Business Story: Margaret River Retreat
Meet Margaret River Retreat
Owners Sonia and Nick Edwards offer a diverse mix of accommodation on their enchanting 75-acre farm, part of a natural wildlife corridor south of Margaret River in Western Australia.
Margaret River Retreat provide a range of eco-friendly accommodation styles – which include camp sites, refurbished self-contained Studios, a new Glamping Village and future planned Eco Cabins.
The property, hugged by Forest Grove National Park and adjacent to Wadandi Track and trails, is also within reach of the Boranup Forest National Park. It’s common to see emus, kangaroos, kookaburras and other birds local to the area about the property daily, all happy in their natural habitat.
The vision is to establish an affordable family-friendly retreat, which actively supports the environment, a healthy lifestyle and eco-adventure tourism.
Margaret River Retreat Business Story
Since the 1980’s, Margaret River Retreat has been situated at the gateway to the region’s most pristine wilderness.
The last 10 years have been spent redeveloping and refurbishing the site, which had been used as an historic Clydesdale farm and Horse Hotel.
The property has been meticulously re-worked to connect the place, to community, culture, family and friends. It’s warm, welcoming and unassuming by day, whisper quiet in the deep of night, and also delightfully surprising in many unexpected ways just like it’s owners.
Sonia and Nick are a passionate pair who offer lifestyle choices which are parallel to their own.
Dreamy organic cotton and luxury French flax linen has been sourced from sustainable production houses and accredited farms and offers a special level of luxury for their guests.
As well as sourced Bamboo-topped Western Australian mattresses and hyper allergenic pillows made from recycled PET bottles.
Throughout their retreat, Who Gives a Crap toilet and tissue paper is used, and all their cleaning products are 100% natural.
They reduce their carbon footprint by maintaining a closed laundry system. This on-site system aims to decrease high travel miles and chemical use.
Sonia and Nick aim to achieve an outstanding level of sustainability and become a World Class Glamping Retreat destination.
What makes it all worthwhile for Margaret River Retreat?
Sonia and Nick have found an immense satisfaction in renovating their unique tourism property.
They enjoy watching the landscape turn into a productive and nourishing garden. They love sharing this space with their friends, family and local community.
Whilst also bringing visitors closer to their beautiful surrounding National Park trails, forests and beaches in the picturesque Margaret River Wine Region.
A fun fact about Margaret River Retreat
Sonia and Nick purchased the Margaret River Retreat name with the property over 10 years ago.
When explaining where they are from, people will nod and say, “Oh yes, I know where that is!”
Followed closely by “Oh no I don’t, where’s that?” Some people still refer to it as the old Horse-drawn carriage place.
This then reminds both Sonia and Nick how important this place is to their community, culture, and their family.
More on Margaret River Retreat
Over the next 18 months, Sonia and Nick plan to build 16 new self-contained and completely off-grid glamping Eco Cabins, within the remnant bushland to the rear of their property.
The Fireside Eco-store and Café development will be opened to the public along with a licensed Brew Room and alfresco area.
These additions offer great potential for holding residential festivals, weddings, conferences and trade shows in the future.
Stay tuned for their next adventure!