You’re not dreaming.
Twenty years after the release of classic Aussie film The Castle, you can now assess the serenity for yourself. The Kerrigans’ holiday house at Bonnie Doon, 200 kilometres northeast of Melbourne, is available on Airbnb as a holiday rental.
Got an appetite for a few rissoles, a nice piece of sponge cake and a rich slice of Australian film history? Get in quickly; the house is booking up fast, with movie buffs travelling from all over Australia for a little slice of paradise.
The property isn’t fancy, spacious or luxurious – but that’s kind of the point. It’s consistently earning five-star reviews for the unique experience, described by guests as unmistakably Aussie and like being in a time capsule.
The iconic home has been lightly refurbished since The Castle was filmed, but it retains plenty of old-school furnishings and all of the original character and atmosphere.
The house is peppered with memorabilia from the movie, right down to Tracey Kerrigan’s hairdressing certificate on the wall. If you can handle any further nostalgia on your visit, look on top of the DVD player for a copy of the movie.
In the unlikely event you tire of acting out film scenes in the house, there’ll be an adventurer’s paradise waiting for you just outside. Boaters, anglers and jet-skiers can access Lake Eildon just across the road. Runners, bushwalkers and cyclists can tackle the scenic Great Victorian Rail Trail. And hikers and skiers can drive to the slopes of Mount Bulla within an hour.
Just 15 minutes’ drive from the property, the small town of Mansfield provides the perfect spot to stock up for your stay. This picturesque spot in the foothills of the Victorian Alps offers everything from basic supplies to gourmet fresh produce, local dairy products, premium meats and regional wines.
Ready to get your retro on? The house has three bedrooms and sleeps up to eight people. Which seven mates will you take?