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The 10 Most Spectacular Stays of 2022

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2022 was a year for travelling once more! And, with wanderlust in top priority, we were in no shortage of beautiful places to visit. 

In case you missed them, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite getaway spots of 2022. From tiny beach shacks in Tasmania, to a spectacular retreat in Mclaren Vale – these dreamy holiday stays should be at the top of your travel list!

30th December, 2022

Seaview is set amid Glebe, in Hobart! Photo – Marnie Hawson

The property’s name even features on a brass plaque outside the home. Photo – Marnie Hawson

Views of Hobart town and beyond. Photo – Marnie Hawson

The accomodation only opened in September last year following two years of renovations. Photo – Marnie Hawson

A Dreamy Getaway With Panoramic Views In The Heart Of Hobart

When Georgina Young and her husband inherited Seaview in 2019, it was a run-down Edwardian home in Hobart, Tasmania. A two-year renovation helped bring the property back to life, fusing its period origins with a peaceful, Japanese-inspired extension.

The three-bedroom Airbnb is unassuming from the outside, but once you walk down the long hallway, it reveals spectacular views of the city, river, and mountain!

Read the full story here.

On 100 acres of land in McLaren Vale, on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, sits Timba—the first bespoke retreat created by the team at Rtreet. Photography – Jonathan van der Knaap

Timbers in the main house are entirely repurposed — including jarrah, eucalypt, and Oregon to instil an inherently rustic feel. The new studio is lined with plywood. Bed linen by Good Studios. Photography – Jonathan van der Knaap

The new kitchen in the extended main house. Bench made from repurposed jarrah. Joinery made from eucalypt. Tapware made using old copper from the walls of the previous structure. Solid marble sink. Photography – Jonathan van der Knaap

A garden with ‘Palm Springs flair’ surrounds the pool area and deck. Photography – Jonathan van der Knaap

A Former Log Cabin Turned Luxury Retreat On The Fleurieu Peninsula

On 100 acres of land in McLaren Vale, on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, sits the first bespoke retreat created by the team at Rtreet.

Co-founded by Joe Briello and Jo Lenart, Rtreet is one-of-kind accommodation created to match the natural beauty of the company’s carefully chosen sites.

Timba is their debut project—a luxury bush retreat designed and built by the founders. They’ve lived on site over the past two years, personally transforming a former log cabin into the gorgeous accommodation you see today using a predominately recycled material palette.

The completed home and pool seemingly rise from the regenerated landscape, offering views across the rolling hills and vineyards beyond.

Read the full story here.

Sabi is a new accomodation in Binalong Bay, on Tasmania’s famous Bay of Fires. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Editorial styling – Belle Hemming Bright

Two king-size bedrooms accommodate up to four guests. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Editorial styling – Belle Hemming Bright

The house had sat on the market for two years until Jessica and Fred Eggleston bought it. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Editorial styling – Belle Hemming Bright

Repurposed materials are also used throughout, including a former cider barrel turned into a Japanese-inspired bath with salvaged copper liner. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Editorial styling – Belle Hemming Bright

A Wabi-Sabi Inspired Stay In Tasmania, Created By A Renovating Power Couple

When our editor Lucy took a road trip around Tasmania this year she stayed at new accommodation Sabi, which she’s been raving about ever since!

Located in Binalong Bay on the famous Bay of Fires, Sabi is the work of husband and wife duo, Fred and Jessica Eggleston. In between lockdowns and caring for their two young children, the couple travelled two hours every weekend to bring this project to life over 18 months.

The highly detailed finished product is a testament to Jessica’s research of wabi-sabi principles, which now guide her approach to interiors, relationships, and view of the world.

Read the full story here.

Magic Beach House is a new tiny house accomodation in Walkerville, a small coastal village in Victoria’s south-west Gippsland. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Jess Kneebone. Additional styling – Shena Jamieson and Melissa Van Dartel

The property is best appreciated from the oversized raked bedroom window, which looks out over established treetops to the water. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Jess Kneebone. Additional styling – Shena Jamieson and Melissa Van Dartel

James Hardie Axon cladding was painted by artists April Phillips, David Booth, Carla McRae, and Beci Orpin. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Jess Kneebone. Additional styling – Shena Jamieson and Melissa Van Dartel

The small footprint of Magic Beach House was driven by the project budget, the existing landscape, and the bushfire requirements of the site. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Jess Kneebone. Additional styling – Shena Jamieson and Melissa Van Dartel

A ‘Magic’ Tiny Beach House In Unspoiled Walkerville

Walkerville is a quintessentially Australian coastal village that remains magically unspoiled by development. Until now, this sleepy strip of coastline not far from Wilsons Prom has been a relatively well-kept local secret… but that could be all about to change, with the addition of the area’s newest property – a tiny, distinctive beach house called Jacky Winter Waters.

The south-west Gippsland, Victoria, accommodation is the latest offering from Jacky Winter Places: an offshoot of The Jacky Winter Group agency, founded by managing director Jeremy Wortsman.

Together with Imogen Pullar Architecture, MVH Constructions, Mcnuttndorff Landscapes, and the support of long-time local neighbours, Jeremy has created a truly one-of-a-kind tiny house getaway for guests and future artist residencies. 

True to the Jacky Winter brand, the building’s playful yet camouflaged facade depicts the work of artists April Phillips, Beci Orpin, Carla McRae, and David Booth

Read the full story here.

‘There’s an incredible beach out the front which is home to a resident group of swans, pelicans and is excellent for paddleboarding, kayaking and dreaming the day away while you sort your life out. It’s that kind of place,’ says Emma Read. Photo – Hannah Puechmarin

The whole house glows pinks and apricots, and the moon rises out the back and the sun sets out the front over the ocean,’ says Sarah. Photo – Hannah Puechmarin

Love & Mutiny has two beds that sleep up to four guests, and also has its own merch line! Photo – Hannah Puechmarin

A Pink 1950s Beach Shack On The South Australian Coast! 

Sisters and stylists Emma Read and Sarah Hall of Read & Hall have created some seriously special properties, from their own personal homes (see here and here!) to their first accomodation in Marion Bay. 

The pair’s latest project, Love & Mutiny, is no exception. Located in the small village of Chinaman Wells (about two hours from Adelaide on the western coastline of Yorke Peninsula), this relaxed holiday home has been created especially to encourage slowing down, unwinding, and taking in those incredible water views!

Filled with vintage charm and little luxuries, you’ll never want to leave this adorable pink shack!

Read the full story here.

Pendant light from Pop and Scott. American Oak dining table made by a friend. ‘Dany’ dining chairs by  Aldo Barbieri from Castorina & Co. Photo – Holly Graham

Sofa from Curated Spaces. Kartell Nesting Tables.  Photo – Holly Graham

A Restored ‘60s Beach House On The Mornington Peninsula

When this 1960s beach house was last for sale, it was advertised as a knockdown complete with plans and permits for two townhouses. Despite its near uninhabitable state, Rhiannon and Matt Orr, founders of Design Orr Build, saw potential in its original bones as a family home and eventual accommodation. 

After an extensive renovation, extension, and move up north, Rhiannon and Matt have recently opened up their Mornington Peninsula property to guests full-time via Airbnb.

Read the full story here.

‘It’s a place to come and make memories but also a place where a wave of nostalgia washes over you and memories will come flooding back in. For us it always reminds us of simple summer holidays or road trips with our loved ones,’ Sarah Miles says of her Airbnb, Miles Away. Photo – Nikole Ramsay

The glorious vintage-inspired kitchen! Photo – Nikole Ramsay

The cosy coastal abode is the result of 18 months of work (and eight months stand-still due to the pandemic!) Photo – Nikole Ramsay

A Nostalgic Mid-Century Beach Shack On Victoria’s Coast

Trips to Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula are already filled with nostalgia for most Melburnians, but this mid-century beach shack takes that feeling to a whole new level after being lovingly renovated by its owners.

Sarah and Tom Miles spent 18 months bringing their run-down Ocean Grove property back to its retro glory.

The 1950s home is now a dreamy, two-bedroom accommodation called Miles Away, nestled by the beach and towering tea trees. And as the name suggests, it’s designed to transport guests miles away!

Read the full story here

Originally built by a local fisherman in the 1980s, current owners Ingrid and Clifton Daniell restored the property to highlight its charm and undisrupted ocean views. Photography – Marnie Hawson

The accomodation is located in the small town of Falmouth (population 102) on Tasmania’s east coast. Photography – Marnie Hawson

Much of the decking, roof, windows and joinery have been replaced in renovations. Photography – Marnie Hawson

A Charming Beach Shack On The Edge Of The Tasman Sea

Whale Song is a beach shack turned accommodation designed purely for escapism and relaxation in the small town of Falmouth (population 102) on Tasmania’s east coast. 

Originally built by a local fisherman in the 1980s, current owners Ingrid and Clifton Daniell restored the property to highlight its charm and undisrupted ocean views.

A visit to this dreamy shack includes taking in gorgeous sunrises through newly-installed windows, relaxing in the outdoor bath, cosying up around the outdoor fire pit, and spotting whales on their annual migration path! 

Read the full story here.

The fully equipped kitchen inside Barfold Estate is ready for you to cook up a storm! Photo – Victor Vieaux.

Eventually, the untreated reclaimed wood exterior will silver to blend in with the eucalypts. Photo – Victor Vieaux.

A generously sized king bed is separated from the lounge by a double-sided fireplace! Photo – Victor Vieaux.

Photo – Victor Vieaux.

A Serene Architectural Getaway Overlooking Vineyards In Central Victoria

Guests to the Heathcote wine region will be lining up to stay at Barfold Estate’s beautiful new boutique accommodation, the Winemaker’s Shed; a luxurious architecturally designed guest cabin perched above the vines on the 100-acre farm.

With serene interiors by Layan Architecture, a generous free-standing bath with views out to the landscape, and a roaring double-sided fireplace, this new accommodation offering is the area’s best-kept secret – for now!

Read the full story here.

Book your stay at Lumière Lodge! Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Kerran and Sam Langley

Owners Kerran Langley and her husband Sam bought this property seven years ago, going on to complete a major restoration and renovation combining influences of traditional English kitchens and the elaborate lost huts of Kunanyi/Mt Wellington. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Kerran and Sam Langley

‘I constantly love observing natural wonders and historical artefacts; be it the colours of lichen, native vegetation, historical writings, and photographs,’ says Kerran.  Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Kerran and Sam Langley

The enchanting living room inside Lumière Lodge. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Kerran and Sam Langley

A Beautifully Restored 1980s Victorian Home In West Hobart

Owners Kerran Langley and her husband Sam bought this property seven years ago, going on to complete a major restoration and renovation combining influences of traditional English kitchens and the elaborate lost huts of Kunanyi/Mt Wellington. 

Kerran describes Lumière Lodge as ‘old Hobart Town’ reimagined — a place where voyagers from near and far can hang up their coat and rest their weary feet.’ 

Read the full story here.

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