Funky 2BRM beach retreat. Pets ok.

House - Entire home/apt · George St, Sunderland Bay, VIC 3922, Australia

Great reviews! A surprise package, sleeps 5. Close to beach, ocean views, amazing sunsets, quiet location, accessible to everything on the island, neat as a pin, modern renovation, lots of extras. Air-cond. Pets welcome. Check out the reviews!

The Space

SURFIE JOHN's SHACK is a funky, fully renovated beach neat as a pin. Check out the amazing reviews! Consistent feedback is that it is fantastic AND GREAT value.

Great central location, no more than 10 minutes from everything on the Island. You'll be amazed at what this place offers. Close to surf beaches and family beaches and only a couple of hundred of metres from the ocean. Amazing summer sunsets out front.

Sleeps 5 (7 with futon bed) - Master bedroom has a queen size bed and second very large bedroom has a tri-bunk and futon couch. Electric blankets on all beds, heating in each room and fans.

Open plan living/kitchen/dining. Not large, but comfortable for a small group or family. Features: leather sofa, wall mounted flat screen TV & DVD; newly renovated, fully self contained and well equipped kitchen with electric oven and microwave. Air-conditioning and heating.

Bathroom with shower over 1/2 bath, front loader washing machine and separate toilet.

Rear deck with bench seat and outdoor shower. Rear yard is fully enclosed with a dog kennel and perfect for fluffy friends. There is also a small cubby for very small people and outdoor play setting with swing.

Front porch along full length of the house is fully covered and has bistro blinds to close in the front. There is also a patio heater, outdoor setting, gas BBQ, hammock, and outdoor bean bags.

What more could you want? If there is anything, we love suggestions, as our goal is for our house to be gorgeous, functional and comfortable and for our guests to want to return and rave to all and sundry about this amazing place.

The history of the house is that it has been the family surf shack for more than 20 years. It was rather neglected as is was intended to be pulled down and replaced. However, a change of ownership in the family has seen the old girl ready to match it with the best of what the Island can offer in 2 bedroom accomodation.

Walking distance to Surfies Point Beach and Surf spot

- Pets are allowed by arrangement. Please advise of your fur friends in your reservation request for us to discuss. Where pets are accepted, it is expected that owners will clean up after them ie dog hair, poop etc.

- Minimum 2 night bookings. (Unless you can see on calendar that there is a sneaky one night available between bookings and we will book out that night)
- Exceptions below:
Minimum booking of 7 nights for Motorcycle Grand Prix, 4 nights for Easter, Melbourne Cup & V8's (Nov 14), 3 nights for other long weekends, 2 nights all other times.
- 20th December to 1st February - minimum 5 nights, unless there is a shorter window between other bookings and we will be happy to book those days.

- Normally after 2pm but may be able to be earlier, depending on when last quests are checking out. Please ask about earlier checkin if preferred.

- Standard checkout time is 10 a.m. However, later time may be negotiated if no guests are checking in the same afternoon and depending on availability of the cleaners.

- Guests are to provide own linen and towels, except for Premium stay bookings (special events), being top and bottom sheets, pillow cases, towels, tea towels, bath mat. Items provided for all bookings are mattress protectors, doonas (with covers)/blankets, pillow with pillow protectors.
- Linen and towels can be supplied at $20 per person by arrangement.

Address - Sunderland Bay

A $70 cleaning fee is charged per booking. Note that this is the price we are charged by the cleaners. We feel the fairest way to charge this is on top of the per night fee. If we build it into the per night fee, ie an additional $35 per night, bookings of two night would pay the same as they do now. However, bookings longer than 2 nights would end up paying more.

Note that a very basic holiday cabin in a caravan park on Phillip Island costs over $100 per night and is nowhere near as lovely, spacious, well equipped or well positioned.

Guest Access

The property is private house.

Interaction with Guests

Guests are left to themselves through their stay unless there is a problem, in which case we are 10 minutes away.

The Neighborhood

Sunderland Bay is on the coast side of the Island. It is a quiet area with no traffic noise, close to beaches and well located to everything on the Island.

Getting around

There is a bus stop about 1 km away. However they are county buses and don't run frequently.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $288
Cleaning Fee: $67
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Enjoyed our family time together at the beach shack, although the weather was lousy, the 2 bedroom shack was roomy enough for a family of 5. Everything in the shack was clean and functional and was an ideal base to explore everything Phillip Island has to offer. Thanks Carolyn for providing a very functional and clean property for us to enjoy!

    April 2014
    Response from Carolyn:

    Hi Phil, thanks for letting us know about the power tripping through your stay. The electrician is booked to take a look. We value guest feedback when something isn't quite right and always endeavor to take care of it as soon as we can.

  • Great place to stay! Wonderful location, everything we needed for a weekend away. Carolyn was great, always getting back to me promptly.

    March 2014
  • Excellent communication and fabulous accommodation! This retreat was comfortable and inviting, with everything we needed and more. My children (aged 9 and 11) particularly enjoyed having some age-appropriate books to read and DVD's to watch. I only wish we could have stayed longer!

    March 2014
  • A perfect beach house. Very clean, comfortable and close to some beautiful ocean beaches. Lots for the kids to do in the house - toys, swings, books. We all enjoyed the hammock!

    March 2014
  • We had a great stay at the shack, a last minute get away with my two small kids, parents and spoodle. Really clean and a lovely spot. Would definitely recommend.

    March 2014
  • We wanted to stay on Philip Island for a couple days and the beach shack was perfect for us. It was clean, well furnished with appliances and a grill for cooking, in a quiet area, and a few minutes walk to the beach. Thanks for having us!

    February 2014
  • Hi Carolyn!
    Loved the shack! It was perfect for us, super clean, and close to the beaches. Loved the spacious backyard too. :) thanks for having us

    February 2014
  • If your after a cosy beach get away this is perfect - all the cons you need, everything well presented. Easy access to everything on the island, well located. Would recommend to anyone wanting to steal a weekend away.

    October 2012
  • We really had a good time staying at the funky shack. there was 4 of us, 2 adults and 2 kids. the place is very comfortable and quite laid back,and yet nicely renovated. Its not cluttered with stuff which I really liked because of the kids, I like it when I dont have to keep an eye on them because they might break something. There is collection of dvds and books in the second bedroom,we dint watch the dvds but we read the some of the books for the kids, which was good because I didnt bring any story books for them. Carolyn was very generous and gave us permission to check in as early as we wanted and to check out as late as we wished. We really appreciated the late check out, it was a real blessing as all things that could go wrong that day did, but the funky shack was there for us when we needed a place to regroup,put the kids for a nap while we figure things out. If we were to go to the island again we will stay at the shack unless someone beat us to it,hopeful by then the grass will have grown...

    October 2012
  • We found The Shack a tremendously enjoyable experience. Carolyn's communications were helpful and clear. A great place for a family and it had all that we needed for a little break. The kids have said they want to go back!

    January 2014
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I've recently made the sea change to Phillip Island with my family after a too busy life in Melbourne, working in Project Management and Finance. We love it and couldn't be happier. I love renovating houses with my husband, travel, gardening and hiking. So far I've tackled Mt Everest Base Camp, Oxfam 100kms, Overland track and am now planning Machu Pichu. We have had numerous holiday rental properties and gain enormous satisfaction from guests have a great experience at one of our properties.
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