The heart of Victoria’s High Country new boutique accommodation operator Big Sky Retreats has just launched a new premium home stay: Big Sky Ridgeview, located in the popular mountainous tourist town of Bright. Designed to encourage longer stays and a retreat to nature without sacrificing an inch of luxury, Big Sky Ridgeview, is one of a select new group of year-round Australian holiday stays that raise-the-bar in terms of features, quality and creative design.

Set high on a sloping block, Ridgeview is a large, contemporary lodge positioned centrally within more than an acre of private property. The position provides uninterrupted views of the the surrounding mountains and township and is one of the best locations Essentials has seen within the Bright.

Dining on the expansive deck
Big Sky Ridgeview features extensive interior styling assisted by Priscilla Alexander of Bright’s 3741 Boutique

Taking inspiration from the American-style lodges within the small town of Big Sky, Montana, owner Paul Absalom, sought to recreate and share this much-loved aesthetic with likeminded Australian families and travellers.

‘Combining our long-held love for the vibrant community of Bright and the architectural wonders and designs we have come across abroad, we’re delighted to be bringing Ridgeview to this beautiful part of Victoria. From the region’s amazing outdoor activities, to the brilliant food and wine scene and four distinct seasons, we wanted to create a home that is an experience in itself,’ says Paul.

Offering four spacious, beautifully styled bedrooms, Ridgeview is the perfect destination for two families or big groups of eight, and features an outdoor pool made from an upcycled shipping container, a steam room, BBQ, laundry, quality linen and a host of other quality amenities.

With direct access to cycling paths, adventure running, and a dedicated fitness zone Ridgeview is suited to those with an athletic spirit; however upon our visit we chose to slowly explore the town on foot during the day and dine on the expansive deck while admiring the family of grazing kangaroos – literally metres from the lodge – during the evenings.

Well suited to self catering, the lodge comes with a fully equipped kitchen, wine fridge, drinks preparation space and multiple indoor and outdoor dining and lounge spaces. Guests can also go a step further during their stay with Ridgeview’s range of tailored local experiences, including: personal workouts and yoga sessions, in-house chefs and retreat massages.

Reinventing the family holiday with luxurious, spacious interiors and a surpassing attention to detail within Bright’s majestic hinterland, Big Sky Ridgeview is a true winner and one of four boutique luxury lodges set to be built into the Big Sky Retreats portfolio this year.

With plans to significantly expand its network of premium and unique accommodation options, Big Sky Retreats will introduce river fronted properties River Run and Bridgewater to the market in early 2020.

Big Sky Ridgeview
34 Walkers Lane, Bright, Victoria

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