Time for a staycation?
It’s hard to imagine a summer holiday spent anywhere but the beach when you’re in a country with over 20,000km of coastline, but the results of the 2017 Holiday Rental Awards, which is conducted by leading holiday rental website Stayz, have revealed that plenty of Aussies are just as happy to travel inland. And when you see some of the winners, which range from a luxury wellness retreat in Victoria’s famed spa country, to a converted 1884 sandstone church, you’re going to understand why. Suitcase ready?
Best Unique Property: Yandoit Church
This masterfully refurbished 1884 church is nestled in Yandoit, Vic, just a 15 minute drive from Daylesford. Serving the Swiss-Italian community until 1993, the building has since undergone a stunning transformation which highlights original features such as the church nave, vaulted ceilings, gothic windows and remnants of hand-painted friezes. Eclectic and colourful mismatched furnishings accentuate the property’s one-of-a-kind appeal.
Best Romantic Property: Clifftop at Hepburn
The winner of the romance category as well as people’s choice, this Daylesford gem has been described as entering another world. Fusing design, nature and wellness with an indulgent twist, highlights of the property include towering windows with panoramic views, the hand-hewn fireplace and daybeds suspended in thin air.
Best Design & Interiors: Eqeleni Byron Hinterland Retreat
Tucked away in the Byron Hinterland, NSW, this impressive open plan resort home offers an enormous chef’s kitchen, outdoor entertaining decks, salt water pool and gazebo bar. And for those looking to reconnect with nature, the home’s deluxe freestanding bath and rainforest shower
that look out over the garden are sure to tick all the right boxes.
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