Just a couple of hours outside of Melbourne, the climate cools a degree or two, the wineries multiply and you’re in the Yarra Valley region. Out there, Stonehill Retreat is among 20 acres of lush, expansive bushland, just a few minutes’ drive from the nearby township of St Andrews.

The two-bedroom house has enormous fireplaces to warm its stone rooms, bush views from every floor-to-ceiling window and is entirely self-contained. The owners live in a separate house on the property, which also includes a solar-heated saltwater swimming pool you can use in the summer.

Though ideal for secluded bush comfort, if you crave human activity, it’s a short drive to St Andrew’s Saturday markets for some fresh local produce, or to the nearby St Huberts Winery in Coldstream for a cellar door lunch and tasting.

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Updated: August 21st, 2022

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