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Birnam - beautiful Otways retreat

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

In a rolling valley adjacent to tall eucalypt forest in the Otways hinterland 2 hours drive from Melbourne, Birnam is a delightful and comfortable three bedroom timber & mud brick house on 4 acres with beautiful rural and forest views.

Situated 500m from the Beechy Rail Trail for walkers and cyclists connecting Colac and Beech Forest via the old railway route, the house sits amidst a delightful rambling garden of tree ferns, fruit trees, roses and a multitude of flowering bulbs.

Access is via a 1.5km unsealed road passing through majestic eucalypts. The house is not 5 star luxury, but a comfortable base for couples and families in a beautiful district, and we welcome anyone seeking to relax and refresh, and explore the stunning Otways landscape. Please note that being a rural property with electric fencing and a dam, children must be supervised at all times.

Located 15 minutes south of Colac with its beautiful Botanic Gardens overlooking Lake Colac, and with the villages and cafes of Gellibrand, Forrest and Birregurra each within ~30mins drive, Birnam is also just under an hour’s drive from the Great Ocean Road, and retro seaside town of Apollo Bay.

The property is well located for accessing much of the Otways natural beauty including waterfalls, Lake Elizabeth, California redwoods, Turton's Track, the Otway Fly, Forrest's world class mountain bike trails, and the Otways Harvest Trail of wineries, berry farms, and a range of fine cafes/restaurants offering local produce, topped by Brae.

The house sleeps 6-7 people in 3 comfortable bedrooms - two with king beds, and the third with two child singles and a child trundle - each room with beautiful views. Bed linen & towels are provided.

Settle with a wine and good book in front of the wood heater - wood supplied. There’s also a reverse cycle split system a/c, ceiling fans in lounge, kitchen, and master bedroom, a well-equipped kitchen, and comfortable peaceful living spaces.

The living area has internet TV - Netflix and limited 'TV app' options only, a small sound system, and whilst there's no mobile phone reception, a landline is available for local calls, along with a good satellite wi-fi internet signal. For children there are a range of toys and games and a large springfree trampoline.

The house has decking on 3 sides, providing outlooks to view the wildlife and in particular the wonderful native birdlife with frequent visitors including wrens, kookaburras, currawongs, rosellas, parrots, and ducks, & less frequently cockatoos, eagles and an occasional pelican.

Take time out at Birnam for a weekend or longer, to recharge and explore this remarkable part of Victoria.

More Details

Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 14, 2018


Kawarren House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 3 - 3 child bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • waterfalls


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Birnam - beautiful Otways retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Serenity at its best!

  • 5 of 5

Birnam provided us with a real sanctuary and we have never relaxed and rested so much as when we stayed here! The birdlife is extraordinary and the peace and quiet is amazing! It is our ideal location for a recharge and we are looking forward to coming back! Thankyou Chris for sharing your slice of heaven!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Perfect country getaway

  • 5 of 5

We loved the property, garden was stunning and the house was so cosy

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Perfect family holiday destination in the Otways!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful holiday home! From the moment we pulled up the drive of Birnam retreat we felt relaxed and at home.

We stayed in this property as two families with children all aged under 7 years. The facilities were very clean and well appointed, the beds comfortable and the house warm from the wood fire.

The natural surrounds of the house are gorgeous and provided hours of entertainment for our children exploring the garden and the nearby bushland. Watching the cattle graze and a mob of 40 kangaroos each night slowly move across the adjoining paddock was a highlight.

If you are after a comfortable, warm and cozy holiday destination in the heart of the Otways then look no further!

Thanks Chris for a lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Fantastic, peaceful retreat in the beautiful Otway

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five visited Birnam in early October 2017. The house is a lovely, peaceful oasis hidden in the forest between Colac and Beech Forest. As soon as we turned into the unsealed (but well graded) road from the main road to reach Birnam and drove through the stands of tall trees, we were enchanted with the location. The house is about 500 metres from the Beechy rail trail with a great, family friendly section on one side of the road and a steeper, more challenging section on the other. It is a short reach to Forrest, the micro-brewery and the mountain bikes trails, the cafes and farmers' markets of Birregura and (although we didn't visit) the Otway Flyer. A new treetop adventure course opened in April this year nearby and we enjoyed a fun morning zipping through the trees.

The house itself is perfectly set up for a family, with games for the kids to play (our kids played for hours with the planks), a great driveway for them to ride their bikes on and a comfortable wood fire for the evenings. The beds were comfortable, the linen new and crisp (we found out at the end of our stay that we were only the second guests) and the electric blankets welcome on the cold nights. The kitchen and bathroom had a lovely 'old farmhouse' feel which we really liked. Waking with only the sounds of the farm in front and the wind in the trees was a treat and we felt as though we were far away from civilisation, without actually being so!.

Chris was fantastic at organising the stay and even went to the effort of organising for us to pick up a blanket we had left behind from them when they were next in Melbourne, which we greatly appreciated. Thanks Chris and Kate for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Lovely rustic house in a peaceful bush setting!

  • 5 of 5

This property is an absolute hidden gem! It's so much more than can be seen from the photos here and was everything I could have hoped for a peaceful few days away catching up with a girlfriend and our 4 young boys.

After an easy drive from Colac and short drive through the beautiful bush, we were greeted by a gorgeous rustic mud brick house with lots of character. It is surrounded by what would be a lovely cottage garden in the spring time and a dairy farm and hills off in the distance.

We were fortunate that absolutely everything had been thought of at Birnam to make our stay really special! The fire was lit for our arrival, and comprehensive instructions on everything to do with the house (thankfully including turning off the electric fence if needed lol!) was left which was so helpful. The extra supplies of kindling and small and large logs for the fire was really appreciated too and would be especially helpful if you weren't used to fire lighting!

The beds were huge and super comfy, with lovely quality linen and they even had electric blankets! The bedrooms and the bathroom had extra portable heaters and the kitchen had everything you could ever need with all the utensils and cookware being in great condition. We were welcome to use anything in the pantry too!

Our boys absolutely loved the large amount of books and toys to play with and especially the huge trampoline outside. At night we rugged up and used the torches supplied to take the boys on a night walk back down the track and into the bush, which they thought was fantastic!

We appreciated all the touristy brochures and maps on the bookshelf which helped us plan our day trip. We loved driving down to see the stunning triplet falls and the Californian Red Wood forest and these walks were very manageable with our young boys (the youngest was 4). Apart from the natural beauty of the National Park, the whole area is simply stunning with lots of farm shops, wineries, and quaint little towns, all very accessible from Birnam.

Chris' communication was excellent throughout and she even posted something back that we had left behind. We were so lucky to be Birnam's first guests and couldn't speak more highly of the entrie experience we had. My only wish is that we could have stayed longer to explore the area further!

Thanks so much for sharing your lovely property with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Nearest Motorway
60 Kilometres
Great Ocean Road
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Apollo Bay




Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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