8 magnificent bush retreats in WA’s South West
Published Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Lifestyle & Inspiration
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.
Birnamwood, Margaret River
This is the rustic haven you’ve always dreamed of. Set on 33 acres, this rammed earth home features lots of warm wood decor, a spacious outdoor area with views of the forest just metres away, giant sculptures, and a free-standing bathtub indoors to spend the evening soaking in bubbles. Settle down in front of the fire with a board game, listening to the gentle sounds of the land. Close to stunning Boranup Forest and Conto Springs Beach. Discover Birnamwood
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
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
River’s Edge, Margaret River
Slowly absorb the sights as you drive the winding streets to River’s Edge, a forested sanctuary just a few kilometres west of town. Perched high on the ridge directly overhanging the famous river, you’ll marvel at the beautiful natural bushland that surrounds you and the jaw-dropping views of the water below. Picture sunset here as the last beams of the day sprawl across the landscape as you idle in country mode, having retreated in both mind and body from the hectic modern world. Outside, there’s a 400m private walkway through the bush. Discover River’s Edge
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.