Beach views, heritage ambience, lots of character and luxury comforts - historic Samarai has everything you need for an exceptional stay in the beautiful seaside surrounds of Point Lonsdale, Victoria.
Watch the boats sail through the heads of Port Phillip Bay, walk the beach or ride bikes along the boardwalk located directly across from the house. Take the path to the heritage town of Queenscliff or into the village of “Lonnie”. Relax whilst your children play in the garden or with the toys, games and books hidden in 'treasure chests' of their bedroom. Visit a winery, one of the produce farms, heritage sites or sublime beaches that make up the Bellarine region - an irresistable combination of pleasures from the sea and local farming communities.
Built 120 years ago, historic “Samarai” is one of the iconic maritime seaside properties on the Bellarine Peninsula and one of the few residences in the area with sea views. Local lore cites the house as being the home of the Captain of the Pilot boats since the turn of last century - when shipwrecks were still common in the tricky waters of the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. 'Samarai' has remained a family home ever since. Recently renovated and refurbished to create a unique luxury seaside residence and beachside rental, the house retains all the period features of Federation weatherboard architecture with many modern comforts and quirky design elements appreciated by discerning families of today.
With four large bedrooms - two with gorgeous sea views - and sleeping up to 10 people, “Samarai” has three King bedrooms, one bunk room, three bathrooms, two living areas, an outdoor deck/ dining area and wrap-around verandah where you can sit and enjoy the water views or simply relax with a good book and the sea-breeze. A full kitchen, outdoor BBQ and outdoor laundry for beach rinse-off makes the house fully functional.
The house is set-up for families with children - the children's bedroom has two sets of bunks (sleeping 4), an ensuite bathroom and toys, books and games for all ages to explore. The generous outdoor garden area has a small, simple slide and playhut for younger guests. In summer, the heritage Mulberry tree in the garden is laden with fruit to pick with the kids and help yourself to a stash of organic berries or make some mulberry jam. If you are lucky to experience a wet or blustery beachside day there is a DVD player and choice of DVD's for adults and children as well as Apple TV units.
“Samarai” is located directly opposite the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay beach with its boardwalk along the coast and is a very short walk away from the local shops, cafes, playground and restaurants. Queenscliff is a 10 minute car drive away from where you can take the ferry across the bay for a daytrip or drive through Sorrento, Portsea and Port Nepean National Park.
Touring is popular in the Bellarine region, so make the most of your stay by exploring the area. Returning to our house with its family ambience, very special character and sense of history makes a stay here a unique privilege and experience.
Rental includes all sheets, bath and beach towels, use of toys and play equipment. We do request a security deposit which is charged to cover any damage to the house so that you can enjoy, with respect, a very important part of Australia's heritage and maritime history that is being privately cared for and protected.
No Pets and No Smoking please.