We’re at the window seat looking at a sea of white – a scene punctuated only by olive-coloured tree tips and the leisurely movement of nearby Thredbo River. Beyond that are glistening mountains and the promise of the next day’s adventure.
This is the view from The Eastern’s Cedar Cabin on the fringe of Thredbo ski village, luxury accommodation that doesn’t feel over-designed or stuffily glamorous – just modern, and with enough comforts to nail that relaxed away-from-home feeling.
Nicholas Gurney is to thank for the sharp design (it nabbed him a shortlist place in the Australian Interior Design Awards last year). In 2018 he renovated the timber cabin to create a stylish open-plan, loft-style space that works for two people or four because of its clever modular design.
It’s set over two floors – a bedroom loft upstairs with vaulted ceilings, a skylight and a view of the alpine canopy, and downstairs an open living space with a small kitchen and windows looking out to Mount Kosciuszko. The natural materials and simple colour palette allow it to blend in with the environment around it. Everything is either custom-made or sourced from Hay, a furniture designer in Sydney’s Surry Hills; Danish design brand Menu; or century-old American outdoors company Filson.
If there are climatic or other obstacles to getting out on the snow, there’s a TV with Netflix and Stan, and unlimited free wi-fi. There’s also an onsen-style bath for two, Aesop products and heated flooring. There are sharp knives in the kitchen, plus Coffee Supreme beans and a Gaggia espresso machine. In other words, it’s got everything you need – and it’s only a five-minute walk from the centre of Thredbo village or the base of the mountain.
There’s a sister cabin, the Oak, with a similar aesthetic and mod cons (although it only sleeps two and doesn’t have a bath). In addition, it’s got an outside fire bucket, a veranda, laundry facilities and a mud room for snow gear. Both cabins are what all great spaces should be: smart and supremely comfortable.