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Review 2445: Margaret River, Hilltop Studios

www.hilltopstudios.com.au

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Review by Marta from WA who is a SlowTrav Contributor

Studio apartments in Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia


Kitchen and living room area, photo by Marta

When

October 2006, 3 days

Review

Hilltop Studios are located on a secluded private 150 hectare farm. It is close to Caves Road which makes it very convenient for visiting the wineries, beaches and caves of the area. There are five studios for couples or singles. Each studio is a separate building and has been designed for ultimate privacy.

Margaret River is located about 10 minutes away. There are two grocery stores in Margaret River, IGA and Coles. There are also several take-aways such a Jones Fine Food where can get prepared meals to go. The closest restaurants and coffee shops are in Margaret River.

The architecture and interior is stunning. It was designed by the owner and situated on the property for the best view and light. We stayed in a Deluxe Panorama studio which is a larger studio room. The décor is modern Scandinavian with lots of light wood. Sunlight streams in from northern facing windows. There are views throughout the room – from the dining table, leather sofa or king size bed. It is so relaxing to wake up each morning to the sun gently illuminating the room. It is located next to another studio but we felt as if we were alone.

There is a nice sized private sun desk with a outdoor cooking grill. The area around the studio is nicely landscaped. It overlooks the hillsides of the farm where you will see the horses, cows and wild kangaroos.

The large studio is decorated with locally crafted furniture. Everything is in excellent condition. There is a sitting area with a leather sofa and love-seat. The kitchen is the best equipped kitchen of any apartment that I have ever stayed in. It has a stove top, full refrigerator and sink. There are excellent gourmet pans for making dinner and even a full set of knives. It has a small French press coffee maker, electric tea kettle and toaster. There is complimentary instant coffee, tea, sugar, milk and chocolate.

The bathroom includes a Jacuzzi spa tub and open shower. The spa tub is an indoor-outdoor tub with louvered windows that open out to the private deck. The tub feels like it is outdoors. It is great. There are lots of fluffy towels, bathrobes and nice soaps.

The king bed is very comfortable with excellent linens and comfortable duvet.

The studio is also equipped with cable TV, DVD and CD/Radio. There are binoculars to watch the wildlife. We spotted kangaroos several times on the farm in addition to numerous parrots and birds.

They do have a third night free if you stay during mid-week off season. We booked through the Margaret River Tourism. We paid in full at time of booking. We were requested to call for directions and where to find the key. The owners want your experience to be very private so a key is left for you at the studio and you leave it there when you depart. There is no check-in or check-out.

The Margaret River is a great area to visit. There is something for everyone from the gourmand to the adventurer. The Margaret River Visitors Center is great resource. There are many wineries to visit. We did not have a chance to visit many but we really enjoyed the wines from Cape Mentelle. They started Cloudy Bay in New Zealand which is one of my favorites. The grounds at Voyagers winery are certainly worth a visit. The architecture is Cape Dutch and reminded us of South Africa.

Many of the wineries serve a gourmet lunch. We enjoyed lunch at Lamonts in Yallingup and Bootleg Brewery. There is also great take-away. We purchased a great grill vegetable panini and orzo salad from Wild Thyme in Margaret River. We also picked up frozen cheese ravioli and sauce from Great Jones Food for dinner one night.

The beaches are stunning. There are side roads off of Caves Road to small ocean-side villages. Surfing is prime in this area. The area is also dotted with several large limestone caves. We visited Jewel Cave and the Caveswork information center at Mammoth Cave to get a background on the history and geology of the caves.

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