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Liptrap Loft: Country retreat near the beach

About Liptrap Loft

A guest very kindly made this video about Liptrap Loft in summer. See the bottom of this page for another awesome guest video produced in winter.

Relax, unwind and indulge yourself in this unique and striking country retreat.

Liptrap Loft blends modern, Japanese-influenced architecture with recycled materials to create a weekend getaway like no other.

Only a short drive from the pristine beaches of Walkerville and Venus Bay, this hideaway in the lush farmlands of South Gippsland is the perfect place to recharge your soul.

A beautiful retreat

This all-season rural and coastal retreat is like nothing you have seen before.

Liptrap Loft is not a five-star bed and breakfast. It is a getaway for those who enjoy experiencing wildlife and nature in a charming rural setting. Rustic but comfortable, the house suits guests who demand more character and seclusion than found at your typical nearby motel.

The one-bedroom, open-plan hideaway is secluded on five private acres and surrounded by farmland, without a single neighbour in sight.

The house was constructed by Jim Commadeur, a man of unusual talents. Some say he was builder and cabinet maker, others say a piano maker and champion runner – but all regarded him as a pedantic master craftsman. Jim searched the region for a secluded sanctuary in which to erect his dream home. For years he was a virtual recluse, living in a tent while he painstakingly built the house that is now Liptrap Loft.

Not satisfied with installing a $2 wash rack, Jim took the time to build everything in the house himself, from the ladders to the bathroom cabinet. You can see the care and craftmanship in the woodwork, the choice of recycled materials and the innovative design.

Every object Jim created has a story, and nothing is out of place. At 50 Jim reluctantly sold the property to pursue his lifelong passion for architecture.

With great respect Fleur and Mike wish to expand and build on the integrity of Jim’s masterwork. Please take the time to study the structures, look at the placement and orientation, and enjoy the creativity and care embodied in these original dwellings.

The building and furnishings are recycled or handmade and Jim’s commitment to the conservation of natural resources and the environment continues today.