Every holiday season families flock down to WA’s popular south west region and it can be a tricky time trying to organise alternative care for our four-legged friends. You may be surprised to know that there are a handful of high-end holiday homes that are pet-friendly, so you no longer need to part with your fur-family to enjoy a luxurious getaway.
Beach Box, Dunsborough
The beach is so close to this stunning property that you can watch the waves lap against the shore as you BBQ up a storm on the upstairs alfresco area. This architect-designed, double story house gets its name from its stylish, cube-like exterior.
Conveniently located just a minute’s walk from the beach and a 20-minute walk to the town centre, at Beach Box you can spend your days exploring the Dunsborough area, and your nights toasting marshmallows around the outdoor fire pit. Boasting a spacious living area on the ground floor, which includes a TV, table tennis table and kitchenette, the house opens onto a fenced-off garden area, so the little ones can entertain themselves outside.
The spacious property features 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, catering to up to 10 people. Dogs can also bring a buddy along, with the owners allowing for two pooches to join the party. Beach Box is also kitted out with the latest tech, including TVs, Foxtel, Sonos speakers and Wi-Fi.
A 3-night minimum stay is required in low season, and it’ll cost you an extra $150 if you want to bring pets. Book Beach Box in Dunsborough for your next getaway.
Cowrie Cove, Peppermint Grove Beach
With Cowrie Cove being only a two-hour drive from Perth, you don’t have to travel far from home to feel a million miles away. Positioned on the Peppermint Grove Beach sand dunes, this beachfront holiday home is only 150m from the water, so you and your canine companion need only take a couple of steps before you can both wet your paws.
Arguably, the most impressive aspect of the property is the upstairs area: a dedicated retreat isolated from the rest of the house for a lucky couple, featuring a master bedroom with a large spa bath that offers ocean views. There’s even an open fireplace to keep you nice and toasty as the evenings grow chilly.
The lower level of the house includes a family games room complete with a pool table, three more bedrooms, a bathroom and powder room. Relax near the lounge room fireplace in the evenings with the doors open to the garden and the ocean views.
Minimum 3 nights stay in low season. Sleeps 10 people (6 adults and 4 children). Additional $150 per booking for a maximum of one small/medium dog. Book Cowrie Cove in Peppermint Grove Beach.
Located 5 minutes away from the iconic Smiths and Yallingup Beach, this luxurious holiday home is the ultimate family holiday home. With expansive views of the remarkable Gunyulgup Valley, this spacious 6 bedrooms home established on 8 acres of land is where country living meets comfort and luxury.
Arriving on the property, you’ll find a beautiful home with expansive windows and bi-fold doors, flooded with natural light and a crystal-clear swimming pool. Entertain the kids with the tree swing and cubby house while the adults enjoy a drink on the jetty by the dam and observe the local wildlife. While you’re there, you can discover great food and art at the Little Fish restaurant, art gallery and wellness centre, all within walking distance of the home.
With a large space for entertaining at one end of the property, and accommodation with 6 bedrooms, laundry, and garage at the other, this is the place to make great memories with your friends and family. Keep cosy around the stone fireplace and prepare delicious meals with the fully appointed kitchen, BBQ, and pizza oven. Dinner can be served in one of the 3 superb dining areas – just take your pick!
Note that there is a minimum stay of 3 nights during off-peak season. The property sleeps 8 guests, and conditions and fees apply for pets. Book Marribrae in Yallingup here.
Nikabel Beach House, Dunsborough
Situated on Dunsborough’s picturesque coastline, this beautiful old cottage just screams beach vibes. With it’s ocean-inspired design completing both the outside and inside, this upmarket beach house offers amazing ocean views that your family, friends and four legged friends will feel inspired by.
Perfectly located near the beach, Nikabel is also close to a playground, boat ramp and a paved walkway into town. Nature lovers can embark on a walk through the pristine Meelup Regional Park, which is situated less than 10 minutes away from the home.
What makes this house even better is the fact that it has been split into two sections. The front of the house features an open plan living space, along with a master bedroom, bathroom, and a bunk room. Enjoy views of the bay on the front deck, which includes an outdoor dining and lounging area. Ideal for the kids or a second family, the back of the house features a second living room and 3 more bedrooms, bathrooms, and a laundry room. It also opens up to a secure back garden and a separate games room with plenty of activities for everyone.
Minimum 3-night stay during off-peak season. The house sleeps 9 adults and 2 children, with conditions and an additional fee for pets. Book Nikabel Beach House in Dunsborough and get ready to unwind.
Percy Street, Gracetown
For all the surf lovers out there, look no further than this mesmerising home serving up spectacular views of Cowaramup Bay and North Point surf break. Well known by surfers for its coastal beauty, Gracetown is the perfect place to catch a surf with your friends and family. Within walking distance of the best surf spots down south, North Point, Huzzas and South Point, you’ll be out on the water in no time!
If surfing is not your thing, there are loads of local attractions to visit in Gracetown. Located in the heart of the Margaret River region, visit breweries, chocolate factories and vineyards and try their many award-winning delicacies. Cowaramup Bay offers a unique experience for lovers of the great outdoors, including an enchanting coastal trail, a safe swimming and snorkelling beach for summer months, and ideal conditions for whale watching during the winter months.
The second level features a master bedroom with an ensuite and there are 3 bedrooms downstairs. Enjoy a meal with your friends and family while watching the waves lap from the outdoor dining and lounge area, equipped with a gas BBQ.
Minimum 3 nights stay during off peak. Sleeps 9 guests. There is an additional $150 per book for a maximum of two dogs. Book Percy Street in Gracetown here.