I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by.
Chloe turns 2 next week and Ava will be at school 5 days a week as of next year.
I felt the need to hit pause and take time out with my favourite people; so with hubby heading interstate for work, the girls and I, Grandma and Poppa packed up the car and headed on a road trip to the beautiful Seclusion on The Bay.
The great thing about a road trip is you can pack as much as your car will fit – we took games, bikes, scooters, lego and craft activities to keep the girls entertained as I declared the trip as screen free as possible (we left the iPad behind).
After 2.5 hours of singing, animal spotting, I Spy, a stop at the Miami Bakery and loads of ‘Are we there yet?’ – we arrived and Ava wasted no time in jumping on the swing underneath the beautiful white Mulberry tree.
Seclusion on the Bay is absolutely breathtaking. We immediately fell in love with how inviting and spacious it is, very cleverly designed with one huge family space in the middle; from a stunning undercover deck area overlooking the garden that opens into a dining area for ten, a beautifully designed kitchen, lounge area, feature gas fire, pool table and theatre room tucked at the back of the house (very handy for the mornings Chloe decided to wake up at 3.30 and 4.30am!).
Bedrooms are located to either side of the house, there are 3 queen bedrooms, 2 which have ensuites with spa baths and showers, along with a fun ‘Kids Room’ which had 2 bunk beds. In total, the house sleeps ten people comfortably.
The house has all the mod cons, from reverse cycle ducted a/c (so the house is warm or cool in just minutes), dishwasher, coffee machine, gas BBQ, washing machine, a portacot, highchair, table and chairs for kids, magazines, DVD’s and games.
It also has lots of really lovely, thoughtful touches, from a spectacular feature shell pendant over the dining room table, hand made sea shell artwork, a beautiful painting by the owners Grandma and loads of handy hooks to hang coats.
Just a short 2 minute walk down a gorgeous little paved bush track, you arrive at the beach at stunning Geographe Bay.
We would go for a beach and bush walk each morning, with Ava riding her bike, and I loved sitting outside on the deck watching my girls swing and play and giggle and ride and scoot.
My brother and sister in law, along with my gorgeous nephew Handsome Harry also joined us for a night.
The beauty of a holiday like this is you have the luxury of doing as much or as little as you like. We headed out during the day for drives to to Busselton (we loved The Goose!), Aravina Estate, Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Bunkers Bay Beach Cafe and in the evenings we enjoyed mums chicken soup, played games and had chats by the fire.
If we needed anything, it’s just a short 5 – 10 minute drive into Busselton where Woolworths is open until 9pm each night. So convenient when you have kids.
We had such a magical and memorable time at Seclusion on the Bay, I’ve already booked it again!
I can see us spending lots of time there in the coming years, taking time to escape and have fun with our gorgeous girls, and all just 2.5 hours away from home.
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Where’s your favourite place to relax and escape?
What are your favourite things to do down South?0