Get cosy by the fire with a South-West winter break
Published Friday, July 31, 2020 in Lifestyle & Inspiration
*This is an updated 2017 blog*
A winter holiday in the South West is good for the soul. The paddocks are lush and green, the rain brings out the natural eucalyptus scent of the bush, and the Indian Ocean rumbles with the stormy swells of the season. And – best of all – when the temperature drops, what could be better than snuggling up by a cosy log fire with a great book and a glass of wine? In a luxury home, no less.
Take a look at some of our beautiful properties with fireplaces to nestle in front of and make your winter break warm and welcoming. It’s time to turn the cosiness factor up a notch!
Sit by the fireplace and look out across the countryside
River’s Edge, Margaret River
What. A. View. This property is perched high above the waters of the Margaret River and it’s a spectacular sight in winter when the rapids are in full force. Sit by the fire, soaking in the views from the house across the rugged terrain of the Australian bush, feeling like you’re in the remote wilderness. This, despite charming Margaret River town being just a 10-minute drive away. Discover River’s Edge.
Book this house and your kids will love you. A foosball table, a sand pit, swing, slide, a trampoline, a cubby house and all on 8 acres of rolling countryside to explore. For the adults, picture yourself with the woodfired oven going, pizzas sizzling away inside; the beautiful stone open fireplace roaring as you decide what to watch in the theatre room that evening. Read more.
Breathe in deeply as you gaze out onto tranquil Gunyulgup Valley, nestled in your home that sits high on the hill. This is modern country living at its finest. And you have choices galore – do you wander down for a bath beside the huge window and soak your worries away, or should you get the fire in the sitting room started now? Explore Sublime.
Mibremilla, Eagle Bay
Eagle Bay is home to the picture-perfect beach of the same name, but just a few steps back is serene native bushland. This is where Mibremilla stands secluded on 2.5 acres. There’s plenty of room to entertain in this gorgeous five-bedroom timber home, that’s brimming with character, high ceilings, and a huge fireplace in the spacious open-plan living area. Find out more here.
This magnificent four-bedroom home is on the doorstep of some of the region’s best tourist spots, yet it offers complete solitude. There’s really not a neighbour in sight. The large open-plan living, dining and kitchen area is at the centre of Skyfall, with the bedrooms separated off in a wing at either side. The winter months are perfect for sitting by the open fire and watching the storms rolling in across the vast sky.
Farm Break, Bunker Bay
A perfect choice for families and larger groups, Farm Break is actually two side-by-side villas both blessed with magnificent stone fireplaces. Head out on to the private green for a spot of golf on a crisp winter’s day, work up a sweat on the tennis court, or just lounge about on the balcony. Then put your shoes on and walk down the private pathway to gorgeous Bunker Bay, where it’s just a short walk to Bunkers Beach Café. Discover Farm Break.
Watch the flames flicker as the winter waves roll in
Blue Vista, Yallingup
This Instagram-worthy home is light, bright, airy, contemporary coastal living. Each of the five bedrooms feature large picture windows, so you can admire the view of the Indian Ocean from wherever you are. At night, slide the big balcony doors shut and retire in front of the fireplace – which is conveniently located on the second floor just steps from the kitchen, balcony, and master bedroom. Read more.
Picquet, Eagle Bay
Overlooking picturesque Eagle Bay you can lounge on the day bed engrossed in a good book or take a dip in the heated spa, before getting the beautiful French wood fire cracking. This two-story idyllic property sleeps 10 guests and is perfect for a down south winter getaway where you can watch the flames flicker and the waves roll in from the lounge room. Read more.
Percy Street, Gracetown
With the beach close by and North Point surf break in view, a wintery beach holiday doesn’t get much better than this. Let the salty air waft through during the day as you sip a hot morning drink on the balcony, awakening the senses. And in the evening, settle next to the fire in a big armchair, listening to the waves as they crash rhythmically along the shore. Perhaps even challenge someone to a round of chess. Find out more.
A modern fireplace to put your feet up in front of
Villa Gris, Dunsborough
Only one word needed: wow. This architectural gem is furnished with high end materials from top to bottom. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into an interior design magazine’s favourite new property as you take a seat in the sleek lounges opposite the dual aspect fire, books piled high either side of the fireplace. If you want to get outdoors and look up at the stars instead, there’s a big firepit in the back garden. Oh, and you must check out the master en-suite shower – it’s an experience in itself. Live like an A-Lister at Villa Gris.
Boomerang House, Dunsborough
Designed by renowned architect Tim Wright, this single level home is pretty spectacular. Lovers of contemporary elegance and practicality will appreciate the pivot swing doors, the polished concrete floors, acoustic panelling, floor to ceiling double glazed doors, and underfloor heating. This is ultra-modern and, frankly, ultra-cool. Learn more.
Rural but with innovative, modern luxury: this is Lakeview in a nutshell. The fireplace is undoubtedly the centrepiece, with the kitchen, dining and lounge all heated by this stylish 3-sided glass fireplace. This five-bedroom home is also tech-friendly, offering an entertainment system with outdoor speakers, guest wi-fi, plus Foxtel with every channel available. Stay toasty warm enjoying all the modern-day conveniences.
Drumroll please…the ultimate fireplace luxury
Flinders Bay House, Augusta
Not one, not two, but three fireplaces at this magnificent Hamptons-style house. High ceilings, white wood panelling, and furnished in blue and white with bright pops of colour, this this is the kind of home you see liked thousands of times on social media. Three stories tall, it can easily accommodate 12 guests. Explore Flinders Bay House.
Browse our portfolio to find a luxury holiday home in Western Australia’s Margaret River region.
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