Set high on the rolling hills of 80 acres The Wensley is a bespoke timber, architectural house and 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.
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.
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 Cheminee Philippe 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, 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, 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.
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 emergencies 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.
Wensleydale is an easy 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne via the M1.
If you’re coming directly from Melbourne you pass through Geelong and Waurn Ponds so there are plenty of places to stop and shop on the way. We recommend Waurn Ponds as it’s straight off the freeway and really convenient for parking.
If you’re coming from The Great Ocean Road you can drive directly north from Aireys Inlet or North West from Anglesea and pop out at Wensleydale.
This route is off the beaten track - surrounded by state park you’ll be sure to see the odd Walaby and perhaps an echidna crossing the road!
The Wensley is the perfect bolt hole to explore The Great Ocean Road and also sample the Hinterlands unique food & wine culture.
Brae, which was recently voted Australia’s top restaurant, is very close by. Just ask us for transport reccomendations too and from the restaraunt.
Wensleydale is short drive from many places!
20 Mins to Aireys Inlet
15 mins from Moriac & Winchelsea
20 Mins to Birregurra & Brae
30 Minutes to Fairhaven
30 mins to Lorne