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Holiday at Home


When a dear friend, who lives around the corner from us in Suffolk, recently went on holiday with her husband and two daughters – they packed the car with swimming gear and other vacation paraphernalia and drove off to their holiday destination – 1km down the road, to Byron at Byron. And when my sister and my now brother in law, who live in the middle of town just off Bangalow Rd, went on their honey moon 2 weeks ago, they too didn’t have far to drive – to a holiday house they’d booked for a week down on Belongil beach.

So we didn’t feel too ridiculous last week when we spent a luxurious few days away on our ‘babymoon’ at another gorgeous local destination – The Villas of Byron.

Arriving at the villas we were immediately transported to what felt like a far-off Balinese dreamland. With large carved wooden doors at the entrance, tropical plants and water features trickling soothingly in every direction – I breathed a gentle sigh and let the workweek fade away.

On the first night we had an intimate candle lit dinner party, the rainforest just outside the villa walls illuminated with spot lighting, and the swimming pool, spa and cascading water feature sparkled. Kirra cooked a gorgeous feast with local produce; we drank wine and listened to music – we could have been anywhere!

In the morning I explore my surrounds a little more – intimate alcoves of water and lily pads weave around the front exterior, and I follow the steppingstones across the water to the outside bathroom and I’m greeted by another water feature doubling as a hand basin. The little wooden steps that lead up to the self composting toilets look like they’re leading to a Balinese temple. When I open all the huge sliding doors the villa is filled with light and you don’t quite know where the inside finishes and the outside starts!

It’s a Thursday morning so Johnny and I walk around the corner to the farmers markets and pick up a loaf of polenta rye from Heart Breads and some eggs from the Hayters Hill boys and head back to cook a tasty breakfast.

I quickly learn how to use the nifty little espresso machine and lounge on the day bed in a robe while Johnny pretends to ‘get tubed’ under the fountain in the pool. We’re in heaven!

Our little stay has only just begun and I already feel so spoilt. I don’t even mind when I have to do a few hours work by the pool, logged onto the WiFi. It seem so strange being on holiday when your office is only a kilometre down the road – but what better place to get away than to Byron Bay, even if it is your hometown?

The Villas of Byron are the perfect escape year round regardless of the elements, it’s guaranteed that once you arrive you will never want to leave. This hidden gem is truly a certified sanctuary for the soul. There’s something about the tranquil space and design that encourages you to sit, reflect, and get-to-know yourself again.

The Managers of The Villa’s of Byron – Amy & Julie – are happy to answer any questions and queries about reservations you may have and you can contact them on 02 6685 6746 or go to www.thevillasofbyron.com.au

Two of these magnificent Villa’s are currently for sale if you are interested you can email hello@commongroundaustralia.com and we will pass on the contact details.

You can also win 4 nights accommodation at The Villas of Byron! To find out more CLICK HERE



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