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-National Winner- Romantic

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Pet friendly.

also 2 new properties we are managing -look on Stayz at -Callithea Kilcunda Pets Allowed.

and A Joy- Point Leo Pets Allowed.

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Liptrap Loft is a large shack built from timber and tin. It is set on five acres and surrounded on all sides by bushland, with distant views across neighbouring farm land.

If you want to get a true feel for Liptrap Loft, read the testimonials. Whatever we say would be biased, but we can tell you a bit of the history. (Feel free to skip this bit if you are not interested.)

The house was built by Jim Commadeur, 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 erect 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 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.

The first weekend after the purchase, we were sitting in front of the toasty fireplace and we realised we had a problem. How were we going to pay the mortgage? They always say "avoid emotion when buying an investment property" but we hadn't listened. What fools we were!

But sometimes intuition is more powerful than logic. We started renting the house out to holiday makers. As popularity grew we were able to meet the mortgage payments and we started investing 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 is extraordinary to find so many people who share the passion we have for it. Seven 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.

Special features include :
- 5 minutes 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
- WiFi (added June 2012)
- Forest walk around the 5 acres
- 2 mountain bikes for guests to use
- Lawn bowls and cricket set
- Hammock
- Italian style stovetop coffee maker and French press (plunger)
- BBQ (4 burner with hood), quality cookware, wine glasses and essentials
- Basic provisions like olive oil, spices, tea, coffee, vegemite and Glad Wrap
- 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.

Secluded on 5 private acres : No Neighbours : Views Across Farmland : Single dwelling (not multiple cottages)


" there were so many things we loved.... but what did it for us = 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, herbal teas etc"

" 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"

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

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

" 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 4 poster bed. The fire (and 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. "

"Very clean, well presented, attention to details....but even better the wow factor is there."

" the wildlife was a surprise, I really noticed the birds and frogs. The Black Cockatoos were breath taking. What a treat "

"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 recalibrated"

"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."

" 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".

Rustic : Charming: Comfortable: Secluded

Liptrap Loft is not for everyone, but those who like it....LOVE it.

What is does not have:

It does not have an oven. It has 2 stove tops, an electric frypan, microwave and BBQ.

It does not have a 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 to boot).

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 definately 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 x futons you will need to bring linen for those too (as our cleaners are on tank water). We do provide tea towels as most people forget them (including us).

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. Birdlife regularly spotted around the property includes swallows and stunning black cockatoos.

Yes, Liptrap Loft is not for everyone, but if you like character, charm and little details...then hopefully you are the type to LOVE it.

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Liptrap Loft is rated 4.95 out of 5 by 40.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chillax What a beautiful place to stay, the rustic ambience of the place was what we loved. The bath house was our favourite place to unwind watching the wildlife whileenjoying a glass of red. We can highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to chill out and just take some time to unwind. Thanks look forward to the opportunity to stay again.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful stay Liptrap Loft is a wonderful escape. It's situated in a beautiful country area that is refreshingly devoid of hustle and bustle. The house itself is gorgeous, cosy, and just perfect for a lazy recharge over a weekend, the bathhouse is wonderfully relaxing, and the visiting wildlife is endearing. It is said that a disconnect from the confusing busyness of life is required for peace of mind and Liptrap Loft is the perfect retreat.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish it was ours! Liptrap Loft was a truely lovely property which replenished our soul. Our family had a lovely, quality time together after a very busy year. No distractions and lots of fun. A wonderful country experience with lots of added extras! We appreciated the owner's style and looking forward to returning again soon.
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a unique and delightful property. Quirky, private, full of heart and style. Welcoming, well-appointed and refreshingly un-chintzy. Inside, all light and aspect. Outside all sky and birds. Plus a fabulous and huge bed. Lovely area to explore. But frankly even lovelier to stock up and curl up. The separate bathhouse just adds to the sense of difference, though realistically bath is probably too big to fill, especially in a drought. We'll be back.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We stayed at Liptrap for 6 nights and had the most amazing time, it was both relaxing and exhilarating. We loved the roaring fire, the beautiful scenery of endless grass meadows, the sound of native birds, cows and sheep. The kids LOVED the outside bathroom and had a ball playing in the Japanese stone garden. Thank you so much for sharing this magical and quirky house. Can't wait to visit again. Fleur was an amazing host, her dedication to making sure we were well looked after was perfection, her communication was very comforting, thanks so much. Jess and family.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A unique place to stay which is dog friendly, very peaceful and relaxing.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic quirky place full of charm, character and all things needed for a completely relaxed holiday or close to the surrounding wilderness reserves to explore the beauty nature offers. Will definitely be back again, for longer next time.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I felt that it was what it said it would be and more , my husband and I fell in love with the place and did not want to leave.....we really had such a lovely time there of rest and relaxation .....I almost feel as if our time there was a lovely dream I did not want to wake from ......the memories will long be treasured in our heart and the hope of returning will keep us looking forward to our next stay : ) Also just wanted to say that I read through the guest books and they were some of the most unique and artistic entries I have read from any other places I have stayed over the years , I do think that it is not a place that everyone could truly appreciate other words it takes a certain and sensitive kind of person to truly appreciate all that liptrap loft is and we feel privileged to have shared in that wonder .....your place is a true gem
Date published: 2014-01-23


Stayz Rental Guarantee Stayz Rental Assurance Features

Washing Machine

2 bikes
5 acres
Clothes dryer
Cooking Facilities
Free WiFi
Open Fireplace
Pets allowed
Washing Machine
agrarian views
close to beaches
forest walk
free wifi
hot tub
lawn bowls


last minute discount ends 14/01/14 (40% off) must stay 7 nights

Property Overview

Property Rates & Min Night Stay
From To Sun to Thurs ($ p/n average) Fri & Sat night 7 night stay Min night stay Extra adult ($ p/n) Extra child ($ p/n)
* $200 $520 $1250 2 $30 $10
* $260 $520 $1100 2 $30 $10
* $200 $520 $1250 2 $30 $10
* $280 $560 $1960 2 $30 $10
* $200 $520 $1250 2 $30 $10
* $280 $560 $1960 2 $30 $10
* $200 $520 $1250 2 $30 $10

Note: Pricing is subject to change, and a minimum stay period and other conditions may apply. You should confirm pricing with the property owner.

Prices listed based on 2 adults. Property has 3 beds and can sleep a maximum 6 people.

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