1. Australia
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  4. Forrest
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Otways Loft @ Forrest

House, Forrest

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

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Min 2 - 4 nights stay

8 guests
4 bedrooms
7 beds
1 bathroom


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

- Dishwasher

- Washing machine and dryer

- WiFi

- Piano

- 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!"


Features covered by Stayz Rental Assurance

Air conditioning, Dishwasher, Washing machine

Air conditioning Balcony Books Children welcome Clothes dryer Coffee maker Deck/Patio Dining Dishes and utensils Dishwasher Games Heating Internet access Iron and board Kitchen Lawn/Garden Linens provided Microwave Outdoor grill Oven Pantry items Pets allowed Refrigerator Stereo Stove Telephone Toaster Towels provided Washing machine Wood stove
Otways Loft @ Forrest is rated 4.8431372549019605 out of 5 by 51.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful house and setting Such a beautiful, unique property - quirky, cosy and comfortable. We had a very relaxing three days here, enjoying mountain biking, cooking in the spacious and very well-equipped kitchen, board-games, the log fire, baths, strolls to Forrest centre for lunch (great food), communing with the local lamas and an absolutely stunning hike around Lake Elizabeth.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful loft experience We hired out the Steam Train Carriage and the Otways Loft for a group of 10 friends over one weekend. I’ve got to say the place was perfect. The train was a huge hit with everyone and arguments ensued over who would get to stay in the old carriages. The inside of the train has been decorated with steam punk inspired gizmos and gadgets scattered around in all the little nooks. Whilst the loft was more of a large wooden cabin which is where the majority of our time was spent as a group, nestled in near the wood fire with a nice glass of wine. A lot of attention has been given to all the small details which make these two properties so unique. A must stay!
Date published: 2016-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quirkey and cosy We had a wonderful winter stay. We were snug and tantalized by the beautiful aromas generated in the well equipped kitchen. Accommodation and bathroom were spacious and clean. Owners were very knowledgeable and helpful. Thanks Fleur.
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great weekend away Some friends and I really enjoyed our stay in this lovely place with lots of character.
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous and unique property! My family and I spent 2 nights at Otways Loft after a few busy days in Melbourne. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this quirky, comfortable and beautifully decorated home. The setting is gorgeous and the house and accomodation provided everything we needed. The town of Forrest is delightful and we enjoyed a great meal at the pub with the fire burning and local pet dog snoozing on the couch! The scenery throughout the Otways is stunning and we were lucky to arrive in time to see the snow which had fallen the night before! That was a wonderful experience and one that was totally unexpected. We did as much exploring as we could in 2 days. The walk through the rainforest to Lake Elizabeth was just magical. It is such a serene place and one that we were able to experience without anyone else around. I would highly recommend a visit to the Otways and particularly a unique stay at Otways Loft. Thankyou Fleur for all you did to make our visit a special one. I only wish we had been able to stay longer.
Date published: 2016-08-25
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