By Rhiannon Taylor, October 2017
There are few properties to rent in western Victoria that offer uninterrupted views and beachfront access. Saltwater Lodge sits atop a grassy ridge on the beach of Port Fairy; a charming town at the end of the Great Ocean Road. The single story, timber clad house blends in to its natural surroundings and can sleep up to 16 people in two king rooms and 2 bunk rooms. For a more intimate escape the front of the lodge can be closed off and converted in to a one bedroom retreat, ideal for couples.
The house is complete with a state of the art kitchen that flows on to an open dining and lounge space with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean. Furnishings are paired back, with natural tones and a minimalist aesthetic. The master bedroom comes with an oversized bathroom, walk in robe and bed that has an ocean-view. There are polished concrete floors throughout the living spaces and there's a fabulous family room kitted out with a TV, couches and Ping-Pong table to keep kids entertained.
Saltwater Lodge is close to Port Fairy's main street which is filled with cafes, fine dining establishments and produce shops. Here you can pick up cheeses, milk, chocolate and meat sourced from the nearby region as well as locally produced ice cream, bread and eggs. And if you don't feel like cooking head to Coffin Sally for a reasonably priced wood-fired pizza.
Late afternoons are best spent walking along the endless stretches of Port Fairy's beach which you can access straight from Saltwater Lodge's beachfront gate and if you visit in Winter it's divine to wrap yourself up in front of the lodge's fire with a glass of wine.
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ACCOMODATION CATEGORY: Rental property.
ROOMS: There are two king bedrooms and two bunk bed rooms, sleeping up to 16 people.
MINI BAR: None. There is a fully equipped kitchen with groceries available in town.
POOL/GYM/SPA: None. There is a family room with a Ping-Pong table.
LOCATION: Port Fairy, Victoria.
RATES: For the retreat, rates start from $380 p/n, $2660 p/w. For the whole lodge, rates start from rates start from $650 p/n, $4550 p/w.
FEEL: Minimalist beach retreat.
GOOD TO KNOW: There is very little phone reception. The house comes stocked with DVD's and board games for entertainment.