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Where To Stay In Margaret River

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With four nights to play with in the Margaret River Region, I decided to split our time between a rural cottage and a luxury hotel.  There are overwhelming accommodation options in the area but I was delighted with both of my choices and would happily recommend them.

Wildwood Brook Cottage, Yallingup

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Yallingup is a very convenient base for exploring the Margaret River region.  Yallingup Beach was our favourite beach in the area (and believe me, they are all beautiful) and Dunsborough (where all the major shops are) is only a ten minute drive way.  If you head South down Caves Road you’ll pass all the major wineries and other tourist attractions.

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I found Wildwood Brook Cottage through Stayz.com and was immediately charmed by the photos of the white weatherboard nestled in the trees.  Thankfully it was as lovely in real life and we enjoyed two nights here, watching the kangaroos hopping around from our porch at sunset and spending our evenings playing board games that had been left by the owners.

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The cottage has three bedrooms (one queen, one double and one with two single beds). The kitchen, dining area and lounge is one large open living area. There is one bathroom and laundry facilities. Location-wise, the cottage is a 5 minute drive to both Yallingup and Smith’s Beach.

Booking through Stayz.com was easy although for this particular cottage, I had to do a bank transfer rather than credit card payment so would have incurred a slight extra charge for that.

Hotel Pullman Bunker Bay Resort

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I wanted to spend the last two nights of our trip at a resort with a swimming pool as I wasn’t sure how rough the ocean would be to swim in.  I was choosing between the Smiths Beach Resort and The Hotel Pullman Bunker Bay Resort.  Ultimately the Pullman won as we were already spending two days in Yallingup (where Smiths beach is) and I wanted to see more of Bunker Bay.

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The resort is absolutely stunning, perched in the sand dunes of Bunker Bay.  I booked a 2 bedroom villa through the website, taking advantage of an early bird discount rate.  The villas area spread out and no cars are allowed onsite (all access via golf buggy).  The villas are stunning, I was really impressed (living in Asia I have very high standards for luxury resorts). There is a huge open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area.  Each bedroom has its own bathroom and the master has a beautiful free-standing tub. There is also an outdoor patio with dining table. The decor is stylish and modern and was very comfortable.

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The pool is nice and there are various floaties that the kids can borrow (it is quite deep). There are quite a few sun loungers around the pool although it gets shaded after about 4pm.  Bunker Bay beach is a five-minute walk through the resort on a wooden bridge that passes over the lake.  The beach is yet another stunner (you really are spoilt in the Margaret River region) although make sure you bring your own shade!

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As we had kitchen facilities, we made our own breakfast and then spent our lunches at the wineries (see my previous post).  One night we ordered delicious pizza through room services and the other night we bought a rotisserie chicken from Coles in Dunsborough (a ten minute drive away).  The Bunkers Beach Cafe is a short walk down the beach and a perfect spot for lunch.

 

Ellard B&B – Perth Airport

As we had a very early flight from Perth back to Hong Kong, I wanted to spend that last night as close to the airport as possible. Good old Tripadvisor recommended Ellard B&B which is an 8 minute drive from the airport.  Don’t be confused on arrival, it is indeed a converted house on a residential street.

We booked the Family Room (online through their website) which had a Queen bed and double fold out bed. Check-in was quick and easy, the room was clean and there was a self-service breakfast the next day which was convenient for the 5am departure!

 

 

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