Address - 4 Orrong ave Frankston
Bronte is a dog friendly property. Both the front and back yards are fully fenced.
Bronte is a 3 bedroom house equipped with 3 double beds and a bunk bed 2 singles.
For your laundry needs there is a washing machine, a dryer, and a clothesline
By default you provide your own linen. However for an extra $50 per stay, you will be given access to the linen cupboard which is also in the laundry.
The kitchen is fully equipped should you tire of all the fine restaurants just across the footbridge.
There is no air conditioning but the house is well shaded by vegetation including a 60 year old coastal banksia tree. Sea breezes together with 10 foot ceilings and good insulation eliminates the need for air conditioning providing a sustainable solution to climate control. A portable evaporative cooler is also availble.
The furniture is mainly early 20th century complimented by modern pieces where appropriate. This includes a new digital TV and a top of the line Weber BBQ which will easy your task in entertaining guests on the seaside deck.
A large dining table seats 8. There are two separate living areas, a lounge and a sun room both with windows facing the sea.
The single garage is new and features an automatic roller door.
There is parking for 2 additional vehicles in the long driveway as well as some roadside parking
Bronte is an absolute beachfront property. It is built directly on the sand of the beach itself it is very secluded and private. it is a battleaxe block hence not visible from any road. it is a hidden gem.
Bronte is located on Long Island directly opposite the main Frankston city area which is just across a footbridge to Beach St. A short walk down Beach St leads to the Frankston train line to the Melbourne CBD. The Frankston city features many fine international restaurants. We recommend Los Argentinos and La Porchetta. McDonalds is also close at hand and offers freeWIFI which works well.
Long Island itself is a quiet residential area sandwiched between Kananook Creek and Port Phillip Bay. It is a mile long and goes from Mile Bridge one of 2 road entry points and the mouth of Kananook Creek which empties into the Bay near the Frankston pier and Livesaving Club. A 8 km nature trail starts at Beach St and follows Kananook creek north to Carrum train back.
Frankston is the gateway to the Mornington Penisula which features many tourist attractions including wineries, national parks, ferries,surf beachs, and many activities of your choice.
Frankston is also the largest city in the Mornington Penisula with all the trapping that involves, nightlife, cinemas, restaurants, cafes,major shopping centres, boat hire, government offices, train station, car hire, direct bus to airport, op shops, pawn shops, a public library, and a new aquatic center to name a few.
The beach opposite Bronte is great beach where small children can swim safely. There are 3 sand banks which takes you out more than 200 meteres before the water is permanently over an adult's head.
History of Bronte
Bronte was built as a holiday shack in the early 1920's. It is weatherboard and fibro with a tin roof. It has 10 foot 3 meter ceilings which are painted wood paneling. The walls are also painted wood paneling. Originally there were 4 rooms, a kitchen, a lounge and 2 bedrooms. The kitchen and lounge shared a chimney but each had its own fireplace.
The 1930's saw the addition of a sunroom with a leadlight bay window and a sleepout bedroom both facing the beach. A bathroom, laundry, and kitchen were also added to the rear.
The next addition was in the 1960's when mains sewer came to Long Island. As a consequence a toilet was added. The adult size original potty is still in the bedside cabinet in the front bedroom should you desire an unique experience. If you do use it please empty into the flush toilet as there is no longer a night service on Long Island.
The 1990's' featured a major renovation to upgrade the property whilst preserving many original features. Knob and tube wiring was replaced. Lead pipes were replaced with copper. The chimney and fireplaces were removed and a hanging beam installed in the roof space to create an open plan living space. The ceiling was insulated and energy efficient ducted gas heating installed. The bath and kitchen were upgraded with ceramic tiles. An entertainment deck was built on the sand on the beach side. Just forward of the deck are the sand dunes of the foreshore itself. A 60 year old coastal banksia tree and a tea tree were preserved and continued to provide comprehensive natural shade to this area.
Furniture which remains from the 1920's and 1930's included the .ice chest and food safe which is now used as pantries, the original kitchen dresser, and much of the bedroom furniture.
The original owners were 2 English sisters. The current family purchased Bronte from the sisters in 1956 complete with all furniture and furnishing. Two generations of children grow spending summer holidays at Bronte with their families and cousins. The third generation has not yet arrived, save a baby girl niece in Perth and a granddog Wendell in Canberra. The current owners lives in Canberra and find that they are not using their beach shack as often as they would like. Hence they are reluctantly making Bronte available to the general public. The male owner is a builder who ensures that although historic, Bronte has no major maintenance problems. He has compensated for sloping floors by modifying the furniture to keep it level.