The Castle is For Rent!
Rent the serenity … for real
Holidaymakers can find out just how the Serenity really is in Bonnie Doon, with the house made famous in The Castle up for rent on Airbnb.
It comes as the other well known home from the 1997 film prepares to go under the hammer in Strathmore, Melbourne, tomorrow afternoon — and the Bonnie Doon owner, Mel, hasn’t ruled out having a crack at it.
Mel said she hoped whoever bought the Kerrigan family home would share it with other fans of the film, as she’s done with the Kerrigans’ holiday house, about 170km north-east of Melbourne.
“I think it does belong to the people,” she said. “Put it this way, if nobody else wants it, I don’t want to see it demolished.”
Mel bought the legendary Bonnie Doon abode two years ago and spent a year fixing it up before offering it as a short-term holiday rental for $200 a night.
“You’re not dreaming,” the Airbnb listing reads. “The serenity is real.”
To offer guests the true Castle experience, Mel has collected items you’d expect Darryl and Steve Kerrigan to peruse in the Trading Post and put them on display, including jousting sticks, a punching bag for Con Petropoulous and a dog kennel for the family dog Coco.
She even built a “pool room” out back to house extra guests. “I love telling people when I buy things they’ll be going straight to the pool room,” she said.
Darryl Kerrigan’s Melbourne “castle” may not follow in the Boonie Doon property’s footsteps and become a holiday rental — Brad Teal estate agent Rebecca Towns said interest had mostly come from home buyers rather than Airbnb hosts.
The humble weatherboard is being sold without its block next to Essendon Airport, so the buyer will need to relocate it.
Ms Towns expects it to fetch between $1,000 and $10,000.
Source: Western Australian Newspaper, July 2017, Samantha Landy