While a lot of Perth peeps headed back to Europe for the first time in a long time in 2023, a bunch of awesome new stays still managed to pop up around the state.
Read on below for 10 of the best we covered, and head to @perthisok.stays for more intrastate travel inspo in 2024 and beyond!
Sophisticated in Swanbourne
This Swanbourne Airbnb boasts one of the most enviable locations in the whole state: mere metres away from the spectacular North Cottesloe beach, and moments away from some of Perth’s most beloved eateries. The five bedroom home was designed by Sam Klopper of Klopper & Davis Architects – son of iconic West Australian architect Brian Klopper, and now an acclaimed architect in his own right. At once a robust family home and elegant beachside retreat, this home makes an impact from the get-go – both from its impressive scale from the street, as well as its woven hit-and-miss brickwork, mid-century motifs and a spectacular rooftop terrace, from which you can see all the way to Rottnest.
Located in Nannup valley along the baeutiful Blackwood River, Cleves Hut is 790 hectares of Australian bushland and wildlife. This sanctuary is 100% off the gird with no WiFi or TV and a hut handmade with recycled timber from the farm. Throughout the stay you’ll little sparks of luxury, including underfloor heating in the bathroom, a raised bed for unobstructed flora and fauna views and “Mini Meg”, the cute little indoor fireplace.
Little House Republic
It’s fair to say that the tiny cabin lifestyle has gone from being the accommodation type of the future to what’s in now, with new ones popping up around the State regularly in recent years… Little House Republic is so far a couple of tiny houses deeply embedded into secluded parcels of land in Scott River, southeast of Hamelin Bay. Teaming up with landowners the Dunnet Family, the project is in partnership with Carbon Positive Australia and Sustainable Travel International, and actively works to reduce energy use, minimise waste, nurture the land, encourage local producers and craftspeople and work collaboratively with local communities.
Edge Luxury Villas
Our never-ending hunt for unique stays around Western Australia has unearthed some serious gems over the journey, and Edge Luxury Villas is well up there we have to say. Literally just opening up to the public in December, this adults-only retreat is located in Wilyabrup on an expansive 136-acre farm and forest. The full retreat features four self-contained villas, perched perfectly over a tranquil lake to set the scene for maximum romance and relaxation.
Picture this: its mid-summer, the trees are gently swaying in down south arvo breeze, ducks are swimming across the lake and you’re cracking your first bottle plonk for the day with a few pals… Sounds pretty sweet right? Well this daydream could become a summer reality at this new Yallingup Homestead. Surrounded by vineyards, equestrian paddocks and forest, this “rural oasis” is right by a lake, and features include a massive undercover deck, outdoor bar, pool, fire pit, games cave with pool table and more!
We love our cabins tiny, we love our cabins hidden, and we definitely love our cabins framed in the shape of an A! And Deep South is an adorable A-frame cabin stay perfectly positioned between delightful Denmark, its neighbouring karri forests and the awe-inspiring Ocean Beach. Drenched in nostalgia, it’s perfect for small groups of two to four people and flush with bespoke interiors and tasteful splashes of colour that harken back to its ’70s roots. Carefully curated by photographer Bianca Todd, it has king, queen and single bedrooms, a well-appointed modern kitchen that maintains a rustic feel, wood fire in the lounge, dining nook, and a fabulous front deck perfect for sunrises early and stargazing later.
Margot is the latest offering from the Hidden Cabins team, which is not only suitable for a family of four, but dog-friendly as well! We can picture it now – you and the fam living the quiet life on a farm, watching cows grazing, playing games and sharing stories around the firepit… heaven! Margot sits on the plains of old dairy-turned-regenerative farm, right in the heart of the Ferguson Valley. Enjoy spectacular views out over Bunbury as the sun sets while Karak (Red-tailed Black Cockatoos) and Carnaby Cockatoos play in the trees, roos hop by and that much-needed reset from the city life properly kicks in.
Nestled within Injidup’s peaceful landscape, DEN PLACE is a cosy oasis that blends the luxuries of a boutique hotel room with the charm and clever design of a tiny home. Brought to life by architecture firm Whispering Smith, this small-but-mighty sanctuary draws its design influences from the ’70s and ’80s, fusing sleek industrial design with minimalist Japanese design to create a space that is both visually beautiful as well as practical.
Into The Wild Escapes
If you’re a tiny home fan (and we get the feeling there’s plenty of you out there), you may have come across Into The Wild Escapes on your quests to find the perfect little getaway. With 45 tiny homes scattered throughout the rest of Aus’, this year they entered the WA market with their 46th home, Tiny Matilda. Located to the southeast near Bridgetown, it features space for up to four guests with a queen bed and second double in the loft, plus you can bring your furry friends as the location is pup-friendly. Inside you’ll find solar heating covering both heating and cooling depending on the time of the year along with contemporary furnishings and luxurious linen making for a very comfortable stay. The outdoor deck is perfect for curling up with a nice bottle of red to watch the sunset (or nice cup of coffee as it rises), BBQ grill, firepit and the all-important outdoor bath.
Heyscape’s tiny cabin footprint expanded deeper into the south and south west parts of WA this year with the launch of three new locations in Yallingup, only minutes away from Injidiup Natural Spa and overlooking vineyards just off Caves Road. These surf-friendly cabins feature board racks and outdoor showers, to go with a couple of outdoor baths too! The Yallingup cabins came ahead of some new cabins even further south, with Heyscape’s first foray into the Great Southern coming with a series of premium cabins in Esperance.
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