9 Getaways Where You Can Cook Like A Masterchef

Posted by Stephanie Mikkelsen on Thursday, July 20, 2017

It doesn’t matter how many cookbooks your collection might boast – a stack of bestsellers from celebrity chefs or a tattered binder of recipes passed down from your mother – because the kitchen is the heart of any home.

A buzzing kitchen can bring family and friends together to celebrate and indulge. It might also be where you live out your fantasy of having a top-rated cooking show (because who hasn't done that at least once?). Booking a boutique escape shouldn't change the role a kitchen plays, especially if your getaway gives you the chance to whip up a feast in a space that looks like it’s straight from the pages of your favourite recipe book. So with that in mind, we've found nine beautiful properties that all have one thing in common: kitchens worthy of any Michelin-starred feast. Ready, set, cook!

Lake David, New South Wales

The dining table at Lake David can seat 18 guests, so you know the kitchen here has to have serious culinary game. Everything at this eight-bedroom stay has been built with entertaining in mind and kitchen is proof of that. The open-plan cooking space has not one but two ovens, as well as three fridges. It’s fitted out with stainless steel appliances, classic country-style cabinetry and French doors that lead to a paved terrace. Even the most demanding chef will be impressed by this resort-style home’s culinary offerings. For group meals your crew can gather around the dining table or casual snacks and quick breakfasts can be had at the kitchen benches. Those looking to work off celebratory dinners or indulgent desserts can make use of the property's full-size tennis court and solar-heated swimming pool or take out a kayak to the nearby lake.

Port Douglas Villa, Queensland

Just like the rest of the home it’s located in, the kitchen at Port Douglas Villa is immaculate. This is a truly luxurious retreat in north Queensland and from the moment you step inside you’ll nod your head in agreement. The villa is spectacular in every way, from the slick interiors and lily ponds to the sparkling swimming pool, the cabana and the four bedrooms. Foodies and cooks will gravitate towards the kitchen, which has sleek benchtops and clean lines. The kitchen is flanked on both sides by bi-fold doors that can be opened to create the ultimate, free-flowing indoor-outdoor space. In the mood for a Japanese feast? No need to head to a local restaurant, because the Villa has its own Teppanyaki bar (yes, really).

Rosie’s House at Wynyard, Tasmania

A country-style kitchen doesn’t come any more charming than the one found at Rosie’s House at Wynyard. Located at the rear of this Federation-era home, the kitchen is all cool-toned cabinetry and comes blessed with plenty of natural light. It also connects – through a beautifully teal-blue door – to a timber deck and garden. Fire up the coffee machine for your morning caffeine kick, and fill the house with the scent of sizzling eggs, bacon and golden-brown toast. There is a counter bench with a pair of stools, ideal for eager onlookers; you might also choose to take your creations out onto the front verandah – because tucking into a plate of a favourite dish is made even better when you get to gaze directly out to the beach. 

Moorabinda Lodge, Victoria

This mod pad in the Dandenong Ranges is no stranger to designer cred. The house was conceived by Robin Boyd in 1962 and although Moorabinda Lodge has undergone a refresh since then, it has still retained much of its 1960s feel. The kitchen is epic. A cluster of bar stools sits around a central marble bench, giving onlookers a perfect vantage point for watching any cooks move between the top name appliances and counter space. On the other hand, chefs may prepare to work unsupervised – fewer obstacles to block the incredible view offered through floor-to-ceiling windows, over the deck and across the hills towards Monbulk and Wandin Hills. A great outdoor dining area is available for those that prefer to take their cookery alfresco. 

Killen Falls Hinterland Home, New South Wales

Don’t be surprised if you think you’ve momentarily stepped onto the set of a home renovation television show when you see the kitchen at Killen Falls Hinterland Home. Dark cabinetry and stainless steel appliances make this kitchen worthy of any cook up, and the neighbouring servery and bar will make catering for your travelling companions a breeze. A spacious lounge and comfortable dining space mean this area is ideal for kicking back with your nearest and dearest. The house itself is set on five acres of gorgeous grounds. There’s a lap pool too, plus plenty of outdoor entertaining space.

Grey Gardens, Victoria

When you’re headed for a stay owned by a stylist, you know you can expect a retreat that looks like it belongs on the pages of an interior design magazine. Grey Gardens is that stay, and the photogenic feels of this property apply to the kitchen too. The open-plan space is fully equipped with appliances and utensils, and a sprawling workbench doubles as a dining table. The kitchen comes with the sort of pantry stapes essential for an epic cooking session. For other fresh produce, you won’t have to make a trip to the supermarket – you just need to head outside. Grey Gardens boasts an abundant kitchen garden, which is brimming with herbs and vegetables. Guests are free to help themselves and pick anything that takes their fancy. Can’t decide what to pick first? A soak in the outdoor bathtub – which just happens to overlook the garden – might be just what you need to mull it over.

Gnarabup on Baudin, Western Australia

Open, bright and flooded with light, the kitchen at Gnarabup on Baudin will have even the most novice of chefs reaching for a saucepan. The rammed limestone house has been architecturally designed. The kitchen has sleek benchtops, slick appliances and plenty of space to spread out and flex your culinary muscle. A wide window looks out over scrub and offers ocean views. Of course, if you’d rather let someone else do the cooking you can hire a local chef to whip up a feast for you and your group. When your belly is near bursting from too much delicious fare, chances are you’ll be in the mood for a nap. Gnarabup on Baudin has four comfortable bedrooms, all fit for sleeping off any food coma.

Beachview Bellerive, Tasmania

This three-bedroom Californian Bungalow is home to a quaint and pretty kitchen, which has a huge granite benchtop you’ll wish was in your own kitchen. With its smattering of breakfast stools, the bench is the best vantage point to watch your getaway’s nominated chef at work or to nibble toast as you read the morning paper. From Beachview Bellerive, you have easy access to the seasonal farmers market and the nearby provedore, so be sure to pick up garden-fresh produce and gourmet treats for you to chop, sauté and fry back at the house. Those staying here with a group have the use of two dining areas - one indoors and one on the property’s timber deck. If you do want to eat out, you’re spoiled for choice with a cluster of fantastic cafés and restaurants only a short walk away.

Witta Circle, Queensland

Witta Circle sits on one of Noosa’s most exclusive addresses so you’d be forgiven for assuming that such a lavish pad would naturally be home to an equally luxurious kitchen. You would also be right because that’s exactly what this modern six-bedroom pad has. The contrast of honey timbers, white cabinetry and grey-marbled countertops makes for a space that you’ll love having free reign in. Of course, cooks will find the appliances and kit needed for a culinary extravaganza. Prepare charcuterie boards and grazing plates in advance and stash them in the second kitchen area, sitting adjacent to one of Witta Circle’s diving outdoor entertaining lounges. Open the folding windows to pass your plates across the pass, over to your grateful travelling companions.