Western Australia’s South West region is famously known for it’s wine region, spectacular coastline and forests. The region is a holiday mecca for local West Australian’s and it is rapidly establishing itself on a global scale.
One of the hotspots in the South West region is the small city of Busselton which houses the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere. Many visitors use Busselton as a base to explore the region and while there are lots of accommodation options within the city centre, I have found a little slice of paradise just a short distance from the hustle and bustle.
When you combine luxury accommodation with sustainability and an eco-friendly approach, you get a little slice of heaven known as Tree Chalets. The property is located in Acton Park which is about a 15 minute drive from Busselton.
The chalets are owned by a lovely couple; Andrew and Fran, who live on the property with their family. The property has been in their family for over 50 years and in 2008 they planted 6000 rose gum trees to start a tree farm. As the trees grew over the years, they realised that the plantation offered breathtaking and unique views.. and so the idea of Tree Chalets was born.
The property has two identical stand alone chalets nestled on the outskirts of the rose gum plantation offering spectacular views over the plantation which is often filled with kangaroos.
The chalets were built with the principles of sustainability, eco-friendly and luxury at the forefront of construction. Andrew and Fran have well and truly delivered on all three fronts – the chalets are absolutely incredible! The chalets were actually built using some of the trees from the property including Sydney blue gum for the flooring and Tasmanian blue gum for the bedside tables.
Both chalets are open plan living style with lots of windows to allow the sunlight in and views of the surrounding bushland and plantation from every angle. The kitchen and living area are one large joint space with a beautiful breakfast bar setup overlooking the plantation. The chalets are equipped with all the mod cons including a fridge/freezer, stovetop cooker, kettle, toaster, coffee machine, dishwasher and wifi.
As part of the booking, Andrew and Fran offer a complimentary breakfast on the first night of any stay. They were kind enough to go out of their way and alter the breakfast for us to make it vegan friendly to ensure we didn’t go without. We were given some cereal, almond milk, nuts and fresh fruit that we enjoyed at the breakfast bar the next morning.
In line with being eco-friendly and sustainable, both chalets are supplied entirely by UV filter rainwater, which tastes SO GOOD! The chalets are also 100% run on solar power. There are separate waste bins provided inside each chalet, meaning that waste can be recycled and/or composted if suitable.
The bedroom is next to the living area and has been beautifully decorated. The bed has luxury bedding with lux pillow top which literally feels like you are sleeping on a fluffy cloud. I had the best nights sleep ever which was made even more special with waking up to the sounds of the cockatoos chirping outside.
So you’re probably thinking this place sounds like heaven on earth right? Well, you’re not wrong, but it gets even better!
Both chalets have a front and rear deck. The front deck has a BBQ, tables and chairs and the rear deck has the most incredible outdoor cast iron bath and quite literally, the bath of my dreams. For me, this was definitely what sealed the deal for me to make a booking and WOW, it didn’t disappoint. There’s nothing quite like waking up on a cold morning in the South West to a hot bath outdoors, taking in the views of the bushland and listening to the birds chirping. It even rained during one of my baths and it made the outdoor experience even more special.
The bath isn’t just for use during the day time, it’s also just as spectacular at night time as the sky above Tree Chalets isn’t affected by any light pollution so the views of the night sky and Milky Way are spectacular!
If you have a telescope, I highly suggest bringing it along. We spent hours outdoors looking up at the sky and were lucky enough to stay when there had been quite a lot of meteor showers so we saw 4 shooting stars over the course of a few hours!
I don’t have enough words to say how incredible my stay at Tree Chalets was. It is unlike anywhere I’ve ever stayed before and it was such a beautiful, relaxing place – I cannot recommend it highly enough!
You can find out more about Tree Chalets and how to book on their website.