Callignee II - Luxury Eco Bush Retreat - Grand Designs Property

Eco house in Callignee , VIC
100% Recommended
4 people
No pets
Welcome to "Callignee II" a remarkable, sustainable, 100% off the grid home, that is nestled amongst 5 acres of bush land situated in the glorious Gippsland region.

This Architecturally designed, award winning luxury bush retreat was the first home featured on Grand Designs Australia season 1 episode 1.

Callignee II is an experience you will never forgot, enjoy luxury in a house that operates on eco friendly / sustainable living principles and is completely “off the grid”.

Come and enjoy a beautiful romantic weekend with your partner or come with another couple. Get lost amongst 5 areas of private bushland, enjoy basking by the 19 meter pool by day and enjoy a glass of wine by the beautiful fire place by night.
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Features and Amenities

2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bathroom
Indoor fireplace


  • Check in after 3pm
    Check out before 11am
  • Minimum booking: 2 nights
Cancellation Policy: Receive a 50% refund (minus service fee) up until 1 week prior to check-in.

Additional Information

Callignee 2 operates on eco friendly / sustainable living principles and is completely “ 100 % off the grid” Meaning: (not on the electricity grid) and therefore prides itself on its energy efficiency, self-sustainability and total independence. Rain water is harvested onsite, solar power harnessed and waste from the home goes into a Biolytic Blackwater system sunken into the earth. Callignee II is designed so that every room enjoys the north sun.

The kitchen, the node and heart of the home opens to the north directly connecting the pool and gardens so that family and guests can be catered for, either outside at the pool and its island bench servery, or inside at the dinning table or lounge room. The open plan shares a double sided fire place with water jacket ensuring all its energy is used. You will find everything you need to cook up a storm, high quality pots, pans and cooking Utensils, we also have the pantry stocked with tea, hot chocolate, salt, pepper, suger & spices, oils all the pesky things you don’t want to have to bring on holiday!

The west elevation of the living space brings the huge eucalypts into the home. Callignee II is a multi level construction with the main bedroom on the lower level with a kingsize bed leading into artistic masterpiece ensuite featuring an open glass double head shower that offers no privacy but invites you to become one with the surrounding.

The mezzanine level houses the second guest bed and a study nook — it’s a quirky space that takes advantage of the spectacular views out to the harsh and beautiful landscape. Blurring the separation of indoor and outdoor living with bi-fold doors, the dwelling interior is as minimalist and contemporary as the exterior. The walls and ceilings are Corten rust sheet and rust paints. The lines are clean and true to the elements that form them. Recycled timber from Melbourne's Princess Pier forms the ceiling of the bedroom, bathroom vanity, dining table and some flooring.

The centrally located kitchen with state of the art European 5 star energy appliances has an island bench made from concrete & steel plus a tilt window that overlooks the pool area perfect for balmy dinner parties.

The 19 meter lap pool can be viewed though a massive lounge window that also forms a part of the pool wall and doubles as a luxurious water feature. The home is surrounded by hand selected, strategically placed granite boulders, there is a pond with stepping stone access to the home or overhead there is a suspension bridge that accesses the top level.

Guests have exclusive access to the entire 5 acres property. We offer all our guests complimentary organic shampoo, conditioners and soaps. Please note: Non organic products cannot be used at the property due to the impact on the Biolytic Blackwater system and the overall impact on our environment. Please keep in mind this home is an eco friendly 100% off the grid home, the property is reliant on the state of the art solar panels and battery system along with our 40,000lt water tank.

We kindly asks guests to come to our retreat with a sustainable mind and attitude and take care of our property.

Photo & Film Shoots
Please send me a message for daily price rates for film and photo shoots.
For wedding or party enquiries please make contact with Maggie prior to booking.

Callignee II is a wonderland for children to explore with 5 acres of native bushland, however this from a owners perspective can be hazardous in many ways for both parents and children that have never lived in this surrounding. Callignee II is an architecturally designed home with unique features like ponds and swing bridges and a dam next door that would be very dangerous for unsupervised young children. Children would need to be supervised AT ALL TIMES. If you have children please contact Maggie the owner prior to booking so you can be 100% comfortable when you arrive on the property.

No Pets
We love animals great and small and were once dog friendly property, Unfortunately due to a situation at the property recently we now cannot allow pets, We have a lots of furry friends that live within our 5 acres, resident Echidna, Wombats, Ducks, Kangaroo and Koala that are so special to us and do not want to endanger them. thank-you for respecting our home and our furry friends.

I will be in contact with guests 2 days prior to your arrival, you will receive a comprehensive check in guide with all the information to make your stay at Callignee incredible.


  • Base Price $345 / night
  • Weekend Price $345 / night
  • Cleaning Fee $145
  • Security Deposit $500
  • Extra People $50 (adult) and $20 (child) / night after 4 people


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Adventures Nearby

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

Mitchell River Walking Track

From river to gorge top, the semi-remote Mitchell River Walking Track follows the west bank of the river downstream from Angusvale through the Den of Nargun gorge, which is lined with remnants of temperate rainforest. There are hundred of walks, hikes and activities to do in the Gippsland region....

Strzelecki Ranges of Gippsland

There are no tourists by the bus-load and many Melbourne tourism promoters are not even aware we exist, which ensures you get a unique personal experience. At the same time we are easy to find with 4 entry points located 10 minutes to ½ hour from the Gippsland towns of Churchill, Traralgon or Yarram. We have walks for everyone, regardless of your level of experience or fitness, so come and breathe the fresh air and lose yourself – or discover yourself – in this lost world which most trekkers still don’t know exists!...


Have lunch at the Tarra Bulga Picnic area, just off the Grand Ridge Road, or the Tarra Valley picnic area off Tarra Valley Road. Both spots are set amongst the giant mountain ash and shady fronds of tree ferns and offer tables, fireplaces, toilets and picnic shelters....


Try out one of the numerous walking tracks that emanate from the picnic areas. Meander through the forest, head south down to Tarra Falls, or take the Fern Gully Nature Walk, which includes magnificent views along the famous suspension bridge....


The rainforest is a haven for plants and wildlife. Discover a wide variety of birds including the pilotbird, yellow tailed black cockatoo, eastern whipbird, and currawongs. Visit in the evening when the forest comes to life as possums, owls and bats emerge to feed. If you're lucky, you may see a lyrebird scratching the forest floor looking for food or catch a glimpse of some of the other inhabitants like wombats, swamp wallabies, gliders and platypuses....


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100% Recommended


5 May 2019
Beautiful property, we were in awe the moment we drove up the driveway and seen the house! So many beautiful raw features to take in, the fire place was great to relax by. The showers are both phenomenal experiences.

We can't wait to come back again!


26 Apr 2019
What an incredible few days! Callignee II was an absolute dream home. Beautifully designed and put together. Every corner of the house tells a story about its past. We spent the weekend mesmerised by the amazing pool and outdoor shower and loved relaxing by the fire. The house has everything you could need and is close to the National Park and shops. We loved that the house functioned completely off the grid, a testament to its creation (and creators). Have never stayed in a place quite like it and doubt we ever will! Can’t wait to book again. Thanks again Maggie and Chris!...


16 Apr 2019
An incredible weekend away with girlfriend's in a house that has been so consciously built. It felt so peaceful, rejuvenating and tranquil. It doesn't matter where you sit or stand in this house, every view and space has been so well thought out, beauty in every corner. Love how you just feel so immersed in nature. The outside shower is an absolute must to experience, the morning sunshine on the top deck, waking up in the bed in the loft you feel like you are in a magical tree house. The two way fireplace provides so much warmth and background music as it crackles away.
I cant recommend this place enough, perfect off the grid rejuvenation.
Thanks Maggie & Chris!

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