Hamilton House, Kangaroo Island: the luxurious beach house you won’t want to leave
Cup of fresh coffee in hand, I grab a cozy throw from the basket of blankets near the ranch slider and head to one of the lounge chairs on the deck.
It’s a chilly morning on Kangaroo Island, but I couldn’t be more at peace, as the sun begins to rise over Emu Bay. The woolen blanket keeps me warm as I watch the dreamy golden reflection of the sunrise illuminating a path over the ocean.
The only sounds are the birds beginning their morning chorus; no highways, no traffic, no construction noises, no noisy neighbors.
I’m staying at Hamilton House, a four-bedroom beach house that does an amazing job of combining luxury with a retro, vintage aesthetic in an utterly wonderful setting.
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This multi-generational home is a much-loved property steeped in the family history of owners Emily and Richard Young, and it has been opened to visitors to enjoy a slice of this South Australian paradise.
Situated on a 4000 sqm block on Emu Bay, the property boasts an expansive living area with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the deck and magnificent ocean views. It’s a prime spot to watch the sunrise over the bay or lazy summer evenings on the deck.
The house has a strong 1960s vibe, with teal walls, leather sofas and mustard yellow linens, but it’s been updated to include a more contemporary kitchen and living space with up-to-date, up-to-date touches, designer accents, and more. Bespoke artwork, comforting furnishings with mid-century accents with a nod to family history.
Driftwood and seashells are artfully placed on the shelves as decor, wood paneling offers a rustic influence, and large curated artwork adds character and interest to the expansive living space.
I’m staying in the King Room, a generous ocean view bedroom adjacent to the living room with walk-in closet and bathroom. The room is large enough to also house a sofa, a wicker lounge chair and a small desk and has a separate sliding door to the main deck.
From the bed, which is dressed in organic linen – lush against the skin – wake up to the golden light of the morning sun streaming through the curtains. The bathroom has a large shower and vanity with plenty of shelving and storage for toiletries.
Durability is a key feature, as the house is equipped with rooftop solar panels and a Tesla battery storage system. There is also an envirocycle water recycling system, and they rely on rainwater. There is a barbecue outside, the kitchen has all the appliances you could need including tea/coffee making facilities and a Nespresso machine, handmade crockery and pottery and an extensive range of kitchenware. cooking tools.
A heat pump and log burner in the living room will keep you warm in the cooler months, and for summer stays there is a hot and cold outdoor shower.
My favorite addition is a basket full of blankets and throws by the door to keep you toasty at night.
Hamilton House has a full kitchen so you have everything you need to cook. Breakfast can be arranged, so expect to see the kitchen counter adorned with fresh bread, a giant bowl of fresh fruit, spreads, yogurt, and cereal.
You can even arrange home catering with an on-site chef if you really want to treat yourself.
Nighttime dining options can be limited on Kangaroo Island, but there are great restaurants nearby. Grab pizza and local beers at Kangaroo Island Brewery, or for a unique dining experience, head to The Odd Plate and be dazzled by a tasting meal of plenty of fresh seafood and sharing plates deliciously prepared and presented.
Worth going out
While it’s perfectly understandable to want to stay at Hamilton House, there’s so much to see and do in the area. You can snorkel with wild dolphins with Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures at Emu Bay or try a gin tasting experience at Kangaroo Island Spirits.
During the summer months there are beautiful white sand beaches to walk and swim nearby, a playground or try paddleboarding. And don’t forget the many furry friends you’ll find in the neighborhood – kangaroos, wallabies and even koalas can frequent the garden, as well as little blue penguins near the Emu Bay pier. At night, look up and admire a beautiful starry sky.
Return one evening and discover kangaroos and wallabies in the garden.
I visited in May and was a bit cold. There is a heat pump but the large house makes it difficult for heat to circulate to other rooms.
The perfect space for a relaxed getaway for a multi-generational vacation or a group of adults, and an ideal base from which to explore all that Kangaroo Island has to offer.
Getting There : Kangaroo Island is a 45-minute ferry ride from Cape Jervis in South Australia, which is a 90-minute drive from Adelaide. Air New Zealand flies direct to Adelaide three times a week.
Price: The entire beach house starts at A$800 (NZ$880) per night for 2 people, then $100 per additional person per night.
Carbon footprint: Flying generates carbon emissions. To reduce your impact, consider alternative ways to travel, bundle your trips and, when you have to fly, consider offsetting emissions. airnewzealand.co.nz/sustainability-customer-carbon-offset.
Stay safe: For the latest Australian travel requirements, see: australia.gov.au/international-travel. For rules on returning to New Zealand, see: covid19.govt.nz/international-travel
The writer was a guest of the South Australia Tourism Commission.