Yesterday I wrote about Budget Accommodation in Margaret River, so to balance the scales, today I’m writing about luxury.
Not any kind of luxury mind you, but movie star luxury, the sort of high end accommodation that gets listed in Top 10 world wide lists.
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Luxury Accommodation in Margaret River Region
Today, please come with me to The Residence, Cape Lodge, Margaret River the epitomy of style and luxury.
After I’d written that small defining sentence above I had writer’s block, because the only words my fingers wanted to type were adjectives – you know, little darlings that everyone says you should never commit to paper. Purple prose.
But there you go. That’s the sort of feeling this amazing property induces. It just wants you to go overboard on description.
Sitting on its own acreage overlooking two vineyards, tucked behind tennis courts and looking quite like the prettiest model in town, it is an arresting building, and all but the most blasé and jaundiced can fail to be delighted.
It’s self catering with a twist, because essentially all the facilities of Cape Lodge are available including a gourmet breakfast each morning in the restaurant.
Guests are assured of complete and utter privacy as they gaze out over a small private dam, a one hole golf course and lush woodland separating them from the guest areas of Cape Lodge (the main hotel (I’ve written previously about it here) and the lakeside restaurant.
He Himself and my brother in-law were up early, almost at dawn each day, practicing and trying to outdo each other in their golfing tournament. Practice was imperative because they did seem to spend a fair bit of time up to their ankles in water fishing golf balls out of the rough – i.e. the dam.
I’ve stayed at Cape Lodge twice before (introduced to when I was updating the Western Australian chapter of the Fodors Australian Guide Book and returning for our 25th wedding anniversary). I used to think that The Forest Suites were about as good as you can get when it comes to understated luxury.
Then Drew invited us to try out the newly refurbished Residence, and kindly offered me a discount to write about the experience. As we had Dave’s sister and brother-in-law over from the UK, this seemed like a sound idea because we were keen to show them the best that Margaret River as a region has to offer.
As you wind your way through the trees along the private driveway and past the one hole golf course, you come into view of the of the modern lines of this signature accommodation. It’s difficult not to emit a long, “Ohhhh,” and as much as I tried to be cool and collected, I have to admit that when we entered the living area of the Residence with its high vaulted ceilings and floor length windows it was difficult keeping my superlatives to myself.
Quietly casual, discreetly elegant, bright, airy, New England pretty are just some of the words that tumbled from my lips on first sighting.
Cape Lodge itself consists of 23 rooms in addition to the private Residence which sleeps 6 in the main house and 4 in the annexe. It sits on a bend in Caves Road, and is situated 10kms from Yallingup, 20kms from Dunsborough and 30kms from Margaret River . However, until you turn the corner you wouldn’t really know it’s there, and if privacy is your aim, then The Residence has it in spades.
It’s beautifully appointed, and tastefully decorated. There’s not much that guests could wish for – crikey, you’re even provided with golf balls (of which many I’m sure get lost in the dam).
The master bedroom upstairs complete with its own balcony is spacious and salubrious offering a sitting area with TV, a huge bathroom and dressing room, and two enormous beds – just in case you get fed up with each other I presume. Although living amidst this kind of luxury it would be hard not to remain just a little in love with the person who has kindly brought you to such splendor.
Two bedrooms downstairs, with an office (there is wi-fi all around the house), a well equipped laundry room, and a bathroom complete the picture until you get outside to the undercover area and the gorgeous manicured lawns.
High Tea at Cape Lodge
For tea we walked through the gardens to the main lodge and sat on the big squidgy sofas in The Drawing Room where it’s a little like walking into a main room of a large English country mansion. High ceilings and big windows give an air of space, while quiet classical music sets the dulcet tone, and there’s a library of DVDs, games and books to borrow along with high tea which is available all day.
Ahem, we popped over and stuffed ourselves in a very undignified fashion on homemade muffins, and earl grey tea on our first afternoon at the lodge.
The restaurant has been re-vamped and is decorated in a warm lilac maroon colour that perfectly offsets the lime green of the trees and the olive hues of the lake. The menu changes daily and is created from the freshest local produce by Executive Chef Tony Howell.
Between 5.00 and 6.00 pm you might like to enjoy a complimentary tasting of the Cape Lodge Estate Grown Wines. The award winning Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz are limited, and only available to Cape Lodge guests.
I only had one question when we left The Residence, and that was: “I wonder if there’s any chance that one day we could come and live here.”
Would you like to stay at Cape Lodge or The Residence?
Things to do in Margaret River – the region
Sit, drink fine wine and watch movies in the Vineyard at Cape Mentelle – Summer months
In the winter months sip wine by a fireplace at Xanadu, Voyager Estate, Wise Wines, Clairault, Watershed, Sienna Estate, Saracen Estate, Cullen or Laurance or stay at Cape Lodge and sit in uncrowded splendor in the drawing room.
Go Whale Watching from September to November
Photograph a stunning array of wildflowers in the area from September to November
Get on your bike and go biking – there are a number of trails and tracks
Taste world class wine at any number of wine estates and perhaps have a long leisurely lunch.
Visit the local Markets – Margaret River Farmer Markets, Vasse Markets, Town Square Markets.
Love art? Then visit The Yallingup Galleries, Marrinup Drive near Yallingup or drive to Dunsborough for many more arty options.
Watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean at nearby Moses Rock, Surfer’s Point or any other number of lookouts.
Visit a cave – more than 150 caves lie under your feet, and the three most famous are Lake Cave, Ngilgi Cave and Giants Cave.
Drive through the beautiful Boranup Karri Forest
Walk a section of the Cape to Cape track
Visit the scenically splendid Cape Naturalist and Sugarloaf Rock, along with Canal Rocks and Yallingup Beach.
Today I’m linking to Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travellers Sandbox.