Lower Bluff Hideaway

Holiday house in St Leonards

3 reviews (5.0)

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

$185.04 - $185.04
3 bedrooms
1 bathroom
7 guests
Book from $185.04 per day Low commission
3 bedrooms 1 bathroom Max. 7 guests (4 included) Min. 1 night

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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).

Little extras:
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

Further info:

Box of kindling and firewood supplied
Bond $350/stay
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


  • Laundry facilities
  • No smoking
  • Pets Welcome Outdoors
  • BBQ - Gas
  • Kitchen
  • Television
  • Undercover or off street parking
  • Internet access
  • Bath
  • Fans (ceiling/standard)
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • BBQ
  • Boat Ramp Nearby
  • Wheelchair accessible facilities
  • TV with teletext/caption functions
  • Pets Welcome Indoors
  • Books/Magazines Supplied
  • Videos/DVDs Supplied
  • Broadband internet available
  • Cooking facilities
  • Courtyard
  • Fireplace
  • Gas stove
  • Hair dryer
  • Heaters provided
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Level access
  • Microwave
  • Parking
  • Secure parking onsite
  • Street parking
  • Washing machine
  • Bus nearby
  • Free WiFi
  • Eco-Friendly


Directions to Lower bluff Hideaway will be provided in the week prior to  arrival.  Guests will also receive details of access plus additional local information.



Sue Melbourne Submitted on 31 January 2016

Overall rating 5 out of 5

Lovely location and house

"We loved both the location and the house. The beach and the the very beautiful Edwards Point Nature reserve are a minute away. The surroundings are peaceful and attractive - lots of trees, unmade road and other beach houses. It's away from the small town but the town has all you need for shops etc. The house is very pleasing to be in, works well as a living space (we had 4 people, but could fit 6), and the owners have put a lot of thought into making it very comfortable and functional. The Bellarine has plenty of other attractions for day trips etc. Loved it."


Joanne Flowerdale, Victoria, Australia  January 2016

Overall rating 5 out of 5

Comfortable and homely.

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lower Bluff Hideaway last month. We stayed there with our adult children and their partners. Even our dogs a Labrador and a Moodle enjoyed the space and the dog friendly beach. The house was clean and very homely with lots of character. We would also like to thank David and Chris for all the information they supplied us with on the local facilities which came very useful. I would definitely recommend this property to family and friends."


Susie Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 8 January 2016

Overall rating 5 out of 5

Great Holiday House!

"We really loved our time at Lower Bluff Hideaway - great location, fab house with loads of character and style, it has a great openness and is incredibly comfortable. The owners are very considerate in their attention to detail and care. Much appreciated! Hopefully we will be back!"


Steve Arcadia, Victoria, Australia January 2016

Overall rating 5 out of 5

Excellent property

"We really enjoyed our stay, nice and comfortable house with everything that we required and very close to the beach. Great large yard for the dogs also."


Penny MacMasters Beach, NSW 18 December 2015

Overall rating 5 out of 5

A good set up.

"This place has lots of character, great furniture and a large private yard for relaxing in. It is in an excellent location to explore the area."


Fran Melbourne 10 September 2015

Overall rating 5 out of 5

Relaxing getaway!

"We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay at Lower Bluff Hideaway. It was the perfect escape from the city. Peaceful location with lovely beaches- perfect for young children & dogs. Thank you again David & Christine for sharing your lovely beach house."


Mary and Gary Queensland, Australia

14 November 2014 Overall rating 5 out of 5

Home away from home

"We really enjoyed our family stay, as did our chocolate Labrador. It was comfortable, quiet and relaxing with excellent access to a variety of walks and the beach"



Location map

House rules

Copy of the House rules and local information is included in the Housebook onsite.  For further information please contact the management.

Check-in & check-out times

Check-in: 14:00:00
Check-out: 11:00:00

Terms & conditions



“Booking” means the period for which you have paid to stay at the property.

“Property” means 18 Ord St, St Leonards.

“Management” means the owners and managers of the property.

“Guests” means the person/s who stay overnight in the property during the booking.

“Visitor” means a person a guest permits to visit the property during the booking.


Payment of the deposit constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.


Check-in time is not before 2pm on the arrival date and check-out time is no later than 11am on the departure date.

Late departure is subject to prior arrangement and availability and extra charges can apply.

You must notify management of expected arrival time and a mobile contact number at least 7 days before arrival.

Check-in/check-out and key collection/return procedure will be arranged prior to arrival with management.

4. PAYMENT – To be made through online bank transfer system.

When using the payment system, your booking is split into two portions - the non-refundable deposit and the remaining balance.

You may pay both portions (the full amount) in Australian dollars up front or pay the deposit initially and subsequently pay the remaining balance.

Balance of the rental amount will be due 28 days prior to occupancy. If you have insufficient funds available for debit at that time you will be responsible for payment of all fees and charges.

When your stay commences in less than 4 weeks from the time of Booking, the full amount must be paid in full up front.


If you wish to cancel or vary your Booking please contact the management ASAP.

Should you be eligible for a refund it will be made Online to your nominated bank account.


A Security Bond payment of $350/stay is required by bank transfer at the same time as the outstanding balance of your booking (28 days prior to occupancy or at time of booking when stay commences less than 4 weeks from booking date).

It will be credited to your designated payment method once our property has been inspected and deemed left in a similar state to your arrival.

We agree to ensure this occurs within 5 working days of your departure.

Any damage, loss or expense incurred by Management as a result of your breach of these Terms and Conditions will be charged against the bond. Examples of this, include, but are not limited to any breakage, damage or excess cleaning requirements, and extra Guests or Visitors beyond those declared


If the Property becomes unavailable for your occupancy due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. fire, storm, damage, etc) then Management will inform you immediately and endeavour to obtain suitable alternative accommodation for your occupancy: failing which any monies paid will be repaid in full.


Parties and functions are strictly prohibited. Breach of this condition may result in immediate termination and eviction without refund and extra charges for security, cleaning, garbage removal, wear and tear, repairs etc.


We supply pillows, doonas and spare blankets. Guests must supply their own linen and towels. 

10. PETS

Pets are allowed at the Property and well trained pets are welcome inside. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets both within and outside the Property. If inside please take extra care with floor cleaning and vacuuming carpets before you leave. Pets are not allowed on furniture or beds at any time. Any evidence of pets on furniture or beds will incur extra cleaning fees.


You must comply with all applicable House Rules and all instructions from Management and the caretakers of the Property concerning occupancy, property, health, safety and quiet enjoyment of the Property and our neighbours. 

You are responsible for damage, breakages, theft and loss of the Property and any part of it during your stay. You must notify us of this immediately. Management may recover from you repair or replacement cost (at Management discretion).

Only the guests nominated and agreed in the Booking may stay at the Property over night. If any other guests stay extra charges may apply or the agreement may be terminated without refund.

Disturbance to our neighbours, including excessive noise, is prohibited and may result in termination and eviction without refund and extra charges may be made for security and other expenses

Before departure, all food must be removed from fridges, all rubbish put in the appropriate council rubbish bins provided, and crockery and cutlery washed and packed away. The Property must be left in a clean and tidy condition.

Extra cleaning charges may be incurred for the cleaning of dirty dishes, washing machine, carpets, mats, floors, emptying the fridge, removal of excessive rubbish etc. Should the cleaning fee be more than the usual cost of cleaning the Property, you will be charged the additional costs over and above the normal cleaning fee which will be deducted from the security bond or charged to your credit card.

All furniture and furnishings must be left in the position they were in when you arrived.

The Property should be vacated on time and secured. All windows and doors are to be locked. All keys must be returned to Management or as otherwise directed.

You are responsible for the safekeeping and replacement of accommodation keys. Duplicate keys will be provided at an additional charge of $50.

Smoking is not permitted in the Property.


In the case of any problem or complaint, you must inform management at the earliest opportunity so management has the chance to rectify the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible.

You must allow repair/service access to the Property during reasonable hours.

Any complaint, which cannot be resolved locally, must be notified in writing to Management prior to departure from the Property.

Failure to follow this procedure may hinder the ability of Management to rectify the problem or complaint and reduce or extinguish any claim you may have.

We recommend all guests purchase travel insurance since Management is not responsible for any injuries, illness or accidents that may occur whilst staying at our Property


Steven J


April, 2018

"Amazing property, Close to the beach. Loved it" We had such a good family holiday, Kids and adults both loved it. Close to the beach and shops, but yet so quite and relaxing. Dog friendly was a bonus, with a large backyard. We will 100% be back!

Christine H


February, 2018

"Another lovely stay" Thanks David & Chris for another lovely stay in your beach house. A relaxing time was had by all and romping rollicking fun for Mo. Your sweet treats were also thoroughly enjoyed.

Heather F


February, 2018

"Perfect Getaway" This property was perfect!! Great location, wonderful house and garden. Our 2 dogs loved the garden and house is very well set up. Will definitely be back to visit again!

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