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A Cosy New Getaway Surrounded By Forest On WA’s South Coast


It has lengthy been a dream of Kimberley and Jeffrey Swinyard, co-directors of Perth-based design apply Studio Atelier, to open a boutique retreat.

They looked for years for an applicable property, but it surely wasn’t till finishing The Hosting Masterclass run by Sarah Andrews, creator of extremely profitable lodging Captains Rest, that their objectives have been totally realised.

‘After a life changing two days spent learning from her in person at The Hosting Masterclass held in Perth, I had realised we had our sights set on all the wrong markers the whole time,’ says Kimberley. ‘It truly was a blessing in disguise that all the previous offers we had on other properties had fallen through, as the course reset the path we were on and reignited our dream of creating a place true to our hearts which cultivated good design, promoted rest, and inspired creativity.’

It seems the fitting property was really a humble shed situated on a 5 acre property in Denmark, on Western Australia’s south coast, which Kimberley and Jeffrey got here throughout simply two days after ending the course. While the prevailing construction was removed from a boutique vacation dwelling, the encircling panorama was all the things they wanted to work with. 

‘Immediately we fell in love with the still, the quiet, and the rolling forest backdrop. The setting was just breathtaking and still stops me in my tracks when we return for a visit,’ says Kimberley. 

Stillwood Retreat was created with Millbrook Construction utilizing as a lot of the prevailing shed and its slab as potential for effectivity, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness. Kimberley had simply fallen pregnant with the couple’s second youngster when the mission started, so time was of the essence!

‘We literally had the plans ready to be submitted to council along with the majority of the construction drawings before we had even settled on the property,’ says Kimberley. By the time design and council approvals got here by way of three months later, she had already procured all of the fixtures, fittings, tiles, lighting, cutlery, furnishings, and mattress linen. 

The interiors of Stillwood Retreat (designed by Kimberley and Jeffrey) are lovely with out feeling contrived, encouraging company to really chill out within the area.

‘It was important that while the architecture was modern and clean in its appearance, the interiors felt layered, warm, and inviting,’ says Kimberly.

A mural by artist Desmond Sweeney from 8footwalls additional facilitates this atmosphere, capturing the magic of the Karri forest that surrounds the property. 

Sustainable options of the property embody rainwater tanks, reclaimed supplies (such because the sleepers, the spiral staircase, and stone off-cuts), and native landscaping by Bonnie Stacey Landscapes. Kimberley and Jeffrey plan to construct a photo voltaic array on the property in future, permitting Stillwood Retreat to ultimately run off-grid. 

The standout aspect of Stillwood Retreat is its setting, inclusive of two giant dams with personal jetties that overlook the rolling forest past. These idyllic surrounds can be appreciated from the property’s two baths: one inside framed by a big window, and the opposite beneath the celebrities! 

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