondering why you’d head to the Sunny Coast in winter, but actually, if you click right here, we’ll tell you why it’s perfect in the colder months.
Price: From $230/night
Sleeps: Two people
#7 Captain’s Rest, Strahan
It doesn’t get more cottagecore than feeding ducks while rugged up in an aesthetically pleasing blanket on your front porch. Spend a romantic getaway in Lettes Bay Historical Village staring out the antique windows onto the lake and an old jetty. Perfection.
Sleeps: Two people
#8 Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages, Cradle Mountain
You can’t go to Tasmania and not visit Cradle Mountain, but how epic to spend a few nights in an adorable cabin with the iconic mountain as your view. These family-owned cabins are secluded, self-contained just a five-minute walk from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre.
They’re adorable at any time of year, but if you’re willing to embrace winter you’ll get to enjoy a picturesque snow covering. Plus, there are plenty of things in Tassie that are actually better in winter. There are also a few walks you can do in the adjacent national park, so here’s your guide to them.
Price: From $145/night
#9 Burnside Organic Farm, Margaret River
A cottagecore stay in wine country? Don’t mind if I do. This is a working, family-run farm and winemaker that welcomes guests in one of their two secluded stone cottages. You can really get into it and join a farm tour and help feed the animals.
Price: Minimum two-night stay (longer on some occasions) from $399/night
Sleeps: Two to five people.
#10 My Sister & The Sea, Marion Bay
Take things coastal with this South Australian 1950’s weatherboard beach cottage that was literally transported over from Sweden. It’s a minimalists dream in here (think of all the coloured outfits that would pop in your next Insta pic).
The property is close to Innes National Park, so you can easily go exploring if you want a break from sipping wine on the deck or by the fireplace (depending on the season, of course).
Sleeps: Four people.
(Lead image: Airbnb / dollywooddaylesford.com.au)