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Shearwater Beach House is situated front row of the Promontory Views Estate, Walkerville in South Gippsland. It is a relaxing getaway suited to families, couples and small groups looking for a stylish place to retreat, take in spectacular scenery and explore the stunning beaches and landscape of South Gippsland. The house is easily big enough for two families. It has two separate living spaces, one upstairs, one downstairs, and there is plenty of deck space so if you need a bit of quiet time, you can find your own space.
Located on the eastern side of Waratah Bay, Shearwater has stunning views of Cape Liptrap National Park, Bass Strait and Wilsons Promontory.
This remote pocket of Victoria offers lots to explore for wilderness adventurers partial to spectacular scenery. Situated close to the un-spoilt beaches of Walkerville (2 minutes), Waratah Bay (15 minutes), Sandy Point (15 minutes) and Fish Creek or Venus Bay (20 minutes) and it lies 25 minutes from the entrance to Wilson’s Promontory National Park. The beaches rarely get crowded, and you can often find your own beach if you walk for ten minutes.
There is a great kitchen to cook in, so we recommend staying in and cooking up a feast. There are no shops at Walkerville, just a kiosk at the camping area, so we suggest you stock up on your way. We invite you to use the basic condiments you find in the pantry such as the salt, pepper, olive oil, coffee and tea . You will find rubbish bags, dishwasher tablets, Glad Wrap and those household essentials all there.
It is a place to spend a weekend, a few days, or ideally a week. A place to relax, restore and unwind.
Things To Do
If you don’t know Walkerville it is:
- Thirty minutes’ drive to gateway of Wilson’s Promontory National Park.
- One minute drive to Walkerville Beach. Walkerville South is famous as “Magic Beach” the famous Alison Lester children’s book.
- A great base to explore The Prom Country region- wineries, galleries, eateries.
- Aside from Wilson’s Prom, there are plenty of national parks to explore.
- Two hours and from Melbourne. Travel time has been significantly reduced with improved roads and overpasses.
- The surf rarely gets too big, so it’s an ideal place to introduce kids to surf skills.
- Explore Cape Liptrap. Harsh and beautiful.
- Visit Fish Creek for locally produced arts, crafts and produce.
- Ride or walk the rail trails throughout South Gippsland.
It is a place to unwind, hideaway from the world and rejuvenate.
- In the kitchen you’ll find a stove-top with 4 hotplates, an oven, microwave, toaster and Nespresso Coffee Pod Machine. There is a blender stick and a sandwich press. Pots, pans, knives, bottle openers and all your standard eating /drinking ‘usuals’ are there.
- There is the option to dine outside on the upstairs balcony, which also has a Webber BBQ with hood in great condition.
- Washing Machine and Dryer. Iron and Ironing Board. Hair Dryer.
- There are two televisions, both with DVD players. There is Wi-Fi, board games and a small selection of books and magazines.
- Wood Fire Box. Wood supplied. Child screen around the fire and a child gate at the top of the stairs.
- Porta-cot. High Chair.
- Fenced back yard, big enough for back yard cricket.
If you are unfamiliar with holiday house rental and how it varies from hotel room rental, please make sure you consider the Terms & Conditions carefully on booking.
FOOD AND WATER
Be sure to stock up, as it is 22km to town.
The house collects its own tank water, so please be mindful with water usage. The locals & owners and drink the water, but it comes down to personal preference
We currently ask that you bring all linen and towels. We also provide tea towels, hand towels and bath mats (as everyone forgets these including us). We are trialing a local linen service (in March and April 2017) so if you would like linen included please ask us about this new extra option at extra cost.
Cleaning is included in the rate but we expect guests to clean place in a tidy state. Specifics are outlined in the T & C and and displayed in the house as House Rules (as per industry requirement).
Outside pets are welcome, but strictly no pets inside. We have set up a dog/pet bed and bowls for food/water on the downstairs outdoors deck (which is undercover).The back and sides of the property are fenced with basic wire fencing. The front is fenced with a large timber fence and gate on both sides. So it allows your dog to be enclosed in the backyard securely. Please collect all dog poo.
PHONE RECPTION & WIFI
Those whose mobile phone provider is Telstra should easily find reception inside the house to the front of the property on both levels. Other service providers are not as reliable, but guests should generally have reception out the front of the house. You’ll find Instructions for connecting to the Internet in the Shearwater Beach House information folder.
NO SMOKING INSIDE
Smoking is not permitted at any time inside the property or on the upstairs balcony (as the sea breeze blows it into the house and Master bedroom). Please smoke outside downstairs and dispose of your butts responsibly.
Prices listed based on 6 adults. The property has 7 beds and can sleep a maximum 10 people. Rather than a higher fixed rate, this pricing structure enables us to reduce the rate for a smaller group. The booking system will work out the exact price when you book.
Only the guests nominated and agreed in the Booking may stay in the Property overnight. Overloading could render the guest liable to termination of the booking.
Likewise, its not a PARTY house and is available for your quiet enjoyment with respect to neighbours and local community.
You will see a link to full Terms and Conditions when you apply to book.
BEACH HOUSE AND RURAL AREA RENTAL
The following info is an explanation of how holiday rental differs from city living. If you are a seasoned holiday renter, you don’t need to read any further. If you haven't stayed at a Dufflebird house, please read on:
Holiday rentals provide a unique tourism experience: It is a relatively new and emerging industry in Victoria and Australia. It differs greatly from urban hotel accommodation or similar.
If you are new to this experience please call us before booking to discuss. There are aspects of country life that may feel quite different to a large city metropolis experience. Services are different, and when go wrong it can be more complicated to sort out.
The last thing we want is for you to get stuck on something that spoils your experience. If it’s your first time renting an entire house in the country or near the beach, we highly recommend you speak to us personally before booking. We work hard to provide value, and managing expectations is part of that process. And please, after booking, let your group know this information, so they are not surprised.
Here are some things to consider:
Tank water: The house and the entire region rely on rainfall for water supply we don't have Thompson Dam back up. If a tap is left on the tank will be empty. Please keep showers and water usage to a minimum.
Hot water system: There is no gas supplied to Walkerville, so the owners have installed one of the largest environmentally friendly systems on the market, which is suited to large families. It's a 400lt evacuated tube solar system that's heats up water during the day and also heats up at night with off peak electricity. With 10 adults, if everyone showers in the morning and it is not a sunny day, the solar will be slow to heat it again, and the water may not be hot in the evening. With a full house, you may need to stagger showers.
Electricity: Please note power blackouts occur are more regularly in rural areas and take longer to restore. Power surges can trip the fuse box or cause a black out. In the country there is much higher probability a tree falling on a power line.
Septic and sewage: Walkerville and the Prom region are not connected to main sewerage system. Septic tanks are easily blocked, so we ask that you DO NOT flush anything that is not toilet paper or human waste, don’t flush sanitary products and disposable nappies.
Insects and wild life: While the house is well sealed, there are more insects and wildlife in rural areas. We do not take responsibility for any injury or loss suffered by the occupants, caused as a result of insects or wildlife in or around the holiday accommodation site: Having said that, we haven’t had a guest injured by wildlife in twelve years. All occupants are to take specific care at all times within this rural area and requested not to approach wildlife under any circumstances.
Mice: To date we have NOT had any mice at Shearwater Beach House. From time to time, there may be mice in some country properties.It is part of rural living. Mice can be difficult to control in the winter months as they are seeking warmth and shelter. We do our best to deter them. Please do your bit by keeping doors closed and sealing all food including dog food. Please note that in winter months rural mice are notorious for attempting to nest in outdoor BBQs. The outdoor BBQ will have been cleaned thoroughly prior to your arrival; however we advise that you burn it hot for several minutes and re-clean the hotplate again before cooking.
Wood Fire Box: The wood fire is an incredibly efficient heating system and provides a cosy snug relaxing atmosphere. If you are unfamiliar with working one, let us know and we can guide you through it.
Cleaning and pack up procedure: Unlike hotels, where you can just walk out and everything will be taken care of, in a holiday home there is a check out procedure. It’s fairly simple. We just ask that you would treat the property like you are staying at a friend’s second home or holiday house. You need to leave it as you found it. The house will be cleaned thoroughly after you leave but there is a simple departure you will find in the information folder or on the fridge. ie. Empty dishwasher. Clean BBQ if you used it. Turn off heating and cooling. Close all windows and doors to maintain security and prevent rain and water damage. Remove rubbish and put bins out for collection on the relevant night. Depending on bookings, the cleaner may not get to the property for several days.
This info is meant purely as a background for those who may not have considered this as part of their booking decision. We'd prefer to have well informed guests who have an understanding of the expectations of country life. The reason many people use holiday rentals, is to experience something new and expand their horizons. Please come with a sense of adventure. In reality, for most guests, none of these issues arise.
2 Bathroom, 4 Bedroom
Sleeping1 Baby crib, 4 Child bed, 1 Double bed, 1 Fold-away bed, 2 Queen bed, 4 Single bed
CookingBlender, Child's high chair, Coffee machine, Dish washer, Kitchenette, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Spices, Toaster
Heating/CoolingAir conditioning, Ceiling fans, Central heating, Fireplace
EntertainmentDVD-Player, Broadband Internet, Stereo system, TV (Satellite)
LaundryClothes dryer, Washing machine
ParkingParking Included, Roofed carport
OutsideCharcoal grill BBQ, Private Garden
39 Acacia Road , Walkerville, 3956, Australia