Lower Bluff Hideaway
Holiday house in St Leonards
Lower Bluff Hideaway provides a unique bush meets sea experience for guests and their pets away from suburbia. Enjoy Edwards Point Ramsar Nature Reserve, uncrowded child/pet friendly beaches, walks to Swan Bay and picnic tables beside the waters edge
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Lower Bluff Hideaway provides a unique bush meets sea experience away from the suburban uptown St Leonards streetscape. This welcoming pet friendly beach house is tucked away in the lower bluff area that is characterised by its unsealed ti-tree lined streets and pathways will suit couples, small families, friends and their pets. It is a pleasant 2 km walk/ride along the foreshore or a short drive from the main street. St Leonards is situated on the south western edge of Port Phillip bay on the Bellarine Peninsula, noted for its quiet beachscape, Ramsar reserve, Fishery and gourmet food and wine.
From the front gate, take a 250metres walk in either direction along pedestrian friendly nature strips and pathways to enjoy Edwards Point Ramsar Nature Reserve, uncrowded child/pet friendly beach, off lead dog and play parkland, the Yacht club, launch ramp and cafe, and picnic tables beside the waters edge.
Holiday adventures begin with a short stroll to the beach or trek along the tree lined path through Edwards Point Reserve where bird life abounds. Picnic, swim and paddle in the many secluded foreshore spots along the unrivalled and undeveloped 4klm long bay beaches that stretch all the way to Swan Bay, with views of Queenscliff in the distance. This area is particularly notable for birdwatchers and kayakers as a breeding ground for bird and aquatic life, it also affords a weather protected bay for paddling exploration.
The house is situated on a large treed/garden block; discreetly screened from the roadway; with north facing garden views; has recently been painted inside and out, and is spacious, light and airy. Set on a fully fenced and gated 1/4 acre block it provides a secure and spacious retreat.
The open plan living/dining/kitchen area is the hub of the house where guests share relaxed meals, watch movies or talk late into the night on the comfy lounge seating, and in cooler weather by a cosy, central, slow combustion wood fire. Take time out to read a book, connect via wi-fi, update facebook, watch DVD's or movies thru SBS on demand. The extendable 8 seater dining table and custom made dining chairs in the blue room which adjoins the living area is a great place for sharing meals/conversation and playing table games with family and friends. Leading from the blue room French doors open to the sun deck.
The kitchen is integrated into the living area so that the cook is part and parcel of house activities. The retro style kitchen is a product of recycled cabinetry fitted around an original New World Gas cooker noted for its oven cooking of roasts, casseroles and cakes. The island cupboards are well stocked with crockery, glassware and a wide selection of mixing/salad bowls, with a similarly large selection of utensils in the sink drawers and on hanging rails beside the stove.
There are 2 comfortable and generous sized bedrooms inside the main part of the house with a further bedroom attached at the rear.
- Bedroom 1: Double Bed with bedside tables and lamps. Large Antique wardrobe with plenty of clothes hanging and drawer storage. Cork tile flooring.
- Bedroom 2: Large room currently setup with Queen bed and reading lights. Single bed can also be accomodated. Ample built in storage, with insect screened french doors facing north. Cork tile flooring.
- Bedroom 3: Separate from main house though connected under common roof. Double bed plus single bed.
Sea fun and fish:
Though the beaches of the lower bluff are among the safest and best on Port Phillip bay they remain largely unpopulated. Launching small paddle/sail craft is easily accomplished along our local beachfront with ramp facilities for larger craft at the yacht club around the corner and St Leonards boat ramp nearby. St Leonards is a premier Port Phillip bay fishing destination, noted in particular for its Whiting, Calamari, Snapper, Flathead, Gummy Shark, Snook and Garfish. Walking/cycling trails on the foreshore and adjacent to Port Phillip bay head both north and south from either end of the street.
The Bellarine Peninsula is now a noted foodie Hub. Within 15klms are numerous wineries with attached restaurants and cafes. The siting of Jack Rabbit and opposite Terindah Estate winery/cafe/restaurants facing North across Corio Bay is recommended for the views,tucker and the wine. Many delicious seafood dinners have been enjoyed at this house and you are welcome to keep up the tradition - enjoy a catch of local whiting, snapper, flathead or calamari.
The St Leonards township has cafes, coffee, fish and chips, pub, and a new IGA supermarket with bottle shop and a good selection of beers and local wines.
For those who want to further sample the local seafood, there is nothing quite like Portarlington mussels for which you will find a number of recipes in the house cookbook collection.
In the surrounding area there is plenty of speciality produce including olive oil, and wine. The Food Barn close by has meats, dairy goods, vegetables and bread in addition to Tuckerberry farm self pick blueberries and strawberries. The cafes, cuisine and harbour of Queenscliff are 14ks away along with the surf beaches of Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove. (Check out our housebook for more detail on local food/wine/dining).
A selection of leaf and bag teas provided. There is an open pantry and cupboard stocked with basic condiments, sauces, spices and sundry foodstuff for guests use on a replace as necessary basis. Kitchen / laundry cleaning products, toilet paper and cleaner all provided. Milk in the fridge plus a wee surprise gift.
As pet lovers and owners we welcome pets on our property. There are roofed undercover areas outside suitable for kennels, pet beds, and feed bowls. We are also amenable to house trained pets being inside on their own beds but we insist that they not be on house beds or furniture. There are numerous walks, off lead and play areas to enjoy nearby.
The East West orientation of Lower Bluff Hideaway and North facing windows ensures natural light and air into the house. The placement of window and door openings enables cross breezes for refreshment and cooling. There is a 1000Litre rain water tank for garden watering. Culinary herbs and aromatics in the garden. Inside the house natural oil/waxes and finishes are used.
What to enjoy:
Peace and quiet of the lower bluff
Ambling along unmade roads and pathways
Picnics and swimming
The noted Ramsar bird sanctuary.
Trekking thru Edwards Point reserve to Swan Bay.
Biking, kayaking and sailing.
Spotting the resident white-faced herons and oyster catchers on the local beach
Fishing from pier, beach, canoe or boat
Sighting seals and dolphins
Numerous opportunities for dog play and walking close by
Golf at St Leonards or Portarlington
Local food and wine
St Leonards village in the heart of the Bellarine Peninsula without the hustle and bustle of Sorrento or the Surfcoast.
What to bring:
Your own towels and linen
Your pets bed
Doonas, pillows and blankets supplied
Box of kindling and firewood supplied
Leave as found cleaning policy or $125 charge applies
Our tarrifs are all inclusive for 4 people eg 4 friends or 2 adults with 2 children
Free Wi Fi data use applies to basic plan limits. For extra data requirements please discuss with owners