Nestled into 200 acres of natural bush Babenorek Studio overlooks open farmland and rolling hills. Constructed from Lime rendered Straw Bales it is cool in summer and warm in winter. We are 3km from Deans Marsh & 22km from Lorne & The Great Ocean Rd.
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PLACE BEFORE BOOKING ESPECIALLY REGARDING SOLAR POWER AND ENVIRONMENTAL TOILET. We want you to be comfortable during your stay and suited to the accommodation that we provide.
Babenorek Studio was hand built by us and a builder friend 15 years ago to live in with our 3 young children while we built our family home close by. It is constructed from Lime rendered Straw Bales so the walls are extremely well insulated making it cool in summer and warm in winter with no need for air conditioning. The use of recycled timbers and building materials is prominent through out the building. As well as being an important part of our sustainable building ethos these materials add to its rustic, homely appeal. There is an internal rendered mud brick wall and an earth floor in the living room. Upstairs is a QS bed with your choice of a feather or woollen doona and 2 single beds. Downstairs there is a gas oven for cooking and a Nectre wood fire for warmth which can also be used to boil the kettle or cook soup on. A small fridge will store enough food and drinks for a few days. A spacious bathroom with a waterless composting toilet and a shower is adjacent to the kitchen/living area. There is also an outside shower to wash the sand off when you return from the beach or cool off under on a hot night.
Babenorek Studio is attached to our house by a wide carport but has its own private entry. We will be here to meet you & show you around the Studio & will also check in with you each day. Car parking is right beside the studio.
Interaction with guests
As travellers ourselves we know that you can learn a lot from the locals and we are happy to assist you with information about your stay in the area. We will check in with you each day but otherwise leave you to have a peaceful stay.
Other things to note
As with our home, Babenorek Studio operates off a Stand Alone Solar System. This means that we collect all our power from the sun and are not connected to any mains power. This can sometimes be an issue if we have had several days of cloudy weather, however we do use a generator when needed. We charge electrical appliances such as laptops and mobile phones during the sunlight hours and ask our guests to do the same. Please don't bring any hair straighteners, hair dryers or irons as they can overload our system. There is no TV in the Studio but plenty of books and board games to entertain you. Please bring your own laptop if you want to watch films or visit the historic Lorne Cinema.
We have 2 friendly dogs Lucy an elderly Fox Terrier X and Gus an energetic black Kelpie who LOVES to have a ball thrown for him.
Smoking strictly outside only.
Sorry no pets-We have plenty here already!
No shoes inside - please bring your slippers.
No food or drinks in the bedroom