Captains Retreat | Williamstown

Just one door from the water and walking distance to restaurants, shops and yacht clubs, Captain’s Retreat is a beautifully renovated and refurbished Victorian building in a fabulous location.

This charming old home has a somewhat chequered history, with many visitors over the years recalling its different uses ranging from a grand old private home through to a nunnery, brothel, Doctor’s surgery, honeymoon flats and a boarding house that was home at one stage to a total of 21 adults and 18 children at the same time.. It is a big house but that was a lot of people! Today the owners have opened it up and added en-suites etc. so that there are only 6 guest rooms or suites and so a maximum of six singles or 6 couples.

It now boasts beautiful, stylish decor and all 6 guest-rooms have very comfortable beds, ensuite bathrooms (3 have spas) digital televisions, 3 guest rooms have classic style gas fireplaces and one suite even has its own private lounge room and private balcony.

The garden is a tranquil walled oasis with a prolific orange tree in season and both a lemon and cumquat tree that fruit all year round. A huge Balinese style double door installed into the large, 2-storey high wall creates a stunning focal point in a private oasis. The garden is edged by a mix of forest pansy and columnar pear trees which create a wonderfully lush, cool screen throughout summer a, delightful and showy display of colour through autumn and a surprise view over the rooftops to the Westgate bridge in the distance through the winter. The back area is so private and secluded that you could think you were somewhere else in the world – but also that guests have been known to sit on the sunny deckchairs in the middle of winter.

One night stays are welcome. Ask about tariffs for longer term stays.