Winter is coming. And it doesn’t get much better than enjoying a few chilly nights with the comfort of a wood fire, heavy paperback, glass of red and of course your fave pair of seriously comfy trackies. Across Australia there are a sprinkling of romantic cottages, farmhouses and cabins primed to host your ultimate winter reverie a la Cameron Diaz in The Holiday. From a tiny house in the wilderness of the Yarra Valley to an architect’s delight on Tassie’s rugged Bruny Island – we’ve handpicked a group of intimate stays for your ultimate romantic winter getaway.
Written by Jade Just – Contributing Travel Editor. Cover Image: Herrman House
Eldorado Cottage, Laggan, NSW
You’d be hard pressed to find a more picturesque setting than that of Eldorado Cottage, which sits elevated above a working sheep and cattle farm with endless 360 degree views (it’s perched 900m above sea level!). Inside it’s a seamless union of rustic charm and scandi inspiration (everything has been cleverly up-cycled), and outside the black exterior is juxtaposed by the vivid bush backdrop. Location wise, it’s just a three hour drive from Sydney – two from Canberra – in the scenic Southern Tablelands. Foodies and wine lovers can rejoice – the award-winning Argyle Inn at Taralga and The Laggan Pantry (with on-site brewed ale) are close by, or you can opt to stock up and head back to the farm for a picnic with a view or curl up by the fire. Notably, the gorgeous country home is ‘off the grid’, thanks to its green design it’s entirely powered by a solar system. It has only been on available as a holiday rental for a few months so we suggest getting there before everyone else discovers it!
From $200 per night. Click here for more details. Images: Abbie Melle
Temple Farmhouse, Bangalow, Byron Bay
Temple Farmhouse is the ultimate option for winter near Byron Bay, boasting an array of winter-friendly features – from the outdoor fire pit (mmmm marshmallows) to the chesterfield lounge – perfect for misty morning views over the rolling hills, with a coffee in hand. Styling wise, it’s flawless – rustic and homely yet undoubtedly thoughtfully curated. The house is admittedly set up for a romantic getaway…with the kids in tow (it is possible here!) with several vantage points that allow you to dig into a cheese platter while kicking back and watching the kids play on the swing set or in the outdoor kitchen.
From approx $780 per night plus fees. Click here for more details. Images: Josh Shaw X Jaylene Cook
Mountain Tiny House, Warburton, Victoria
This sweet mountain house might be tiny (just 7.5m long and 2.5m wide) but boy it packs a punch, with a full kitchen, big bathroom, vintage leather couch and queen sized bed PLUS a glorious wood fire. The setting, nestled between the Redwood Forest and La La Falls, is magical and teamed with the cosy quarters it’s a fantastic way to reconnect with a loved one while enjoying nature – you’re likely to spot kookaburras, lyrebirds, cockatoos, wallabies and perhaps even a wombat.
From $160 per night. Click here for more details.
Mile End Glamping, Margaret River, Western Australia
This is glamping at its absolute finest – 65m2 dome tents surrounded by 144 acres of native bush and manicured farmland with the Margaret River Region’s exemplary wine and food region just a hop, skip and a jump away (think: venison chorizo, wood fired sour dough bread, and a plethora of cheeses). The domes’ exteriors are futuristic but the coastal-inspired interiors are a warm medley of timber and crisp white, and feature king sized canopy beds plus lavish spa baths (we suggest bathing at night to make the most of the rural starry night sky). Quite honestly, if you don’t want to – you don’t have to lift a finger. The region’s best wares can be delivered straight to your door as a grazing board or hamper and you can even take it a step further with a private chef. Although, it is Margaret River and it would be a crying shame if you didn’t get out to discover some of the highlights from award-winning wineries such as Leeuwin Estate to renowned natural wonders like the enchanting underground caves.
From $336 per night. Click here for more details.
The Cottage, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
In the heart of the iconic Kangaroo Valley lies ‘The Cottage’ a beautifully styled, 1880s gem owned by artist and creative director, Lisa Madigan. It’s just two hours south of Sydney, and it’s one of the most picture-perfect cottages we’ve ever seen! The meticulous attention to detail is a credit to Lisa’s styling skills – with raw luxury and carefully curated furniture a common theme throughout. The open fireplace and blend of wood, concrete and brick makes for an intimate winter escape – stock up on supplies from the region…and simply unwind.
From $330 per night. Click here for more details. Images: Styling – Lisa Madigan, Photography – Lean Timms
The Vineyard Retreat, McLaren Vale, South Australia
This glorious fifteen acre working vineyard in the spectacular McLaren Vale wine region boasts five boutique self-contained guest houses, just a breezy forty-five minute drive from Adelaide. Get excited about wood fireplaces, private decks with unreal views, and generous stocks of locally sourced brekkie goods…and a free-of-charge minibar (um, yes please). Plus there’s guest access to the jacuzzi among the vineyards. The area caters for cyclists, hikers, surfers, market fans…well, pretty much everyone…and there’s awesome coffee at the Home Grain Bakery two mins down the road (you can’t go wrong with that!). With the convenient location and the region’s highlights at your fingertips, it’s definitely worth the visit for South Aussies this winter.
From $450 per night. Click here for more details.
Danger Island House, Dangar Island, NSW
Situated among towering native angophoras with sweeping views of the Hawkesbury River, it’s hard to believe this house is just an hour north of Sydney. The detailing is meticulous: timber, black stained windows and linen furnishings paired with vintage pieces, plus the addition of an indoor wood burner to create the ultimate winter escape for design aficionados. Even in the depth of winter the split-level dwelling is filled with light thanks to the clever architecture. The island itself offers seclusion in spades – there’s just one local shop for basics and a morning coffee (although social butterflies can have a casual rollup (or meal) at the bowls club with the locals).
From $1200 for three nights. Click here for more details. Images: Michael Wee
Herrmann House, Scenic Rim, Queensland
On quaint Kalbar’s main street – part of Queensland’s jaw dropping Scenic Rim – is the elegant Herrmann House, lovingly restored to become the region’s newest luxury accommodation. It truly embodies romance with its sprawling wrap-around verandah, cosy fireplace and king bedrooms each with an opulent ensuite featuring heated towel rails, marble flooring and Laura Ashley chandeliers. Despite oozing history and old-world charm it has all the creature comforts you’d expect from a five-star hotel including Wifi, Netflix and Bluetooth sound. Around town there is lots to do – lunch overlooking the lavender at the Katoomba Winery & Lavender Farm, coffee at the local brewery, bush walks, craft beer tastings or even hot air ballooning – all just fifty minutes from Brisbane’s CBD.
Front section of the house for two people – $350 per night, or whole house – $550 per night for 4 couples. Click here for more details.
Bruny Cabin, Bruny Island, Tasmania
Enveloped by 99 acres of conservation forest with the rugged terrain of Bruny Island at your doorstep, this minimalist cabin is the perfect place to escape. The wood and light filled cabin is visited regularly by wildlife including wallabies and eagles, which are best spotted while having a soak in the outdoor tub, which is sunken into the decking (you can relax in complete and utter privacy). Although you’re more than likely not going to want to leave the peacefulness of the cabin, the island is renowned for its local food and drink, think: artisan cheeses and wines, honey, berries, cherries plus oysters and seafood.
From $350 per night. Click here for more info. Images: Rob Maver