Liptrap Loft is the first property that Dufflebird managed. Its our first child and we have owned and managed her for 10 years.
Liptrap Loft is a large shack built from recycled timber and tin. Set on five acres, it is surrounded on all sides by bush land, with distant views across neighbouring farm land. You can't see another building, so it is very private, and there is lots of wildlife.
The location is quite remote and the house is rustic. It is certainly not for everyone. To see if it will be right for you, check the "WHAT IT DOES NOT HAVE" section below.
We love the place, but to get a true feel for Liptrap Loft, read the Stayz testimonials. There is over one hundred. It was the first of a series of quirky dog friendly getaways that became Dufflebird.
The house was built by Jim, 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 build 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 age 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.
They say buying property on emotion is a bad idea. It wasn't long before we realised we couldn't cover the mortgage. Reluctantly we decided we'd have to rent it out.
But sometimes intuition is more powerful than logic. We started renting the house out to holiday makers. As popularity grew we were able to invest 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 since has become our obsession. It is extraordinary to find so many people who share the passion we have for it. Ten 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 drive 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 and found in Perth
- Broadband and WiFi
- Oven and Stove added 2015
- Large double fridge/freezer
- Forest walk around the 5 acres bush land
- 2 mountain bikes for guests to use & helmets
- Roofed outdoor dog enclosure with kennel
- 2 Dog beds for inside and outside
- Dog chain and lead
- Lawn bowls and cricket set
- Italian style stovetop coffee maker and French press plunger
- BBQ -4 burne, quality cookware, wine glasses and essentials
- Basic provisions like olive oil, spices, tea, coffee, Vegemite and Glad Wrap
- The 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.
SOME HAND PICKED COMMENTS FROM GUEST FEEDBACK
" 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 and herbal teas for a minuscule of the price."
" 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"
"Great value. I love to find non cookie cutter type places, and especially something hidden away and unique 10/10."
"It 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 four poster bed. The fire, 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. "
"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 re-calibrated"
"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."
"Bespoke. Although this word is overused at the moment, it is deserved here. Very charming and bespoke."
" 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".
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-Stayz Victorian State Winner and NATIONAL WINNER- Romantic
2014- Stayz Group Awards -Very proud finalist in 4 categories- Romantic, Peoples Choice, Pet Friendly & Outdoor
2014 People Choice Award - Victorian State Winner and NATIONAL WINNER
2015- Stayz Group Awards- Finalist- Romantic
WHAT IT DOES NOT HAVE
There is no 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.
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 definitely 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 futons you will need to bring linen for these extra beds. We do provide tea towels as most people forget them including us.
The five acre fence is three wire farm fencing. It is not dog proof, and some of it has a low current to keep the livestock out. Most dogs stay around the house and there is a dog enclosure and kennel.
PETS AND WILDLIFE
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. There is always bird-life around the property includes dazzling swallows and stunning black cockatoos. Keep the blinds up, to see the changing scenery, lighting and wildlife.
We love and welcome pets We have done what we can to make them comfortable with a dog stretcher for inside and out. We provide a chain and lead, and some dog toys and sometimes treats. We recently installed an outdoor enclosure. Its actually just a revamped avery. Its is approx 2m x 4m. It, has a roof & kennel with plenty of shade and breeze to keep pets comfortable and safe for a short time i.e. if you are going to Wilson's Prom.
AROUND THE LOCATION
There is so much to do around the Walkerville/Cape Liptrap area. From beaches, to national parks, walking, cycling, wineries and Wilsons Prom. On booking we provide a 22 page "Things To Do" document.
Liptrap Loft is not for everyone, but if you like character, charm and little there is every chance you will enjoy it like so many others have.
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