The SpaceOffering 2 ensuite rooms, side by side, in a separate wing of the house with either a garden or a pool view. These rooms can be provided as 2 doubles or as a twin and a double, so Stratham Retreat is also a perfect choice for two couples or a family with up to 2 children.
Internet access is with free WiFi and unrestricted for Netflix use. Guest rooms each have a 32" smart TV.
Mollie the Collie is the house pet dog, a very friendly and cute English Border Collie who is great with people and children and loves to throw sticks! For wildlife watchers, local kangaroos visit the property and you can sometimes see them around the olive grove and on the lawn at dawn and dusk.
A variety of fruit and vegetables are grown on site in the 2 acre olive grove, stone fruit and citrus orchards and aquaponics set up, some of which is served in guests' breakfasts when in season. If interested in self-sufficient living, a tour of the grounds is offered, usually with a seasonal sample or two...
Feel free to explore the garden, stretch out in the hammock or with some yoga in the gazebo, swim in the pool or relax on the back veranda.
There is a heated outdoor shower for guest use and yoga mats and pool towels are provided for guests on request. Guest AccessBoth guest rooms are in a separate wing of the house with their own private entrance, so guests can come and go as they please after checking in.
Breakfast is served in the breakfast room in the main house. The house operates completely on filtered, UV treated rainwater, so all tap water in the house tastes great too! Complimentary tea and coffee is provided in the kitchen on arrival and is available throughout the stay.
No meals are provided apart from breakfast, but there is a dedicated guest fridge/freezer in the dining room for guest use with ice, ice bucket and wine glasses provided on request. We are also happy to advise on some great local places to eat out.
For our doggie guests: well behaved dogs are welcome but owners are respectfully asked to ensure they stay outside and do not come into the house. There are numerous undercover spots around the verandah for your own pet bed or the option to use a large, secure travel cage with a memory foam mattress, with your own pet bedding.
We also offer separate storage for your bicycle(s) or set of golf clubs. Interaction with GuestsWe will usually be there when you arrive, to settle you in, offer a cup of tea or coffee and help with any queries or recommendations for getting about or sightseeing in the local area. Depending on the guest(s), sometimes we will socialise but generally speaking, we will leave you to it, so you can enjoy your privacy and the tranquil setting. The NeighborhoodStratham is a tranquil area featuring native bushland and the beautiful coastal views of Geographe Bay from Stratham Beach, where the sunsets are sensational. Just across the highway you can make your way to the vineyards and breweries of the Ferguson Valley. Head south to Margaret River to sample local delicacies, to Busselton to walk the Jetty or just explore the coastline and magic that is the Geographe Bay wine region.
For triathletes, we are less than 20km from the Busselton Ironman WA bike course, held annually on the first Sunday of December. There are some fantastic options for cycle routes and run trails locally and the South West Sports Centre is just 5 minutes drive away with a 50m indoor pool, a 25m outdoor pool and a fully equipped gym.
For golfers, we are ideally placed next to Capel Golf Club, boasting one of the best set of greens in WA with a very attractive 18 hole course and hundreds of kangaroos lazily grazing on the lush greens and surrounds. Set on relatively flat terrain with grass greens and fairways surrounded by an abundance of tuart, jarrah, banksia and peppermint trees and home to major annual events such as the Capel Open, Summer Cup, Easter Medley, Mineral Sands Cup, Capel Cup and the Capel 3000. Getting AroundWe are ideally located off the main highway between Busselton and Bunbury with ample free parking on the property.
A car is highly recommended for getting about, with The South West Sport Centre and Dalyellup Shopping Centre both just 5 minutes drive away. Our local Stratham beach, great for fishing, dog-walking and sunsets, is a 3 minute drive, 25 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride.
There is a choice of all the major car rental companies in nearby Bunbury, easily reserved online.
Without a car, there is a bus service which runs from Perth Airport to Bunbury town centre and on to Stratham Services (just 2km away from Stratham Retreat) and then Busselton and Dunsborough. Other Things to NoteWe work as professionals in the areas of triathlon racing/coaching and aerial acrobatics performing/teaching. If you are visiting the area to compete in a local triathlon or would like to know more about local triathlon training routes and trails, let us know! You can also book in a 1-2-1 aerial silk, hoop or loop class with Michele during your stay here if you are feeling adventurous!
The olive grove is a great place for kangaroo spotting and also provides olives from its 350 trees which are hand picked and cold pressed locally. This excellent tasting extra virgin olive oil is now available for guests to purchase during their stay.
Stratham Retreat operates as a Bed and Breakfast Accommodation under development approval granted by Shire of Capel.