Birregurra Tea House

73 Main Street , Birregurra, 3242, Australia
  based on 27 reviews
Keyfacts
  •   8
  •   3
  • SQM 150
  •  A/C

Description

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 Pricing 

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.

PRICING

Birregurra Tea House 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.

MANCHESTER

Linen and towels are provided. Beds will be made up on arrival to the number of guests specified in the booking.


Rooms

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


Amenities
  • 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
    DVD-Player, Broadband Internet, Stereo system, TV (Satellite)
  • Sanitary
    Hair dryer, Essentials, Shower, Towel-set
  • Laundry
    Bathroom & Laundry, Washing machine
  • Miscellaneous
    Fire Extinguisher, First aid kit, Smoke Detector, Vacuum cleaner
Facilities
  • Parking
    Roofed carport
  • Outside
    Gas BBQ, Private Garden
Policies
Children welcome, Pets allowed only after arrangement, Smoking not allowed, Suitable for events,Accessible 24/7
Check in:
3:00 PM
Check out:
11:00 AM
Map
Location

73 Main Street , Birregurra, 3242, Australia


Directions


Birregurra Tea House can be found on GPS with the  address:

73 Main Street Birregurra 3242

Walk through the little white front gate on to the veranda. The keysafe is on the pole on the far left. Code 7175. There are 3 keys:

  1. labelled front door
  2. labelled side gate and outdoor bar and lounge
  3. labelled back door

We suggest you leave the keys in the back door while home. It is easy to lock yourself out.

Please return the keys to the keysafe when you leave.

Some local tips- guest favourites:

Brae Restaurant was rated one of the top 100 restaurants in the world for the last few years. A 10 minute drive. You need to book ahead.

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 Forest.

Lake Elizabeth -about an 8km walk/cycle or drive from Forrest. Then once there, there's a lovely 4 km walk /loop around the lake. Platypus are frequently sighted at dusk or dawn. Glow worms can often be seen at night.

Stephenson Falls, is a good walk to do with kids.

The Forrest Microbrewery offers great coffee, good breakfast and lunch as well as Dinner Thursday-Sun . Thursday has a limited dinner menu, but it's open.

For the awesome mountain bike trails around Forrest, bring your bikes or you can hire bikes from the Forrest general store.

New:  Tree Adventure-Otway Park, Yeodene -0429374653 between Birregurra and Forrest. It's a great fun and teamwork activity with kids.

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5
based on 27 reviews
Deb
Mrs

What a quaint and unique accommodation. Felt like we were stepping back in time. Tea House was well set up with everything we needed, very clean and extremely comfortable beds. Loved the board games/jigsaws. Inside fire added to the charm. However we spent most of our time in the large backyard. Fire pit was awesome with ample firewood. Coffee both mornings from the bakery next door and a delicious pub meal just up the road. Would highly recommend-we certainly felt relaxed and recharged. Thanks again for another great Dufflebird property.

Family with older children  |  stayed in 8/2019

Lynn (Melbourne)
Great courtyard and Fire Pit

The accommodation was perfect for us we where a large group so the outside courtyard was used extensively, there was no shortage of wood for the fire pit and plenty of space to kick up our heels. We ate at the local pub and pizza from the general store neither disappointed. My communication with Fleur went above and beyond on her part and I would highly recommend the accommodation and Fleur as the property manager. Thanks Fleur for your patience and professionalism. Review courtesy of Airbnb

Thanks Lynn for staying and being great guests. We too love the spacious country feel of the property. The feeling of being a million miles from the city, yet being centrally located on Main Street is a great combo. Interesting shops and eateries on your door step. The slower pace of a historic pastural town is infectious.

replied by the owner (6/18/2019 9:33:18 AM)

Group  |  stayed in 6/2019

Rachel (Melbourne)
Heritage Celebrated. Great For Kids

Beautifully restored house with the heritage really celebrated. The kids loved exploring the back yard (which is huge) and house. Very well stocked both in the small kitchen and with additional towels which is rare to see! The quality of the bedding and decor made it even more comfortable. Also having games available in the kids room was fantastic. Really comfortable if you have kids joining. Would certainly stay again. Review Courtesy of Google Reviews

Not specified  |  stayed in 6/2019

Charlie (Melbourne)
Dreamiest Stay. Cozy

We had the dreamiest stay at the Tea House! It’s such an idyllic spot. It was a cold weekend but the house was cosy and easy to warm up, we had a log fire and played games after an unforgettable dinner at Yield. Such a gorgeous getaway from the city, close to beautiful hikes, vineyards etc. Highly recommend! Thanks to the lovely Fleur Review courtesy of Riparide June 2019

Group  |  stayed in 6/2019

Patrick (Melbourne)
Snug Cottage : Cozy lounge fire

Loved staying at Birregurra Tea House, beautiful country location with plenty of vintage/antique stores on offer and amazing local produce, the snug cottage itself features beautiful antiques which compliment the history of the building. The perfect weekend getaway location for the family, with a cosy lounge room fire roaring its perfect for the winters months! Highly recommend.

Young couple  |  stayed in 5/2019

Lou
A Gorgeous Property With Everything You Need

A gorgeous property, tastefully decorated and everything you need to ensure a great stay in Birregurra. Fleur was very responsive, sharing local tips & a pleasure to deal with. We look forward to returning to the area again soon. Review courtesy of Airbnb

Not specified  |  stayed in 4/2019

Marylou
Right in The Heart Of A Quaint Town

Fleur’s place is everything all of the other reviewers say about it. It’s a great little find, right in the heart of the town, and so very easy to get to everything. The town is so quaint, with loads of little shops and a great bakery and provisions store. We stayed here during our visit to Brae restaurant. It was just perfect and couldn’t have hoped for better. Review courtesy of Airbnb

Group  |  stayed in 4/2019

Craig + Olivia (Melbourne)
Our relaxed perfect wedding!

After searching for venues that allow you to control the entire process (no specific vendors, suppliers, etc) we came across the Birre Tea House on Dufflebird. Our first viewing was during the Birregurra Festival. We knew as soon as we walked in that this was the space for us. Mal (the owner) greeted us with a glass of wine and took us on a tour of the accomodation and the property. The layout and inviting courtyard space was aligned with our vision for our wedding day. The accomodation within the tea house is exceptional. Very well styled and with everything you could possibly need. We had our wedding ceremony and reception out in the courtyard behind the Tea House. The enclosed and intimate feeling within the courtyard was perfect for our 100 guests. Minimal set up was required with the only major instalment being some festoon lighting from Wren Creative Events. We sourced flowers as decoration from a local florist Birregurra Wildflowers which utilised the "in season" local native flowers for all our decorative flowers, including bouquets and button holes. We loved the ability to self cater using the below suppliers. - Otway Artesian Bakery (right next door) supplied our baked goods and more than one round of great coffee. - Burn City Smokers from South Kingsville supplied our meat which was then prepared and served by Jake Weatherson from Chapter 3 Cafe Canterbury. - Two Birds Brewing were the best in suppling such tasty cold beer. The only concern we had was a wet weather plan, which we were lucky not to need. There is a local Colac marque supplier which would be of great use if the weather looks rainy as there is not enough space for more than 20 people undercover in the courtyard. Overall we couldn't have been happier with the accomodation and the help Mal supplied along the way with his willingness to run over our plans and make sure that there was nothing missed or forgotten.

Young couple  |  stayed in 3/2019

Claire C (Australia)
A fantastic place for a relaxing getaway

We had a fabulous time at the Tea House. The cottage is beautifully restored with everything you could want for a relaxing break. The kids loved the games room and we all loved roasting marshmallows at the fire pit. Fleur is a lovely host and her friendly communication made us feel very welcome. Highly recommended.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 9/2018

Monique C
Brilliant place to stay and perfectly central!

Brilliant place to stay, perfectly central and great outdoor space, perfect for cool nights, wine and some marshmallows over the fire.

Family with young children  |  stayed in 8/2018

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