House20 GellibrStreet, Queenscliff VIC 3225, Australia
- 1-10 Guests
- 5 Bedrooms
- 6 Beds
- 2 Bathrooms
We couldn’t think of a more fitting base to experience the charming coastal village of Queenscliff. A 19th century home with a seafaring history, Clydesville has been beautifully restored to provide a luxurious retreat with all the character of yesteryear. This huge house is a great choice for those looking for a break by the beach with a difference.
When arriving at this elegant white home fronted by perfect green lawn, ‘idyllic’ is a word that comes to mind. Right across from the Queenscliff Habour, it’s tempting to drop your bags on the verandah and take a moment to enjoy the sea breeze. But there’ll be plenty of time for that. Inside is light, airy and with a definite nod to the past. Period features such as ornate ceiling medallions, marbled fireplaces, long hallways and arched entranceways remain, and antique furnishings have been thoughtfully selected in keeping with the home.
The layout of Clydesville encourages both time spent together and timeout alone. For those who love to entertain, this is a fabulous home for doing so as you can choose which room depending on your needs. There’s a casual table setting open to the rustic kitchen, and a formal dining room overlooking the bay. The fittings are opulent throughout, with rich hues, gold and mirrored details, decorative rugs and hall runners. When you're craving some quiet there are lots of little nooks to retreat to; even if you’re with a large group, you’ll easily find your own space. There’s a reading room, a sunroom, and larger sitting rooms and lounges, all with plush seats and lots of light to soak in. Having so many separate living areas is great for travelling families as it gives parents and children separate spots to relax and play.
In warm weather, you’ll be drawn to gather outside, sit back and watch the boats pass by on the harbour. You can whip up easy meals on the Weber, or just rest on the verandah with a morning coffee or a sunset drink.
While it’s likely you’ll want to spend most of your time between the house and the harbour – walking along the shores, fishing off the pier and picnicking in the parklands – if you did want to explore further afield, you’re well positioned to do so. Jump on the Sorrento ferry a few minutes away to spend a day wandering coastal trails and pebbled beaches, fossicking in rock pools and going for refreshing swims. Or if you’d prefer some more indulgent activity, instead map out a path around nearby cellar doors – sampling the region's wines, and stopping for lunch along the way.
Guests' say: "The house was fabulous! A beautiful, huge, old Victorian by the beach that is in immaculate condition. We loved sitting around the long dining table in the kitchen and on the front verandah for sundowners. We are looking forward to booking another weekend there!" Jacqueline, January 2015
- Outdoor dining
- Coffee machine
- Private dining/chef by arrangement
- DVD/Blu-ray player
- Sound system
- iPod dock
- Air conditioning
- Toiletries provided
- Food & wine
1 hour 30 minutes' drive or 104km from Melbourne Airport. 45 minutes' ferry trip from the Mornington Peninsula. 30 minutes' drive from Geelong. 5 minutes' from Sorrento Ferry Harbour. Nearby wineries include Jack Rabbit, Bellarine Estate, Oakdene, Terindah Estate and Leura Park Estate. Check out the Salt Art Gallery, Historic Fort and Museum of Maritime, and dolphins swimming not far from the house.
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