Sea and beach

South Beach Haven

Julia and Ian McKenzie
1040 Horseshoe Bend Road

Accommodation typeStudio (2)
Suite (2)
Maximum guests2-4
Check in / Check out2:00 PM / 11:30 AM

Set on five acres in the rural belt of Torquay, 1 minute from the beach and 4 minutes to central Torquay

Forget about the hustle and bustle of the city.Come, relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of South Beach Haven. You won't need to think about breakfast as your hosts will ensure you have a wonderful breakfast to get your day off to a great start. Spend your stay doing the things that you fancy. Visit the famous surf beaches, go for a long coastal walk, dine at great restaurants, have a round of golf at one of the area's renowned courses, take a trip to a winery (they're just minutes away) or just sit on your own private deck and relax with a glass of wine and a good book.

Suitable for children
Can accommodate older children (Not suitable for toddlers)
Disabled access
Smoking restrictions
No smoking inside
Guest pets allowed
By arrangement, but must remain outside the rooms
Resident pets
Two lovable, friendly dogs

Property Description

Around two kilometres from the beach and the high density holiday home precinct of Torquay, you'll find small, semi-rural acreages where the ideal of a tranquil escape is far more tangible, while still having the beach 'down the road', and the surf and café culture nearby. In this seaside/country life setting, a couple of alpacas and a horse are quite at home on the property and the owners' two lovable golden retrievers, Morgan and Indi, are quick to endear themselves to guests.

The five-acre retreat has a couple of Bed & Breakfast accommodation options for guests. There is a standalone studio unit nestled amongst the trees. Its design is distinctly contemporary and features angles, glass and bold exterior colour. The interior is spacious and stylishly furnished. It has a wood fire to make it warm and cosy in winter whether you're curled up on the lounge or tucked up in bed. A deck wraps around the front corner and through the warmer months you can open the sliding doors, sit outside and fire up the barbecue for any easy meal.

The other accommodation option is a queen Suite attached to the main residence. With its own external entrance, sitting area, kitchenette and outdoor deck it's really quite private as well. From the decks of the Suite or the Studio, you can catch distant sea views. On a clear day you can even spot the Mornington Peninsula peaks of Mt Martha and Arthur's Seat on the horizon.

Another feature of the property is a central outdoor entertainment area with barbeque facilities and a large, undercover spa which guests are welcome to use.

Special features

South Beach Haven Gourmet Breakfasts
WEEKENDS - Gourmet Cooked Breakfasts
Choose from a large menu including:
~ Fluffy spinach, cheese and mushroom omelette, flavoured with fresh herbs from the garden
~ Sautéed mushrooms and spinach on sourdough topped with Balsamic and shaved parmesan
~ Savoury French toast, flavoured with cheeses, bacon and fresh herbs, served with grilled tomatoes.
~ Eggs any way you like with all the trimmings

WEEKDAYS - Gourmet Breakfast Basket
Menu selections include:
~ Freshly squeezed orange juice, special flakes with forest berries, fresh muesli, fresh fruit,
  yogurt and a selection of homemade and other breads, pastries and jams.
~ Hot homemade bacon and cheese pastry
~ Hot ham and cheese croissant

Recreational facilities

Undercover hot spa tub

Description of rooms/units

The Studio has a large main room with a queen size bed on one wall, an entertainment unit and a wood fire along another wall facing a lounge area with a tub chair and a sofa that can be converted (by arrangement) to a fold-out bed. Off this main room is a handy kitchenette, as well as a large, luxury ensuite. There are table and chairs for dining inside or on the deck. The Studio also has its own barbecue.

The Suite (pictured right) comprises a bedroom with a queen size bed, a luxury ensuite, kitchenette and a sitting/dining annexe. The latter opens onto a private deck with outdoor furniture.

Both the Studio and The Suite have reverse cycle air conditioning and ceiling fans, television, DVD player (including a library of DVDs), stereo, microwave, fridge, one hot plate, a selection of dinnerware etc., complimentary tea, plunger coffee and condiments.


(includes breakfast)
Studio: $175 to $185 per night for a couple. Extra person by special arrangement - $50 per night
Queen Suite: $165 to $175 per night for a couple.
Honeymoon packages are available.

Minimum stay

Two nights preferred for long weekends and holidays


Credit card details or $50 deposit required to hold the booking

Cancellation terms

Any cancellation or change of dates not made at least 24 hours prior to the property's check in time will result in a charge of the first night's tariff

Credit cards accepted

Visa, MasterCard



Gourmet cooked breakfasts are provided on weekends, and gourmet breakfast baskets are supplied during the week. See 'Special Features' above for more details.

Dining options

A huge range of great restaurants can be found 4 minutes down the road in the town centre of Torquay.

Guest BBQ facilities

Yes, plus a private barbecue on the deck of the studio


Contact details

Julia and Ian McKenzie
1040 Horseshoe Bend Road