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Steam: Train Carriage Forrest

hosted by Fleur
  1. 6 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 4 beds
  4. 1 bath
Dedicated workspace
A private room with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
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Welcome to the Great Age of Steam…a time when life was simpler, and certainly slower. You’ve carefully packed a leather trunk, perhaps with some playing cards and homemade slice for the journey, snapped its brass clips shut, donned your Sunday best, and at Flinders Street Station, climbed aboard a steam train filled with a sense of excitement for new adventures that lie ahead.

The space
Steam: Train Carriage is an incredibly unique accommodation offering, with a wonderful past that will appeal to train enthusiasts and history lovers alike.

It was built in 1926 at the Newport Railway Workshop in Melbourne as First Class carriage 61 AW and transported travellers throughout regional Victoria. Between 1937 and 1980 it was converted a number of times between first and second class, operating between Melbourne & Sydney, or travel throughout Regional Victoria. In 1983 it was retired to a rail yard in Collingwood - soon afterwards it was sold, and put on a truck from Melbourne to Forrest, which is a small township in the Otway Ranges.

Hosts Mike & Fleur, spent over nine months restoring the carriage, including careful use of salvaged materials to create a completely original interior. Seeing the absolute delight of their guests experiencing Steam for the first time never tires, it truly is the perfect getaway for those looking for something extra special.

There are three bedrooms:
A double compartment carriage with a queen bed serves as the master bedroom. Twin mahogany armchairs are the perfect spot for a nightcap, and open the sliding door to your own private outdoor bath with polished brass tapware, surrounded by lush greenery and climbing vines. For couples, this is as romantic as it gets!

The two smaller compartment carriages each make up a bedroom, one of which has a double bed and the other has two singles. The main bathroom has an art deco washstand, shower and luxury Grampian Goods Co. amenities.

Whilst Steam can sleep up to six guests, it is a converted carriage and a cosy space, so we recommend a couple or a family of four (with optional, well behaved pets!) would be most comfortable.

You will feel as though you have stepped back in time, surrounded by features of the late Victorian period - with a touch of steampunk! Warm wooden antique furniture, ornate chandeliers, pressed metal and wood panelling; deep red velvet curtains, leather lounge, exposed piping and gloss black floors, all create an interior that evokes feelings of nostalgic travel to a faraway place.

The small but fully-functional kitchen with stove & oven is a delight to cook your evening meal or prepare your morning coffee in the Italian stove-top coffee maker or French press. Our wood fire in the living room is sure to keep you cosy on cool evenings. There’s no TV, but WiFi is available, along with a bluetooth speaker and selection of books & board games.

Outside, it’s quiet and peaceful, with leafy trees, bird life, and garden with outdoor setting to relax in. Stay in this charming and truly unique carriage with its strong sense of a bygone era, and you may never want to depart.

Everything you need to know

- The master bedroom is two compartments long, with a queen bed
- The second bedroom is a small compartment, with a double bed.
- The third bedroom is a single compartment with two thin single train beds (like a caravan bed).
- Steam can sleep six, but is ideal for a couple or family of four. The two small bedrooms were train seating compartments and only 2.1m square & not much larger than the bed
- The rooms are close together, with very little insulation from sound

We are often asked for more information on guest numbers, and our suggestions are that depending on the group, Steam could work for:
- A couple, and up to four children, with a child in each of the single beds, and two sharing the double
- Two couples, as long as they were good friends as it would be close & not much sound insulation
- Four adults, one in each bed
- Six adults could be possible, but only if you are planning to be out most of the day & for dinner, and Steam is purely a place to sleep

Larger Groups
If you are looking for a getaway for a larger group, Otways Loft, our neighbouring accommodation is also available. Steam & Otways Loft combined can comfortably accommodate a group of 10 - 12, with 14 being max capacity.

Usually the properties are available for separate groups with a fence and locked gate in between, and enough distance to allow for complete privacy. If booked together, access to the gate would be available to allow the group to make the most of both properties. We recommend booking early to ensure availability of both properties.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

What this place offers

Garden view
Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Central air conditioning
Private patio or balcony
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

Where you’ll be

Forrest, Australia

Forrest is a gorgeous small town of weatherboard shacks, surrounded by towering Mountain Ash rain forest with lush ferny under-story. The dawn birdsong is deafening. There is a lot to do around Forrest even if you are not a mountain biker.

Ten Things To Do
•Walk around Lake Elizabeth or take the platypus tour.
•Go mountain biking on Victoria’s best trail network.
•Visit Otways Fly and zip line (Longest and highest rainforest sky walk in the world )
•Bushwalk to waterfalls and Redwood Forest. (Hopetoun Falls, Triplet Falls, Beauchamp Falls, Stevenson Falls).
•Forrest Historic Walk
•Visit local Wineries and Berry Farms
•Forrest Brewery for lunch
•Forrest Guesthouse for weekend degustation lunch or dinner.
•Brae Restaurant
•Spoil yourself and make it a long weekend. Take the Great Ocean Road home on Monday when there is no one around.

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My husband Mike and I have always shared a sideways way of looking at things.

We have always gravitated towards one-a-kind things and places. This and our love of travel led to us buying an intriguing cabin back in 2005.

That cabin, Liptrap Loft became a success, won a few awards and a lot of hearts. Some friends then asked us to manage their place nearby.  From there our side hustle somehow morphed into full time small business: Dufflebird - Unique Getaways for The Curious.

Today we offer a bespoke collection of charming, homely and dearly-loved properties for easy holiday rental.

Seven Regional properties within a 2.25 hour radius of Melbourne. Three properties belong to us and the other four piqued our interest with their uniqueness - something special.

We think each property is a destination in its own right. bespoke, curated  and nourishing. We find the longer guests stay the more value they seem to feel they get. Our ideal customers are looking for more than a bed for the night. 

Our happiest guests are attracted to unusual places, artistic details and a slick process. We find this individual approach attracts guests that are respectful and grateful to the house and the cleaners.
My husband Mike and I have always shared a sideways way of looking at things.

We have always gravitated towards one-a-kind things and places. This and our love of trave…

During your stay

We live an hour from Forrest, but we are available by phone if needed anytime.

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Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 173 reviews.