Meet Jan and Lin: Bells by the Beach Holiday House

Meet Jan and Lin, owners of Bells By the Beach Holiday House located in Ocean Grove, Victoria!

Jan and Lin Bell – business owners

With retirement on the horizon and after working in the fire service and retail/admin sectors, the pair were in search of somewhere to live permanently or open a holiday rental business.

The pair first visited the Bellarine Peninsular in search of somewhere to live permanently or a place that felt right to open a holiday rental business. Jan and Lin found a two bedroom unit in Ocean Grove; their first holiday rental business. It was later on when they found it a right time to buy a larger home around the corner on Roditis Drive, the start of Bells By The Beach Holiday House. The couple moved permanently to another location in Ocean Grove to be close to the investment and serve guests 24/7, which they still do.

Bells By The Beach Holiday House is now a welcoming holiday home for families to spend a short or extended time, with or without their dogs.

During the past 15 years or so, Jan and Lin have welcomed more than 400 different dogs, with pet-parents from regional Victoria, suburban Melbourne and interstate to holiday in their home. Guests return time and time again to the welcoming home as they love the property facilities, the squeaky clean house and the neat and tidy dog-friendly coastal garden…not to mention the beach is just a short doggy stroll (500 metres) to the sand dunes and over onto the beach.

We love being holiday accommodation owners, it gives us much satisfaction to know we are helping families plan and budget for holidays well in advance

Dog-lovers are delighted to find that the house truly is dog and family friendly, where dogs are welcome to sleep indoors with their family and be safe and secure in the fully fenced property.

About the area

Ocean Grove is growing into the largest township on the Bellarine Peninsula. The area is surrounded by renowned wineries, walking trails, pristine beaches, fishing spots and golf courses. Bring your dogs down to run along the beach, crash through the waves, or just enjoy a swim. Head further away and explore the many local attractions across the region. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Ocean Grove.

With the property in easy reach of shopping, activities and the glorious beach, it is no wonder that the property is thriving with guests in Spring, Summer and Autumn.

We look forward to meeting new guests and welcoming back others who consider our house as a home away from home. We sometimes wish we had another house to ‘spread the beach love’ to everyone who wants to stay and who are disappointed to find we are booked out.   

Interested in staying at Jan and Lin’s Pet and Family Friendly accommodation? Book NOW >> https://aabode.com/australia/ocean-grove/pet-and-family-friendly

Tips to stress less on your holiday

Stress is something all of us experience. Whether its at work, home or at uni, it’s something we can’t escape, but it shouldn’t ever exist on a holiday! Check out our tips to help you stress less on your getaway so you can just focus on your relaxation!

Plan your pick up

This doesn’t mean you have to plan the transport for your whole trip but you should have a rough idea of how you’re going to get to your accommodation when you arrive. Taxis are sometimes the most expensive option and are sometimes not available in smaller cities at certain times! Whether you’re renting a car or planning to take public transport to the city, think about what you need to do beforehand to save yourself from any troubles. Whether it’s booking the car online or purchasing a travel card at your arrival, just do some quick research to save you from any trouble. Note: there might not be data or wifi available when you arrive!

Download offline maps

In case you’re stuck with no wifi or you’re unable to get your data up and running, you’ll be saved if you follow this tip! Most map applications allow you to download the whole map of a city or suburb so you’ll be able to use it without any internet! If you know where you’ll be exploring, you can download multiple maps so you can always check for directions on the go! Hot tip: Check out some great offline map and travel apps here!

Pack light

This might be the most obvious tip, but it might be the thing that causes you the most grief on your holiday! Try to fit everything in a small suitcase or a carry on style bag so you’ll always have a hand or two free for carrying other things. Some cities don’t have elevators or lifts so reconsider whether bringing two large suitcases is worth it! If you’re able to carry your luggage up and down a flight or two, you should be sweet to go! Check out some more packing tips here!

Have a digital backup

Although many people print out physical copies of their travel documents and organize them accordingly, it’s also a good idea to have a digital backup that is easily accessible on your phone. A simple way to do this is to just store them in your email in a folder so they can be easily accessed when needed! If you’re tech savvy and want to up the ante, there are also other travel apps that can store all of your documents and tickets in one place!

Bring what you need for a comfortable ride

Plan to stay comfy. Whether you’re travelling by car, plane or train, make sure you prepare to satiate and entertain yourself for the journey. Be sure to pack some travel snacks such as muesli bars or fruit to keep your stomach from grumbling for the whole journey. For long haul or overnight travel, make sure you also pack your sleeping essentials such as toothbrushes, pajamas, an extra set of clothes and a sleeping mask. Whether you’re travelling for a hour or a day, make sure you have your snacks at the ready, your movies downloaded and your headphones in so you can travel like a pro!

We’ll even if you an extra tip for having a stress free holiday…Book your property on Aabode.com! From 4000+ properties to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Eat your way around The Hunter Valley

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a novice to the art of wine-tasting, the beautiful Hunter Valley never fails to surprise visitors with its delights.

Located just an hour drive away from Newcastle, the area offers more than wine tours and cheese tasting; the Hunter Valley is filled with world class restaurants to provide its diners an unforgettable experience. Using local fresh produce by passionate chefs, the remarkable flavours must be tasted to believe.

You cannot call yourself an Instagram foodie until you’ve experienced, firsthand, the wonders of the Hunter Valley’s eateries.

Keep reading to see our favourite restaurants, tried and approved by Aabode!

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Cafe Enzo

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Open: 7 days a week

Location: Cnr Broke & Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin NSW

Cafe Enzo, set in the heart of the Hunter Valley, is a Tuscan inspired villa with an enchanting courtyard, providing diners a relaxing break. The menu offers coffee and Modern Australian cuisine with an Italian fusion.


Muse Restaurant

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Open: Wednesday – Sunday

Location: 2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW

Muse Restaurant, located in the Hungerford Hill winery, has won multiple awards for its impressive, seasonal menu. Offering contemporary Australian cuisine with professional service, Muse Restaurant remains one of Australia’s finest restaurants as it continues to delight all diners.


Circa 1876

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Open: Friday – Tuesday

Location: 64 Halls Rd, Pokolbin NSW

Circa 1876, located in a cottage built in 1876 with a tree-lined driveway, brings to life the ‘farm to fork’ ethos. Guests are seated to overlook the organic kitchen garden that supplies the produce for the Modern Australian menu. Bookings are recommended!


Restaurant Botanica

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Open: Wednesday – Sunday

Location: 555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin NSW

Restaurant Botanica, situated in the picturesque Spicers Vineyards Estate, allows guests to dine with stunning views of its beautiful surrounding vineyard. The Mediterranean menu delivers an exquisite and fresh approach to the dining experience, along with wines matched to each dish.


EXP. Restaurant

 

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Open: Wednesday – Sunday

Location: 1596 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW

At EXP. Restaurant, diners can choose to be seated in an intimate room or along the bar where they can interact with Chef Frank Fawkner and his team. The unique dining experience with the Australian menu comes with hand selected plates by Frank, locally crafted furniture and stunning wall artworks.


Hunters Quarter

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Open: Thursday – Monday

Location: 576 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin NSW

Hunters Quarter offers diners an elegant and relaxed experience, with sweeping views of its vineyard. The contemporary menu, coupled with a private terrace in the vineyard, is the perfect location to escape to with family and friends.


Baume

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Open: 7 days a week

Location: 119 Mcdonalds Rd, Pokolbin NSW

Baume, pronounced as bow-may, is the go-to restaurant for a casual, family-friendly dining experience. The Mediterranean inspired menu sources the best of local ingredients at the correct time to create the perfect dishes to be shared around the table.


 

What better way than to end your day at one of our stunning properties? Check out Aabode.com or click here to view more of our listings in the Hunter Valley!

Featured Properties: Aabode Victoria

Head to Victoria this Spring and experience some of the glorious wonders that the city has to offer. From state of the art museums, striking heritage sites, mouth watering food, and the sporting culture, we can guarantee you’ll have an absolute ball! To top it off we’ve hand picked some of our favourite and most unique properties in Victoria that you won’t want to miss staying in!


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Aquabelle One is a large, light-filled Rye apartment with beach views and suits families or groups of 4. Architect designed with holidays in mind, this stunning space offers modern, beautifully styled interior with room for everyone

Key Inclusions
  • Master king bedroom with ensuite
  • Views over Port Phillip Bay 
  • Full equipped kitchen
  • Two 3 seater leather couch
  • Board games
  • Contemporary interiors with high ceilings
  • Secure parking for 2 cars
  • Keyless PIN access entry 

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Eden is the perfect retreat for your next family holiday. Watch the kids swim in the in-ground solar heated pool from the sun-soaked living room or relax on the resort sofas next to the pool. This property is perfect for the outdoor entertainer. 

Key Inclusions
  • 5 spacious bedrooms: 1 king + ensuite, 2 queen, 1 tri bunk, 1 queen + ensuite
  • Outdoor fireplace 
  • Poolside cabana
  • Solar heated pool 
  • Butler’s pantry
  • Hydronic floor heating
  • Secure car and boat parking facilities 

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Island Pearl, as the name suggests, is something of a rarity on the Island – a beautifully appointed home in a prime location that also has wheelchair access. No matter what your reason for visiting Phillip Island, be it business or pleasure, “Island Pearl” offers an exceptional travel experience. This superb property is loaded with appeal, and is one that you’ll be keen to return to time after time! 

Key Inclusions
  • 4 bedrooms: 2 x queen, 1 x bunk, 1 x single
  • Wheelchair access
  • Double carport 
  • Gas BBQ 
  • Outdoor sitting area
  • Fully fenced courtyard

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Offering luxurious studios featuring a fireplace and patios offering mountain views, Studio 1 is set on 40 acres of farm land. Stunning views of Mt Buffalo and the Buckland Valley can be enjoyed from each patio and balcony, which also offer a BBQ and outdoor furniture.

Key Inclusions
  • Cooked breakfast: cooked bacon, eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes, fresh bread, locally made jams, yoghurt, cereals and seasonal fruit
  • 6 minute drive from the nearest town, Porepunkah
  • Several wineries and restaurants within 30 min drive 
  • Free WI-FI
  • Fireplace

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The ultimate mountain experience enhanced with all the luxury comforts you could ask for.  Elevated and surrounded by a lush forest of greenery, the Artist on Everest is a tree house like no other.  A sophisticated & contemporary 2 bedroom home, with an attention to detail second to none. 

Key Inclusions
  • Main bedroom with king size bed and ensuite
  • Huge open plan living
  • Luxurious couch and dining space
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Log fireplace and ducted heating
  • 5 minute stroll from the township of Olinda

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Riptide @Cape Woolamai has been superbly set up with one goal in mind, and that is to make your holiday an enjoyable experience! This beautifully furnished and decorated home is situated just 250m from “The Colonnades” surf beach and 1km from the supermarket, shops, cafes and restaurants in downtown Cape Woolamai. 

Key Inclusions
  • 3 spacious bedrooms with heating and ceiling fans
  • Sunlit living space
  • BBQ 
  • Outdoor furniture 
  • Great rural and water views

 

 

What are the Best Places to Visit in Koh Samui, Thailand?

In celebration of Aabode.com’s accommodation expanding to yet another region in Thailand, we have put together a vacation guide for all our readers who would love to or are planning a holiday to Koh Samui, the gorgeous Thai island. Here are our top picks for everyone looking to head to Thailand but aren’t quite sure of where to go:

In celebration of Aabode.com’s accommodation expanding to yet another region in Thailand, we have put together a vacation guide for all our readers who would love to or are planning a holiday to Koh Samui, the gorgeous Thai island. Here are our top picks for everyone looking to head to Thailand:


Angthong Marine Park

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When you visit Koh Samui, you can’t leave without witnessing the stunning sea views of Angthong Marine Park! Take a boat around the beaches and indulge in the holiday vibes and beautiful natural sights around the marine park. Get the perfect tan and spend summer lounging around the beaches of Angthong Marine Park!


Chaweng Walking Street

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Test your bargaining skills and purchase some hand-crafted goods you won’t find anywhere else at Chaweng Walking Street! Stock up on some cute souvenirs to take back home, sip on cocktails and enjoy a stroll down the street while being surrounded by the light-hearted atmosphere, or better yet, listen to some live music performances and experience Thai culture to the fullest!


Wat Phra Yai Temple

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Wat Phra Yai Temple is a must-visit for travellers looking to learn about Thai culture and religion. Famous for the golden Big Buddha, the statue is a grand sight that is sure to leave you breathless. While exploring the temple, be sure to visit the small amulet stalls for some unique souvenirs!


Wat Plai Laem

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Wat Plai Laem is a relatively new temple site in Koh Samui, Thailand, attracting travellers to pay their respects to both Buddha and Guanyin everyday. Surrounded by a lake, the temple is both beautiful and religiously significant for the Thai people. Pay the site a visit and marvel at the 18m tall Guanyin statue with your own eyes!


Ladyboy Cabaret Shows

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Put Thailand’s trademarks – exotic shows and ladyboys – together and you get unforgettable comedy, song and dance performances! Support LGBTQIA+ inclusion and watch these grandiose performances live while sipping on some delicious drinks throughout the night!


Lamai Walking Street

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Every Sunday from 5PM onwards, thousands visit Lamai Walking street to get a whiff of authentic Thai culture and cuisine! With stall owners all selling a variety of unique goods (from bags to cosmetics) and countless food stands giving away free food samples, Lamai Walking Street is a must-visit for shopaholics!


What better way to complete your Summer vacation than a perfect accommodation! Book with Aabode.com now for affordable and luxurious accommodations! Our top pick is Summitra Villa!