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Birregurra Tea House: Gateway to the Otways

SuperhostBirregurra, Victoria, Australia
Entire house hosted by Fleur
8 guests3 bedrooms6 beds1 bath
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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

Birregurra is Ideally situated for the perfect escape to both country and coast.
A historic town located in the foothills of the Otways Ranges.
Just over 1.5 hours from Melbourne. 30 Minutes to the Great Ocean Road.

The space
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 Birregurra Farm Foods and Brae (astonishingly ranked 44 in The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants), just out of Birregurra. We can arrange transport to and from Brae.

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 boot-maker 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.

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.

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Guest access
The whole house, courtyard, games room and bar and the band stage.

Other things to note
Before staying, guests will be given a key code to access the keysafe on site.
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

Birregurra is Ideally situated for the perfect escape to both country and coast.
A historic town located in the foothills of the Otwa…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
2 bunk beds

Amenities

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Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
Air conditioning
Hair dryer
TV
Heating
Essentials
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

While Birregurra is inland, it is only half an hour drive to Lorne. Spend days at the beach on the Great Ocean Road then wash off the sand in the mudroom before an outdoor dinner in the courtyard.

Just out of town is the world famous Brae Restaurant, foodies can spend some time exploring the amazing farm gates, growers and producers, breweries and winemakers of the Otway Harvest Trail. We can arrange your transport to and from Brae or Bespoke Harvest.

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

The nearby township of Forrest has become a hub for mountain bike activity in the region, with purpose built mountain bike trails and a series of associated eclectic events throughout the year. It also has a boutique brewery, quirky general store and an awesome degustation restaurant- Bespoke Harvest.
While Birregurra is inland, it is only half an hour drive to Lorne. Spend days at the beach on the Great Ocean Road then wash off the sand in the mudroom before an outdoor dinner in the courtyard.

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Top places nearby

Royal Mail Hotel Birregurra
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Yield Restaurant and Providore.
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Brae Restaurant
2.3 km

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House rules
Check-in: 3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Checkout: 11:00 am
Self check-in with key safe
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Health & safety
Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
No carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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