Toodyay Art Shack on Avon River49 Toodyay Street, Toodyay WA, Australia
About this listing
Toodyay Art Shack is close to town centre, avon river, public transport. You’ll love our place because of the ambience , the views, the people, the art, the place. Our place is good for couples, adventurers, business travellers, families (with kids), big groups, and furry friends (pets). Be advised, this is a experience away from your normal experience of house and if you are looking for something different and communal then the Art Shack could be for you. Please read reviews on all web sites.
Toodyay Art Shack on Avon River is a Stayz Holiday Home Awards Finalist 2019.
Celebrity judge, Wendy Moore had this to say about your property: A fabulously modern take of the iconic Australian shed, this takes cool rustic style to a new level. Fabulous looks, with an unfussy style.
A contemporary take on shack | ‘hi end glamping’ living | accomodation on the Avon Valley train line. Located on semi-rural banks of the Avon River, you can relax and breathe in the clean country air. This art filled and completely modern building with its tent inspired roof form, doors that slide away creating rooms that become part of the landscape, contemporary open bathrooms, even the outside toilet has a view to the flood plains of the Avon. There is lower and upper private decks with an outdoor bath for the brave. A source of inspiration. Note: This is a Shack and as such has some inventive use space and materials and experimental spatial orientations, children under 12 may need supervision.
A fusion of memory and design come together to create this climatic, regressive, unique piece of accommodation. The Toodyay Art Shack brings together 25 years of experience in art and design, numerous design awards, unique modern architecture, a private eclectic art collection and local access to Toodyay’s food, wine and its wonderful location.
Note: This is a Shack and as such has some inventive use space and materials and experimental spatial orientations, children under 12 may need supervision.
There is an abundance of native bird life on the floodplain and even the odd pelican fly by. With uninterrupted views of the hills and surrounding landscape from the upper level. There are walking tracks in front of the property allowing access through a variety of floodplain woodlands. A large picnic table is located on the upper level and offers spectacular light over the surrounding countryside especially at dawn and dusk. The booking calender sets out the yearly climate cycle in the Nyoongar’s 6 seasons rather than the European 4. This produces a far more intricate and subtle overview on the shift between seasons.
Constructed from an evocative palette of brick, timber and steel, and put together in a way that makes you want to touch every element, this is a house that wants you to know that it has been built by hand. The house is raw, in some ways more reminiscent of a tent or a tree house than the triple-front brick homes of the Perth suburbs.
From the street, this house presents like a traditional cottage; its wide corrugated steel verandah with timber posts fits the image of what you might expect to see in a country town. The house quickly transforms, however, and shows itself to be anything but the expected.
It has a lot in common with the classic, place-responsive designs of what we might think of as ‘traditional’ farm houses and beach shacks; designs that consider their place in regards to the sun, the climate and the seasons. Compared to what is now considered a ‘standard’ style of home in WA – the lazy, humdrum brick and tile ‘designs’ that seem to spread endlessly along our coast and up in to our hills – this house is indeed unusual, but only because it reacts to its place instead of ignoring it.
The arrangement of spaces within makes one pause and consider their function in a way that most homes will not. The centre is the warm core; a kitchen, dining and lounge room with a snuggly nook, dominated by a wood burning stove for heat and an off-form corrugated concrete ceiling to keep it all in. It brings to mind pioneer cottages and cold nights in the bush, while also opening up at either end to wide decks for warm days and cool breezes.
Move out from the centre of the house and the rooms become more open. Expected functions and movements are reinterpreted when to reach the bathrooms one must exit on to the verandahs around the house. It’s a very different way of living.
Taking the stairs to the first floor brings you to a large open-air deck and three small separate rooms around it – a studio, a tea room, and a bedroom tower. Expecting an internal space and instead finding yourself on a covered balcony with views to the hills is a joyful moment.
One can imagine sitting under the roof with friends or family, sharing a drink as the sun goes down before retreating to your individual sleep/read/play room.
“Seeing the river flow by from the first floor, experiencing the sunset behind the hill across the river each day, feeling connected to the floodplain’s rich bird life – every day is different and the house lets it all in,”
In staying at the Art Shack, we would like to share this art collection of wonderful modern artistic images and sculptures from local Western Australian artists including Merrick Belyea, Jon Tarry, Paul Caporn, Nic Crompton, Michael Doherty, Ivan Bray, Pillip Berry, Dante Beela-Ruth, Clayton Bradbury, Clint Walker, Briony Paul, Chris Ha, Geoff Green-Armitage, Pippin Drysdale, Marcus Canning, Emma Langridge, Charlton Sadlo, John Cullinane, Theo Koning, George Howlett, Marian Giles, Marcia Espinosa, Gloria Regan Jackson, Susan Roux, Zhanna Kolpakova, Sharon White and Tom O’Hern (Tasmanian artist). Please feel free to let us know if you would like to contact any of the artists.
The kitchen is set up for self catering and has a multi function oven, gas cook top, meter’s wood fire oven, wood fire box heating and a large refrigerator. It is well appointed with cookware, appliances, crockery, glassware and kitchen utensils.
Towels, bed linen, mattress covers, quilts, pillows, tablecloths and tea-towels are supplied.
Please contact Paul Wakelam Architect for any queries on the property you may have.
Photographs by Luke Carter Wilton
As featured in
Fabric Quarterly Issue#2 (on Cover)
Green Magazine No 56
Sophisticated Shack – A Creative Hideaway Tree Change
Toodyay Shack is shortlisted for The Interior Excellence Awards 2017 (IDEA) in the Single House Category
Toodyay Shack was shortlisted for the Houses Awards 2017 (National over 200m2 Category).
Archizineand various links:
under Paul Wakelam Architect
Guests can access all of the spaces of the shack except the tea room upstairs which is currently our drying and storage room.
Other things to note
Please read notes and reviews of the the Art Shack before booking.
UNIQUELY BRILLIANT. BRILLIANTLY UNIQUE
5/5 Stayed Apr 2017
MARCUS C.Perth, Western Australia, Australia
A long weekend getaway with our 9 month old was made very special by the very special experience of existing in this house for three nights. Don’t be fooled by the shack title – this is a brilliantly appointed and designed house that is perfect for a break with a difference. The architecture is super quirky and smart – we’ve never felt more connected to the landscape in a house. Favourite elements included the sleeping nook in the kitchen / living area, the huge plate glass window walls that slide open and disappear – transforming the main living space, upstairs in the vista room for sunset and the amazing shower attached to the master bedroom with its views of the valley. We drove to York to visit an antique fair, went for long walks along the Avon, explored the charms of Toodyay and took other scenic drives. It was a delight to return to this marvellously strange structure after each ramble. All in all one of our favourite weekend getaways. Recommended.
Escape in Toodyay, from the ratrace and convention
5/5 Stayed Mar 2017
I did not want to write a favourable review so we could keep this place secret and to ourselves. A handy distance from town the shack sits atop of the Avon river (there are some elements of a shack but this place is not a shack) with some great views of the Toodyay countryside. We especially enjoyed the quirky but thoughtful little touches around the house, and we kept finding new surprises up until we left. A large vinyl collection and record player kept us completely amused on the first night. Discussion on the house architecture and random artwork kept us guessing on the second. I don’t write many reviews but felt compelled to share this unique and enjoyable experience, we thoroughly recommend.
Wonderfully different !!
5/5 Stayed Mar 2019
This eclectic arty house was just the ticket for us. Lived in too many ‘heritage’ houses to know we wanted something different for our stay in the Avon Valley. Exciting to explore all the nooks and crannies of this eccentric property. It was a hot weekend and the airflow through the open plan spaces was perfect. Loved looking through the extensive LP collection. The massive fridge is awesome. Every appliance including coffee machine and grinder was most welcome. Highly recommend this property for artistic and creative types.
- ID: 33672
- Standard Number of Guests: 2
- Maximum Guests: 8
- Bedrooms: 4
- Beds: 7
- Bathrooms: 2.5
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- Check-out Before: 11:00 AM
- Type: Entire Place / Townhouse
- Nightly: $185
- Weekends (Fri, Sat & Sun): $195
- Weekly (7d+): $175
- Monthly (30d+): $175
- Security deposit: $500
- Additional guests: $50
- Allow additional guests: Yes
- Cleaning fee: $75 Per Stay
- (Optional) Dog Fee: $20 Per Stay
- Minimum number of days: 2
- Maximum number of days: 30
- Hatchery Sleeping
- 1 Queen
- 2 Guests
- Boudoir Resting/Sleeping
- 1 Queen
- 2 Guests
- Lower Tower Sleeping
- 1 Double and Single Bunk
- 3 Guests
- Upper Tower Sleeping
- 2 Queen and Single
- 3 Guests
- Studio Sleeping
- 2 Single
- 2 Guests
- Accessible Parking
- Bath Towels provided
- Child's Highchair
- Coffee Machine
- Dishes and Utensils
- Front Door 850mm or more
- Hobless shower recess on ground floor
- Internal door ways 820mm or more to at least 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom
- Linen Provided
- Main bedroom and one bathroom with toilet on ground floor
- Pantry Items
- Ramp Access
- Shower recess with a lip 10cm or less
- Toilet 900mmx1200mm dimensions
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- 4WD Trails
- Corporate Retreat
- Family Holiday
- Golf Course
- Holiday Type
- National Park
- Romantic Getaway
- Wedding Venue
- Weekend Getaway
- WheelChair Accessible
Terms & rules
- Smoking allowed: No
- Pets allowed: Yes
- Party allowed: No
- Children allowed: Yes
Final payment is due 21 days before stay. This amount is non refundable.
Additional rules information
- We like to discuss your stay with you before you book to make sure of an enjoyable stay at the Toodyay Art Shack. We are available to contact before and through stay as you may require. Generally we can get back to you within the hour of your request. This is a Shack and as such has some inventive use space and materials and experimental spatial orientations, children under 12 may need supervision.
- The minimum stay is 2 nights
- The maximum stay is 30 nights
Hosted by Paul
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