Otway's Loft

42 Station Street, Forrest, Forrest, 3236, Australia
  based on 20 reviews
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Description

Description

Otways Loft is curious mix of tree-house, vintage train, raw and recycled materials, set in a rambling adventure garden.

We scoured Victoria to find a property to match Liptrap Loft. We found another hand built 'labor of love', unique  and full of character. This property in Forrest was quite run-down, but we renovated the house and Otways Loft has been set up solely as holiday accommodation.

It is not 5 star luxury, but we can say with confidence that it is UNIQUE. The builder lived in a shed on-site, and craned in a train carriage to use as a workshop, whist building the house. It is an eclectic construction, built on a framework of local tree poles. In parts, it is three storeys high. The interior is a mixture of parts from the train carriage, locally felled timber, materials from a nearby church, and other salvaged bits and pieces. The original build is reputed to have taken over 5 years.

Forrest is a gorgeous small town of weatherboard shacks, surrounded by towering Mountain Ash rainforest with verdant ferny understory. It is lush and abundant. The dawn birdsong is deafening. The surrounding Otways rainforest is a pristine playground for nature-based things to do.


Things To Do

After logging ceased, Forrest was reinvented as a centre for mountain biking. The world class Forrest mountain bike trails have become the region’s signature activity. The mountain bike trails in Forrest are rated as some of the best in Australia. With over 60 kilometres of sign-posted single track, there is way too much for just one day. Mountain bike trails literally surround the town, so visitors experience genuine ride-in, ride-out from the house. With great regret we no longer offer the four free bikes. The expectation of having bikes in good working order was a service we could not reliably offer without living nearby and maintaining them between guests. Bring your own mountain bikes or you can hire bikes at Forrest Hire Bikes, two minutes walk away.

There's fantastic dégustation and quality food (local produce) at Bespoke Harvest in town.  The Microbrewery and Cafe offers great food and you absolutely must try the locally brewed beer. Good coffee is available at the General Store (plus good basic lunches like pulled pork rolls, they also sell fantastic sour dough bread baked on site).  The Corner Store, only a couple of hundred meters away, has cycling lunch fuel, coffee, bike hire/repair and trail info.  For pub fare, the pub doesn’t disappoint and is open every night, always with a toasty fire in winter. All within walking distance.

Brae restaurant has been ranked in the top 100 restaurants in the world.  It is a twenty minute drive from Forrest, so well worth a visit.

Otway Fly is a facility that showcases the beauty of the Otways rain forest.  It is longest and highest rain forest sky walk in the world. They also have zip lining.  It's great for kids.

There are lots of waterfalls to visit, Hopetoun, Triplet and Beauchamp Falls are all near Beech Forrest, as well as the Redwood forest, another must see of the region.

Closer to the house are Stephenson Falls and Lake Elizabeth, where platypus are frequently sighted at dawn and dusk, and glow worms at night. Also close by are Little Aire Falls, Triplet Falls and the West Barwon Reservoir.

Spoil yourself and make it a long weekend. Take the Great Ocean Road home on Monday when there is no one around.


Sleeping

Linen and towels are included and beds will be made up for you on arrival.

  • 1. Upstairs master bedroom with claw foot bath. Two singles are zipped together as a King.
  • 2. Upstairs reading room with balcony has three singles, 2 singles can be zipped together to make a King.
  • 3. Downstairs is a third bedroom has a Queen bed
  • 4. There is a third storey loft with a loft ladder and landing. This is available as another bedroom for someone nimble. Double futon.

Total: 5 singles  (two of which convert to King beds), 1 double, 1 Queen. There are enough beds to sleep 9, but Maximum guests = 8

Option to rent two places side by side (sleep up to 14 together)

The train carriage next door is also available for holiday rental.
They can be rented together for larger groups. Together the properties can sleep up to 14 guests ( but ideal for a total of 10-12).

There is a large fence between both properties. Both places feel separate (a gate can be unlocked between the 2 places if rented together).


Amenities

Special features include :

  • free standing claw foot bath in master bedroom ( with a lovely view over the green yard and landscape)
  • newly renovated bathroom
  • wood fired heater with wood supply included
  • air con/split system in lounge room
  • evaporative cooling in both second storey bedrooms
  • dishwasher
  • washing machine and dryer
  • WiFi
  • hammock
  • piano 
  • Full kitchen with oven, stove, microwave.
  • Italian style stovetop coffee maker and French press (plunger)
  • basic provisions like olive oil, spices, tea, coffee, cling-wrap, dishwasher tablets etc
  • main bathroom with shower and toilet, hand sink. Second upstairs loo with little hand-sink. 
  • lush garden
  • playground fort with swings for children

Before Booking

Cleaning, bed linen and towels are included in the price. Beds made up for you on arrival as per your requirements.

We expect guests to leave the place in a tidy state, dishes washed/dried and put away. All rubbish and recycling to be put outside in appropriate Municipal bins. Bins to be put out on a Sunday for pick up Monday morning. 

No smoking inside. No candles please.

Inside and outside dogs and pets are welcome. Please keep pets off the furniture. There is a dog run around the balcony, where large dogs can be left safely . The yard is fenced but the fencing is not perfect or dog proof.  You need to remove all dog poo from the yard. 

No TV: There is a stereo, books and board games and broadband/WiFi (good speed and reliable) and a Piano

Parking is on Station Street. 

Please see terms and conditions before booking.

Otways Loft is priced to make the property attractive to both smaller families and also groups of up to 8. Big groups take much longer to clean-up after and use more electricity, water and firewood, so we have set up a sliding price scale. There is a flat rate for up to 4 guests. Each guest above this is an additional $50 per night – this way small groups aren’t excluded and it covers the additional cleaning and utility costs for larger groups. A flat rate works well for some properties but are trialling this system to make it less expensive for smaller groups.


Rooms

3 Bedroom, 1 Living room, 2 Toilet


Amenities
  • Sleeping
    Bed linen, 1 Double bed, 2 King bed, 1 Queen bed
  • Cooking
    Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Spices, Toaster
  • Heating/Cooling
    Air conditioning, Fireplace, Heating available
  • Outside
    Private Balcony, Private Terrace
  • Entertainment
    Broadband Internet, Piano, Stereo system, Telephone
  • Sanitary
    Hair dryer, Shower, Washbasin
  • Laundry
    Clothes dryer, Iron & Board, Washing machine
Facilities
  • Outside
    Gas BBQ, Deck chairs, Bicycles, Private Garden, Private Playground
Policies
Children welcome, Pets welcome,Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7
Check in:
3:00 PM
Check out:
11:00 AM
Map
Location

42 Station Street Forrest, Forrest, 3236, Australia


Directions

Otways Loft can be found on Google Maps with the address:

42 Station St-Forrest 3236

Enter via side gate via side lane through the rose arbour.

Or if you enter through front gate walk up through garden and head right at swing set and around to the side of the house with red rattler train doors.

Walk up steps and past deck chairs hanging on the wall, past wood shed and around to back door.

You will see the keysafe next to the back door. Code 3230. Please return key to keysafe on departure.

You will note a luggage trolley. Which might be helpful if you have lots of stuff.

Lastly you can bring your car around the back via Sanderson Lane near the train and park behind the bollards (avoid blocking the neighbours drive) and unload from up hill, which may be easier. Have a look once you get there. You will just need to move your car back to Station Street once you have unloaded. The lane is a pedestrian bike path, but we have permission to use the spot for loading and unloading.

Forrest does not have a petrol station. The closest fuel is Colac, Winchelsea, Lorne and Apollo Bay, so make sure you have plenty.

Some local tips - guest favourites:

  • Lake Elizabeth - about an 8km walk/cycle or drive from Forrest. Once you are there, it's a lovely 4 km walk /loop. Platypus are frequently sighted at dusk or dawn. Glow worms can be seen at night.
  • Stephenson Falls is a nice easy walk with kids.
  • Forrest Microbrewery - 1 minute walk from the train. Great coffee. Good breakfast and lunch. Dinner Thursday-Sun . Thursday dinner is a limited menu but it's open.
  • General Store has great home made pies, good basic lunches (like pulled pork roles). Lots of interesting gourmet items and local produce, but not to be relied on for a grocery shop. Please come prepared with groceries.
  • Forrest Retro Road - 12 Station Street for vintage-retro shop lovers. 5 rooms of stuff. Open on weekends or you can call Mara 0428502323 at other times to make an appointment to view.
  • Platypi Chocolate -73 Grant St. Open 7 days 10-5 pm Coffee, lunch, wine and gorgeous chocolate.
  • The Terminus Hotel is the local pub in Station Street. Open 7 days for dinner. Kitchen can close early when quiet. Call 03 52049704.
  • Mountain bike trails - there is a map on the wall showing the myriad of trails. It's best to bring your own bikes or hire them from the general store.
  • Forrest Bike Hire, on the other side of the general store offers top quality bikes for hire and bike servicing.
  • If you plan to do any more than a quick MTB trail or two, bring your own bikes. There are 4 mountain bikes in the shed. We used to offer the bikes as part of the holiday rental listings. We no longer advertise the bikes because they require a lot of maintenance with heavy duty mountain trails. We don’t live close by so it’s not possible to keep them maintained. You are welcome to use the bikes at your own risk. We have no way of knowing what condition they are in, or whether they will malfunction during a trail ride. Check brakes and gears before heading out. There is a puncture repair kit if you get a flat tire. The 4 bikes are shared with The Otways Loft next door, so 2 bikes for each or whatever you work out with guests next door if you see them.

A bit further away:

  • Otway Fly- longest and highest rain forest sky walk in the world. Also has zip lining.
  • Hopetoun Falls, Triplet Falls & Beauchamp Falls and The Redwood Forest. All near Beech Forrest.
  • Tree Adventure-Otway Park Yeodene -0429374653 15 mins from Forrest on the way to Colac. More adventure based than Otways Fly which is more eco-tourism.
  • Otway E bikes Beech Forrest 0413971736 Nathan is reputed to be wonderful
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based on 20 reviews
Philip (England)
Exactly as presented on the Airbnb website.

Exactly as presented on the Airbnb website. Good wifi signal. Close to all that Forrest has to offer. Peaceful with lots of bird song. Review courtesy of Airbnb publish Nov 2019

Group  |  stayed in 11/2019

Shanaugh L. (Geelong)
Girls Weekend

We loved the loft house! It was perfect to catch up with friends over a glass of wine next to a cosy wood heater. The kitchen is so well set up. The beds are comfy and rooms so thoughtfully decorated. Loved the shower too. Fleur’s communication was great before and during our stay. Even though it rained most of the weekend we could easily walk around town ducking into the retro second hand shop, jewellery gallery, op shop, general store and art studio. The dinner and beer tasting at the Brewery was fun. Thanks for letting us stay. Review courtesy of Stayz. Published October 2019

Thanks Shanaugh for staying and so pleased your stay went well. We have just redecorated and restyled or more accurately..fine tuned.. so it was lovely to read that you noticed. It certainly is a great place for a girls weekend and handy being able to walk to the various local businesses and eateries. It was a pleasure hosting you all.

replied by the owner (11/6/2019 12:59:18 PM)

Group  |  stayed in 11/2019

Stephanie (South australia)
Perfection

If you're looking for a get away from the hustle and bustle of life, this place is for you. The location is perfect and quiet, and because it's such a small town the hospitality of everyone is wonderful. Fleur made our entire trip, from making sure the fire was going when we arrived and even driving us to and from our reservation to Brae. The fact that there was no tv was a delight as many games of monopoly was played. The bathtub in the room was such an amazing touch! Thank you so much

Young couple  |  stayed in 9/2019

Sean (Melbourne)
Fantastically Unique Place

Thanks Fleur - what a fantastically unique place! Review courtesy of Airbnb. Published September 2019

Group  |  stayed in 9/2019

Hayley B. (Melburne)
Everything A Family Needs

What a great weekend, a fabulous location, right near all that Forrest has to offer. We rode our bikes, ate at the Brewery and enjoyed the gorgeous accommodation. It had everything a family needs. No TV but that ended up being a blessing in disguise. We took our little fur baby as well and she loved the big yard. Review courtesy of Stayz. Published September 2019

Hi Hayley, thanks for the review. We have had a surprising amount of guests thank us for not having a TV. At our first holiday rental property Liptrap Loft, over near Wilson's Prom, the location was so remote, getting TV reception was an expense we couldn't afford. When we go away, we like playing board games and spending family time. Like you, so many guests enjoyed "un-plugging" that we never bothered installing a TV. With that feedback, we have done the same at Otways Loft and Steam in Forrest.

replied by the owner (11/6/2019 1:03:57 PM)

Family with older children  |  stayed in 9/2019

Monique H. (Melbourne)
Relaxing stay in Forrest

What an amazing property!! So much character, charm and uniqueness. We had a wonderful time enjoying the local beauty of the Otways, and loved coming “home” to the loft. Such a homely, welcoming place to stay. Thank you Fleur for making our stay so memorable. Review courtesy of Stayz. Published September 2019

Thanks so much Monique. Thats fabulous that you felt so at home and welcome at the loft, as thats what we are hoping to achieve. The guests that love the place the most seem to be like you and enjoy the unique aspects of the build. Thats what intrigued us when we first saw the place.

replied by the owner (11/6/2019 1:17:36 PM)

Family with young children  |  stayed in 9/2019

Bram V (Melbourne)
Great place for a trip to the region.

Excellent house where we stayed with 2 families for 3 days. The overall lay-out suited us very well, and the living room with a piano, a fire place, and no TV made a wonderful change to a typical evening at home. Review courtesy of Stayz. Published August 2019

Thanks for staying Bram and for being such a pleasure to host. So pleased to hear in the private feedback that you made excellent use of the piano. That made my day as we just had her re-tuned a couple of weeks ago. We hope you all come back again and you are welcome at any of our properties anytime.

replied by the owner (11/6/2019 1:20:14 PM)

Family with young children  |  stayed in 8/2019

Harriet (Melbourne)
Wonderful Accommodation and Location

Wonderful location and accommodation - we had an amazing Christmas in July celebration here. Review courtesy of Airbnb. Published July 2019

Group  |  stayed in 7/2019

Katie M (Melbourne)
Perfect family getaway

Beautifully presented, spotlessly clean and wonderfully cosy. It’s clear that the host has considered so many details from a guests point of view. We felt very welcome and we loved the quirky, cosy vibe. Thank you so much Fleur, we would recommend your place to anyone. Review courtesy of Stayz. Published July 2019

Owner's Response: Thanks Kate, we have tried to think of everything from a guests point if view. We also follow up with guests/survey which keeps us in check, and help us stay current with what guests think are important. We hope you come back again and you are very welcome at any of our properties anytime.

replied by the owner (11/6/2019 1:21:58 PM)

Family with young children  |  stayed in 7/2019

Pippa (Melbourne)
Unique house getaway

We loved the house so much it was hard to leave. Lots of walks to do directly from the house and just a stroll to the pub and the Brewery for food. Very cosy by the fire in the afternoons. Great place to stay. Review courtesy of Stayz. Published July 2019

Thanks Pippa, I know you were super excited about this mini break so we are really pleased that you had a great time and the loft lived up to you expectations. As discussed already you are welcome back anytime. It was such a pleasure our end having you to stay.

replied by the owner (11/6/2019 1:25:34 PM)

Family with older children  |  stayed in 7/2019

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