Cosy Places to Stay in Winter in the Margaret River Region

We all love summer down south, but there’s something pretty seductive about winter’s excuse to get cosy in front of a fire – red wine in one hand, good book in the other.

There’s no shortage of cosy accommodation options in the Margaret River Region that’ll allow you to do just that. A warm homecoming is the best finish to a brisk day out discovering the region’s cool-weather chemistry: the linchpin in your plan for the perfect winter stay.

Pack your chunky knits and get booking – your winter bolthole awaits.

Luxurious Accommodation Picquet Eagle Bay Private Properties
Private Properties. Image: Supplied

Luxe Waveside Warmth

Eagle Bay

How about this beachfront Eagle Bay property for a luxurious winter showstopper?

Curl up by the crackling French wood fire or soak in the heated outdoor spa and watch the waves crash metres from your perch at the stunning Picquet – a jewel in the Private Properties accommodation portfolio.

Five bedrooms, three bathrooms, gourmet kitchen, sumptuous living areas and ocean views over two levels… this is THE place to hole up with family or friends. Watch the wild, wintry waters of Geographe Bay from the comfort and warmth of your master ensuite bath. With reverse cycle heating, comfy TV room and top-notch entertainment options – including a multi room sound system – Picquet offers the perfect opportunity to live your best (low-season) life.

Pullman Bunker Bay Fireplace Winter Fireside
Pullman Bunker Bay. Image: Supplied

Bunker Down in Luxury

Bunker Bay

Sometimes you just want your winter shut-in to be the whole package: gourmet room service, customised mini bar, deep bath, fluffy robes and an onsite day spa. Even better if you can hear the ocean’s roar from your room.

The stunningly located Pullman Bunker Bay resort knows how to roll out the rug for those who need a dose of indulgence with their down-time.

Nestle in with a local wine in front of the resort dining room’s huge stone fireplace or shake off winter altogether with a 26-degree dip in the heated ocean-view infinity pool, or a quick round of tennis.

From studio options and luxury chalets to three-bedroom villas and in-house dining, the indoor spaces are warm and luxurious while the surrounding bush, lake and ocean vistas keep you connected to nature throughout your stay. In the luxury chalets, Pullman also offers a lovely warming log fire, hot tub on the deck and a deep-set bathtub overlooking the forest.

And if the crashing tide demands a beach walk, you have boardwalk access from your front door – the excursion winding up on at the resort’s Vie Spa heated massage table, obviously.

Jarrah Grove Forest Retreat
Jarrah Grove Forest Retreat. Image: Supplied

Bush View Bathing

Margaret River

A deep, two-person bathtub set in the bay window of a luxurious private bush chalet has got to be the ultimate winter antidote.

Jarrah Grove Forest Retreat might be close to Margaret River but it feels like a world away – and there’s plenty here to take the chill off.

A wood fire warms the living area and a fully equipped kitchen (hello coffee machine) begs to prepare your regional gourmet finds.

Or how about just hibernating in the luxury linens and super-comfy mattress of your king-sized marri timber bed?

And when fresh air, forest views, abundant wildlife or star-filled skies beckon, you can take it all in from your outdoor hot tub on the covered deck. Cabin fever cured.

Winter morning sunrise at Margaret River Holiday Cottages. Photo supplied.
Margaret River Holiday Cottages. Image: Supplied

Fireside Family Fun

Margaret River

When it comes to winter family holidays Margaret River Holiday Cottages does it better than most.

Cosy vibes are guaranteed when gathering around the communal outdoor firepit, and the marshmallows and toasting sticks provided will be a hit with kids and adults alike. If you prefer to stay indoors, a selection of cottages have fireplaces too with freshly split Jarrah provided.

Don’t forget your bathers as there is an indoor swimming pool heated to a very lovely 32 degrees, and the indoor games room ensures that everyone is kept entertained even on the wettest of days. Daily animal feedings are also a highlight, with a chance to get up close to the resident farmyard friends and muddly puddles.

Rug up with your walking shoes and warm jacket to explore the winter trails that meander through the neighbouring forests, and at the end of the day retreat home to relax in front of the wood fire.

Constellation Apartments
Constellation Apartments. Image: Supplied

Cosy Convenience in Town

Margaret River

Get your cosy ambience on in an instant with the remote-controlled fireplaces and ducted heating at Constellation Apartments in the heart of downtown Margaret River.

Opulence is a byword at these private courtyard apartments with gourmet kitchens, oversized baths and a wine fridge stocked with hand-selected top drops.

Wash away the week with a warm monsoon shower and step out to a heated bathroom floor before snuggling up in the sleep-inducing king bed with premium linen and pillows.

Great winter dining is on your doorstep here and the nearby boutiques are bursting with the warm and stylish knits you need for local adventures.

Happy to shut down and stay in? There’s always Foxtel, Netflix and Wi-Fi for the guilty binge you’ve been waiting for.

Farmhouse Yallingup Accommodation
The Farmhouse - Private Properties. Image: Supplied

Recharge at The Farmhouse


Want the full “escape to the country” vibe with your winter break?

The sprawling Farmhouse, Yallingup, with its sheltering verandas and cranking stone fireplace, sits high on a hill overlooking the beautiful Gunyulgup Valley.

Grab a loaf of Yallingup Woodfired Bread, put the soup on and relax into the rustic ambience with plenty of room to move for up to 12 guests.

Ngilgi Cave, just 5 minutes from The Farmhouse, is the perfect winter outdoor activity, while Eagle Bay Brewery, wineries and family attractions are equally close for a quick gourmet outing.

If you need a rural recharge with all the homely comforts, The Farmhouse is tough to top.

Bushy Lake Chalets
Bushy Lake Chalets. Image: Supplied

Chill Out by the Fire

Margaret River

The chill doesn’t stand a chance in these perfectly-located lakeside chalets.

Wood-fired stoves, reverse-cycle heating and spa baths make it tough to leave Bushy Lake Chalets. Sitting mid-way between downtown Margaret River and the surf, you’ll find tourist caves and cellar doors all within a few minutes’ drive.

Four large chalets and two smaller suites all have full kitchens, outdoor barbecue areas, TV, DVD, free Wi-Fi and a great view from the spa. Not a bad way to wind up after a hard day’s eating, drinking and exploring in the neighbourhood.

Bushells Bushland Cottages
Bussell's Bushland Cottages. Image: Supplied

Wilderness Warmth

Margaret River

Nothing says “winter retreat” like a pot-belly roaring in a rustic rammed-earth cottage.

Nestled in the Margaret River wine region’s heartland just five minutes from town, Bussell’s Bushland Cottages entice you to strip away the layers and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

The bush property is more than just a cosy sanctuary for visitors. Gazetted “Land for Wildlife” and “Wildlife Land Trust”, the 20-hectare bush retreat is a haven for birdlife, possums, brush-tailed phascogales, bandicoots and kangaroos.

Eight two-bedroom private cottages each have fully-equipped kitchens, TV/DVD, gas barbecues and a firewood stack on the back veranda to keep the pot-belly blazing all night – plus there’s reverse-cycle heating to warm your stay the contemporary way.

Fern Creek Treetop Home
In-House Holidays. Image: Supplied

Choose Your Winter Refuge

Margaret River Region

Got a picture in your head of your perfect winter accommodation down south? Does it have a pizza oven, a pot belly, an ocean view… or all of the above?

In-House Holidays take dreams seriously (even if they’re on a budget), ticking all your boxes from a huge portfolio of privately-owned holiday homes throughout the Margaret River Region.

These helpful locals have been hand-picking homes to keep thousands of winter visitors happy for more than 20 years. They can match requests for saunas, spas, open fires, pot bellies, pet-friendliness, pizza ovens, home theatres, walks and views to locations including town, bush and beach. From cosy cottages to more exclusive escapes – these guys take the hard work out of a winning winter holiday.

The Grove Beach House at Aqua Resort Busselton. Photo Supplied
Grove House at Aqua Resort, Busselton. Image: Supplied

Understated Luxury Lounging


The prime position of Aqua Resort on the shoreline of Geographe Bay means that there is no shortage of things to do, however no one would blame you for making the most of your luxurious accommodation and just snuggling on in.

The Grove houses are all completely self-contained, including Nespresso coffee machines so there’s no need to venture out on those chilly winter mornings for your first caffeine fix. Some homes even have their own heated private plunge pool, but there’s also the resort steam room and spa to warm your bones.

Of course there is a fireplace for winding down at the end of the day, perhaps with one of their Gourmet Grazing Boxes and a glass of wine from their friends at Swings & Roundabouts.

Eight Willows Retreat
Eight Willows. Image: Supplied

Willow Tree Wonders


This cosy oasis on 75 acres of natural bushland is surrounded by lush forests, wonderous willow trees, vineyards and a lake, creating a picturesque and relaxing winter wonderland.

With a variety of chalets you are spoilt for choice no matter the size of your party. Eight Willows Retreat caters to a range of guests, from couples seeking a romantic getaway to families and groups of friends looking for a comfortable and luxurious stay. The luxurious self-contained chalets are equipped with heating and a fireplace, providing a warm and inviting atmosphere all year round.

For those crisp sunny days, each chalet also has its own private outdoor area with a BBQ, perfect for enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings and spending quality time with loved ones. And perhaps the icing on the cake, your breakfast basket includes seasonal fruit from the orchard and fresh complimentary eggs from on-site chickens, and close encounters with kangaroos happen each and every glowing sunset over the Eight Willows lake.

Losari Retreat
Losari Retreat. Image: Supplied

Luxurious and Lush Losari

Margaret River

Losari Retreat is a leisurely eight-minute drive from Margaret River and offers secluded boutique villa accommodation on stunning landscaped grounds, bordered by the National Park.

All of their luxurious villas contain an eco-fireplace, private hot jacuzzi, plush robes, fully equipped kitchen including tea and coffee, king sized beds and cozy lounge rooms. As if this wasn’t enough to convince you to stay in and snuggle up with a good book and wine, Losari can also arrange in-villa chefs, in-villa massages and gourmet breakfast and grazing platters during your stay.

Once you’re ready for a sunny afternoon stroll in the beautiful gardens, you’ll bump into grazing horses and a kitchen garden where you can collect your own vegetables, herbs and freshly laid eggs.

View from 3 bedroom beach house at Smiths Beach Resort.
Smiths Beach Resort. Image: Supplied

Ocean Views For Days


With roaring fireplaces, deep soaking tubs and panoramic views over the Indian Ocean, Smiths Beach Resort is the perfect place to watch the changing colours of the winter sky and epic storms breaking over the ocean.

This luxury accommodation boasts designer European furniture, full kitchens and laundries, open plan lounge and dining, as well as an outdoor space with a barbeque.

Warm up with a hike along the Cape-to-Cape Track that runs past the front door or explore the beach, nearby wineries, breweries and local producers. Return in the evenings for a swim in the perfectly heated pool, have dinner at onsite restaurant Lamont’s or cosy up in front of the fireplace with nibbles from the gourmet deli.

Hot winter tip: Book 2 nights and save with their Margaret River Gourmet Escape package and enjoy daily breakfast, a 2-course dinner and late check-out included.

Little House Republic
Little House Republic. Image: Supplied

Secluded Off-Grid Stay

Scott River, East Augusta

These off-grid little houses are immersed in private, secluded parcels of land in Scott River, a short stone’s throw east of Augusta.

Thoughtfully designed to draw your eye to the beautiful landscape and fitted out with all the creature comforts to make your stay meaningful and memorable, the Little House Republic team actively work to reduce energy use, minimise waste, nurture the land and encourage and collaborate with local producers and communities.

The two little houses ‘Vern’s Ride’ and ‘The Slip Rails’ are nestled among whispering peppi trees and hillocks. Resting your head on a linen pillow here will offer an abundance of spectacular views to choose from – star gazing at night, native wildlife and morning glow, and afternoon sway of trees and breeze.

From the moment you arrive, nature is at the forefront of your experience here.

Tree Chalets
Tree Chalets. Image: Supplied

Unique & Sustainable Luxury


This eco certified, luxe adults-only accommodation is completely off-grid and carbon neutral by their own means. Every little detail in this unique place has been thought through and developed with sustainability at its heart, from low food mile and local breakfast items to packing, linen, power, rainwater, firewood and toiletries.

And of course, Tree Chalets has all the makings of a cosy winter stay with the fresh scent of native bushland to enjoy, from a warm soak in the outdoor claw-foot bathtub, and to a wood fire stove in the lounge. The fire will be lit for your arrival on request and is overlooking a spectacular plantation of 1000 tranquil rose gum trees. A complimentary breakfast hamper on the first morning and a choice of hampers means there’s no need to leave the warmth of your cabin.

Willow Wood Glamping Retreat
Willow Wood Glamping Retreat. Image: Supplied

Glamping Like Never Before


Kitted out with both reverse cycle aircon and a stylish electric fire, Willow Wood Glamping Retreat provides a lovely winter escape of tranquillity and nature on a hundred-acre farm in Ambergate.

The spacious glamping tents are stylishly furnished and purposely situated for maximum privacy and views, and the king and queen beds are dressed with luxury quilts and blankets for extra comfort. Some glamping tents include a freestanding bath in the ensuite – perfect for a soak using Willow Wood’s Larn’wa botanical spa products.

Professional massage therapy is also available exclusively to guests in their dedicated treatment tent, and is nicely finished by enjoying a stroll through nature at Ambergate Nature Reserve.

8 Paddocks
Soak in the outdoor bath tucked between paddocks and farm at 8 Paddocks. Image: Supplied

Nestled Between Picturesque Paddocks

Treeton Valley

Think sleek, warm and luxury tucked between paddocks, natural bushland, pasture and vineyard and you’ll find 8 Paddocks in the heart of it all.

Every aspect of the three freestanding chalets has been carefully curated with high end finishes and a strong influence of local Australian Made materials and products. Wake up in the comfy king size bed dressed with luxury linens, and look out over the stunning farm with a cuppa as the sun slowly rises and covers the grass with a glistering mist.

Unwind with evenings on the deck enjoying a wine or two or cozy up by the outdoor fire pit toasting marshmallows. Or if that’s not your thing, take a relaxing soak in the outdoor Concrete Republic bathtub whilst watching the star show. A perfect escape for couples or singles to reconnect in nature and stillness.
The Shipwright's Mistress
The Shipwright's Mistress. Image: Supplied

Where The River Meets The Sea


Perfectly nestled on the banks of the Blackwood River peeping through the majestic Peppermint Gums, The Shipwright’s Mistress is your new favourite holiday haven. Tucked away where the river meets the sea, Augusta and the Blackwood River has an untamed beauty that is hard to match.

The home truly goes beyond being a relaxing space to spend time as well. You’ll find the house fitted out with all the creature comforts you need for a truly relaxing and restorative winter holiday, but what you’ll also notice is the deliberate exclusion of a television. The owners of Shipwright’s find this is the best way to bring conversation, laughter, moments of connection and pockets of quiet and tranquillity to their lives, and they hope you find the same.

Whether your stay is for a brief weekend escape or for a longer, lingering vacation, it’s a place you can call home and instantly feel as serene as the landscape that surrounds you.

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