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Walshan House - Fairy tale mud brick home

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

If you’ve been looking for a private home in the bush, but that is still close to the beach and town conveniences, then this is it.

Set on 1.5 acres of garden and orchards and surrounded by the Great Otway National Park, Walshan House offers privacy in a beautiful natural environment.

This two level, fairy tale, mud brick home features beautiful timber French doors with lead light, Wisteria lined veranda and antique furniture.

The double height entry and dining area gives a feeling of open space and light.

The lounge area has a wood fire, TV, DVD and a piano. There is also a second lounge/sun room which is the perfect place to read, or just watch the clouds roll by. This sun room also houses a large selection of games, jig saw puzzles and children’s toys.

There is a queen bedroom and a bathroom on this level too. The bathroom has a built in bath in the window looking out onto the National Park.

Upstairs there is an open, mezzanine level featuring a four poster queen size bed with doors onto an ocean view rooftop deck. There is also a single bed with trundle underneath on this level, along with a bathroom.

Double doors from the dining area lead out on to the deck and paved BBQ area.

The large, mowed grass area around the house provides plenty of space for a game of cricket or football.

Walshan House is located on the Great Ocean Road at Marengo, only a 5 minute drive into Apollo Bay to restaurants, cafes, shops, and a great swimming beach.

Shelley Beach is close by, and is part of the Great Ocean Walk along the coast and through the National Park.

More Details

Property Manager
Liam Harrington
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 March, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Apollo Bay in Colac Otway Shire

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Waterfront
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Large Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • forests
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • surfing


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(7 traveller reviews)

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Walshan House - Fairy tale mud brick home
average rating of 4.571429 based on 7 reviews

Doubt that we would return to this property again.

  • 3 of 5

We felt that the property was a great location, however, we were greeted with a dirty fireplace and there were no logs or kindling ready to set. Towels and bedding were clean. The hangings on the walls, particularly the kitchen walls were dirty, dusty and some mold. The koalas in the trees were a big hit. Some recommendations of sites and restaurants would be nice.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Michelle, Thank you for taking the time to review Walshan House. We appreciate your feedback and apologies there were some issues with the cleaning. We are glad you were able to experience some of the local wildlife. The in-house compendium does have a detailed list of local sites and restaurants.
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Victoria, Australia

Lovely property, very comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

Great stay however there were quite a few lights not working. The addition of A/C would be nice. Overall highly recommend this unique property.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback Stephen; very much appreciated and hopefully we can welcome you back in the future.
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Just what we were looking for

  • 5 of 5

Close to the beach and secluded enough for wonderful privacy. Surrounded by blackberry bushes and lush green lawn we had the best time. Even had a koala in one of the trees watching us play. The property was tidy and comfortable and we will definitely stay again 👍👍👍👍👍

  • Review Submitted: 23-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for fabulous review of Walshan House! We glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at this unique property. being on the edge of the Great Otway National Park means nature lovers like yourself get to experience lots of lush rainforest and native animals - including koalas! We hope you will visit us again soon.
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Sunbury, Victoria

Loved this place-Walshan House.

  • 5 of 5

A peaceful, lush, character filled home with lots of space and light and little nooks to sit in and enjoy different views. Lots of quirky artefacts and very rustic. Though close to the main road it was very private whilst maintaining accessibility. Lots of animals to be seen and heard...crickets, koalas, Black slugs galore, sheep next door. Very spacious with high ceilings and well supplied with thoughtfulness.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at Walshan House! It is a beautiful property set on the edge of nation park with an abundance of nature on offer. We hope you can stay with us again in future.
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The best thus far.

  • 5 of 5

I can't remember a place where I've thoroughly enjoyed every facet of a rental like I have Walshan house. It all begins when you find the hidden drive way off the Great Ocean rd which leads up to the gates of a fairytale picturesque scenery otherwise known as Walshan House. It's situated just outside of Marengo which is just outside of Apollo Bay...a total of 5 kms from the busy tourist precinct. Literally a 5 min drive from Walshan to Apollo shops.

The house is a mixture of mud brick and board and batten timber panelling which really suits that country/beach style motif. The large bay window really emits an abundance of natural light throughout the was our favourite spot for the family to read and just hang out. I love the openness of the house...the large timber trusses and exposed load bearing timber beams gives the house a great sense of strength and feeling you're in a country/beach house. There's enough private space within the large open plan that everyone is catered for. The kitchen is rustic and is well equiped for all those who love to cook. The beds are firm but comfortable and there's plenty of towels waiting for you when you get settled in. We have an only child and the single bed up on the mezzanine level was perfect for her to be close to us. There are two bathrooms which is can take the man out of the city but you still have to provide him with two everyones happy.

There's so much room outside to laze about on the grass or play cricket etc...occasionally you'll hear the whoosh of a car go past...Sundays are more noticeable but who cares when you're relaxed. I could go on but it's almost midnight. To recap...we didn't want to leave and I know we'll be back and if for some reason Walshan house ever goes on the market I'd sell a kidney to buy it.

In the immortal words of Sinead O'Connor..."Nothing compares".

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review of Walshan House! It really explains what makes this property unique. It really is the perfect place to escape the rigour of everyday life. We would love to welcome you back again soon!
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Dingley Village, Victoria, Australia

Perfect chill-out property

  • 5 of 5

A great place for the whole family to slow down, relax and recharge .

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for reviewing Walshan House! We are very happy to hear that it provided the perfect getaway you were looking for. We hope to welcome you back soon.
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