It must have been something to do with getting married overseas, that makes us want to travel every year for our wedding anniversary The first year we went to Noosa, last year Vietnam. This year we wanted to stay local but still go somewhere that felt like we WERE somewhere. And we ended up in Far North Queensland. Port Douglas to be exact.
The husband was leaning towards plush hotels, with bathrobes and slippers and swim up bars. I love those things – I really do, but I was still on a budget.
I sifted through several hotels, apartments, Airbnbs before I ended up finding the Artists Cottage. It was quickly booked in when I sold it to the husband with a few pictures and the price tag of $150 a night.
I’m a huge believer in Airbnbs and this one did not disappoint either.
The Artists Cottage is a stand-alone apartment in a small residential complex. There was a shared driveway and a shared pool (which we always had to ourselves). The leafy tropical plants surrounding the cottages ensure lovely views and privacy.
And it was about a 5-10 minute walk to the beach.
Like other Airbnbs I’ve stayed in, this one had really thoughtful and useful items left for us to use like umbrellas, insect repellant, beach towels, beach bags and plenty of reading material. Just that extra mile that you normally won’t get from your hotel.
The decor? Well it’s something that has really inspired me for my own home (just hurry up and be built already!!!)
The owner of the Artist Houses is Tina Gonsalves, an artist. And her beautiful and interesting works adorns most of the walls in the cottage.
I loved all the colour. All the nick-nacks.Even though there is a lot going on and we live in a world of beige and minimalism – the cottage works.
They had lovely individual pieces which gave the place so much life.
My favourite thing was the wallpaper. It was different in every room.
And in places you wouldn’t expect.
All up – the cottage was a lovely romantic getaway! It was lovely to lounge around and read books left behind with jugs of Pimms and fresh fruit from the Sunday Markets.
I highly recommend booking one of the Artists Houses for some much needed R&R.
If you want to see more – check out the Artists Houses website. They have several larger properties suited for bigger families and groups around Port Douglas.
As gorgeous as the cottage was, Port Douglas is the perfect base to explore the Daintree region as well as the Great Barrier Reef. Those posts are coming up soon!