Welcome to Eric the Red Heritage Retreat. This cottage was built from both local timber and the salvaged remains of "Eric The Red", wrecked on Cape Otway reef, Sept 4th, 1880. This refurbished cottage combines traditional 1800's bush architecture with modern design features. It lies within the Marengo Flora and Fauna reserve, just 2 kms from the old fishing and timber township of Apollo Bay. The cottage is only 300 metres from Marengo beach and the start of the Great Ocean Walk. The property features stunning attractions including the bushland reserve, with its walks, abundant birdlife and resident koala and bush wallaby populations. Cosy up to a wood fire and immerse yourself with a book from our local-history collection, play a game or watch a DVD. A reverse cycle heating & airconditioning system quickly warms up an open plan living area, which includes an electric stove and oven, microwave and plenty of bench space. The main bedroom has a Queensize bed and the second bedroom has 2 single beds. Bed linens and towels are not included in the quoted tariff. You may choose to supply your own or can be hired $25 Queen, $20 singles and towels $5 each.The bathroom contains vanity, shower and toilet. Laundry has front loading washing machine. A gas BBQ is located on the front deck with a couch, table and chairs in a peaceful tranquil setting. This is a fascinating and inspirational lifestyle choice property.
- House10 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay1 - 2 nights
Old-style 2 bedroom cottage. Close to beach and start of the Great Ocean Walk.
- Calendar last updated:
- 25 Sep 2018
About Tim Godfrey
I am a marine biologist and taught scuba diving in Apollo Bay for a number of years. I lobbied for the Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary. I like beach-combing, surfing and writing about diving. I publish books on marine life.
Tim Godfrey purchased this House in 2008
Why Tim Godfrey chose Marengo
In 2008, I relocated the remains of a house from Apollo Bay to Marengo. It was built with timbers from the ship "Eric The Red" and it was to be demolished. Part of the story of the shipwreck can be read from books in the house.
What makes this House unique
An opportunity to reconstruct a house from the remains of a shipwreck from the 1880's was an opportunity too good to miss. By using local split timber inside and rough-sawn timber cladding outside, I have kept the house as authentic as possible. A simple lifestyle, surrounded by local history and coastal wildlife is my ultimate getaway. It is something I like to share. There are marine photos and books throughout the house.
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Comfortable and homely.
Retreat is the word for this cosy, quiet opportunity to relax away from it all. For a break from relaxing, fishing the local beach is exhilerating (although this time I didn't catch anything worth keeping, I'll be back). We also enjoyed the walk to Shelly Beach in the nearby Great Otway National Park.
The walk to Shelly Beach has great views to the west from Bald Hill. Once over the hill there are the wide, flat reefs to explore at low tide. The shells come from here and get trapped with the tides at Shelly Beach... Hint. Try fishing for sweep at low tide with a small swell.
The house was quite old and did smell a little musty (particularly the wardrobe in master). Overstuffed with too much furniture. Otherwise not too bad. Fire was nice but the book said you have to buy your own wood if you finish the bag they provide. We did see the koala, he was in the tree in the neighbors property.
Thanks for your feedback. We try to keep the house aired, especially after vacant winter spells. If the bean bags or extra chairs get in the way, feel free to move them around. I will leave some wood if I can.
Cosy little cottage
We enjoyed our stay. It was a little cold on the first night. But other than that we had everything we needed. A few lovely little touches with extra condiments in the cupboard.
HI LeeAnne, yes I like to leave any unused extras in the cupboards for others who may need them later. What goes around comes around, as they say!
Warm and Cosy
We spent a long weekend here in May and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It looked great on the site but is even better when you see it. Everything we needed was provided. The birds were wonderful and the bushland opposite was lovely. It was a peaceful position. Great it you like wildlife and nature! We will be back. Thank you for sharing!
Hi Lindy, It's great you liked the peace and nature. Thank you for sharing this!
Great house in a quiet, private location
My wife, 2 young children and I thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend stay at "Eric the Red Heritage Retreat". The house is at the end of a very quiet road and hence very private. We felt completely comfortable letting our young children run around in the front yard and loved the visits from the colourful rosellas. The beautiful Marengo beach was a short stroll away.
It was great to have the wood fire / oven for the cold June nights!
We will definitely stay here again.
Thanks Matt, the birds are a delight and yes the beach is great for young kids. At the Marengo end of the beach, the reef platform has plenty of rock pools to explore for when the kids get a little older.
Great property in an excellent location
Eric the Red was perfect for my wife and I and two young kids. Well appointed and reasonable priced house and the beds were very comfortable and warm! We didn't see the koala. Maybe next time!
Hi Brian, I'm pleased you were comfy and warm. Maybe Francis (the Koala) found a warmer tree nearby. Sometimes we get 2 or even 3 (a mother and young one) in the trees out back or either side of the property. Hopefully you will see them next time!
Beachcombing along the rocky shores of the Great Ocean Road, seal-watching at Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary (bring your binoculars), and the start of the Great Ocean Walk are major highlights of this unique coastal location. Surfing at Marengo Beach and Apollo Bay is first class. The Cape Otway Lighthouse, shipwrecks, and temperate rainforest walks are a short drive away. Birdwatching from the front balcony (don't forget to fill the bird bath!) and short walks around Marengo Flora and Fauna Sanctuary Reserve start right here! Look out for koalas in the back yard or in nearby trees. Bring your paint brush, note book and camera. Relax with a book on local history, flora and fauna from our library. Recharge and relax, or just do nothing!