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The Magnolia House is quintessential Byron design: pure, relaxed and sophisticated. This vacation rental, which sleeps up to 8 guests, is situated on one of Byron’s tightly held laneways and hidden behind a vibrant ficus hedge, a pair of vintage salvaged doors open to reveal a magnificent home designed for family, for entertaining and for play. From the living room, imposing floor to ceiling steel doors retract fully to a north-facing covered veranda and outdoor eating area. The effect is to create a vast interior-exterior space. Outside a manicured lawn extends the living area to the swimming pool and spa. An antique brick wall encloses the property and defines the shape of its private world. Magnolia House is designed for family and friends and provides ample spaces for children and parents to join together or disappear into. Along with the living and dining area downstairs, there’s a media room, a study and two guest powder rooms. Upstairs has four bedrooms – three queens, a central bathroom and a spacious parent’s retreat with king bed, bath area, separate ensuite and lounge. You can find more information about rates & bookings here on Byron Beach Abodes website.

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Located on the iconic Pacific Coast Highway in California (USA), across the street from the world-famous Surfrider beach, The Surfrider is a modern California Beach House, inspired by the picturesque Malibu landscape and rich heritage of California surf culture. Personifying Malibu’s historic beach-town community, the complete redesign of the original 1950s-era motel has transformed The Surfrider into a contemporary boutique hotel with 20 rooms that gives guests an unparalleled and elevated visit to Malibu. The Surfrider definitely has set a new standard for relaxed coastal living!

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Located just over an hour south of Sydney, you will find Soul . . .a place to escape, a place to discover the beauty of the NSW South Coast, a place to spend time with your friends and family. Located in the heart of a coastal village, SOUL of Gerringong offers laid-back guest accommodation in one of the towns original coastal farmhouses. The heart of the SOUL is The Farmhouse that has a classic coastal feel, with the raked ceilings in all of the guest rooms and the kitchen. The stunning original stone fireplace and the tropical surrounds. Then there is the SOUL Barn which is located at the rear of the farmhouse. Oozing charm before you even walk in the door, the Barn has a rustic decor with a touch of boho space which features raked ceilings flooded with natural light and a four poster bed that overlooks the swimming pool. The SOUL Cabanana, overlooking the swimming pool, has two king guest rooms with ensuites. On the SOUL website you can find more information about rates & bookings.

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This lovely holiday home in Byron Bay, Australia, is also part of Byron Beach Abodes (you can see The Chalet here). The Cottage is Byron style – open, relaxed and friendly yet with a hint of surfer sophistication. Re-designed to retain many of its original timbers and features, The Cottage combines luxurious living and comfort. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an outdoor bathtub and shower. French doors open from the living room to a large undercover deck for summer dining, overlooking the plunge pool and spa. The Cottage has that Byron Beach charm. Its light-filled, chic design makes it a perfect setting for couples getaways or family holidays. You can enjoy the spa under the stars, an outdoor shower after a swim in the plunge pool, foam surf boards for the kids, table tennis or leave your car at home and take a five minute stroll to enjoy a meal in town.

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During my time backpacking through Australia (many years ago) my absolute favorite place was the Byron Bay area. I am dreaming about going back, this time with my son and my partner. Perhaps this dream will become reality in a year or two but for now it stays with dreaming and posting about beautiful houses in Byron Bay. Like this ultimate holiday pad which is called The Chalet. This stylish yet relaxed home is for family or friends who want to live the dream holiday in style. Set in private grounds, amongst towering cabbage palms, The Chalet’s central focus is its classic swimming pool. “The Chalet has three bedrooms each with king beds and en-suites. Along with the open living and dining area that overlooks the pool there’s a media room with built-in lounge. With plush velvets and linens and draping curtains The Chalet offers luxury holiday vibes, the ultimate Byron escape.”

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Salt is a unique waterfront property located in Port Stephens (Australia), providing guests with relaxed, luxury beachside accommodation. This modern Australian beach house is divided into two self contained levels and a third freestanding cottage, enabling large groups to stay in the same location with the convenience of their own private spaces. The upper level (Salt One) is the ultimate luxury, featuring high raked ceilings in all bedrooms and living areas. Large glass windows showcasing panoramic views of the bay, Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands. The master bedroom features it’s own private balcony with stunning turquoise water views. Salt Two is located on the ground floor of the main house featuring a private backyard deck, outdoor dining and BBQ area. An additional side deck and bar offering views of the Tomaree & Yacaaba headlands. The entirely freestanding two storey cottage (Salt Three) with private access is located at the South end of the property. Featuring lofty raked ceilings in bedrooms, open plan kitchen, dining and living opening onto a large outdoor courtyard with views of the headlands. The house is located in Shoal Bay (Port Stephens) just 2.5hrs North of Sydney. This pristine and tranquil environment is home to a large variety of sealife. Dolphins, whales and curious fairy penguins are regularly spotted in the bay. The sand of Shoal Bay Beach is warm and welcoming and often fairly vacant, giving guests their own little slice of sanctuary with the gentle soundtrack of the sea lapping against the shore. For more information you can visit the Salt website.

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Native Eco Villa is built on a stunning location, right on the rim of the cliff at the village of Imerovigli, Santorini, with the world’s most beautiful scenery. This part of the island has the nickname “the balcony to the Aegean Sea’ for a reason. The building was constructed following the unique architecture of the Island without any corners and with soft and earthy colors. This villa is the first house that acquired the title “Green Key” on the island of Santorini for the ecological way that has been built. The interior is decorated with handmade objects with ecological materials all of unique design. But the very best feature of the house is of course the stunning view. More information can be found on the Native Eco Villa website or here on Luxury Retreats.



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