'In May this year, my husband and I spent an idyllic long weekend at John and Caroline Wood’s beautiful bush retreat, and have been dreaming of coming back for a longer stay ever since. From the charming town of Margaret River, the arts hub of the region, it’s just a short drive to their stunning hand-built home tucked away among the trees. A better spot for a writer’s retreat is hard to imagine. The setting is stunning, the atmosphere serene. Redgate Beach, where you can swim, take a clifftop walk or watch the incredible sunsets, is a stroll away.
We stayed in our own secluded and fully self-contained wing of the property that had all the modern conveniences and a kitchen for self-catering, although we were too busy enjoying the famous Margaret River produce in the town’s cafes and restaurants to need to make use of it. There was even a private library – sheer bliss.
It would be difficult not to be productive in such a setting. The beautiful, unique and well-appointed property offers all the quiet needed for concentration together with the natural inspiration of bush and beach: the perfect balance of relaxation and stimulation to nourish creativity.'
Melanie Napthine is a Melbourne-based writer with a particular fondness for the short story form, though she also currently has a couple of novels on the go. She works in educational publishing, and any time left over is spent reading, running, travelling and parenting (not necessarily in that order).