Cape Cabin: A Coastal Family Retreat

Cabin in Cape Woolamai, VIC
100% Recommended
12 people
No pets
Cape Cabin is an original mud brick + timber A-frame home set in a quiet residential pocket of a wild and rugged coastal setting... a charming and unique family retreat with direct beach access immediately outside our gate and views overlooking Bass Strait and Cape Woolamai national surfing reserve.

The property boasts a fully enclosed, established private garden with a timber children’s playground, multiple entertaining areas both indoors and out and is a carefully considered space of relaxation and delight for up to 12 guests but equally as nice as a cosy escape for 4. As featured on The Design Files.
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Features and Amenities

5 bedrooms
9 beds
2 bathrooms
BBQ
Heating
Indoor fireplace

Details

  • Check in after 2pm
    Check out before 10am
  • Weekday minimum booking: 2 nights
    Weekend minimum booking: 2 nights
Cancellation Policy: Receive a 50% refund (minus service fee) up until 1 week prior to check-in.

Additional Information

Cape Cabin is a space of whimsy and surprise that took hold of our heart strings from the moment we saw it. It is a haven away from our urban reality, surrounded by nature and overflowing with details that make our hearts sing.

Our established native garden is a haven for birds, wildlife and nature lovers all year round. We regularly see wallabies, sea eagles, rainbow lorikeets and echidnas from the vantage point of our upstairs lounge and deck and regardless of the size of your group, you will find many quiet nooks throughout the property to sit and relax and listen to the soft chatter of birds in the canopy of large native trees that surround the property.

The house itself is a little bit magical... its handcrafted character and carefully curated mix of old and new give it a sense of space and cosiness in just the right measures. Although it has recently been painted and lovingly refurbished with all the comforts you will need for a relaxing adventure with family and friends, it still retains all of its original rustic whimsy and charm.

Bedding, quality linen and towels are supplied for all guests and the house is fully equipped to comfortably accommodate up to 12 people. As Cape Cabin has been designed as a family retreat, we would prefer to restrict the number of adults to the private bedrooms with Queen sized beds (6) - please contact us to discuss your circumstances if your group exceeds this number of adults. Any approved guests beyond the initial 6 are charged at an additional nightly rate of 50.00 per person.
Minimum stays vary according to seasonal events and holidays.

SLEEPING

• 2 private bedrooms downstairs each with Queen size beds
• 1 private bedroom upstairs with Queen size bed + travel cot
• 1 downstairs bunk room with 2 built in Single beds
• 1 upstairs children’s playroom with 2 child sized daybeds + ladder access to an additional Queen size sleeping loft (best suited to older children, teens and the young at heart due to height/access restrictions)
• 1 Phil & Teds Infant Travel Cot available on request

COMMUNAL

• Large downstairs lounge with Netflix enabled tv, oversized beanbags and a generous super comfy modular lounge
• Enormous upstairs lounge/family room with wood fired heater, Netflix enabled tv and a multitude of books, magazines, toys and games. This room also boasts an oversized super comfy modular lounge
• 1 Bathroom with a walk in shower, toilet and laundry facilities
• 1 Bathroom with a large bathtub (with shower over bath) and separate toilet
• Fully equipped kitchen with a large farmhouse style table + bench seats
• Outdoor kitchen herb garden + comprehensive condiments, herbs + spices
• Downstairs outdoor entertaining area with BBQ and large communal table
• Upstairs entertainers deck and wrap around viewing platform
• Multiple lawn areas for relaxing and outdoor games
• Elevated timber children’s playground + swing
• Off street parking for up to 4 cars

PROVISIONS

• Soap + toiletries custom made for Cape Cabin by Soap Club
• Quality bath towels, bathrobes + crushed linen bedding
• Sonos wireless speaker system
• Phil + Teds portacot, high chair + Mountain Buggy pram available upon request
• Coffee Setup + freshly ground beans by Proud Mary Coffee
• Microwave, rice cooker, pasta maker, bread maker + handheld bamix
• 2 bar sized under bench fridges + 1 bar sized freezer
• Ironing board + iron
• Hairdryer + GHD hair straightener
• Washing machine + dryer
• Filtered drinking water + instantaneous gas hot water
• Panel heating in all bedrooms + downstairs lounge
• Large woodfired heater in the upstairs loung
• Fans + roof windows installed upstairs (no aircon)

Cape Cabin is incredibly special to our family. It is an old house overflowing with details that have been collected, crafted and inherited by our family over many generations and we invite guests who will appreciate and respect how much meaning and love exists within these elements. This is our happy place and we hope it will become yours too!

The property has been designed specifically with families in mind. We welcome children with open arms and feel confident that they will enjoy the experience as much as our own but please ensure that they are sympathetic to our children’s belongings and the unique charms of the property.

We trust that you will treat our space as you would your own and take special care to leave Cape Cabin in the condition that you found it. We understand that accidents do sometimes happen (particularly where children are involved) but in the event of something becoming damaged, broken, stained or inoperable, we request that you contact us immediately. We do of course reserve the right to withhold bond or request payment to cover the replacement or repair of any effected items however we will contact you to discuss the matter prior to doing so.

There is strictly no smoking inside the house - smoking is permitted outside but please ensure all butts are fully extinguished in the ashtrays provided.

No schoolies or parties.

Tents + camper vans are not permitted on the property.

Food and drinks are to be contained to the kitchen and outdoor eating areas.

10% discount offered to returning guests.

Cape Cabin is available for photoshoots, creative workshops and bespoke small events - get in touch to discuss your requirements and we will do what we can to make it work.

GUEST ACCESS
Keys are accessed via a key safe on the property so you will have private and exclusive enjoyment of Cape Cabin for the duration of your stay.

INTERACTION WITH GUESTS
We aim to make your time at Cape Cabin as comfortable as possible and although we do not live locally, we are only a phone call away. We also have family just around the corner who can be available at short notice if required.
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Prices

  • Base Price $450 / night
  • Weekend Price $480 / night
  • Cleaning Fee $200
  • Security Deposit $500
  • Extra People $50 (adult) and $50 (child) / night after 6 people

Location

The map shows the listing location and awesome adventures nearby.

Listing location
Adventures nearby

Adventures Nearby

Here are some details about the adventures nearby. Refer to the map for their location.

Sand Dune Surfing

Discovered by Mandy
Just a little way along the beach track across from the cabin you will come to a crossroad. Turn left (the other way is the beach) and go through the tree tunnel and you will come to a protected little dune valley. These dunes (rather than the more infamous Spew Hill) were perfect for the kids to dune and for us to have a sunset picnic and relax....

Rock Pool Swimming

Discovered by Mandy
Along the north west end of Cape Woolamai beach – right before the headland you'll come to a secret swimming hole (accessible at low tide). Only locals seem to know about this place, and it’s pretty magical. In the middle of the rocks is a stunning rock pool filled with bluey-green water and some friendly stray fish, and comes with some excellent launching platforms to do some great cannonballs....

The Pinnacles

Discovered by Mandy
To the south end of the cape is the Pinnacles – a stunning rock formation off the cliff. Begin your walk along the beach and collect some beach treasures along the way, then head up the stairs and along the path. The walk is lovely and if you go at first light you will spot lots of wallabies and bird life. We did a 4km walk there and back, but you can walk further along if you wish....

Bass Straight Direct

Discovered by Mandy
We made a few pit stops on the way down to grab some supplies to feed our army of hungry children and ourselves – one being Bass Straight Direct – for the freshest seafood...

Phillip Island Winery

Discovered by Mandy
We checked out the Phillip Island Winery for some delicious local wine. We threw down a quick charcuterie board while the kids chased the resident sausage dog Sid around the grass....

Coastal Walks Surfing

There is a bush track immediately in front of Cape Cabin with stairway access to an impressively wide, spacious beach and some of the best left and right-hand surf breaks in Victoria. Perfect for advanced surfers + bodyboarders, long beach walks, sandcastles and exploring the rock pools at low tide.

Head to the wild coastal trails, beach walks and cliff top tracks that cover Phillip Island and discover the island's rich natural landscape. Take an easy stroll through beautiful and lush wetlands and along deserted beaches, or get the heart racing with a challenging coastal track or cliff top walk. Take in the spectacular views as your reward.
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George Bass Coastal Walk

The George Bass Coastal Walk is a cliff top walk that is approximately seven kilometres long. The walk offers stunning views of the coastline and follows the route of the explorer George Bass' epic voyage of discovery along the southern edge of the Anderson Peninsula, over 200 years ago....

Surfing At Smiths Beach

The island is famous for it's surf breaks and boasts sheltered bays for beginners, reef and beach breaks and is considered one of the best surf beaches in the country. If you're learning to surf you can hire equipment from the island's collection of surf shops or book in for a lesson.

Smiths Beach is normally the best surf spot for kids and beginners surfers on popular Phillip Island. This small beach has soft waves that are ideal for practising in the whitewater or catching green waves when the surf is small.
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Surfing At Woolamai Surf Beach

A popular spot for more experienced surfers. It offers some of the best beach breaks in Victoria, often with long lefts and rights peeling over the wide banks and into the deep rips. The Carpark break is located to the east of the surf club, while Anzac Alley is to the west of the club and offers good right handers. All Woolamai breaks are best with a low to moderate swell and northerly winds. Cape Cabin overlooks this incredible national surfing reserve and is enviably positioned as the closest property to the beach access point commonly referred to by locals as Aussie Track....

Whale Watching

Be sure to visit Phillip Island between May and September for the opportunity to see humpback whales, southern right whales and orcas as they migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters off Queensland for calving. The best whale watching spots are Cape Woolamai, Surf Beach, The Nobbies and Summerlands. Don't forget your binoculars....

Host

Jacqueline
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We are an Australian creative family of 5 with a passion for architecture, design, food, surf travel and nature. Cape Cabin was our gigantic labour of love... lovingly restored and styled by our family for yours.
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Reviews (4)

100% Recommended

Jas

3 May 2019
Very highly recommend the Cape Cabin, especially if you have children. The house has so many beautiful toys and games to keep the kids engaged over many days (even when the weather is not great for a couple of days straight). The house is very clean and well managed and Jacqueline is really great to deal with....

Mandy

26 Apr 2019
We absolutely LOVED our time at Cape Cabin. The house is gorgeous, styled to perfection both for beauty and functionality. Lots of areas to hang out in and the kids LOVED the kids room, toys, and games. The adults loved getting some peace and quiet! Close to the beach and nearby walks, but you really don't have to leave the property, just perfect for a little family break. Highly recommended....

Jessica

7 Feb 2019
We had the most wonderful week staying at Cape Cabin! The house worked perfectly for our two families to share and the kids had such a brilliant time playing in the cubby, on the swing and in all the sweet little areas around the house. So many fun games and books to keep them entertained.
There were great beaches to explore nearby around Smiths and on the other side too, and plenty of great little cafes around to pick up a coffee and an ice-cream for the kids.
Jacqueline is the kindest host, offering help whenever needed and a list of great tips for your time on the island. We couldn't recommend this getaway enough!
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