How's The Serenity? 12 of Australia's Most Secluded Escapes
Posted by Stephanie Mikkelsen on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Hidden. Private. Tucked away. However you spin it, there’s something magical about escaping to a secluded hideaway.
It can be romantic, peaceful or the perfect opportunity for quality time with your family – maybe even all of the above. We’re not saying you should turn your back on city stays and urban pads but if you ever have a hankering for some real R&R, time spent in a quiet retreat will always do the trick. A stay in a secluded property doesn’t necessarily mean spending hours travelling to a remote destination, either; you just need to look for digs off the beaten track or within larger properties. To start your search off on the right foot, we’ve found 12 of our favourite secluded stays. Pack your book, bring your yoga mat or load up on podcasts, because these pads are made for kicking back.
Mango Tree Cottage, New South Wales
In the lush hinterland near Byron Bay and Kingscliff is Mango Tree Cottage. Character and charm come by the bucketload at this cool two-bedroom cottage, but it is the peace and quiet that will really tempt travellers in search of a secluded stay. The cottage sits in the foothills behind Mooball National Park and can sleep up to six, making it a private place for families and groups in need of R&R. The master bedroom has an ensuite with a superbly situated bathtub, offering all soakers a view out across the lawns and garden. A second bedroom has two single beds, and two additional guests can rest easy on a convertible sofa bed in the sunroom. Embrace sunny mornings by taking breakfast on the roomy timber deck, or inch close to the slow-burning wood fireplace during winter. If you want to stay close to home during their stay, there is little to get in the way of finishing that book or working through a crossword – except for perhaps the odd visit by Billy and Emmy, the two resident alpacas.
Serengale Vineyard Retreat, Victoria
It would be easy to forget that Serengale Vineyard Retreat is only a 10-minute drive from Beechworth, one of Victoria’s most popular country destinations. It’s partly to do with the 14-acre property, which surrounds the five-bedroom house with bushland and wildlife. The other factor is that because this escape comes so well-stocked – breakfast hamper, coffee machine, board games and DVDs – that it is very easy to not venture too far beyond the property’s boundaries during your stay. Those definitely set on not leaving could even arrange a masseuse or tai chi practitioner to stop by for an in-home session. When you do feel like exploring however, wander across to the owner’s neighbouring Serengale Vineyard for a wine-tasting appointment. On your return to home base, sneak in a pre-dinner swim in the pool, or forage in the gardens for herbs, fruits and vegetables to use in your evening meal.
COAST HOUSE Tasmania, Tasmania
COAST HOUSE Tasmania is located exactly where you would expect – on a stretch of coastline. This is no ordinary waterside perch however, and a stay here means having exclusive use of a 15-hectare estate on a private peninsula. This architect-designed beauty is just a one-hour drive from Hobart, and you’ll be welcomed with a fridge and freezer stocked with gourmet meals, fresh produce and other local treats. There is no other house or dwelling in sight, so you really will feel another world away. The house has two sumptuous queen bedrooms but don’t be surprised if you find yourself reluctant to share this piece of Tasmanian paradise. A collection of books, games and DVDs will keep you occupied in all weather, and if the temperature drops you can get cosy by the fireplace or soak in a steamy bath.
Wings Barossa Bird and Bush Retreat, South Australia
When a truly secluded stay is what you seek you need land – and lots of it. So how does 170 acres of private conservation reserve and bushland sound? That is the promise at Wings Barossa Bird and Bush Retreat. Guests share the property with kangaroos, echidnas and koalas; the three-bedroom homestead is all yours though. The slate-tiled downstairs has two bedrooms and the open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. Upstairs is an amazing master suite: a bright space with polished floorboards, private ensuite and separate lounge area. When you’re not exploring the property for yourself – there’s a cabin by the dam, perfect for reading, painting or a mid-day snooze – you can head out to sip and sample some of the Barossa Valley’s most gourmet delights. Bring back a bottle of award-winning shiraz for an afternoon picnic in a meadow, or enjoy a glass in front of the crackling wood-burning fireplace.
Spicers Sangoma Retreat, New South Wales
While you might have to share Spicers Sangoma Retreat with other guests, as far as secluded luxury lodges go this one ranks pretty highly. Tucked away in the Blue Mountains, this retreat offers a spectacular setting for recharging your batteries and signing off from social media for a day or two – except for when you post a selfie by the pool, that is. Of course, you could spend much of your stay holed up in your sumptuous suite. There are only five suites at the retreat, and each comes bedecked with stunning views, a king bed, bathtub and private deck. For the utmost in luxury, look to the Chiefs Suite: it spans two levels and has its own plunge pool plus kitchenette. Meals, including gourmet breakfasts, light lunches and multi-course dinners, are included in the rates and can be slotted in between sweat-sessions in the sauna, bush walks on nearby trails, or seasonal fruit picking.
Cow Bay Hilltop Escape, Queensland
It’s not hard to believe that Cow Bay Hilltop Escape was originally designed to serve as inspiration for artists. The view of the Coral Sea is so beautiful you might even feel the need to pick up a paintbrush yourself. Out of reach from too many neighbours, privacy and solitude are guaranteed at Cow Bay Hilltop Escape. There’s also limited mobile coverage, so if you’re really looking to go off the grid you’ve found just the place. Open, bright and breezy, the property is home to a main building and separate guest pavilion. An artist’s studio is available for those looking to connect with their inner creative, and the interiors are kitted out with artworks created especially for each space. Expect pieces that reflect those scene-stealing views, as well as more abstract works. The Daintree Rainforest is at your doorstep, ready to explore however and whenever you fancy.
West End Beach House and Cabin, Tasmania
Okay, so West End Beach House and Cabin is in a remote location (on Flinders Island, to be exact) but its secluded vibe is next level. With two accommodations on adjacent acreage, the sense of privacy is one of the first things you notice on arrival. The next thing you’ll pick up on is the earthy design. Curved corrugated iron and natural timbers allow these stays to blend into their surroundings, and bi-fold doors can be opened to create exceptional indoor-outdoor spaces. The Cabin is ideal for couples wanting to temporarily disconnect, but the House also has a minimal environmental footprint and is great for families or groups. Flinders Island has plenty to discover, whether you choose to stay close to home or head further afield.
Rotten Point House, Victoria
Rotten Point House is made for sharing with family and friends. This rammed earth house has a mighty fine perch and offers guests complete solitude, courtesy of 100 acres of native bushland. Four bedrooms can sleep up to eight guests, and there’s even room for your four-legged friends. Truthfully though, Rotten Point House is also perfectly suited to couples looking for a romantic rendezvous. An open-plan design, free-flowing spaces and minimalist interiors complement the rugged environment that lies beyond the sliding glass doors. One must while you’re here is to spend some time doing… absolutely nothing. Pull up a comfortable seat in one of the outdoor areas and watch the breaking waves on Johanna Beach. Those who want to spike their heart rate can strap on their walking shoes and tackle a section of the Great Ocean Walk, a 140-kilometre route that winds along the coastline.
Treetops, Western Australia
From its position, surrounded by natural forest on a two-acre property, you would never guess that Treetops is located in one of Australia’s most popular wine destinations – Margaret River. Treetops is a sleek, streamlined stay, with light-filled interiors and a balcony that wraps right around the house. Naturally, there are plenty of sunny spots for reading the newspaper or sipping an iced tea. There is also an outdoor dining setting for those tempted by the idea of long lunches and al fresco dinners. Of the four bedrooms, one includes a triple bunk bed set – an ideal fit for groups travelling with kids. The remaining three bedrooms have queen beds. Looking to really connect with nature? Wake up in the morning by ducking underneath the spray of the outdoor shower.
Feng Shui, Queensland
When you’re headed to a property with a name like Feng Shui, odds are that relaxation is high on your priority list. Feng Shui sits on a 55-acre property and is only a 10-minute drive from Maleny on the Sunshine Coast, so outings to local cafes, galleries and walking trails can become a daily occurrence. Of course, you might be just as happy to spend your stay padding about the house, curling up by the wood fires, staring out the windows on the enclosed deck or working your way through the books in the library. Outside, you can also start a game of boules or petanque. The house has four comfortable bedrooms, making it ideal for groups of friends or two families. Adults can relax indoors and keep an eye on children burning off excess energy in the garden.
Barrengarry Hideaway, New South Wales
From its spot on Barrengarry Mountain, this eco retreat has a stunning aspect of Kangaroo Valley. The views from Barrengarry Hideaway are thanks to its design: the property is set out like a string of intersecting domes. With its huge curved windows, guests can take in the scenery from every room in the house. Even the three bedrooms have their own gorgeous forest outlook. Lounge your days away moving between the grand open-plan lounge, complete with cable TV, on-demand movies and Wi-Fi, and the sun-blessed deck. It won’t take you long to find your favourite alfresco perch (on the hammock or the outdoor furniture), and what you do from here is up to you…
Woodstock, Western Australia
Prepare for the best of both worlds – a bush hideaway meets coastal escape – at Woodstock in Denmark. This elevated house sits on five acres and has large timber decks, modern interiors and a welcoming vibe. Woodstock is well suited for families; a games room downstairs will win over kids (and probably some grown-ups too) and leave adults free to unwind upstairs. Days where the sun is shining will likely be spent outdoors, soaking up the rays, firing up the barbecue or simply staring out across the views of the Southern Ocean. When talk turns to getting out and about, the world-class beaches of southwest Western Australia await. Walks through karri forests or take a trip into Denmark.