Wensley - Rustic Luxury, Great Ocean Rd Hinterland


Entire villa hosted by Fran

  1. 10 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 5 beds
  4. 2.5 baths
Featured in
Architectural Digest, August 2019
House & Garden, March 2022
Designed by
Byrne Architects
Lisa Buxton Interiors
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Set high on the rolling hills of 80 acres The Wensley is a bespoke timber, architectural house & shed built from recycled Oregon and Ironbark. The Wensley is a haven of peace and serenity in a secluded but central pocket of the Surf Coast Hinterland called Wensleydale - offering you a chance to chill out and stay put or explore The Great Ocean Road and surrounding countryside with complete privacy.

1.5 hrs from Melb, 20 Mins Birregurra & Brae, 25 Mins Aireys Inlet
, 15 mins from Moriac & Winch.

The space
When you hire Wensleydale, you have exclusive access to the 80 acre property and use of the house & shed. Maximum occupancy is 10 guests - with 5 beds in total. Two bedrooms down stairs - and a spacious loft bedroom upstairs housing ground level bunk nooks. We also have a cot.

The house has been designed, constructed and decorated in great detail. Bringing the outside inside the high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and natural finishes create an airy, uncluttered, beautiful space to breathe and escape the trappings of city life. In summer you can choose to turn on the fans, open the floor to ceiling window-doors and enjoy the breeze of cross ventilation. Or shut the house up and turn on the aircon in extreme temperatures. In winter curl up by the fire and read a book.

The lounge, dining and gourmet chefs kitchen are open plan offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The living area’s feature is the concrete chimney, poured in-situ, and home to a chimenee phillippe which heats the house in winter. Sink into our sofas and watch the sunrise with a coffee or the moon rise with a red wine.

There’s no TV in the main house but in the pigeon holes on the way upstairs you’ll find a serious stash of wine glasses and a great selection of books and boardgames. You can log on to the wifi, download the sonos app and listen to your favourite tunes on our Bose sound system.

Cook up a storm in our fully stocked kitchen and host a fabulous dinner party (table seats x10). Concrete benches, fully stocked walk in pantry with gourmet essentials, Nespresso machine, Soda Stream, microwave, commercial grade cookware, microwave, dishwasher, Falcon gas stove and electric oven are perfect for creating your favourite meals. Enjoy the use of the Kitchen Aid, rice cooker, wok, mandolin and our extensive collection of chopping boards (which we love to use as platters). Eat outside on either the sunrise or sunset deck - depending in the time of day.

You’ll sleep like a log in our luxurious beds and beautiful linen surrounded by all the wood! Both downstairs bedrooms have the choice of either memory foam pillows or goose down king pillows. We use a combination of 100% linen and Actil First Line Cotton sheets (with a muslin weave) for the ultimate sleep.

The master bedroom is home to a generous pillow top king bed. You’ll fall asleep to the sound of frogs and wakeup to the stunning view of our neighbours damn. And if you’re lucky you might see a fox sneak down and try and poach some duck eggs. Make yourself at home and unpack into our walk in robe (which is also where our cot & change table currently live).

The 2nd downstairs bedroom has a pillow topped Queen bed and is dusted in the dulcet tones of calming blue. This room completely blacks out which is perfect for an epic sleep in!

Our downstairs bathroom is home to the most luxurious natural stone tub which is ideal for long soaks…perhaps with a book or a vino! The window/door opens up to our sunset deck where the outdoor shower and galvanised french bath tub live. Take one of the lanterns from the entry and shower or bath under the stars at night.

Our loft bedroom is home to three ground level bunk nooks - two Queen beds and one King. Although all in one room these beds still offer a small amount of privacy from one another. With an ensuite with shower and toilet this is the perfect retreat for kids or … the guest who arrive last!

The shed houses a laundry and breakout area with a TV for emergecnies such as The Grand Final, Aus Open or teenage meltdowns.

The Wensley is suitable for children of all ages - we have a cot, highchair and kids table for guest use. As the house is built entirely out of timber the chance of splinters is quite high - especially for those crawling!

Unfortunately pets are not permitted.

The Wensley is available as a location for shoots - please contact us for a specific day rate for this purpose.

• All quality linen and bedding. 
• Full kitchen including full size electric oven, gas cook top, microwave, dishwasher kitchen aid, rice cooker, Nespresso Machine, Soda Stream
• Kitchen supplies; a variety of Love Tea, Nespresso Pods, oil, salt, pepper, garbage bags, cling wrap, foil, dishwashing detergent, dishwasher tablets, tea towels and dish rags for use while staying.
• Saile Bath Salts, Leif Hand Soap, Body Wash, shampoo and conditioner, toilet paper and hairdryer.
• Ample wood and fire set up (winter months).
• Central heating and cooling along with ceiling fans.
• Weber BBQ. 
• Fire Pit
• x2 Flat screen LCD TV's one upstairs & one located in the shed
•Sonos Sound-deck (Bose/Bluetooth).
• A selection of books & games.
• Wi-Fi access.
• Cot, highchair & kids table set up available on request.
• Laundry; washer, dryer, ironing board & iron located in the shed.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 king bed, 2 queen beds

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Free washing machine – In building
Free dryer – In building
Central air conditioning
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard – Not fully fenced
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

Wensleydale, Victoria, Australia

Wensleydale is the Gateway to the Otways & The Great Ocean Road. There is so much to explore and do. Whether it's close to home - or further a field.
1) You can walk to the back of the property and climb the fence into state park. And take a look around. There are old dirt bike trails in there you can explore - however given it's so hot this week you will be watching your step without boots.

2) You can walk easily enough down Casboults road and explore around there without worrying too much about snakes. I'll be surprised if you see one but they are around.

3) Further A field are these walks in the Otways Erskin Falls is a good one for a day trip. https://www.visitotways.com/walks-and-waterfalls/

4) One of my favourite walks is down by the clifftop at Aireys Inlet (20 mins drive) - if you go to the lighthouse at Split Point https://goo.gl/maps/Kmnv97NsxcecmeKXAthere's a coastal path that leads off the carpark and down alongside eagle rock parade - you'll have to have keen eyes to see it. You can then find your way down to Sunnymeade beach if you want to go that far

1) Fairhaven - the most beautiful beach along there https://goo.gl/maps/5pG2QDDZEjhL2yVq9 . My ultimate day is a beach trip either morning or arvo followed by lunch or dinner at A La Grecque (closed Mon / Tues) or the more casual Aireys Inlet Pub https://goo.gl/maps/LdcU7PFqFxmyoETe9

2) Sunnymeade - https://goo.gl/maps/5pG2QDDZEjhL2yVq9

1) Blazing Saddles
Horseriding at Blazing Saddles 25 min drive https://www.blazingsaddlestrailrides.com/ they do great rides on the beach down at Fairhaven.
2) Tess & Leo
Great for private and group lessons and about 15 minutes from us - make sure you book ahead

If you want to go for a bit of a drive you can always go and see the 12 Apostles - which are stunning. I would go at sunset though. Or an hr beforehand. It is SO stunning at that time of night.


BIRREGURRA (20 mins Drive)
Yield Birregurra
Stunning Paddock to Plate which got a write up in the Good Food Guide. Run by Simon and Kara.

Otway Artisan - in Birregurra - has great coffee and is a gluten free bakery in the Main Street, that also has great sandwiches and cakes.

Otway Artisan Gluten Free
77 Main St, Birregurra VIC 3242
0410 800 077

WINCHELSEA (10mins Drive)

Best coffee is at
The Black Pearl Takeaway
21 Main St, Winchelsea VIC 3241
(03) 5267 2944
Yesterday at 5:47 PM

AIREYS INLET (20 Mins drive on ungraded road)

Mr T & Me (coffee!!)
40 Great Ocean Rd, Aireys Inlet VIC 3231
(03) 5289 6047 https://g.co/kgs/v3PV9t

Aireys Inlet Pub
Great for casual yum meal - great for kids

A La Grecque
Incredible Greek Food

Great Ocean Road Gin Tasting Room
New and meant to be fabulous

ANGELSEA (30 Mins drive)

Captain Moonlite (is MELBOURNE style good food & coffee)
100 Great Ocean Rd, Anglesea VIC 3230
(03) 5263 2454

4 Kings
Good Coffee and simple yum cafe menu


Mt Duneed Estate
65 Pettavel Rd, Waurn Ponds VIC 3216
Cafe & Cellar Door Tues-Sun 11-5

Nicols Paddock
35 Waurn Ponds Dr, Waurn Ponds VIC 3216
(these guys have a Shiraz Dinner on the weekend that you're staying - could be fun)

Dinny Goonan Wines
880 Winchelsea-Deans Marsh Rd, Bambra VIC 3241
Open 11.00am to 5.00pm on weekends and public holidays from November to mid-June and every day from Boxing Day to Australia Day.

Bellbrae Estate
520 Great Ocean Rd, Bellbrae Vic 3228
From 1st April to 31st October
11am-5pm Thurs - Mon
(Closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

Wolesly Wines
1790 Hendy Main Rd, Paraparap VIC 3240
Cellar Door Open Wed - Sun, 11am - 5pm

Brown Magpie Wines
125 Larcombes Road Modewarre Vic 3240
Cellar Door Open:
Sat & Sun from Nov - April
Everyday From 27 Dec - 31 Jan

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No pets
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