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Liptrap Loft: 1 Dwelling, 5 Acres, 0 Neighbours

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Liptrap Loft is the first property that Dufflebird managed. Its our first child and we have owned and managed her for 10 years.

Liptrap Loft is a large shack built from recycled timber and tin. Set on five acres, it is surrounded on all sides by bush land, with distant views across neighbouring farm land. You can't see another building, so it is very private, and there is lots of wildlife.

The location is quite remote and the house is rustic. It is certainly not for everyone. To see if it will be right for you, check the "WHAT IT DOES NOT HAVE" section below.

We love the place, but to get a true feel for Liptrap Loft, read the Stayz testimonials. There is over one hundred. It was the first of a series of quirky dog friendly getaways that became Dufflebird.


The house was built by Jim, a man of unusual talents. Some say he was a builder and cabinet maker, others say a piano maker and champion runner - but all agree that he was a pedantic master craftsman. Jim searched the region for a secluded sanctuary in which to build his dream home. For years he was a virtual recluse, living in a tent while he painstakingly sourced recycled materials to build the house that is now Liptrap Loft. He reluctantly sold the house to study architecture at age 50.

We came across the place when we were looking for an investment property. We had strict criteria detailed in spreadsheets showing the exact cash flow required for an investment. After searching Melbourne every bumper-to-bumper weekend for months, we were completely uninspired. So we took a weekend away in Gippsland. Some friends said "come and look at this quirky house, you'll like it". Dedication to any financial logic went out the window the first time we saw the Japanese bath house and smelled the woody interior. We fell in love with the place and bought it.

They say buying property on emotion is a bad idea. It wasn't long before we realised we couldn't cover the mortgage. Reluctantly we decided we'd have to rent it out.

But sometimes intuition is more powerful than logic. We started renting the house out to holiday makers. As popularity grew we were able to invest the income back into the property, based on feedback from guests and our vision of how it should grow. To our surprise we really liked having people stay and enjoy the place. It since has become our obsession. It is extraordinary to find so many people who share the passion we have for it. Ten years on we are very proud of what we have created in Jim's spirit.

Liptrap Loft is unique and rustic. If you are a "5 star - no less!" type of person, it probably wont be for you. Please make sure it is your 'cup of tea' before booking.


- 5 minutes drive from Walkerville beach

- 30 minutes from Wilsons Promontory

- A 19th-century 4 poster giant KING bed (bigger than a king and taller than usual, imported from Holland, and found in Jakarta)

- Japanese bath house with soak tub

- Wood fired heater with generous wood supply included

- Unique restored Oregon couch setting (imported from USA and found in Perth)

- Broadband and WiFi

- Oven and Stove (added 2015)

- Large double fridge/freezer

- Forest walk around the 5 acres bush land

- 2 mountain bikes for guests to use (& helmets)

- Roofed outdoor dog enclosure with kennel

- 2 Dog beds for inside and outside

- Dog chain and lead

- Lawn bowls and cricket set

- Hammock

- Italian style stovetop coffee maker and French press (plunger)

- BBQ -4 burne, quality cookware, wine glasses and essentials

- Basic provisions like olive oil, spices, tea, coffee, Vegemite and Glad Wrap

- The only dwelling on 5 acres. You cant see any other houses.

- Very private and secluded

- Local info and tips sent on enquiry

- Seamless process from enquiry to checkout

- Pedantic and dedicated cleaner/caretaker

- Ideal for couples, but can sleep 6

- Pets and children welcome.


" it’s that incredible shack you dream you might find one day"

" Rustic but with a clean crisp quality that is soothing. A perfect antidote to city living. I used to fly up to a well known health retreat in QLD every year to slow down/reconnect. Now I sneak off to LL with my yoga mat and herbal teas for a minuscule of the price."

" when I do a guided meditation and they say to let your mind take you to a special place....I go back to dusk on the main lawn at Liptrap Loft, with the birds darting around, the air still and that feeling that I am in a wonderful place"

"Great value. I love to find non cookie cutter type places, and especially something hidden away and unique 10/10."

"It has the ambience of a cabin, hidden away in the mountains, yet is close to some of the most spectacular beaches in the state".

"I love the smell of the timber as soon as you open the door. The comfortable King four poster bed. The fire, the fact that there is always plenty of wood. The huge bath, and having my dogs with me on holiday".

"I like it that is does not feel like a rental. There are no annoying little notes telling you how to do everything. There is a feeling of generosity from the owners. "

"Our kids actually think Liptrap Loft is our family holiday house"

"I always have the most wonderful nourishing sleeps at Liptrap Loft and come back feeling re-calibrated"

"We have been coming to LL for 6 years and I can recommend all 4 seasons -fantastic in different ways.I come here to recharge."

"Bespoke. Although this word is overused at the moment, it is deserved here. Very charming and bespoke."

" Every time I come, I plan to visit the galleries,wineries and go on long hikes, but something about Liptrap Loft makes me just want to hang there in the hammock and completely relax".


2009 Take-A-Break State Finalist-Unique Accommodation

2010 Take-A-Break State WINNER- Unique Accommodation

2012 Stayz Group State WINNER- Outdoor Lovers

2013 Stayz Group finalists -2 categories = Outdoor Lovers and Romantic

2013-Stayz Victorian State Winner and NATIONAL WINNER- Romantic

2014- Stayz Group Awards -Very proud finalist in 4 categories- Romantic, Peoples Choice, Pet Friendly & Outdoor

2014 People Choice Award - Victorian State Winner and NATIONAL WINNER

2015- Stayz Group Awards- Finalist- Romantic


There is no TV. Instead, it has a good selection of books and music (so our guests tell us). There are speakers in the bathhouse also. It has WiFi. It has a hammock (which some people have even put up inside during inclement weather!).

It does not have air conditioning. But it has a monster industrial fan (which is too big for the room and nearly blows you over, but it keeps you cool, and looks cool).

It does not have an inside bathroom. You used to have to walk along the boardwalk to the bath house, but we have recently built a toilet just outside the front door. If you want to see the stars (they're definitely brighter than in Melbourne) you can still use the bath house, there is often wildlife around during the night.

Linen is provided for the King 4-poster bed (as not everyone has King linen), but you will need to bring your own towels. If you are using the other 2 futons you will need to bring linen for these extra beds. We do provide tea towels as most people forget them (including us).

The five acre fence is three wire farm fencing. It is not dog proof, and some of it has a low current to keep the livestock out. Most dogs stay around the house and there is a dog enclosure and kennel.


The house was designed to highlight the bush views in all directions. So even if you are not outside, you can appreciate the wildlife, including wombats, koalas, echidnas, wallabies, blue tongue lizards in summer and frogs in winter. There is always bird-life around the property includes dazzling swallows and stunning black cockatoos. Keep the blinds up, to see the changing scenery, lighting and wildlife.

We love and welcome pets! We have done what we can to make them comfortable with a dog stretcher for inside and out. We provide a chain and lead, and some dog toys and sometimes treats. We recently installed an outdoor enclosure. Its actually just a revamped avery. Its is approx 2m x 4m. It, has a roof & kennel with plenty of shade and breeze to keep pets comfortable and safe for a short time (i.e. if you are going to Wilson's Prom).


There is so much to do around the Walkerville/Cape Liptrap area. From beaches, to national parks, walking, cycling, wineries and Wilsons Prom. On booking we provide a 22 page "Things To Do" document.

Liptrap Loft is not for everyone, but if you like character, charm and little details...then there is every chance you will enjoy it like so many others have.

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Tarwin Lower House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 3 queen
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • forests
  • winery tours
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Liptrap Loft: 1 Dwelling, 5 Acres, 0 Neighbours
average rating of 4.927273 based on 165 reviews
Ballarat, VIC


  • 5 of 5

As soon as we pulled up at Liptrap Loft we agreed we didn't want to just call it our home for the weekend, we wanted to live there. Permanently. And bring back everyone we knew to enjoy it too! It has to be seen, and experienced, to be believed.

Liptrap is totally unique and oozes quirk and charm. The property is secluded, private (except for the wildlife including curious sheep and gorgeous birds), and just beautiful. We felt instantly relaxed and free and enjoyed time on the deck chairs in the sun, drinks at the outdoor table, using the kitchen to cook indulgent breakfasts, lounging and reading on the comfy couch, lazing in the king size four poster bed, open air showers under the tank and opening the doors on the bathhouse, especially as a storm rolled in: magical! The host, Fleur, deserves a special mention for being so warm and accommodating in all of our communications. And nearby Walkerville Beach was a highlight too.

Liptrap already holds a special place in our hearts and minds and we hope to come back again soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Glen Iris, Victoria

The best way to chill...

  • 5 of 5

Aa a couple of teachers just finishing the academic year, the opportunity to shut the doors on an exhausting 10 months could not have been better served than by the "Loft". Tucked away in a pastoral setting with open spaces meeting the local bush, this unique accommodation was the light hearted fun that we needed to unwind. The Japanese bathhouse worked as a place to cool off in the oppressive heat while soaking up the views of sheep grazing and the flurry of wings of the multitude of birds and bird species. A glass of champagne or two did the rest.

Our second day was an opportunity to investigate the local wineries and the local sights - Liptrap Lighthouse, Walkerville beach and the connecting wild coastline framing a glorious sunset - a photographer's picnic. Blood pressure reduced we were ready head back to city... Thank you Fleur and Mike

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Almost Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Great location with backwoods feeling (plus well cut lawns to relieve snake anxiety). Everything we needed for cooking and eating (except food and drink) was there.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

The location (quietness), and the quirky boho style of the house were just great. The fact that we could bring our schnausers was an added bonus.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Unique relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful break, in a gorgeous, individual and enchanting property. Allowing us to unwind and totally relax, whilst in beautiful surrounds. Lovely care and detail to the things that matter. See you again soon Liptrap Loft.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


  • 5 of 5

Second time we've stayed and can't wait to go back. The house, property, hosts - all totally great. Adore this place.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Property Manager

Fleur Leslie
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018


Other Activities:

Beaches, Farm, Wildlife


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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