Lon Retreat is uncomplicated in just the right way. The 200-acre rural Point Lonsdale estate is a sprawling sandstone homestead housing seven beautiful and spacious guestrooms, a mineral pool (which guests can use for free) and day spa. It's modern, but feels comfortable and lived-in. There's an air of informal luxury here that carries through to the laid-back and unpretentious service you'll get throughout your stay.

No two rooms are the same, though all have spectacular views of the bush, ocean and surrounding farmland. Some rooms have private courtyard gardens, others balconies. Some cathedral ceilings, others open fireplaces. All are decorated with earthy tones, locally-sourced art and natural stone and timber finishes.

The in-room bar is well stocked with renowned wines, gin and cider and the complimentary breakfast might include yoghurt with granola, coconut and pear chia pudding, and banana bread with cultured butter.

Guests are encouraged to meander to the day spa in Kip and Co robes, where you can choose from a very succinct treatment list. But there’s an in-room spa bar, too, if you’d rather lock yourself away and DIY.

Outdoors, there’s private access to the wild and woolly Point Lonsdale beach, and a farm track that’ll take you past sand dunes and paddocks until you reach Lake Victoria, sometimes home to the very small, very endangered orange-bellied parrot.

Updated: January 30th, 2020

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