About the property
- House1883 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights
Otway's Loft, is a Dufflebird property and our second child.
Otways Loft is curious mix of tree-house, vintage train, raw and recycled materials, set in a rambling adventure garden.
The long awaited sister property to Liptrap Loft. This is the second holiday rental property developed by Dufflebird and Liptrap Loft (3 time Stayz State award winner & 2 time National award winner).
We scoured Victoria to find a property to match Liptrap Loft in unique character & charm. The property in Forrest was quite run-down, but we renovated the house and Otways Loft has been set up solely as holiday accommodation.
It is not 5 star luxury, but we can say with confidence that it is UNIQUE. The builder lived in a shed on-site, and craned in a train carriage to use as a workshop, while he was building the house. It is an eclectic construction, built on a framework of local tree poles. In parts, it is three story high. The interior is a mixture of components from the train carriage, locally felled timber, materials from a nearby church, and other salvaged bits and pieces. It was a labour of love.
Forrest is a gorgeous small town of weatherboard shacks, surrounded by towering Mountain Ash rain forest with verdant ferny under story. It is lush and abundant. The dawn birdsong is deafening. There is a lot to do around Forrest even if you are not a mountain biker.
Fine dining is available at the Guesthouse restaurant Bespoke Harvest (book ahead), and the Brewery offers great food and you must try the locally brewed beer. Good coffee is available at the General Store (with old fashioned lollies) and Corner Store, only a couple of hundred meters away. For pub fare, the pub doesn't disappoint and is open every night, always with a toasty fire in winter. All within walking distance, and all using predominantly local produce.
Spoil yourself and make it a long weekend. Take the Great Ocean Road home on Monday when there is no one around.
Special features include :
- Free standing claw foot bath in master bedroom ( with a lovely view over the green yard and landscape)
- Newly renovated bathroom with shower on the ground floor, second toilet and basin on first floor
- Wood fired heater with wood supply included
- Spilt system heating/cooling in living room
- Aircon in both upper bed rooms
- Washing machine and dryer
- Deck chairs
- Italian style stove-top coffee maker and French press (plunger)
- Basic provisions like olive oil, spices, tea, coffee, Vegemite and Glad Wrap
- Pets and children welcome
- Lush rambling garden which is fenced but not dog proof
- Dog run around the balcony that will keep most dogs in, but not dog proof. Dog bed, food and water dish provided.
- Four mountain bikes suitable for trail riding. Helmets..
- No TV. There is a stereo, books and board games and broadband/WiFi (good speed & reliable).
The house has 4 bedrooms including the loft with a loft ladder.
Bedroom 1 - Upstairs Master bedroom with claw foot bath with 2 single beds which together convert to a King
Bedroom 2 - The Hemmingway Room - upstairs reading room with balcony has 3 single beds (Two singles can convert to a King).
Bedroom 3 - Down stairs is a third bedroom with a Queen bed.
Bedroom 4 - The Loft - there is a loft ladder/steps leading to a attic/loft space, with a double futon. This is very popular with children, and not recommended for the elderly.
Total - 5 single beds (two of which convert to King beds), 1 queen bed and one double futon.
There is a second toilet up stairs.
The train carriage next door is also available for holiday rental. See the Stayz listing: Steam: Train Carriage In The Otways. Together the properties can sleep up to 14 guests ( but ideal for a total of 10-12).
Zoe (Age 14) December 2014- From the Guestbook
" I never imagined a place quite like this, a place where a mind could run free, a place where trains could be houses and dreams only a touch away. Even when I just sat and stared at the gardens, I knew this was a place I would love to live at. It was magic. Fairies lurking in nooks and crannies, dragons curled up in corners, even the feeling that fire sprites could be lurking, hiding amongst the piles of wood, waiting to be sparked alight by a lone match. If I closed my eyes I could imagine the person clicking away on the typewriter, endless one-sided conversations from the old phone. A writers dream only a touch away.
And the day we spent walking around the lake got me thinking. ‘Why are we destroying the magic in our lives?’ Slowly as I drew a breath, I realised that we weren’t destroying magic, we were preserving it in the hands of those who dare to imagine.
And I am sure that tomorrow, when the time comes to leave, the magic will call forward it’s next believer into this wonderful place, to show those who dare to come here that magic still exists."
Lucy July 2015
"The Otways Loft is a special place in a special part of the world. We loved how the house was crafted from recycled train parts and timber. It is enormous but still cosy. Our older daughter loved her hideaway bedroom at the very top of the house. The bath in the master bedroom has a perfectly positioned triangle window so you're soaking and looking out into the treetops. We woke up to views of a stunning sunrise (a nearby rooster sounded the alarm) from all the upstairs windows.
The hosts had thought of everything needed in the large kitchen. We could easily have shared our stay with another family and had room for everyone to sleep and cook together.
The fire kept everyone warm in the middle of a winter cold snap. We did venture out and enjoyed the pies and sweet treats from the cute General Store nearby and drinks and snacks at the Forrest Brewery nearby. Both are easy walking distance (like, up a laneway alongside the house). A walk to Lake Elizabeth is a must for any visitor. Fine for kids (bring gumboots if it's been raining) to do and really stunning.
We hope to come back soon. Thanks Fleur for being so easy to communicate with and for putting such thought and care into the Loft. We really appreciated all the little touches in the facilities and decorating - even the great book selection!"
Michie and Catherine March 2015 - Magical tree house
"This is the sort of place that has something for everyone. Gorgeous Eco friendly lotions, fire place and rustic setting made the interior of reclaimed train parts something else. The kids loved all the quirky spaces and upstairs loft. The adults loved the claw foot bath inside heir bedroom with tree lined views from every window. Decorated beautifully with so much warmth and character it made it hard to leave. Good thing we'll be back next year!"
Claire, June 2015
"The house was absolutely gorgeous and was such a pleasure to stay at! The location was lovely, with amazing views from the upstairs bedrooms. It was very spacious yet cosy, had great cooking facilities, and was very comfortable. The uniqueness of the house also just made the stay that little bit extra special. Fleur was a wonderful host. She was easy to get in contact with and was very friendly and helpful. She provided us with a number of recommendations and answered any questions promptly. Would definitely love to stay there again - hopefully as soon as possible!"
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 20, 2018
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
What a delight!
We had a lovely family weekend away with 3 generations aged 60yrs to 3yrs old. Each person came away wanting to spend more time in the Otways Loft. At every turn there was attention to detail and generosity for guests. We were all warm and comfortable, the kitchen is well stocked with everything you will need to cook for a family. We are all very grateful for the lovely family time we have had there and will return.
Charming home and lovely garden
A quirky, charming house. Excellent kitchen facilities, comfortable lounge, very clean. We appreciated the comfortable and plentiful deck chairs on the verandah. Our young grandchildren ran and played in the garden and the play equipment and sandpit got a workout. Good communication with owner. Forrest is a peaceful and pleasant village surrounded by natural beauty.
Loved the property, it was everything I was hoping for - very different from a typical house - very cool and well located. Close to Brewery and mountain bike trails. Host was super nice. I'll be back.
Unique comfort amidst stunning Australian forests
My teenager, her friend and I absolutely loved our little Easter escape to Forrest and our 2 night stay at Otways Loft. We felt instantly relaxed and at home in this quirky and comfortable house with all it’s creative details, recycled timber and excellent facilities. The house was very clean and neat and the kitchen well equipped. The rooms are spacious and all have beautiful natural light and individual charm. What’s not to love about life when you can have an afternoon soak in the bathtub in your bedroom, reading a great book and drinking locally brewed beer freshly purchased at the Forrest Brewery up the road!
At night we loved lighting the fire and eating in (bring food or buy ready made meals from the General Store). The General Store is within short walking distance and does great coffee.
Forrest was our base for exploring the stunning forests, lakes and waterfalls of the Otway’s. I highly recommend it!
One of a kind!
The moment I walked through the door I fell madly and passionately in love with Otways loft! The house is so uniquely hand-built using massive wood beams that were forested by the builder himself. You can't help but marvel at the architecture alone, but also, the mixed materials in which the house was constructed. They cause your eye to constantly roam and find delight in all the quirky details. The house is a light-filled mix of modern treehouse, vintage steam train and industrial design, all married together and set on a lovely, leafy block in the quaint town of Forrest. We lit the fire, played the piano, cooked in the incredibly well stocked kitchen and listened to a selection of CDs that are classic Dufflebird. As for Forrest itself, I've heard it's very lovely, but honestly, we never left the house and cannot wait to return!!
Unique, Well Presented, Clean, Great Location!
This property has been created so thoughtfully. It is very well equipped, cosy enough for just a couple, but also spacious enough for two whole families (including the dog)!
It is very clean, and the booking process a pleasure.
Forrest is an amazing location, with so much to offer.
There is nothing you will lack. We highly recommend you visit!