With winter upon us, unique winter staycations at remarkable properties are now possible thanks to celeb-loved Luxury home hotel Service Luxico. They exclusively manage $700 million worth of property in Australia. We’ve selected some of their finest homes with fireplaces to ensure your winter escape is super toasty.
Sweven Estate – Hawkesbury River, New South Wales
Nestled on the gentle banks of the Hawkesbury River and only one hour from Sydney, Sweven is one of Australia’s most significant estates, which is set over 141 acres of spectacular scenery, which includes a lotus-filled lake, tree plantations and sheep-filled paddocks.
Sleeping guests, this cosy retreat is a masterpiece of unrivalled beauty. Sweven has four bedrooms and a separate study in a treehouse, with high cathedral ceilings, spacious entertaining and lounge spaces combined with living areas and design detail. The open spaces are rich with texture and warmth and open out to a large terrace, where you can dine, relax and sip a cocktail while enjoying the breathtaking view.
There are nearby hiking trails, horseriding, polo lessons, kayaking, and various watersports for the outdoor adventure enthusiast. The neighbouring Riverside Oaks Golf Course has two beautifully maintained championship golf courses and its own clubhouse and bistro.
The original Lawndale Cottage, built in 1870s, has stood the test of time in the private, serene and highly sought-after Foxground valley. Lawndale is a home filled with old-world charm, offering a rustic, farm-house experience and getting back to basics in a rural setting.
Immerse yourself in a unique, country-esque style of living, perfect for those hoping to discover the beautiful region! In the evenings, unwind in front of the open fireplace while sipping on one of the many local red wines available from the area or afar.
This majestic New Mexico-inspired mansion is situated on the New South Wales south coast, only a short drive from beaches and the coastal village of Milton.
This luxury mansion is not to be missed by sleeping 16 guests and boasting multiple dome fireplaces in bedrooms and living areas.
You’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve arrived on a movie set as the grand, curvaceous exterior of Ser Infinito comes into view. This unique Southwestern-inspired abode enjoys 180-degree uninterrupted hinterland and ocean views.
There’s much to admire indoors, from the exposed beams, archways, imported terracotta tiles, twisted posts of pine, bespoke furniture and oversized sliding doors. And there’s no shortage of space. For the ultimate pampering, a Japanese bathhouse sits off the courtyard. The luxury extends to the rooftop, where guests can soak in those breathtaking views with a dip in the pool and a memorable gathering in the generous entertaining area.
Hillview Homestead (circ1905) is a magnificent historical homestead situated on an original Dairy Farm in the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland, sleeping, 16 guests. The large swimming pool/spa is surrounded by a spectacular backdrop of mountains and heritage-listed national parks.
Perfect for a large gathering or family reunion. The kitchen is an entertainers delight, spacious and well equipped with two ovens and two dishwashers. The formal dining table suits 12 guests comfortably or dine alfresco overlooking the mountains and pool.
The home features two separate living/dining areas as well as a casual entertainment/garage space. The formal lounge/ library with antique piano enjoys the ambience of the jet master double fireplace.
Take a 35-minute bike ride to the beach, have a surf/ coffee and then cool down in solitude by the pool. A short drive over Tomewin mountain (20 mins) into the Tweed Valley opens a world of art galleries and organic gourmet dining options. Byron Bay and the delights of Bangalow are a mere 45-minute scenic drive.
Sleeping 8 guests, this Mornington Peninsula retreat is just minutes from beaches, Blairgowrie shops and walking trails.
Three distinct wings feature the perfectly balanced structural elements of timber, concrete and glass, while carefully capturing the outlook. Looking into the courtyard and only steps away from the main house is a separate wing that houses two delicately styled bedrooms and a bathroom. A four-sided fireplace, concrete bench and expansive glazing is the focal point in the main living area.
The master bedroom enjoys ocean views from its first floor, cantilevered positioned. Soak up the outlook in total luxury, from the fireplace, window seat, free-standing bath, generous shower and bespoke double vanity. On the ground level, there’s another bathroom, while the fourth bedroom includes custom bunk beds and a deck. In fact, the beautiful landscape can be viewed from various private outdoor seating zones, while there’s plenty to explore beyond the main house.