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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.
Myers Creek Cascades Cottage
If you’ve ever wanted to live out your rainforest cabin dreams here’s your chance to actualise them. The Myers Creek Cottage is set deep into the dense forest of the Healesville region, with ferns draping across the exterior of the multi-level house and deck. The inside feels magical and cosy, with wood-panelled walls and a hearty fireplace giving this stay plenty of vibe and warmth. With two spas in both the bedroom and the bathroom, you’re spoilt for soaking choice. The bathroom spa is situated in a deep cut window that gives 180 degrees of forest action while you’re bubbling away.
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.
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.
Mornington Spa & Pool House
Smack bang in the centre of Mornington there’s a restful retreat that gives you plenty of coastal relief without sacrificing all the metropolitan comforts. Surrounded by fine dining, bars, as well as pristine beaches this little escape provides the best of both worlds. Stacked with an indoor and outdoor spa, as well as a pool to cover all soaking bases. The lounge room has views that look out onto the bay and there's a mid-century fireplace which is surrounded by a modular leather couch with a spanking 70-inch plasma to plant yourself in front of.
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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