13/02/2007 - 22:00

Private getaways

13/02/2007 - 22:00


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Got a spare $10,000 and some time off? WA Business News has sourced some of Western Australia’s finest private holiday homes, boasting sweeping views along the South West and Great Southern coastlines and the latest in designer interiors and appliances.

Private getaways

Got a spare $10,000 and some time off? WA Business News has sourced some of Western Australia’s finest private holiday homes, boasting sweeping views along the South West and Great Southern coastlines and the latest in designer interiors and appliances.

For those with the deepest pockets, Eagle Bay’s lavish Janhangir, designed by Dane Richardson, can be rented for $10,000 a week, if you can get a booking. The property is said to be very popular with well-heeled international and Australian visitors who demand nothing but the best.

Features such as spas, pools, saunas, libraries, gourmet kitchens, king-size beds, plasma TVs and ocean views appear to be de rigueur among our selection, as is the ‘short stroll’ to wineries and art galleries.

Despite the costs involved with keeping these homes, most owners are happy to share their properties for a fee while looking forward to comfortable retirements.

Caravan park devotees need not read on…


Jahangir, Eagle Bay

Arguably the most lavish holiday home in the South West, this unique Balinese-style bungalow sits high on the hillside overlooking the pristine waters of Eagle Bay.

Designed by award-winning Dunsborough architect Dane Richardson, the five-bedroom, five bathroom home combines rich African ebony and local jarrah and redwood timbers with luxurious marble, granite and sandstone interiors.

Boasting features such as a home theatre, spa, sauna, swimming pool, various outdoor living areas, a reading library and DVD and video library, Jahangir can only be described as the ultimate in luxury.

Property manager Rosie Harris of Private Properties says the home is one of the finest on the market.

“It is probably one of the most luxurious homes on the market for holidays in Australia, and immediately took off when introduced to our listings.”

Despite its hefty price tag, the property is usually booked out right through the December-January period, predominantly by interstate and overseas guests and their families.

Tariff: high season $10,000/week; low season $6,000/week.


Goode Beach Holiday Home, Albany

After a day exploring Albany’s historical sites and natural landmarks, this new timber framed pole house perched above Goode Beach awaits the weary traveller.

With wineglass in hand, guests can relax on its wide timber deck and soak up the uninterrupted views across Frenchman Bay.

Inside, there are four bedrooms, two bathrooms and three toilets to choose from, plus an open-plan kitchen, children’s retreat, dining and lounge areas – all floored with polished blackbutt timber.

A potbelly stove/combustion heater in the living area can take the edge off any cold southern nights.

The home is 25 minutes from Albany town and a short stroll to the white sandy shores of Goode Beach or any number of walking trails into the surrounding national park.

All bed and bathroom linen is provided, however don’t forget to bring your own beach towels.

Tarrif: high season $2,310/week; low season, $1,620/week.


Picquet, Eagle Bay

You’ll have to book at least a year out for peak times to secure this stunning property, one of the few homes in Eagle Bay with absolute beach frontage and direct private access to the swimming beach.

A Dane Richardson design, this five-bedroom three-and-a-half bathroom home has been designed to take full advantage of the panorama, with open plan kitchen/dining/living areas and views from almost every room in the house.

Children are also well-catered for with a comfortable TV viewing room, including plasma TV, DVD and video facilities and a Bose sound system, located adjacent to the main entertainment area.

Keen amateur anglers can take the day’s catch straight from boat to barbecue, with an outdoor fish cleaning area and spacious outdoor dining facilities.

The property is privately owned by a Perth family, which makes good use of the home when it’s available

Tariff: high season $7,000/week; low season, $4,000/week.


Waterford, Margaret River

Owned by an English couple based in Sri Lanka, this four-bedroom, four-bathroom home is perfectly suited for a couples getaway, with each double bedroom opening out to its own outdoor area.

Designed by Margaret River architect Theo Mathews, well known for his residential and commercial work in the region, including Wino’s Restaurant, the home is set on about five hectares of natural bush with frontage to the Margaret River.

The chef’s kitchen and 14-seat dining room and large entertaining courtyard with barbecue and alfresco dining facilities reflect the owners’ love of cooking and entertaining.

Property manager Rosie Harris says bookings for the property are strong throughout the year, with a mix of overseas and local guests.

Most overseas guests are British expats based in Singapore and Hong Kong. Chinese New Year in February is also one of the busiest times for this and other homes in the area.

Tariff: high season $3,900/week; low season $2,400/week.


18 Seaview Rise, Eagle Bay

This stunning mansion, which sold last November for $2.8 million, is one of the most extravagant on the books of luxury homes agent Jennings Hopkins. The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is situated opposite a walkway to the beach and includes a pool table and a Bang & Olufusen sound system wired throughout the home.

The home features high ceilings and a loft room especially designed to be a children’s quarters. The air-conditioning makes the home enjoyable for summer while heated floorboards make the home equally enjoyable for the winter months.

Tariff: high season $3,970/week; low season $2,350/week.


A La Plage, Gnarabup Beach

Perched on the hill overlooking Gnarabup Beach, near Margaret River, this five-bedroom, three-bathroom fully-appointed modern home can sleep up to 10 and has everything from a gourmet kitchen and espresso machine to hot outdoor shower and original artwork adorning the walls.

The tri-level property has two entertaining areas with timber decked balconies which, along with the main bedroom and spa, overlook a large plunge pool with views to the coast and surrounding national park.

Families are catered for with a table tennis room, two entertainment systems, an extensive movie and book library, a pool with large entry shelf for children, and cycling/walking trails nearby. 

High quality furniture and premium linen and towels complete what is a comfortable holiday destination year round.

Tariff: high season $6,000/week; low season $1,500/week.


Horizons, Prevelly

This aptly named, secluded property boasts views to the ocean from every single room, including the toilet.

Set among three hectares of native bushland, the architecturally designed home has three stylish king and queen-sized bedrooms on its upper level, and a spacious one-bedroom self-contained apartment below, which can be rented separately.

The house has a separate TV room and lounge room, gourmet kitchen, and enormous balcony with uninterrupted views of the ocean.

Outside, guests can make use of a private tennis court, plunge pool and rainwater shower.

Owner Fiona Dempsey has spent the past six months refurbishing the property and said the home was a perfect private retreat for adults.

“This property is very unique to this region, and on clear nights, the stars literally fill up the room,” she says.

Tariff: high season $5,950/week; low season $2,950/week.


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