A contemporary take on shack living/accomodation on the Avon Valley train line.
PAUL & FELICITY
Max guests: 8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
Rooms with a View
Great place to stay with excellent use of design to accentuate the beautiful setting of the house. Stacks of room and great ability to separate activities for multiple guests. Will definitely return to this one.
Wonderfully different !!
This eclectic arty house was just the ticket for us. Lived in too many ‘heritage’ houses to know we wanted something different for our stay in the Avon Valley. Exciting to explore all the nooks and crannies of this eccentric property. It was a hot weekend and the airflow through the open plan spaces was perfect. Loved looking through the extensive LP collection. The massive fridge is awesome. Every appliance including coffee machine and grinder was most welcome. Highly recommend this property for artistic and creative types.
Loved this quirky, modern house in great location!
Paul's place in Toodyay is novel - unlike anywhere we have stayed before but we loved it. A tad chilly as it was winter but plenty of fire's and heaters - would be amazing to go back in summer! Great location and has everything you need.
Quirky, cosy, open living
Once we negotiated the unexpected entrance (front door opens onto steps - just pull it all the way across, and in you go), first impressions were excellent. It's a creative space, filled with interesting bits and bobs, and nooks that welcome you to lie down and read, or just gaze at the trees. We loved playing the records, and enjoyed the challenge of lighting our own fires.
There are lovely walks to be had right behind the property. Views are wonderful, especially from the central living area, with its massive glass doors that open to create a gorgeous, open space. The quiet and the lack of light pollution make for a good sleep, and excellent stargazing.
Neighbouring properties do overlook, and there aren't curtains or blinds on certain crucial windows, so you need to muster your inner bohemian before showering. Perhaps you could hang a sarong if you are shy!?
Paul answered all our questions and looked after us well in the lead-up to our holiday. I love what you are doing with the property, Paul; thank you for sharing it.
e were expecting quirky, and we knew not all the sleeping spaces had doors, but we were not expecting the complete lack of privacy in this house.
There are neighbours close by on both sides and a track with the odd car going past at the back of the property. The property has no blinds / curtains, even in the bathroom. Questionable as to whether you can call the bathroom “a room” anyway as the walls don’t go right up to roof and there is a big open space without a window pane. Anyone can see in and it was freezing cold when going to the loo / having a shower. You have to go outside to access this bathroom, and the door (which opens onto the front veranda) has a gap down the full length of the door that looks like it should have a pane of glass in it. The front door to the main house is the same which doesn’t feel secure at all - looks like someone with a thin arm could reach through and unlock the door from the outside.
You also have to go outside to access the second toilet (no cover from door to toilet door so not fun in the rain )and this has a full length glass door, so no privacy there either.
The upstairs consists of closed off sleeping areas around an open area. This maybe be nice in summer but not so much in wet stormy weather. Some of these beds are just foam mattresses placed on top of built in cabinets.
The stairs to the upstairs are steep with single handrail - not safe for little kids who could fall off the edge of the steps onto the concrete floor below.
The house looks stunning on the site. We go away a lot and this is the first time we’ve experienced such a difference between what is depicted and what you get. Suggest the owners include photos of the less appealing aspects of the house and let people make an informed decision regarding whether this property is suitable for them.
We found it disappointing and totally overpriced.
Fabric Quarterly Review 2018
Constructed from an evocative palette of brick, timber and steel, and put together in a way that makes you want to touch every element, this is a house that wants you to know that it has been built by hand. The house is raw, in some ways more reminiscent of a tent or a tree house than the triple-front brick homes of the Perth suburbs.
From the street, this house presents like a traditional cottage; its wide corrugated steel verandah with timber posts fits the image of what you might expect to see in a country town. The house quickly transforms, however, and shows itself to be anything but the expected.
It has a lot in common with the classic, place-responsive designs of what we might think of as ‘traditional’ farm houses and beach shacks; designs that consider their place in regards to the sun, the climate and the seasons. Compared to what is now considered a ‘standard’ style of home in WA - the lazy, humdrum brick and tile ‘designs’ that seem to spread endlessly along our coast and up in to our hills - this house is indeed unusual, but only because it reacts to its place instead of ignoring it.
The arrangement of spaces within makes one pause and consider their function in a way that most homes will not. The centre is the warm core; a kitchen, dining and lounge room with a snuggly nook, dominated by a wood burning stove for heat and an off-form corrugated concrete ceiling to keep it all in. It brings to mind pioneer cottages and cold nights in the bush, while also opening up at either end to wide decks for warm days and cool breezes.
Move out from the centre of the house and the rooms become more open. Expected functions and movements are reinterpreted when to reach the bathrooms one must exit on to the verandahs around the house. It's a very different way of living.
Taking the stairs to the first floor brings you to a large open-air deck and three small separate rooms around it - a studio, a tea room, and a bedroom tower. Expecting an internal space and instead finding yourself on a covered balcony with views to the hills is a joyful moment.
One can imagine sitting under the roof with friends or family, sharing a drink as the sun goes down before retreating to your individual sleep/read/play room.
“Seeing the river flow by from the first floor, experiencing the sunset behind the hill across the river each day, feeling connected to the floodplain’s rich bird life – every day is different and the house lets it all in,”
Funky Art Shack
We had a group of 6 stay at Toodyay. The place was well equipped and had everything we needed. It is located close to town and river. The design is unusual but worked well for our group. An excellent place to stay.