1. Australia
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Steam: Train Carriage in The Otways

Cottage, Forrest

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

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Min 2 - 4 nights stay

6 guests
3 bedrooms
6 beds
1 bathroom

Description

Take a step back in time, to bygone era, where life was simpler. Where people spent time with dignified entertainment and seemed to have more space and time. Welcome back to the great age of Steam.......

Just a couple of hours from Melbourne,Steam is the third holiday rental property developed by Dufflebird and Liptrap Loft 3 time Stayz State award winner & 2 time National award winner.

The carriage was used as a workshop, when the original owner was building the house next door. Otway's Loft also listed on STAYZ. Parts of the train were stripped and used in the house construction.

When we started renovating the carriage it was quite run down. There was not enough intact to restore it authentically, so we have developed our own style that is vaguely steam-punk influenced.

Almost every surface had to have something done to it. We thought we would strip out and move around a few panels and dividers, but we found that carriages were really tightly put together all that rattling and hard to pull apart. When we did get panels off, we had no idea what we would find. We completely stripped and rewired the electrical, and did plumbing from scratch. Renovating anything nearly a century old will have its challenges, but this was exceptional.

It is not 5 star luxury, and certainly not for everyone, but it is one of a kind. Steam's popularity with guests has amazed us.

Forrest is a gorgeous small town of weatherboard shacks, surrounded by towering Mountain Ash rain forest with lush ferny under-story. The dawn birdsong is extraordinary. There is a lot to do around Forrest even if you are not a mountain biker.

Special features include :

- 3 bedrooms. Can sleep 6 guests but 2 or 4 would be more comfortable. See Sleeping Options below.

- Linen, towels, hand towels and tea towels are provided. The beds will be made up when you arrive.

- Bathroom with shower

- Open plan kitchen/living room

- Wood fire box heater with wood supply included

- Nobo heaters

- Full small kitchen with stove, oven, sink, fridge

- No washing machine and dryer

- WiFi

-Bluetooth sound system

- Italian style stove-top coffee maker

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

- 2 adult mountain bikes available and suitable for trails. Helmets.

- Pets and children welcome. The yard is fenced but not necessarily dog proof.

NO TV. There is a sound system, books and board games.

Enter via Sanderson Lane. You cant miss it, it is the only train carriage at the elbow in the lane.

SLEEPING OPTIONS

The train can sleep six people, but four would be more comfortable.

The small bed rooms used to be train seating compartments, only 2.1m square, so they are only just longer than a bed. The rooms are close together, the bath room is between the kids and second bedroom and there is not a lot of audio insulation. You can hear what is happening in the next compartment.

It is ideal for:

• A couple with the whole train for themselves it is pretty spacious.

• A couple and two kids.

It should work well for:

• A couple, and up to four kids. Two kids would need to sleep in one queen bed. It would be a great place for kids to bring a friend.

• Two couples, as long as they were good friends. It would be close living.

It may work for:

• Four adults, one in each bed. The single beds are train beds, like caravan beds 750mm wide.

• Any more adults would be possible, but only if you are planning to be out most of the day and out for dinner. If it a just place to sleep, it could work.

BEDROOMS

Master: Two compartments long, with a queen bed.

Second: Single compartment with two thin single beds.

Third: Single compartment with a queen bed.

QUIRKY LOG HOUSE NEXT DOOR

The house next door Otway's Loft was built using recycled materials, locally milled timber and train parts. The two properties can be rented together if you have a larger group. Together they can sleep a maximum of 14 10-12 ideal

http://www.stayz.com.au/accommodation/vic/great-ocean-road/forrest/143843

CARRIAGE HISTORY

The carriage is no stranger to conversion. It has had an amazing history, with 7 lives

and 5 conversions. It was built as a First Class carriage in 1926 and converted between First and Second Class 4 times, then retired in 1983. More detailed history, some photos and original plans of the carriage are available on booking.

THE GREAT AGE OF STEAM

Steam, certainly wont be for everyone, but we have had great feedback from the young and the young at heart. There seems to be a great fondness for the "Great Age of Steam", when locomotives were king At the turn of the century trains were the greatest technological achievement of humans, they opened new horizons, and were a symbol of power and progress. We hope we have tapped in to this, and we're excited to be able to offer this unique accommodation to guests.

Features

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Balcony Children welcome Coffee maker Deck/Patio Dishes and utensils Games Heating Internet access Iron and board Kitchen Lawn/Garden Linens provided Living room Long-term renters welcome Non-Smoking Outdoor grill Oven Pantry items Parking Pets allowed Refrigerator Stove Toaster Towels provided Wood stove
Steam: Train Carriage in The Otways is rated 4.8462 out of 5 by 13.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful hide away A truly unique place to stay, thoughtfully decorated and with everything you could possible need. The location is perfect, plenty of activities nearby and the local food - and beer - amazing. A quite oasis that I would return to, was cosy with a log fire for the cold nights.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quirky, cute and comfortable! Carriage was just like the photos...beautiful restoration and well appointed. Loved the cosy wood heater. Steam carriage is a great base for scenic drives, bike rides and walks. Fleur and Mike were very accommodating and prompt with replies. Definitely recommend for a fabulous, out-of-the-ordinary experience.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quirky and oh so cozy! Looking for a family getaway with teenagers, Steam ticked all the boxes. Surprisingly spacious and deliciously comfortable. The wood fire was all we needed to keep warm and the kitchen was fully equipped. Beds exceeded our expectation in comfort and we found the bathroom had ample space as well. We loved the little steam punk touches. They have done a fabulous job with the restoration and decoration of this classic steam train carriage. We took advantage of the bikes and tried out some mountain bike trails. Lots of hiking in the area and a great brewery across the street. The hammock was also a hit with the kids. Fluer and Mike were easy to reach and very helpful when we had a wifi hiccup. Would definitely recommend this place to friends.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent property! Such a unique and special place to stay. The kids loved the carriage, as did we!
Date published: 2016-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of a kind L​oved​ loved loved our stay​ at Steam Carriage in Forrest. We have stayed at the unique Liptrap Loft and Otways Lofts and we were excited to check out Dufflebirds latest project. They have done it again! Steam has been wonderfully restored with a modern edge.​ Steam is punk inspired ​with lots of attention to detail to make this place remarkably unique. You can feel the passion that has gone into making it fun, modern and functional.​ Yet at the same time there is no mistaking you are aboard a vintage train with a long history. Communication was excellent. We had everything we needed including lots of fire wood. The yard is also pretty and was big enough for our hound to run around. Definitely recommend, lots of fun and 100% will return.
Date published: 2016-09-07
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