As temperatures drop, cosying up by the fire with a good book sounds more appealing than ever – and these rentals offer that perfect setting to kickback, relax and most importantly, weather the chilly nights.
Heading out to the countryside and away from the beach is a common trend among renters who have the flexibility to do so.
Small towns draw in the crowds with the promise of open fires, frosty mornings, and heart-warming food.
Will Walton, who is the principal director at Belle Property in Daylesford, said while the town attracts tourists all year round, there’s a certain pull during winter.
“Our tourism cycle is all year as we don’t rely on sun sand or snow, however winter hospitality around an open fire attracts lots of tourists who then potentially become interested in becoming a local resident or even a business owner,” Mr Walton said.
He said heating and cooling is especially important for rentals in the area.
“Due to our extreme warm and cold weather conditions, tenants look at heating, cooling, and general maintenance to ensure properties are well insulated to manage any power bills.”
Here are five cosy rentals across the country on the market right now.
3 Main Street, Robertson, NSW
This adorable cottage in Robertson, which is less than an hour drive from Wollongong, comes with a fireplace in the kitchen.
While having a fireplace in the kitchen may seem a bit ‘Downton Abbey’, nothing else about the space is living in the past. There is plenty of storage and bench space, with a walk-in pantry, dishwasher, gas stove, and a ceiling fan.
3 Main Street, Robertson comes with a fireplace in the kitchen to keep chefs warm. Picture: realestate.com.au/rent
The home has three bedrooms, one bathroom and outdoor space, not to mention a second fireplace in the living room.
Rent is $650 per week and it’s available now.
5093 Huon Highway, Geeveston
Tassie is the place to be come winter, not only for its European vibes, but events like Dark MOFO that bring in the tourists.
This three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage southwest of Hobart is the perfect retreat from the cold, featuring a wood fire in the kitchen and dining area.
It’s priced at $430 per week for a six-month lease.
Milk House in Red Hill
Located in Red Hill, Milk House is the ultimate country escape from Melbourne, at just over an hour’s drive from the CBD.
Surrounded by green paddocks and horses, the listing details the option for additional space to accommodate the tenants’ own horses.
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home costs $1000 per week.
Milk House is surrounded by paddocks for tenants with horses. Picture: realestate.com.au/rent
1/2 Mineral Springs Crescent, Hepburn Springs
Like a cottage from a picture book, this one-bedroom, one-bathroom home in Hepburn Springs only recently hit the market and there’s no doubt it won’t be around for long before being snapped up.
One of the most unique features is the spa in the bedroom – because who doesn’t like to have a soak and then hop straight into bed?
Rent is $320 per week and it’s available from 4 June.
This one-bedroom cottage in Hepburn Springs is something out of a picture book. Picture: realestate.com.au/rent
43 Myocum Downs Drive, Myocum
Situated approximately 20 minutes from Bangalow, Myocum’s position in the hinterlands makes it the ideal country setting for when it’s too cold to head to the beach.
43 Myocum Downs Drive is an airy, yet cosy house that’s perfect for a family of renters.
French Provincial is the predominant style in this Myocum rental. Picture: realestate.com.au/rent
The four-bedroom, three-bathroom property has stunning views of the rolling hills from every room with a fireplace in the living room to make it toasty.
Rent is $1950 per week and it’s available 15 June.