Wednesday, May 5, 2021
8 magnificent bush retreats in WA’s South West
A snug winter hideaway in the country is just what the doctor ordered. Enchanting forests, the aroma of smoky wood burners piping into the crisp air, and deep glasses of red wine as you bunker down to watch the world pass by your window. These are no ordinary properties. We’ve cherry picked the best bush retreats in WA’s South West for you. All are equipped with a fireplace – essential for this type of getaway – with firewood supplied.
Boomerang House, Dunsborough
An architectural gem nestled amongst karri and marri trees. Spread across one level, this contemporary abode is for the discerning traveller who wants a classy escape. Two wood fires, underfloor heating, a built-in BBQ, and the most peaceful vista courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows; this is elegant luxury that pairs perfectly with the natural landscape of rural Dunsborough. Peaceful and private, you’re also just around the corner from wineries. Discover Boomerang House
Kangaroo Lodge, Yallingup
This nature-fringed holiday home nestled in rural Yallingup features internal and external spaces for everyone. Views are aplenty – from lush, sprawling gardens to kangaroo-dotted knolls – and can be soaked in from nearly every room. Tucked away on 5 acres but close to the town of Dunsborough and the iconic beaches of Smiths and Yallingup. You’ll find it hard to leave Kangaroo Lodge.
Bushland Retreat, Margaret River
Despite feeling like a secluded cabin in the woods, this home is actually in the tree lined streets of Margaret River, close to the river and all the services you could possibly need for your cosy holiday. The spacious open back deck overlooks the garden and natural bushland fluttering with birdlife – a picture-perfect location to relax with a novel and blanket resting on your knees. Popular walking and cycling trails are just a stroll away from this family-friendly home. Discover Bushland Retreat
Exuding polished glamour, this Yallingup home is a cut above. With views gliding across Gunyulgup Valley to the glimmering coastline, this is a property fit for an A-lister. Be wowed by the outdoor fire pit, large bronze statues, and plunge pool with glorious views. Just when you think you couldn’t possibly be more spoilt, you eye the enormous windows and double-sided gas fireplace set into an impressive stone wall. This opulence is just a quick drive from wineries and galleries. Discover Ithaca
Warm and welcoming Hamptons-style, this holiday home in rural Yallingup fits into its environment like a glove. Enjoy modern styling, comfy furniture, and soothing blue, white and grey hues throughout. It’s a pleasure from the moment you step inside: the cathedral ceiling, wood flooring, and theatre room perfect for popcorn-filled family movie nights. The sprawling deck begs for an entertaining evening beneath starlight, with lots of gourmet food and wine flowing. Discover Killara
Eight acres of countryside sophistication. The backyard panorama is a feast for the eyes: the rolling valley, Peter Rabbit-type woodland, and a shimmering lake with its own jetty. You really are inside your very own enchanted story. Indoors, you’ll love the lounge with it’s exposed beams and stone fireplace and the home theatre room stocked with books and games. Outdoors, take advantage of the BBQ, pizza oven, and trampoline. And if you’re feeling bold, you might even take an invigorating dip in the pool. Discover Marribrae
Waterford, Margaret River
Slowly absorb the sights as you drive the winding streets to Waterford, a forested sanctuary just a few kilometres west of town. This stunning, contemporary, architect-designed house is set on 12 acres of bushland that runs down to the Margaret River. The landscaped gardens include a beautiful waterfall and ponds, and you can marvel at the beauty of this natural setting from the elevated alfresco area. Picture late afternoon drinks here, sipping on wines purchased on a day of wine tasting the regions finest drops. In the cooler months, there are three fireplaces to snuggle up and keep warm by. Discover Waterford.
This idyllic family refuge is in one of the Great Southern’s most beloved towns. A private spot with views to the inlet and Southern Ocean, it also faces five acres of sprawling bushland that homes all sorts of colourful animal life. Keep your eye out for kangaroos meandering by as you play a game of pool or table tennis. This is a tranquil slice of the world where you can breathe the purest ocean air, enjoy the simplicity of a cheese board on the balcony, and have the opportunity to just ‘be’.
The sizzle and crack of a log fire and hot chocolate bubbling away on the stove: this is your charmed, cosy South West getaway. Explore all of our holiday homes for inspiration.
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