Margaret River, Western Australia, has everything, including golden beaches met by splashing surf and towering karri forests. It’s also a haven for foodies, with rows of vineyards turning out some of the best cabernet and chardonnay in Australia and abundant fresh seafood filling cute restaurants. Finally, it has friendly and atmospheric places to stay. Here’s our pick – bookable on Culture Trip.
Within easy striking distance of many of the wineries in Margaret River – including Leeuwin Estate, Cape Mentelle Vineyards and Redgate Wines – Acacia Chalets is your chance to whip up an epic breakfast in a cute self-catering chalet. Choose from one- or two-bedroom options, then settle in for a holiday where time is measured out leisurely in glasses of local cabernet and meals of barbecued steaks – all on your own schedule. Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park provides a soothing backdrop as you sit out on your private terrace to read a book or toast the sunset.
When you’re staying in Margaret River, the Saturday farmers’ market is a must – it’s bursting with gourmet goodies, fresh flowers and locally sourced produce for cooking up a storm. And Margaret River Holiday Cottages are just around the corner, so you can become a regular while exploring the nearby strip of bakeries, restaurants and ice-cream shops. Perfect for families, the self-catering cottages, with up to four bedrooms, are big on amenities, with a playground, an indoor swimming pool and a game room. If you fancy more exertion, there are cycling trails allowing you to discover the beautiful surroundings.
If you only need a simple breakfast to start your day – plus a couple of cups of strong coffee – this one-bedroom self-catering cottage will more than suffice. It offers up an assortment of in-room goodies so that you can conjure dinner at your leisure – there’s also a free bottle of wine for sundowner hour. A bright and airy kitchen space spills onto a broad outdoor deck – a dreamy spot for lazy dinners or unwinding on balmy afternoons. If you hadn’t guessed it from the name, the property was once part of an old dairy – hence the milk pails, churns and other bits and bobs dotted atmospherically throughout.
Seeking a home from home? This greenery-cloaked property, only five minutes from the stunning beach-lined coast, has a comfy, welcoming feel with its cheery peach exterior. Breakfast is the real highlight, though, with home-stewed pears, locally made yoghurt and pancakes with rosewater strawberries. When you’re ready to head out exploring, the helpful owners, Pamela and Dirk, will sort you out with tours of local wineries and the epic scenery, with lunch included.
Studio Guest Suites isn’t only a place to stay – it’s also an antiques paradise, stuffed with vintage button-back sofas, precious pottery and glittering chandeliers. Each suite – some with free-standing baths – exudes a distinct ambience. Then there’s Floyd the schnauzer, on hand for cuddles while you’re hanging out by a crackling fire in the communal library. Continental breakfast is served in your room each day, ensuring there’s no need to get out of your PJs before a glass of orange juice.
Want to be within walking distance of some of the best restaurants and bars in Margaret River? Constellation Apartments is the natural pick. These two modern apartments come with full kitchens and balconies opening onto the balmy outdoors. Each also has a fireplace and a dedicated wine fridge stacked with some of the best bottles from the region. Your first breakfast, starring locally sourced delights, is included so that you can cook a fine feast whenever you choose to rise. After that, there’s no need to cook – just wander down to the Margaret River Bakery when your juices start gurgling for a decadent cinnamon roll.
The grand old granite frontage of Basildene Manor is enticing enough. But this romantically old-world property impresses in other ways, too. Take its beautiful gardens, tennis court and pool. If you’re here for lovey-dovey downtime, you’ll love the smart traditional rooms and the breakfast – a fruit-laden feast served each morning in a conservatory overlooking a lake. Don’t forget the selfies by the giant oak tree out front – it was planted around 1910 from an acorn obtained from the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
All the delights of the shopping strip in Margaret River are at your fingertips when you stay here, as you’re only steps from the spectrum of pizza restaurants, bars and cafes on Main Street. And yet, this place still manages to provide a rural feel, with cycling and walking trails via the forest and river available just outside your front door. Some of the one- and two-bedroom apartments come with spa baths, and all are set with kitchenettes, cots and high chairs for self-catering families. Welcome to your home from home.
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