The St. Loy Residence

sorrento, victoria
2 bedroom - 2 bath
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$250 - $325 per night (USD)
excludes K&C fee and cleaning charges
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Perks for the Parents

This pretty 2-bedroom beach cottage with a pool has been restored to the 1950s era and is within an easy walk of the beach and boutique high street of this wonderful Victorian era town. A walk-in pantry, and new Bosch and Smeg appliances make family holidaying easy and green (the home is solar powered). There is a home office with free use of Mac, printer/scanner/fax/copier and hi-speed Wi-Fi. The large screen television in the lounge area is set up for Skype calls. There is also a grandparents/au-pair property available with a garden, master bedroom, full laundry, new kitchen, appliances and shower room. Parents may want to sample the delights of Sorrento, take an art class, a yoga class on the beach, dine at a vineyard, go sailing, surfing or go snorkelling for seahorses.

Why Kids Love it

The garden is perfect for kids - play cricket on the lawn, splash in the pool or watch sport on the outdoor TV. Sorrento has a lovely little cinema, great children's boutiques, and a delightful wooden toy shop. The Mornington Peninsula has one of the few remaining Drive-In movie theatres in Australia, screening all year round. Pile the kids in the car and step back into the Australian 1950s with a moonlit playground with choc topped ice-creams. The huge lush lawn is perfect for cricket, football, lawn bowls or just playing. Plenty of toys are provided along with baby care items. A raised guest vegetable garden - organic and chemical-free - offers easy picking of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. Night-time bathing at the hot thermal springs is also a popular activity. Babysitting with police-checked sitters can be arranged.

Things to Know

No minimum stay - 1 night stays are possible. There are no more than 2 steps anywhere in the property. Note that the pool is solar heated. The pool area is easily visible from inside the kitchen/dining room and the entire property has high fencing and beautiful gardens; the pool has safety fencing and a self-closing gate. Discounts with the local Aveda salon are included along with discount vouchers for local businesses. The entire house and land are level and have been designed for the ease of use by the owners’ disabled elderly parents. Well behaved dogs by arrangement. Cable TV is provided, with BBC, RTE and US channels as well as world sport.

About the Location

The house is a couple of minutes’ drive south of Sorrento and around 2 minutes’ drive or 10 minutes’ walk from the nearest beach. The area is on the Mornington Peninsula, approximately an hour and a half around Port Phillip Bay from Melbourne, and is known for its charming historic buildings, town of boutiques and galleries, and coastal areas ideal for kayaking, dolphin spotting and diving. Car rental essential. Melbourne airport is just under 2 hours’ drive away. The local pub is 10 minutes’ walk away; there is a general store 80m away and the beach and town are both an easy 10-minute walk from the house.

Accommodation Details

This 2-bedroom beach cottage has a large open plan lounge and kitchen/dining room. The master bedroom has a queensize bed and ensuite bathroom, and there is a children’s bedroom with 2 twin beds that can be zipped into a kingsize bed, plus a full laundry and further bathroom. The cottage has a private fenced garden, off-street parking, outdoor dining, decking, day beds, solar heated pool, BBQ area and outdoor television. The additional grandparents/ au pair property has a gated garden and a further master bedroom, full laundry, new kitchen, appliances and shower room. It has a separate entrance.

Style Notes

Airy and light. Pale vintage green paired with copper saucepans and antiques make St.Loy guests smile. Large contemporary art pieces by local artists and keepsakes from the owners' many years of travel are displayed and are designed to be enjoyed. Travel books and interior design magazines are plentiful. The kitchen design is simple and user-friendly with marble bench tops, state-of-the art stainless steel appliances and mother-of-pearl handles. While the style of the cottage is very 1950's, the contents and furniture are high-quality.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 queen
2 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 travel crib
Angela E.
Member since April 30, 2016
I bought this tired little cottage in Sorrento in September 2014. Named St. Loy, after the fibro family beach house of my childhood; my son and I loved it at first sight. Recovering from a long illness led to boredom, so we renovated it and now share it with others. After many years of living overseas, we have put in the best of what we love about travel and accommodation to share with our guests. Quite a few of our guests from the UK recommended Kid and Coe as they believed we offer the essence of a wonderful family holiday. St. Loy is designed for a "do as little as possible" or "do as much as possible" family holiday within the backdrop of the Australia's unique Mornington Peninsula. Our family is owned by two labradors (one is a retired seeing-eye dog and the other is pictured, helping to raise orphans at the vet hospital). They assume all guests need help, will pick up your keys, help put the firewood in the fireplace and lead you across the road if you need it! Dogs are available for cameo appearances, providing guests ask and dogs are awake.

Sorrento, Victoria

Seaside adventures and relaxing weekend breaks

An hour and a half round the bay from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula, Sorrento is as attractive as its Italian namesake. With pretty shopfronts and beautiful boutiques lining its historic streets, it's no wonder so many Melburnians spend the weekend here. Take the kids horse riding on the beach, sea kayaking amid dolphins or to the 30km-long national park nearby where kangaroos, wallabies and koalas entertain kids just as much as the adventure playgrounds and unspoilt beaches nearby.