Step Inside These Award-Winning Rentals in Australia

Lauren Powell

Since we’ve had the opportunity to rent residential properties all over the world short-term, our love for travelling has deepened into a love for travelling like a local. Of course a stay in a five-star hotel is the epitome of luxury that we will never forgo, but there’s something unique about feeling like you’re at home anywhere in the world (not to mention the budget and space benefits!).

But how do we find the best homes away from home? Leading holiday rental website Stayz has just announced the winners of its 2016 Holiday Rental Awards (from its impressive portfolio of over 40,000 Australian properties) which is a shortlist of the best of the best. A panel of industry experts selected the most inspiring homes across nine categories including the best indulgent property, the most romantic holiday, and the best pet-friendly property. In short: No matter your vacation style, budget, location, or size of your travel squad, they have found the most perfect holiday home for you. Scroll on, step inside these award-winning rentals, and start planning your summer escape.  

Best Indulgence Property

Campbell Point House, Bellarine Peninsula, VIC

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Campbell Point House is an extraordinary private estate set on 37 acres on the banks of Lake Connewarre. The exquisite residence boasts sweeping vistas across the Bellarine Peninsula and unparalleled seclusion and privacy. Inspired by the châteaux of rural France, this five-bedroom grand residence is an imposing statement in symmetry and balance.

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Best Unique Property

The Arches of Allendale, Port Macdonnell, SA

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Have you ever slept in a church? For those who haven’t, the Arches of Allendale is a fully renovated church offering guests looking for a unique getaway, the perfect boutique retreat. The quiet and cosy location, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, is ideal for family or friends looking for a relaxing weekend away. The quirky home sleeps up to eight guests, featuring three bedrooms.

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Best Interior & Design Property

Clifftop at Hepburn, Daylesford, VIC

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From the moment you step into Clifftop at Hepburn, you’ll enter another world. The towering windows frame breathtaking panoramic views that plunge from the site of an old pine forest and roll onto native bushland below. Lounge in the lap of luxury and experience a moment in time dedicated to wellness and healthy living in an award-winning property.

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Best At One With Nature Property

The Sanctuary, Deep Creek, SA

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Peaceful and charming, The Sanctuary at Deep Creek is a spacious home located on four acres of impressive gardens, native bush and open pasture. The house is situated within the stunning rugged scenery of the southern Fleurieu Peninsula, right on the edge of Deep Creek Conservation Park—a great retreat for nature lovers.

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Best Family-Friendly Property

Dalwood Country House, Hunter Valley, NSW

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Dalwood Country House has an abundance of space inside and out. The home features six bedrooms and four bathrooms, perfect for a family or a large group of friends. This stunning property has a large pool, BBQ and pizza oven, two separate indoor dining areas, a fantastic modern open-plan living space with an island fire.

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Best Value Property

Sunshine Beach Garden Retreat, Sunshine Beach, QLD

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Sunshine Beach Garden Retreat is a tasteful, architecturally renovated apartment, offering quiet privacy, perfect for a couple’s retreat. Featuring two separate deck areas set in a private garden overlooking a local park. Guests can enjoy breakfast amongst the birds, or a peaceful afternoon BBQ. Travellers can also fall asleep to the sounds of the surf and rustling palm fronds and wake energised by the fresh sea air.

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Best Pet-Friendly Property

Wira Hideaway Noosa, Noosa, QLD

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Dogs are more than welcome inside Wira Hideaway and for furry friends wanting to go outside, the property has a fenced area providing a safe and comfortable area for pets with access to the house, lawns and bark areas. Swimming in the lagoon is also a favourite activity for many of the four-legged guests.

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Best Romance Property

Helmsman’s House, Frenchman’s River, Cygnet, TAS

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Perfectly placed above lovely Cygnet Bay, Helmsman's House is a restored federation-era farmhouse with two large and romantic bedrooms, opulent bathrooms and a vast living- dining area. The dining area leads visitors to the limestone terrace where guests can embrace glorious views of water, mountains and sky. This holiday home offers enormous living areas, a pool, jacuzzi, a fire-pit and a pergola built over a private lagoon. This is the perfect Stayz property to relax and enjoy magical sunsets on a romantic getaway.

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Most Valuable Property 

The Evening Star, Bright, VIC

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Hovering directly above Morses Creek and the Diggings Nature Reserve in the picturesque valley of Wandiligong rests The Evening Star. The stunning holiday home has capitalised on its surrounds featuring large glass doors, windows and decks capturing the beauty, tranquility and magnificence of the mountains and its valley. With its premium position, state of the art hydrotherapy spa bath and added extras including wine, chocolate and nibbles on arrival, it’s no surprise this property was voted the MVP winner of 2016.

Most Valuable Property

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People’s Choice

Arafel Park, Bowral, NSW

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Arafel Park is a stunningly renovated original Southern Highlands 1930’s estate. With impressive old specimen trees and a stunning pine grove, the grounds offer the ideal location for picturesque photography opportunities. Sleeping up to 12 guests, the property is perfect for families or groups of friends.

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