Summer holidays might look a little different this year, but one thing that remains consistent is that families like space to spread out. We’ve discovered the top ten holiday homes from Stayz with enough space for the whole family.
Cape Cabin is a thoughtfully designed holiday home on Phillip Island in Victoria. The owners say the property has been designed specifically with families in mind: “We welcome children with open arms and feel confident that they will enjoy the experience as much as our own”. An original mud brick and timber A Frame home, it sleeps up to 12 guests and has direct access to the beach overlooking Bass Strait and cape Woolamai Nature Reserve. Kids love the loft playroom, bunk beds, toys and books left by the owner’s own children to share with guests.
Water’s Edge in Scarborough featured in the top 20 holiday homes for 2020 in the annual Stayz Holiday Homes of the Year Awards. Located in Scarborough on the NSW South Coast, this large waterside family home sleeps 10 across five bedrooms and has the luxury of four bathrooms so there’s no need to argue over bathroom time when teenagers are involved! The home is walking distance to the renowned Scarborough Hotel, a patrolled beach and a ‘secret’ natural rock pool.
Kinfauns in Western Australia, which was also shortlisted in the 2020 Holiday Homes of the Year Awards, is an architecturally designed home designed to be a contemporary interpretation of traditional rural style. With a large open plan living, dining and kitchen area, the four-bedroom and two-bathroom property allows families to immerse themselves in nature including visiting kangaroos and Western Australian birdlife. The home is a short walk between Petra and Yallingup and families enjoy it as a base to explore Margaret River beaches, wineries, walking trails and bike tracks.
Also shortlisted in the 2020 Holiday Homes of the Year Awards, Elanora Gerroa is popular with families who enjoy this large four-bedroom, three bathroom property with uninterrupted ocean views. The home south of Wollongong on the NSW South Coast overlooks Shelley Beach and farmland. Views are best enjoyed on the garden deck that’s complete with a fire pit. There are three large rooms whilst the downstairs living room can be converted into a fourth bedroom with two single beds making it ideal for large family holidays.
Cubby House, at Sunshine Beach near Noosa, is a hit with families for obvious reasons. Sleeping 10 guests, the house is made up of two buildings joined by a timber bridge. The rooftop terrace captures beach and hinterland views, there’s ample indoor and outdoor living areas, a pool, spa, fully decked out gym, kids retreat and an incredible tri-level cubby house to keep kids entertained for hours.
Elouera Farm in the NSW Southern Highlands is a hit with all the family – including the dog. The stylish barn style building has views of Morton National Park with a full fenced garden making it safe for the children and fur babies. The garden boasts a huge natural stone paved entertaining area with a BBQ and stone fire pit overlooking the valley. Families can escape the city and enjoy the property’s 420 acres of bush, creek, historic riding trails and untouched billabongs. From the home, kids can have first-hand experiences with wildlife including wombats, kangaroos, deer, echidnas, rabbits, foxes and numerous bird species including eagles and falcons.
Lotus Waters in Broadbeach is a hit with families who want a touch of luxury with all the attractions of the Gold Coast on their doorstep. The five-bedroom home that sleeps up to 15 guests has a billiard room, pool, terrace style BBQ area and a large sandy private beach complete with kayaks. Guests can moor a boat on the private jetty or throw out a fishing line. The north facing home has extensive waterfront views and is a short walk to restaurants, cafes, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and The Star Gold Coast.
55 Falls Road in Marysville Victoria is set amongst idyllic bushland giving families a true escape from the daily grind. With an inground trampoline, climbing wall and fireman’s pole – kids are going to be entertained whilst parents enjoy the two decking areas and roof gardens to soak up the views. There is direct access to Steavenson’s River where families will discover a riverside picnic area with a large table, bench seats and fire pit. With an eight-star energy rating, the house has impressive environmental design features including the fact it’s partially underground making it cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
Rye Family Oasis in Victoria is walking distance to Rye’s pier and beach foreshore on the Mornington Peninsula. In summer months, families can cool down in the garden solar heated concrete pool and in winter enjoy the gas heated spa pool. The four-bedroom home has an array of books and games to keep kids of all ages entertained. For the little ones, there’s a cubby house with a park bench and for the teens, they can curl up with a book or their favourite device on one of the sun loungers.
Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat is where guests enjoy five acres of lawns and gardens in the heart of the popular wine region just a two hour drive from Sydney. With 11 bedrooms and eight bathrooms, families can holiday with each other and enjoy the wrap-around verandas, large swimming pool, hot tub, games room, billiard, table tennis, cinema, bocce court, outdoor chess, croquet, cubby house and views to the Broken Back Range.