It’s easy to see why people flock to Margaret River. Blanketed with a forest of tall karri and jarrah trees and undulating hills, the region is home to 100+ cellar doors, loads of farm-to-table experiences, quirky boutiques, art galleries, cafes, wine bars and plenty of hiking and biking trails.
If you’re looking for a Margaret River getaway with a difference, why not get the whole gang together and book a stay in your own private hilltop mansion? We found five of the most impressive rural retreats in the region, situated high up on hills and architecturally designed to provide optimal viewing across the valleys and endless canopies.
River's Edge, Private Properties Holiday Homes
You’ll feel like you’re suspended in the wilderness at this riverside retreat, located just 10 minutes from the Margaret River townsite. An architecturally designed house that literally overhangs the Margaret River, Ridge’s Edge offers jaw-dropping views. With floor to ceiling windows and 180degree views across the river, there’s even a private walkway that leads you down through the bushland to the riverbank below.
Perfect for multiple groups holidaying together, there are numerous living zones and cantilevered balconies to relax on. Nestled in native bushland, you’ll enjoy utmost privacy and seclusion – you won’t be able to see any other properties, no matter what direction you look.
Managed by Private Properties. Book here.
Ithaca, Private Properties Holiday Homes
A luxurious holiday home secluded on a hillside in rural Yallingup, at Ithaca the sun is within your reach. This is an architectural gem with modern glamour, providing sweeping views out across the valley to the ocean beyond. The sunsets here are second to none, with windows strategically placed to let the rays cut in.
You’ll have plenty of gathering room, with a double-sided stone fireplace separating the lounge room and alfresco living area. There’s also a plunge pool around the side of the house that hangs out over the hillside, perfect for relaxing in with a glass of local wine. Art-lovers will appreciate the property’s original artworks, including bronze statues by renowned public artists Gillie and Marc, known for their human-animal hybrid statues.
Bina Maya Escape, View Retreats
An award-winning retreat, Bina Maya is perched on rolling hills and surrounded by 7.5acres of native bushland. There are actually two separate accommodation options here – you can choose between a smaller villa for a couples getaway, or book out the larger 4-bedroom residence for something a bit more deluxe. Both can be booked out if you have a larger group looking for complete use of the property.
With Scandinavian styled interiors that are spacious, modern and flooded with natural light, the entertaining areas feature large windows providing incredible views of the surrounding forest. There’s also a fully-equipped chef’s kitchen, large dining table, and an expansive outdoor balcony that reaches out into the bushland.
Managed by View Retreats. Book here.
Marribrae, Private Properties Holiday Homes
A luxurious rural retreat set on 8 acres, Marribrae offers views across Gunyulgup Valley, with most bedrooms offering lake and valley views. It’s well-positioned close to Smiths and Yallingup beaches, and local galleries, wineries and breweries.
Great for entertaining, there’s a spacious alfresco area under the north-facing veranda, plus a pool set amidst terraced lawns. The kids will love the massive theatre room, and there’s even a trampoline, swings, sandpit and cubby house for them to run amuck outside. It’s also pet-friendly, meaning that you won’t even need to book a dog-sitter.
Alouarn House, Exclusive Escapes
With high ceilings and plenty of natural light, this stunning home provides views of the national park. Alouarn House provides 600 square metres of living space, enough for everyone to stretch out and unwind. Cricket-lovers will be pleased to know there’s also a cricket pitch, so you can have a hit with the team when you’re not lounging on the decks watching the kangaroos having a feed. The house is also only a 5minute drive from the world-famous Margaret River surf break.
Whilst the main house will accommodate for up to 12 across 6 bedrooms, there are another 2 bedrooms in a detached guest house that will sleep up to 4. Note that booking out the guest chalet comes with an extra cost.
Managed by Exclusive Escapes. Book here.