A Joy Beach House

50 Palmers Hill Road , Merricks, 3926, Australia
  based on 6 reviews
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A Joy Beach House is exactly what a beach house should offer: A relaxed, home away from home, close to the beach and big enough to find your own space.

Merricks Beach and the region offers plenty to do apart from the beach, but you’re just as likely to laze around the house.

It’s only natural that you’ll love this unique coastal location with the beautiful swimming beach, yacht club and coastal trails within a short walk, plus the fabulous northerly aspect and tranquil garden setting amongst the gum trees.

In winter, go for a beach walk then curl up in front of either the two open fire places. Cook up a banquet and gather around the feasting table, while the kids have a table tennis tournament.

This spacious 3 bedroom home is ideal for families and couples. Two living areas allow kids to have their own space. It has an ideal casual dining / family room to the rear that enjoys the garden views and has a rustic decor that’s finished in mud brick walls, recycled timber feature beams and red brick floors. Large window panels and French doors bring in an abundance of natural light and garden views.

Come through the breezeway to a separate wing with an open plan kitchen / meals and lounge with polished floors or out through big French doors to the paved terrace that provides a protected spot for meals and entertaining on the lawns. Splashes of colour from wild flowers and the native plantings are enhanced by the back drop of gum trees and semi-rural acres to the rear.

Low maintenance and definitely unassuming from the street front, this wonderful beach house will be the home of many happy memories of time away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Merricks Beach is a hidden gem. It is located on the eastern side of the Mornington Peninsula on Western Port Bay. It is one of the few coastal places within a 100 km radius of Melbourne that has been basically untouched by development. All of the streets are still unsealed and it has experienced little change since the 1960s. Walkers rule the streets and children are still found riding their bikes. Traffic is kept to a minimum. There is no shop.

When you are there, its hard to believe that the quiet, rustic little seaside hamlet (of only 250 houses) is less than 90 minutes from Melbournes CBD.

Things To Do

Balnarring shops are only five minutes drive and the village has all usual facilities, including a large supermarket, bakery, restaurants  specialty stores and a medical clinic. 

The Merricks beach is the obvious main attraction. You can swim at the beach anytime, and at any tide and it is safe for kids. Others local beaches are a worthwhile short drive -Point Leo (Surf) , Balnarring, Sommers, Shoreham and Flinders has bay and surf beaches and great snorkeling.

Peninsula Hot Springs & Day Spa has thermal mineral pools with an emphasis on tranquil spaces, revitalisation and well-being. It has a day spa and cafe and is a definite favourite of our guests.

The surrounding region is known for its rolling hills, horses, stunning coastal vistas and good food and wine. The Red Hill region boasts some of the best eateries, wineries and views in Victoria.  It's beautiful. Some of our favourites are : 

  • Epicurean
  • Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove
  • Merricks General Store
  • Port Phillip Estate
  • Foxes’s Hangout
  • Polperro Winery & Restauraunt
  • Red Hill Brewery

Some  of the childrens favourites activities include:

  • Sand Castle Building
  • Rock Hopping and Rock Pooling
  • Enchanted Adventure Garden
  • Tree Surfing, Ashcombe Maze
  • Horse Riding


Bring your own linen. Quilts and Pillows are there, you just need to bring sheets & towels.
3 bedrooms, one bathroom with a bath, second bathroom and laundry combined. We are working on a linen service but its not a reliable option just yet (March 2017).

  • 1 Queen bed room
  • 2 Singles in second bed room
  • 4 Single beds in two bunks (sleeps 4) in room three
  • The 3 bedrooms are close together. See floor plan in photo gallery.


Feature Include:

  • 2 wood fires, zoned gas heating & ceiling fans
  • Spacious second rear living/ family room with table tennis and Wii- with a selection of video games
  • Covered front deck, paved rear garden terrace & hardy lawned area
  • 3 bedrooms with fresh decor, new family bathroom & second loo
  • Outdoor beach shower
  • Easy walk to beach, yacht club, coastal trails & Bill Carroll reserve
  • Abundant natural light, and hard wearing flooring, so you don’t have to be precious
  • Large block 970 m², so the neighbours are not right on top of you
  • Kid friendly garden. Spring-free trampoline
  • Toys and outdoor sports equipment for back yard games

Price Range

$225-$375 per night (depending on time of year)
If you make a booking request, the system will give you a total cost. It is not instant book.

Extra Guests: $50 AUD / night after 6 guests
Weekly Price: $1800AUD /week
2 night’s minimum stay, 7 night’s minimum in January
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM

Before Booking

Bring your own sheets, and towels.

Quilts (with cover)  and Pillows (with pillow slips) are provided, you just need to bring sheets, & towels (and extra pillow slips if you like more than one pillow). We provide hand towels, tea towels and bathmats.

Well behaved companion animals are welcome. We just ask that they do not go on furniture or beds. The fencing is not dog proof. No extra charge for dogs. Please advise if you plan to bring them and remove all pet droppings from the yard.

Smoking outside is OK. Collect own butts. No candles please.

There is parking on the property, off street. Parking is not under cover.

The unsealed roads, while charming, mean that the house and windows get a lot of dust.

Cleaning is included in the price, but we expect guests to leave the place in a tidy state (all dishes washed dried and put away), Rubbish and recycling put in outdoor Municipal bins. Bins to be put out on the street on Sunday night. See Terms and Conditions.


1 Bathroom, 3 Bedroom, 2 Living room, 1 Playroom, 2 Toilet, 1 Workroom

  • Sleeping
    1 Baby crib, 6 Child bed, 1 Fold-away bed, 1 Loft bed, 1 Queen bed, 2 Single bed
  • Cooking
  • Heating/Cooling
    Central heating, Fireplace
  • Entertainment
    DVD-Player, Telephone, TV (Satellite)
  • Sanitary
    Shower, Washbasin
  • Laundry
    Clothes dryer, Washing machine
  • Parking
    Parking Included
  • Spa & Gym
  • Outside
    Gas BBQ, Private Garden
Pets welcome,Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7
Check in:
3:00 PM
Check out:
11:00 AM

50 Palmers Hill Road , Merricks, 3926, Australia


Ajoy Beach House at Merricks Beach can be found on Google Maps with the address:

50 Palmers Hill Road Merricks Beach

Walk to the right side of the house through a gate. The keysafe is at the back door, code 1968. The key opens the front door.

If you are there Sunday, please put out the bins for Monday collection.

Here are a few tips on things to do:

Polpero for lunch or dinner- may need to book.

Olive Grove for lunch

Foxys hangout for arvo drink, along with Pier 10 at bar area (not restaurant) for Rose and cheese board or pizza at Jimmy Ripe (only open weekends)

Port Phillip Estate has great views

Breakfast at Merricks General Store.

Red hill groceries for additional treats, cheeses etc.

Ciao Bella for pizza in Balnaring, 5 minutes drive from the house. Nice setting. Service can be slow.

Also Le Bouchon French in Balnarring is good.

based on 6 reviews
simone tenge (Melbourne)
Perfect for a girls weekend

We stayed at this fabulous house which is set in a quiet street surrounded by bush, wildlife and tee trees, for a girls weekend. We loved the huge back room, with the comfy couch, table tennis, and log fire. It would also be great for families, with large backyard, perfect to entertain pets and kids. Being close to wineries and walks along the beach it is a great getaway, to recharge those batteries. Thank you Dufflebird. we loved it.

Group  |  stayed in 9/2018

Sue (Australia)
Delightful house

Chose 'A Joy' and it lived up to its name. The area is a hidden gem. House was lovely, tastefully decorated and yet very practical. The table tennis table was well used and so nice to stay in a dog friendly house. House is well kitted out and has everything you need for a relaxing holiday

Not specified  |  stayed in 11/2016

Jude (Australia)
A Joy

Comfortable , tasteful and feels like home with open fires and gas heating. Well located. Dog friendly, all needs met so much so that we have returned 4 times and will continue to do so.

Not specified  |  stayed in 9/2016

Liz (Scotland)
Quiet, serene & beachy!

I was so happy to have booked this lovely house for a group of seven, including three friends over from Scotland. It was wonderfully spacious and a great size for all of us. We loved the interior décor - beautiful rugs, dining table, fireplaces and the lovely, large gardens. The location was absolutely perfect for a quiet getaway. It was heaven being so close to the beach and close to walking tracks. The area was quiet, peaceful and serene. We absolutely LOVED this place, great value for money, and definitely plan to go back!

Group  |  stayed in 8/2016

Andrea (Australia)
Great place for a get away!

8 of us stayed here for a mums weekend away and had a brilliant stay. The house has heaps of space and the fires really warmed it up and made it cosy. Table tennis was an added bonus and the location was fantastic for wine / food / shopping.

Group  |  stayed in 7/2016

When Can We Move In?

Although it doesn’t look like much when you pull up in the driveway, as soon as you open the front door you’re blown away. We couldn’t get over the size of the backyard and all the features it included. A few games of horse, jumping on the trampoline and then coming inside to a warm fire…it doesn’t get any better. We’d happily go there every weekend in summer or winter, rain or shine!

Group  |  stayed in 5/2014

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