I was drawn to the allure of old, forgotten buildings,” Cavanagh reflects as she recounts the genesis of Vintage House Daylesford. “There’s a certain magic in breathing new life into the forgotten remnants of the past.

Step through the weathered threshold, and you’ll be greeted by a symphony of colours, textures, and emotions — a deliberate choice by Cavanagh.

“Home is about warmth and textures. I want people to walk in and feel at home like they’re experiencing something special and lived-in.”

At the heart of Vintage Daylesford lies the kitchen. The centrepiece? A blue-hued oven reminiscent of her beloved 1964 Holden, she fished out from a flea market in America. “When I saw that sitting on the back of a truck, I knew it belonged here,” she shares, her voice tinged with nostalgia and reverence.

Our goal is to create a stay so enjoyable that they won’t want to leave.

But The Ridge isn’t just about the pool or views — it’s about creating spaces that inspire and rejuvenate. From the sleek kitchen to the cosy cinema room, every corner percolates warmth and sophistication. “We wanted each space to tell a story, to have a sense of comfort and belonging,” they share.

Within the living area, timber-look battens and curved walls contrast with the rugged concrete floors and ceiling, harmonising textures. In each of the seven bedrooms, indulge in organic bamboo linens from Bamboo Haus. 

Meek Bathware elevates the powder rooms and main bathroom, featuring the statement-fluted freestanding Doric pill bath. Vintage and contemporary movie posters adorn the cinema room’s walls.

The location is simply extraordinary; we felt compelled to share its magic with the world

Stagg reveals, recounting the fortuitous whim that led her and her husband to inspect the property after it hit the market. Spanning 250 acres of pristine terrain, the estate offers unmatched privacy and panoramic views that encapsulate Tasmania’s rugged allure.

One of the most iconic features of The Keep is its outdoor bath, crafted from a single piece of granite. “That was there,” Stagg reveals, “the previous owner put that in.” The bathtub takes up a prime position on the edge, overlooking the tree canopy’s surroundings, yet it is sheltered from the winds by big boulders. “It’s a particularly magical spot to stargaze from.”

Somnium blurs the lines between the natural and the man-made, inviting guests to connect with the timeless beauty of the land.

“We loved it as a reference to the incredible Bingie Dreaming track close to us (a special part of the Eurobdalla National Park), a reclaimed Indigenous pathway used for thousands of years by the local Yurin people to meet and gather food.”

Upon acquiring the property, Natalie and Chris were greeted by two existing buildings—a light brick house and a garage—each with its own story. Collaborating closely with architect Eoghan Lewis, they transformed these structures into a cohesive sanctuary that harmonised with the environment.

I was really just looking for a safe haven at the end of the world where I could heal. The West Coast of Tasmania is one of the last true refuges from society in the world

The untamed landscapes, both beautiful and unforgiving, spoke to her soul, prompting her to purchase the shack that had been on the market for seven years. “I guess I was meant to be its lucky custodian,” she muses. “That and I got it for peanuts, which is all I could afford.”

For Andrews, it was the perfect place to pause and figure out her next move, hence the name, Captains Rest. The humble shack was erected in the 50s and 60s by enthusiastic men with quite a few beers in hand. Her vision for the structure was to take it back to its bones and rebuild it completely, which took around six months, with the nearest hardware store being eight hours away.