Birregurra Tea House

73 Main Street , Birregurra, 3242, Australia
  based on 19 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 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.


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.


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


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
    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
  • Parking
    Roofed carport
  • Outside
    Gas BBQ, Private Garden
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

73 Main Street , Birregurra, 3242, Australia


Birregurra Tea House can be found on Google Maps with the  address:

73 Main Street Birregurra

Walk though little white front gate onto veranda.

Keysafe is on the pole on far left.

Code: 7175

There are 3 sets of keys in the

1 - labelled front door

2 - labelled side gate and outdoor bar and lounge

3 - labelled back door.

Can I suggest you leave key in back door while home. Easy to lock yourself out.

Please return keys go back in keysafe on departure.

Feel free to help your self to any outdoor heaters & outdoor umbrellas and tables and chairs that are near cafe.

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.

based on 19 reviews
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

Deirdre L. (Melbourne)
Great little house. Courtyard & firepit were a great place to sit around & relax.

Great house close to Brae restaurant. Fleur was easy to deal with & had everything arranged for us eg taxis from the restaurant to the house & fire set for when we arrived. House was cosy & the facilities were a bonus. Would definitely stay there again.

Group  |  0  |  stayed in 8/2018

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

Sarah P.
Relaxing long weekend away

We absolutely loved our stay at the Birregurra Tea House, we only stayed 3 nights but it was so relaxing it felt like a week! The house was exactly as described online and located on the main street, we really loved Birregurra Farm Foods where we stocked up on comfort food for the weekend, it also served yummy wood fired pizzas on the Friday night. We found the property managers incredibly easy to deal with and you could tell the owners had put a lot of effort in to fixing up this old gorgeous house and creating a home away from home. We had plenty of wood to warm up for a very cold weekend away and loved the original fireplace. We would definitely recommend staying here to others and would love to return again with our extended family. Thank you for having us!

Group  |  stayed in 5/2018

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

Alison O.
Excellent and spotless.

Birregurra Tea house is perfectly situated in the town and close to the beauties of The Otways, The Great Ocean Road and rich countryside. It is an original house, beautifully restored. Everything has been thought of, while the big courtyard, fire pit and recreation room makes it ideal for entertaining and children. Submitted 22 May 2018

Family with older children  |  stayed in 4/2018

Stuart G (Melbourne)
We loved the cottage. It was beyond expectations

Homely old house in the heart of the town. We especially enjoyed the wood fire heater, it make the stay cosy and snug

Group  |  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

Fleur Leslie


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