The name is a total misnomer – you’ll encounter no pickled chefs, disgruntled hosts, and tinned fruit salads at this stunning country B & B. Owner Pam Hallifax is all smiles and welcome and word has it, she offers the best vegan breakfast outside of Melbourne. On our visit, we miss out, as we’re taking the coastal route to Dan Hunter’s Brae restaurant near Birregurra – a detour well worth it if you want to take your time and drive through the wine-and-beach-rich bit of coast from Ocean Grove to Lorne before hitting up the 13-course lunch epic. You’ll find Faulty Towers (so-named because one section of the roof stands higher than the other) just 20-minutes outside of Ocean Grove – famed for surfing and being the home of Attica chef, Ben Shewry. It’s a stunning piece of architecture – all wide steps and floors made from solid Wandoo timber, dressed with wool and rawhide rugs and surrounded by antiques and Art Deco furniture. The kitchenette up top is fully kitted out with enamelware and vintage dressers (as well as the fixings for tea and filter coffee, and crockery if you brought your own food) and looks primed for a 1950s Country Living photo shoot. They have 2 suites to choose from – both equiped with spa baths, and fat orthopaedic beds that you practically need to orienteer your way out of. There’s a solid collection of DVDs and books, and good reading perches – wide balconies overlooking the bush and the working farm out the back, or a pitch-roofed living room, plush with lounges. It’s the perfect halfway point if you are hitting up Brae, and worth the hours drive out of town if you’re just looking for a night in a house 16-times nicer than your own. Nothing faulty about it.
|Venue name:||Faulty Towers Bed and Breakfast|
33 Homestead Ave