VIC : AIRBNB – Cape Cabin on Phillip Island

Last week my parents flew to Melbourne and we all made our way to Phillip Island for a four night stay at Cape Cabin. We’d heard wonderful things about this spacious beachside abode but we weren’t quite prepared for its magic.

Consider it the ultimate haven for a big family getaway. The house sleeps 12 in beautiful, well-appointed bedrooms complete with luxurious linen, indoor plants and bedside lamps with usb chargers. There are two communal living spaces that could easily fit 12+ people and an abundance of smaller rooms and quiet corners just right for afternoon naps or reading sessions.

The kitchen was clearly designed by a passionate cook; every utensil, pot and pan is of superior quality. It’s an open, bright space that’s a joy to be in. The bathrooms are full of bespoke body products and holiday essentials; suncream, insect repellent and nappy wipes.

So yes, you could easily pack a few changes of clothes, your swimmers and your toothbrush and know that absolutely everything you need is ready and waiting for your arrival. Honestly, the attention to detail is overwhelming in the best possible way.

A personalised basket of considered gifts – sourced from ethical Melbourne brands – was on the kitchen table when we arrived; the most generous welcome gift! And then we chased the kids around the house as they explored the different bedrooms and living spaces.

As is true for most of Cape Cabin’s guests, it was hard to get the kids to leave the house. There’s an abundance of beautiful toys, a wonderfully curated library, games, art supplies, bikes, beach toys, a billy-cart and a bunting-clad cubby complete with slide, flower pots and festoon lighting.

Cape Cabin was created for families. The original A-frame home was built in the 70s and was one of the very first houses in the area. It’s been lovingly renovated over the years but when current owners, Jacqueline and Johnny took over, they stripped back the ultra-modern additions and chose to celebrate the rustic, original details whilst creating a textural and beautiful abode. The mudbricks, abundance of natural light and the carefully considered personal touches make for a very unique space.

The home is, above anything else, a comfortable one that begs you to sit back and relax. It sings “holidays!” And perhaps this is its success; nothing is too precious and as a result, I felt like I really could enjoy myself without hovering over little ones and their curious hands.

And just across the road is a winding path through trees and sea grass to a wild, rugged beach that left me in awe; deep blue and salty in the morning and bathed in gold come sunset. It’s a rough beach so not ideal for swimming (splashing in the rock pools at low tide is fun, though) but for walking, exploring and admiring, it’s perfect.

I’m dreaming of returning to Cape Cabin mid-winter when it’s cold enough for a fire, a pot of soup and long reading sessions interspersed with rugged-up walks on the sand.

Make sure you pop over to my instagram feed tomorrow night…a wonderful giveaway is coming…

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