Before we had kids, Jules and I were travelers at heart, the thought of seeking out new experiences, the feeling of the warm air of a new place on the back of your neck, was what we lived for. Travel is so entrenched in our DNA, that it’s been my chosen profession for 20 years while Jules developed into one of Asia’s top family photographers, offering a memory through images as well as the time that is spent shooting these precious memories.
As our kids, Isabella, Jonah and Maximus (or Maxi for short) came along, our thirst for travel continued, though was reshaped in a different way. For anyone who has taken on the challenge of travelling with kids, the experiences change. The late night vin rouge ‘n’ chats were replaced by being holed up on a hotel bed in the room that you share with the kids, surfing the net silently whilst humming lullabies like they’re you’re favourite artist. Of all the places we traveled with our children, the luxury hotels and villas and amazing resorts with buffet breakfasts as far as the eye can see, the trips they remembered were in Margaret River. The authenticity of picking up sticks, of lighting a fire, or learning to climb a tree, the memories for us, and for them were so powerful that we sold up in Singapore, and moved here. Yep, a significant tree change!
Until now, we’ve been a nomadic family. Jules grew up in the Lake District in the UK and me, well I’m from the other side of Australia. We’ve spent the last 12 years living in Dubai and Singapore where our 3 ‘sometimes wonderful’ kids started their lives. If you see Bella, Jonah or Maxi floating around, invite them to play or have a chat, they just love being involved in the hospitality business, it’s in their blood after all.
Staying with us will be more than just a night in a cottage. We aim to use the environment we have around us, and the hospitality inside us to allow you just to have your own moments, whether that’s being present with your family or partner or simply breathing in the scents of Gum and Peppermint trees of our bush sanctuary.
In this hectic world, it’s a great time for the bush to make a comeback.