Steam: Train Carriage

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Train hosted by Fleur

6 guests, 3 bedrooms, 4 beds, 1 bath
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You’ll have the train to yourself.
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Take a step back in time, to bygone era, where life was simpler, where people spent time with dignified entertainment and life seemed to have more space and time. Welcome back to the great age of Steam. The train was used as a workshop, when the original owner was building the house next door (also a Dufflebird property, Otway's Loft). In 2015 we renovated the derelict carriage to the vaguely steam-punk style holiday accommodation. It is available year round and can sleep up to 6 guests.

The space
When we started renovating, the carriage did not have enough intact to restore it, so we have developed our own style that is vaguely steam-punk influenced.

It took nine months to renovate the train from a pretty ragged start. Almost every surface had to have something done to it, and we found that carriages were really tightly put together (all that rattling) and hard to pull apart. When we did get panels off, we had no idea what we would find. We completely stripped and rewired the electrical, and did plumbing from scratch. Renovating anything over 100 years will have its challenges, but this was exceptional. It was opened for guests in July 2015. It is still a work in progress, there is a lot more to do before it reaches our vision, but we have been astounded by it's popularity.

Special features include :
- Can sleep 6 but 2 or 4 would be more comfortable. See Sleeping Options below.
- 3 Bedrooms. Two in a single compartment with a double compartment master bed room. Two Queen beds, two thin train singles.
- Full linen service with beds made up for you on arrival.
- Bathroom with shower
- Open plan kitchen/living room
- Wood fire box heater with wood supply included
- Full small kitchen with stove, oven, sink, fridge and cupboards
- WiFi
- Italian Stove top coffee maker and French Press (plunger)
- Basic provisions like olive oil, spices, tea, coffee, Vegemite and Glad Wrap
With great regret we no longer offer the four free bikes. The expectation of having bikes in good working order was a service we could not reliably offer without living nearby and maintaining them between guests. Bring your own mountain bikes or you can hire bikes at Forrest Hire Bikes, two minutes walk away.
- Pets and children welcome. The yard is fenced but a clever dog could easily escape.

NO TV. There is a stereo, books and board games. There is not a washing machine, nor dryer.

Steam, certainly wont be for everyone, but we have had great feedback from the young and the young at heart. There seems to be a great fondness for the "Great Age of Steam", when locomotives were king! In the late 1800's trains were the greatest technological achievement of humans, they opened new horizons, and were a symbol of power and progress. We hope we have tapped in to this, and we're excited to be able to share it with guests.

If you have instagram, you can follow both our guests and our personal stays at @dufflebird_getaways

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Air conditioning
Patio or balcony
Backyard
Indoor fireplace
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Where you’ll be

Forrest, Australia

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

Ten Things To Do
•Walk around Lake Elizabeth or take the platypus tour.
•Go mountain biking on Victoria’s best trail network. With great regret we no longer offer the four free bikes. The expectation of having bikes in good working order was a service we could not reliably offer without living nearby and maintaining them between guests. Bring your own mountain bikes or you can hire bikes at Forrest Hire Bikes, two minutes walk away.
•Visit Otways Fly and zip line (Longest and highest rainforest sky walk in the world )
•Bushwalk to waterfalls and Redwood Forest. (Hopetoun Falls, Triplet Falls, Beauchamp Falls, Stevenson Falls).
•Forrest Historic Walk
•Visit local Wineries and Berry Farms
•Forrest Brewery for lunch
•Forrest Guesthouse for weekend degustation lunch or dinner.
•Brae Restaurant
•Spoil yourself and make it a long weekend. Take the Great Ocean Road home on Monday when there is no one around.

Hosted by Fleur

  1. Joined in June 2013
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My husband Mike and I have always shared a sideways way of looking at things. We have always gravitated towards one-a-kind things and places. This and our love of travel led to us buying an intriguing cabin back in 2005. That cabin, Liptrap Loft became a success, won a few awards and a lot of hearts. Some friends then asked us to manage their place nearby.  From there our side hustle somehow morphed into full time small business: Dufflebird - Unique Getaways for The Curious. Today we offer a bespoke collection of charming, homely and dearly-loved properties for easy holiday rental. Seven Regional properties within a 2.25 hour radius of Melbourne. Three properties belong to us and the other four piqued our interest with their uniqueness - something special. We think each property is a destination in its own right. bespoke, curated  and nourishing. We find the longer guests stay the more value they seem to feel they get. Our ideal customers are looking for more than a bed for the night.  Our happiest guests are attracted to unusual places, artistic details and a slick process. We find this individual approach attracts guests that are respectful and grateful to the house and the cleaners.
My husband Mike and I have always shared a sideways way of looking at things. We have always gravitated towards one-a-kind things and places. This and our love of travel led to us…

During your stay

We live an hour from Forrest, but we are available by phone if needed anytime.

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House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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No smoke alarm
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