Otways Loft is curious mix of vintage train, raw and recycled materials
About Fleur Leslie
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R Tolkien Remember that famous line from Alice in Wonderland as she heads down the rabbit hole into a strange new world of untold imagination. “Curiouser and curiouser!” Well that’s the way we hope you feel about our 10 unique wonderlands. Duffelbird’s flock of getaways are for those with a heart for adventure – places where you can unwind or unravel, let your existential selves hang free to ponder life and love, under the stars, away from the noise – immersed in nature. Our hidden gems are rich in character and layered in mystery, no more than 2.5 hours out of Melbourne – a converted steam train in the Otways, a mid-century charmer on the fringe of an orchid forest, a glass fronted masterpiece overlooking the wild waters of Westernport – each of them tucked away in some of the most unspoilt corners of Victoria, waiting for you to explore with wide eyes and wonder. Bring your well-mannered dogs. Let them roam free, (just not on the furniture) while you settle in to our sometimes quirky, often eclectic, always whimsical, hideaways. Can you hear the water? The breaking waves? The cascading waterfall? Can you feel the peace, the calm, the astounding beauty of Mother Nature wrapping you in a gentle embrace? We’ve felt it too. At the ritual Burning Man in the Nevada desert, deep in the jungles of Costa Rica and atop the volcanic peaks of Hawaii. And we want to give all the quirky travellers out there a chance to awaken that ‘wanderlust’ energy. Because we all need time out so we don’t go bonkers in the real world. Go on, escape the chaos, experience the enrichment of nature, the magic of complete abandonment, the inspiration of new surrounds. Let Dufflebird be your tour guide to a wildly curious life. Rabbit hole to Wonderland, right this way. Fleur and Mike
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My husband, daughter, daughter in law and son spent a lovely weekend in the Lofthouse. Thoughtfully the fire was already lit, making it cosy on arrival. Comfortable beds, great shower and well decked out kitchen.
Thanks for staying Maureen and family.
It was a pleasure having you all to stay and so pleased your weekend went well.
We like the place best in winter or cooler months to be honest as the loft takes on a cabin feel. The wood fire makes it cozy.
We have put a lot of thought into the kitchen so great to hear you felt it was well decked out :)
Great stay at Otway Loft
The Otway Loft is truly interesting and comfortable accommodation being constructed entirely of timber and re using an interesting range of materials, much of it recovered form an old railway carriage. The Loft is close to the café/brewery, store and hotel, all within easy walking distance. Fleur was very helpful and my family all agreed it was one of our best holdays!
Thanks Denis, we cant take credit for the unique construction (the loft was designed and built by someone else) but we too love the vintage train carriage features and craftsmanship that has gone into the build. You are all very welcome back anytime , as the experience our end was extremely pleasant.
We felt a little bit special to be able to stay here...
The house itself was amazing - interesting to look at and I felt a little bit special to be able to stay there. It was so comfortable and warm, everywhere!
The kitchen was friendly to use, plenty of room to move and meant we didn't need to forage out of doors.
Everything was easy - chopping wood, having a shower, going to bed, cooking dinner, beds were comfortable and warm.
It was a great place to catch up (and everyone thinks I'm pretty good at finding such a great place to stay, but you deserve that credit!)
Thank you Danielle. We understand there is a lot of pressure on the person in the group 'driving' the weekend away. We feel so happy that your group thought you nailed it. This sort of response is the ultimate compliment to us and inspires us to keep doing we do what we do. It helps keep us passionate, and putting in the extra work.
We really appreciate the pleasant communication and the effort you all went to leave the house in fabulous shape.
Lovely place to get away from the city and relax. The house is clean, the owners are great communicators & the cabin is well presented and designed. Make sure you have a bath a watch the many birds in the garden.
Thanks so much Bronte for your kind words. We appreciate you leaving the place in immaculate shape and being such a pleasure to host.
Lovely house in a lovely part of Victoria.
Thanks Andrew for being great guests.
We totally agree,
The Otways's = hinterland behind The Great Ocean Road is fabulous part of Victoria.
It was OK...the property has a few issues
The owners are hoping to attend to the issues that were apparent before our stay - major plumbing issue with water leaking through the internal ceiling made for a nervous stay. The clawfoot bath was nice but it is not a "hot tub"! Stench of sewerage in the front yard was a worry.
This is our 100th review on Homeaway. A milestone we were looking forward to.
We put our heart and soul into our holiday rentals, and it hurts when guests are unsatisfied.
This review is actually mild compared to the long list of sarcastic, scathing 'observations' that were written on our welcome letter and left for our caretaker.
Our initial response was to get angry and defensive and we wanted to argue why none of these complaints mentioned here are accurate nor do they make any sense.
Sometimes things do go wrong in houses with so many appliances, devices and different people using them. We are proud of the effort we make to provide quality, service equipment proactively, and the regular maintenance.
Experience has taught us that when a guest is rude to us and the cleaner before they have even entered the house, then there is a likelihood that things aren't going to go well, no matter what we do.
Our property is quirky and we make it clear that it wont suit all people. Everyone has a different world view, and we work hard to attract the type of people who want something more unique than a hotel. The type of people who are respectful to us, our cleaners, the local community and the property.
New guests please read our listing carefully and make sure it is the type of experience that you are after.
Otways Loft is not for everyone but the other 99 reviews will show that those who like it, love it.