There’s nothing quite like taking a soak to ease all the tensions right away, Victoria’s frostier months lend themselves quite well to escaping the city for an outside spa and a crackling fireplace.
The cold weather calls for cosy cabins, eco retreats, and coastal homes out into the country to escape to, so if you're looking for a spot to stay and spend time in the tub then check out some of our favourites:
The Macedon Ranges sits just about an hour away from the big smoke up in the northern regions of Victoria, it boasts some of the lushest and natural bushland in the state and is famously home to Hanging Rock. The Fellcroft Farmstay is tucked away at the entrance of the Cobaw State Forest, the cosy barn-style house is the perfect getaway for two. Take in the expansive green ranges from the comfort of the tub or park up on the wooden verandah with a coffee or wine in hand.
Unique Riverside High Country Escape
You’ve seen the bumper stickers ‘Where the frig is Merrijig?’ Well it’s about a three-hour car ride from Melbourne’s CBD. The Unique Riverside High Country Escape is the definition of a cosy winter cabin, is made up of recycled material and is nestled right in the snow region nearby Mount Buller. This eco-retreat is decked out with all the comforts including a wood-fired hot tub that looks out onto the natural serenity, an indoor fireplace, and is also doggo friendly so everyone can cuddle up through the weekend.
Yarra Valley Homestead
Nestled among the bushland reserve of Hoddles Creek lies this dreamy hidden cabin. Secluded, serene and an outdoor spa; it definitely ticks all the boxes. The a-framed house is lined with ceiling to floor windows, making the most of the scenic Yarra Valley views. For an even better glimpse, step outside onto the outstretched timber deck and spend a night curled up by the fire pit. Dip your toes in the spa built into the deck and relax to the sound of the native Australian bush that surrounds the property.
Hope Springs Retreat
Situated at the start of the Mornington Peninsula, the very time efficient Hope Springs Retreat is only an hour out of the city in Mount Eliza, providing plenty of escape without the hefty travel time. A beautiful weatherboard house tucked into the backdrop of Mount Eliza’s native bushlands, it's a great spot to recharge the batteries. With an outdoor cedar hot tub on the deck and a deep bath upstairs, you’re really spoilt for choices as to where to soak. With impeccably curated gardens and an exquisitely arranged house, you’ll be hard-pressed to find reasons to venture out.
Yarra Valley Vineyard Cottage
This Yarra Valley Cottage in the town of Gruyere (yes just like the cheese) is a ripper getaway for those looking for some R&R as well as a little grapevine action. The perfect retreat after a hard day of wine tastings this rustic farmhouse with weathered timber is ideal for taking things slow. A big outdoor antique tub with copper taps sits on the wooden deck and looks out onto green hills in the distance.
If there were awards for Airbnb’s The Wensley would have an absolute bag by this point.
The architectural wonder that sits on 80 rolling acres on the Surf Coast hinterland is made up of recycled timber and raw concrete and has been curated head to toe to keep you comfy. With a living room straight out of Grand Designs with an island fireplace, wrapped windows that look out onto the ranges, and a rustic tub on the back porch you'll want for nothing. If style is your vibe then you’ve got it in spades right here.
Liptrap Loft is the quintessential Victorian getaway, set amongst the leafy surroundings of South Gippsland just thirty minutes from the stunning Wilsons Promontory, this house has been crafted with recycled tin and timber, and keeps you comfy and cosy against those wintery elements. It has retro features like a 1960’s style oven and stove but its crown jewel is the outdoor Japanese bathhouse with a tiled tub with exposed pipes and views of the surrounding valley.
The entire house has an elevated sense of design, with second-hand materials and furniture it’s a place to escape with plenty of soul.
Beach House Getaway
Just over an hour from town, this Barwon Heads seaside getaway is prime for a winter escape. Enjoy a stay at Seaview beach house, decked out with wooden floorboards, concrete panelling and wall to wall windows. Eat alfresco, with an outdoor pizza oven and fire pit or spend a chillaxed evening lazing on deck chairs by the pool. On a brisk night, warm up in the heated outdoor mirror spa with a glass red in tow.
Y Vue Apartment
Down on the Great Ocean Road, the Y Vue apartment is nestled on the point of Wye River.
This exquisite little spot is snug but has everything you’d want in a wintery escape, with a cosy apartment that feels more like a wood cabin, nestled right into the hill just metres from the water. With a stunning balcony that looks out onto the entire miniature bay and an incredible spa that is jetting right out you can sit and soak while taking in the endless waves that roll into the sleepy little surf town.
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