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Otways Loft : 3 storey log cabin : part tree house part train house : pets

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 175 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Otway's Loft, is a Dufflebird property and our second child.

Otways Loft is curious mix of tree-house, vintage train, raw and recycled materials, set in a rambling adventure garden.

The long awaited sister property to Liptrap Loft. This is the second holiday rental property developed by Dufflebird and Liptrap Loft (3 time Stayz State award winner & 2 time National award winner).

We scoured Victoria to find a property to match Liptrap Loft in unique character & charm. The property in Forrest was quite run-down, but we renovated the house and Otways Loft has been set up solely as holiday accommodation.

It is not 5 star luxury, but we can say with confidence that it is UNIQUE. The builder lived in a shed on-site, and craned in a train carriage to use as a workshop, while he was building the house. It is an eclectic construction, built on a framework of local tree poles. In parts, it is three story high. The interior is a mixture of components from the train carriage, locally felled timber, materials from a nearby church, and other salvaged bits and pieces. It was a labour of love.

Forrest is a gorgeous small town of weatherboard shacks, surrounded by towering Mountain Ash rain forest with verdant ferny under story. It is lush and abundant. The dawn birdsong is deafening. There is a lot to do around Forrest even if you are not a mountain biker.

Fine dining is available at the Guesthouse restaurant Bespoke Harvest (book ahead), and the Brewery offers great food and you must try the locally brewed beer. Good coffee is available at the General Store (with old fashioned lollies) and Corner Store, only a couple of hundred meters away. For pub fare, the pub doesn't disappoint and is open every night, always with a toasty fire in winter. All within walking distance, and all using predominantly local produce.

Spoil yourself and make it a long weekend. Take the Great Ocean Road home on Monday when there is no one around.

Special features include :

- Free standing claw foot bath in master bedroom ( with a lovely view over the green yard and landscape)

- Newly renovated bathroom with shower on the ground floor, second toilet and basin on first floor

- Wood fired heater with wood supply included

- Spilt system heating/cooling in living room

- Aircon in both upper bed rooms

- Dishwasher

- Washing machine and dryer

- WiFi

- Piano

- Deck chairs

- Italian style stove-top coffee maker and French press (plunger)

- Basic provisions like olive oil, spices, tea, coffee, Vegemite and Glad Wrap

- Pets and children welcome

- Lush rambling garden which is fenced but not dog proof

- Dog run around the balcony that will keep most dogs in, but not dog proof. Dog bed, food and water dish provided.

- Four mountain bikes suitable for trail riding. Helmets..

- No TV. There is a stereo, books and board games and broadband/WiFi (good speed & reliable).


The house has 4 bedrooms including the loft with a loft ladder.

Bedroom 1 - Upstairs Master bedroom with claw foot bath with 2 single beds which together convert to a King

Bedroom 2 - The Hemmingway Room - upstairs reading room with balcony has 3 single beds (Two singles can convert to a King).

Bedroom 3 - Down stairs is a third bedroom with a Queen bed.

Bedroom 4 - The Loft - there is a loft ladder/steps leading to a attic/loft space, with a double futon. This is very popular with children, and not recommended for the elderly.

Total - 5 single beds (two of which convert to King beds), 1 queen bed and one double futon.

There is a second toilet up stairs.

The train carriage next door is also available for holiday rental. See the Stayz listing: Steam: Train Carriage In The Otways. Together the properties can sleep up to 14 guests ( but ideal for a total of 10-12).


Zoe (Age 14) December 2014- From the Guestbook

" I never imagined a place quite like this, a place where a mind could run free, a place where trains could be houses and dreams only a touch away. Even when I just sat and stared at the gardens, I knew this was a place I would love to live at. It was magic. Fairies lurking in nooks and crannies, dragons curled up in corners, even the feeling that fire sprites could be lurking, hiding amongst the piles of wood, waiting to be sparked alight by a lone match. If I closed my eyes I could imagine the person clicking away on the typewriter, endless one-sided conversations from the old phone. A writers dream only a touch away.

And the day we spent walking around the lake got me thinking. ‘Why are we destroying the magic in our lives?’ Slowly as I drew a breath, I realised that we weren’t destroying magic, we were preserving it in the hands of those who dare to imagine.

And I am sure that tomorrow, when the time comes to leave, the magic will call forward it’s next believer into this wonderful place, to show those who dare to come here that magic still exists."

Lucy July 2015

"The Otways Loft is a special place in a special part of the world. We loved how the house was crafted from recycled train parts and timber. It is enormous but still cosy. Our older daughter loved her hideaway bedroom at the very top of the house. The bath in the master bedroom has a perfectly positioned triangle window so you're soaking and looking out into the treetops. We woke up to views of a stunning sunrise (a nearby rooster sounded the alarm) from all the upstairs windows.

The hosts had thought of everything needed in the large kitchen. We could easily have shared our stay with another family and had room for everyone to sleep and cook together.

The fire kept everyone warm in the middle of a winter cold snap. We did venture out and enjoyed the pies and sweet treats from the cute General Store nearby and drinks and snacks at the Forrest Brewery nearby. Both are easy walking distance (like, up a laneway alongside the house). A walk to Lake Elizabeth is a must for any visitor. Fine for kids (bring gumboots if it's been raining) to do and really stunning.

We hope to come back soon. Thanks Fleur for being so easy to communicate with and for putting such thought and care into the Loft. We really appreciated all the little touches in the facilities and decorating - even the great book selection!"

Michie and Catherine March 2015 - Magical tree house

"This is the sort of place that has something for everyone. Gorgeous Eco friendly lotions, fire place and rustic setting made the interior of reclaimed train parts something else. The kids loved all the quirky spaces and upstairs loft. The adults loved the claw foot bath inside heir bedroom with tree lined views from every window. Decorated beautifully with so much warmth and character it made it hard to leave. Good thing we'll be back next year!"

Claire, June 2015

"The house was absolutely gorgeous and was such a pleasure to stay at! The location was lovely, with amazing views from the upstairs bedrooms. It was very spacious yet cosy, had great cooking facilities, and was very comfortable. The uniqueness of the house also just made the stay that little bit extra special. Fleur was a wonderful host. She was easy to get in contact with and was very friendly and helpful. She provided us with a number of recommendations and answered any questions promptly. Would definitely love to stay there again - hopefully as soon as possible!"

More Details

Property Manager
Fleur Leslie
Member since: 2006
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Forrest, Australia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 175 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Ground floor bathroom has shower and washing machine
    Bathroom 2 Upstairs - toilet , A toilet and sink. The bath is in master bedroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master with bath - 2 single bed , The two single beds can be zipped together to make a King
    Hemmingway Room - 2 single bed , The two single beds can be zipped together to make a King
    The White Room - Ground Floor Queen Bed
    Loft - 1 double bed , Double futon.Loft ladder- not for elderly, great for kids
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • forests
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing


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Otways Loft : 3 storey log cabin : part tree house part train house : pets
average rating of 4.898734 based on 79 reviews

Beautiful house in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

Myself and 5 friends have recently enjoyed a fabulous weekend staying in Otways Loft. This house is just as described, in fact even better!

It is a unique collection of repurposed building materials, a thoughtful and clever mix of retro and vintage furniture that combine to make for a very cool pad. Every room has it own unique charm with beautiful natural light and very comfortable beds. The house was beautifully presented and equiped with everything from Kitchen Aid to board games , you won't want for anything.

If you don't feel like cooking the house is a short walk to the local Brewery, Bespoke Restaurant and the General store all of which we tried and would highly recommend.

We did make use of the bikes which was great but, they where in need of a little TLC, so if you are a keen mountain biker you would want to bring your own.

Thank you Fleur for sharing your Forrest treasure.

I will definitely be back, next time with husband and kids in tow.

  • Review Submitted: 10/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great setup with everything you need. And nothing you don't (TV :)

  • 5 of 5

The kids loved the games of hide and seek. So many interesting spots to hide. A great place to relax and an easy walk to restaurants and pubs.

If you stay there early in the week be aware of what is NOT open in the town of Forrest.

  • Review Submitted: 10/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing house in a beautiful setting close to ever

  • 5 of 5

This is the most amazing house. There can never be anything like it, part train, part earthy wood cabin. Warm fire and comfy beds, great restaurant and pub nearby as well. Fleur was a dream to communicate with and so lovely. I will be back to stay in the train for sure.

  • Review Submitted: 22/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a delight!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely family weekend away with 3 generations aged 60yrs to 3yrs old. Each person came away wanting to spend more time in the Otways Loft. At every turn there was attention to detail and generosity for guests. We were all warm and comfortable, the kitchen is well stocked with everything you will need to cook for a family. We are all very grateful for the lovely family time we have had there and will return.

  • Review Submitted: 18/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia

Charming home and lovely garden

  • 5 of 5

A quirky, charming house. Excellent kitchen facilities, comfortable lounge, very clean. We appreciated the comfortable and plentiful deck chairs on the verandah. Our young grandchildren ran and played in the garden and the play equipment and sandpit got a workout. Good communication with owner. Forrest is a peaceful and pleasant village surrounded by natural beauty.

  • Review Submitted: 07/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Adventure Escape

  • 5 of 5

Loved the property, it was everything I was hoping for - very different from a typical house - very cool and well located. Close to Brewery and mountain bike trails. Host was super nice. I'll be back.

  • Review Submitted: 06/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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