Birregurra Tea House

73 Main Street , Birregurra, 3242, Australia
  based on 12 reviews
  •   8
  •   3
  • SQM 150
  •  A/C


Step back to a simpler time

A snug cottage steeped in history 

A renovated retreat inspired by wonder 

Its own courtyard, bar and games shed

Two living areas, self contained with full linen service

Three themed bedrooms inspired by local legends

The house is steeped in history. It began its life as a boot maker in 1864, and has seen many uses over the years, including butchery, surveyor’s office, and in more recent years a tea house, café and function venue and a boutique.

It has recently undergone a six months renovation. Blood sweat and tears have transformed this historic building into a holiday rental that sleeps 8. Tapping into the rich history of the house and the area, the owners have poured their creativity into the update: It is more like an art project than traditional renovation. Each bed room has a theme inspired by historic local legends. It’s fun, interesting, well-orchestrated and we think it’s going to be a huge success.

About The Area

Birregurra is a historic town located in the foothills of the Otways Ranges. Ideally situated for the perfect escape to both country and coast. It is just over 1.5 hours from Melbourne, 30 minutes to the Great Ocean Road Lorne and a bit further to Wye River, Anglesea, Bells Beach and Apollo Bay. 

It's a 10 minute drive to Forrest’s World Class mountain Bike trails and Brewery.

The Otway Ranges has some of Australia's best rain forest scenery: Tall trees, ancient plant life, lush ferns and cascading waterfalls makes an enthralling place to explore and bush-walk.

For foodies, you can’t go past the degustation menu’s at Bespoke Harvest in Forrest and Brae (astonishingly ranked 44 in The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants), just out of Birregurra. We can arrange transport to and from both.

If you haven’t discovered this part of the world, we recommend it, there is so much to explore.

About The House

The Frederick Room

A taste of the finer things

Rumour has it that Birregurra’s pioneering settler Frederick Armytage enjoyed all the spoils of the good life – a game of cricket, the thrill of the pheasant hunt, travel to exotic lands that would see him garner an art collection so valuable it now resides with the National Gallery.

Frederick and his family arrived from Tasmania in the 1850s, snaring countless acres across Victoria’s Western District to establish a pastoral empire of sheep stations. Not just a man of fine taste, but a visionary too – the first Australian in the colony of Victoria to send frozen meat to the motherland.

His gentleman’s quarters are styled in opulent reds and golds – furnished with a 150-year old antique Grandfather chair, befitting of Frederick’s charm and standing. As you gaze into the open fireplace cradling a rich red Shiraz, you may think upon his great life, and his vision for this fertile land and the deep shipping ports which opened up trade for its produce.

The Marjorie Room

Soaring to new heights

She was once described as the ‘greatest living dramatic soprano’ of her time. Marjorie Laurence was born in Deans Marsh in 1907, the fifth of six children – a girl who after listening to gramophone records of Nellie Melba, could think of no greater pursuit than singing on the world stage. Marjorie would go on to flourishing heights as an opera singer of bright, ringing vibrato – most famous for singing Wagner’s operas. A wealthy patron built her The Globe theatre at Winchelsea which still survives today.

Marjorie’s Room is designed as a homage to the great singer’s lyrical beauty. Steeped in romance, it opens onto a deck along Lavender Lane – just the spot to sip tea under the dappled light of the Silver Birch trees.

The Daisy Room

Lavish living for bovines

Oh, to be a cow in Birregurra. Daisy – the happiest cow in the district will tell you. This here is lavish living for bovines. Lush, rolling green pastures to graze on: Your fill of sunshine and rainfall with a backdrop of ancient forests towering with Mountain Ash and Myrtle Beech trees. Home to one of the country’s richest patches of dark volcanic soil, the fertile grounds of Birregurra make for one of the finest grazing corners of the country.

Thousands of fat, contented cows just like Daisy live their best life here. You’ll see her on the wall – ‘Milkshake’ – Daisy the cow jumping for joy on a trampoline. Put your brain into neutral, set your mood to chill, in a room designed for pure, unadulterated laziness. Two bunks. A shelf of games. Comfy bean bags. Chew, sleep, dream, repeat.

The Mud Room

Rustic ablution

The daily bathing ritual goes old school. A handmade corrugated iron shower. Wood panelled walls. Colonial windows overlooking a sun-kissed rear courtyard with an iron bathtub to let you bathe al fresco. Even an outdoor toilet block to revive the tradition of the outdoor dunny. Just no red back spiders hiding behind the cistern.

The Bootmaker’s Shed

Kick off your shoes

Through the big barn doors, it’s time for a shindig. Kick off your shoes in a games room named after Birregurra’s longstanding bootmaker, James Townsend. He’s the craftsman who built this very Tea House in 1862. James was a prominent figure in the town – the local bootmaker who also trained horses for the race track. Only fitting a man who worked with his hands, who loved horses, and racing should be the patron saint of the Games Room. Crack open a cold one at the bar. Challenge the kids to a game of pool. Take to the stage for a long awaited solo performance. Tell ghost stories around the fire pit. Or simply lay back in the hammock under the dappled light of the oak tree.

The Orchard

Sweet country delights

Stroll the fruit grove laden with oranges, almonds, olives and mandarins. A private little patch of The Tea House. On original Cobb & Co coach stop. Brimming with country delights.


3 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Living room, 2 Toilet

  • Sleeping
    Bed linen, 2 Queen bed, 4 Single bed
  • Cooking
    Cooking utensils, Grill, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Toaster
  • Heating/Cooling
    Air conditioning, Central heating, Fireplace
  • Outside
    Private Terrace
  • Entertainment
    Broadband Internet, TV (Satellite)
  • Sanitary
    Essentials, Shower, Towel-set
  • Laundry
    Clothes dryer, Bathroom & Laundry, Washing machine
  • Miscellaneous
    Fire Extinguisher, First aid kit, Smoke Detector, Vacuum cleaner
  • Outside
    Gas BBQ, Private Garden
Children welcome, Smoking not allowed, Suitable for events,Accessible 24/7
Check in:
3:00 PM
Check out:
11:00 AM

73 Main Street , Birregurra, 3242, Australia

based on 12 reviews
Cracking country weekend away

Wonderful cottage packed full of charm. Very cosy and thoughtfully decorated. Great location and very kid friendly.

Family with young children  |  0  |  stayed in 6/2018

Shari (Mount Eliza)
Great Town. Brilliant Property

My first visit to Birregurra and was lucky to get to stay at this charming tea house cottage. It was perfectly located on the main street which made it convenient to walk to the shops and cafes. The cottage itself was spacious, warm and very comfortable. The charm of the space is everything I love about staying at Dufflebird Properties. I would definitely recommend staying at the tea house if your planning a trip to or around Birregurra.

Mature couple  |  0  |  stayed in 4/2018

Malcom (Ashburton)
Perfect Location For Brae

Great location for a Brae weekend. Central, comfy, tastefully decorated in a historic theme, and a great big courtyard with fire pit, bar, stage and hammock!

Not specified  |  stayed in 3/2018

Marlon (South Yarra)
Birregurra - a short hop to the Great Ocean Rd!

The Birre Tea House is well located to the Great Ocean Road with your pick of 4 beaches (Angelsea, Aireys, Lorne and Apollo Bay) within 30-40 mins' drive. We appreciated being able to return to a restful place after the 'busyness' of the Coast. The cottage's location is also terrific for people with kids of our age - around 8 years plus as they are able to explore the main street safely and grab a milkshake at the General Store or look at Wonderland, a beautiful curio store adjoining the Tea House without parents needing to supervise. They loved the autonomy. We also recommend the nearby Trees Adventure in Yeodene for families with kids aged between 8 -16. The house is very clean, well appointed and comfortable for either three couples or two families with ample indoor/outdoor space. The Property Managers, Dufflebird are very professional and organised.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 3/2018

Carolyn (Dandenong Ranges)
Historically fascinating

The Birregurra Tea House is a lovely cottage. Very convenient location, being in the main street, to just wander down to the bakery and explore the town. This was the first time we have stayed at a cottage/property so we weren't really sure what to expect but wasn't disappointed. Upon arrival the cottage was neat and clean with soft fluffy towels folded up on the end of the freshly made beds. I love old cottages, they have a certain charm about them. The Tea House definitely had that. The themed bedrooms were interesting and set up beautifully at the same time. We would have liked more time to enjoy what the property and town but we ran out of time. So we didn't get to enjoy the use the games room and bar etc.. and explore the history of Birregurra. So we are hoping to stay there again next time we are up that way with friends we have told about the cottage. We had a wonderful time just wasn't long enough. Thank you.

Family with older children  |  0  |  stayed in 3/2018

Peter (Melbourne)
Cracker Of A Weekend

We did have a cracker of weekend! Thank you so much for arranging everything. The house was perfect for us and we have a fantastic time. What a great setup! The highlight was a midnight dance off on the stage to some really bad 80's music! The location is perfect for exploring the main street's general store, artisan bakery and quaint shops. The cottage is beautifully presented and a wonderful escape from the city. A charming living and dining room together with the large outdoor space made it easy to relax and entertain. A highlight was sitting outside at night with a glass of wine, stargazing by the fire pit, whilst listening to our favorite music through the awesome sound system. The house is very clean and thoughtfully furnished, with lovely bright bedrooms that invite you in. The attention detail is fabulous, and we felt at home as soon as we arrived. The car service to Brae was also very convenient. Excellent value for money, and we loved everything just the way it was. I have already recommended the Tea House to all my friends at work. The cottage and surrounding area is exactly as described. The outdoor area is fabulous for relaxing and entertaining and if anything, is better than what we were expecting. What a fabulous space! The cottage is also in a great location. We were surprised how enjoyable and convenient it was to explore the main street of Birregurra, all just steps from the front door. Perfect for grabbing a coffee, the newspaper or just browsing the local merchandise and book stores. So glad we chose to stay at the Tea House! I have traveled all over the world, for value for money, this is one for my favorite places to stay. So conveniently located to Brae and the Otway's beautiful forests, lakes and beaches nearby. All of which were easily explored by car from 'home base' at the Birregurra Tea House. We would definitely come again. I wouldn't consider anywhere else if visiting Brae or the surrounding area. I have already recommend it to all my work colleagues and will also tell our friends.

Group  |  stayed in 2/2018

Carly (Melbourne)
Brimming With Character

Beautiful house in a fantastic country town location, within walking distance of some lovely restaurants, cafes and the local country pub. Within short distance of Brae. We went as a couple but would definitely come back here with friends. The house is absolutely brimming with character and we were sad it was too sunny to put the gorgeous wood burner on! Great entertaining area in the back. All in all highly recommend.

Young couple  |  0  |  stayed in 2/2018

Bridgit (Camberwell)
Character Drenched

Perfect summer getaway for our family of 4. The town is charming with some nice places to eat and have coffee. We enjoyed exploring the magical Otway's and went to the various local beaches along The Great Ocean Road. The house and property are a destination in their own right. Freshly painted and renovated with comfy beds. Aircon came in handy over a hot spell. I found the themed rooms and associated history intriguing. The rear courtyard with bar and stage and games room was the highlight. Only issue was the constant bickering of children over who's turn it was for the hammock. We will be back and are already looking at dates. Might she it with friends next time.

Family with older children  |  0  |  stayed in 1/2018

Regan (Melbourne)
Full Of Character

Stayed January 2018 This is a beautiful house full of character, that spills out into a very generously sized outdoor space complete with stage, outside bar and a games room which the kids loved. Birregurra itself is very charming and friendly. The pizzas at the end of the road were AMAZING. It was also nice to be in the thick of things, so to speak, meaning that kids could head out on their own to play soccer in the park, browse the second-hand books, etc. It was all that the description says it would be and more. We were able to easily visit Lorne and Forrest (to walk around beautiful Lake Elizabeth) and have a tree-top adventure, but also enjoy time relaxing in the house, playing games and reading in the hammock.

Family with older children  |  stayed in 1/2018

Olivia (Geelong)
Fortunate First Customers

We were very fortunate to be the first customers to stay at the Birregurra tea house. Right from the first moment of booking, even up to now, we felt so warmly welcomed by this awesome Husband / wife team. Fleur went out of her way to ensure we had clear instructions for everything and were on the same page regarding all Info, and I can’t thank her enough. Now the Tea House. It was gorgeous! Immaculate inside, with a gorgeous Victorian inspired feel that brought me back to my childhood days of townhouse living. The area was spacious yet homely, and every last detail down to the warmth of the lighting and storage containers for when you have left overs, from washing liquid for the laundry to insect repellent every last little thing was so well thought out! There was enough room to comfortably fit my family of 7 and enough crockery / cutlery / glassware to not run out and need to be constantly doing dishes which is something we so frequently find being a larger family. The back of the property has a beautiful bar area and courtyard that we took advantage of and sat around the fire pit watching the stars. Location wise, it was a Perfect mix of accessibility to the Great ocean road and the Otways as well as quiet country charm away from all the Xmas travellers. Within an hour we were at our various destinations, and yet after a big day of travelling around loved coming back to the serenity of this lovely home away from home. As for Birregurra itself, I had no idea it was so accessible distance wise to us Melbourne folk. It’s no more than 20 mins outside of Colac, Geelong side, and yet felt so far away from the hustle and bustle of city life we could have been hours away from metropolitan Melbourne. The town is beautiful and although small has everything you need should you forget it in your packing. The place is beautiful and the energy beautiful too. We will definitely be returning!!!!

Family with young children  |  stayed in 1/2018

Fleur Leslie


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