Margaret River, Australia
At a Glance
This is the absolute ideal elegant country manor retreat for refined wine lovers
Cape Lodge neighbours include the great wineries of Vasse Felix, Moss Wood, Pierro and Cullen
Indulge in their hands-on Cooking School designed for culinary enthusiasts
The property boasts has own 8 acre vineyard producing fine Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz exclusively for guests of the hotel
Visit one of the many magnificent white sandy beaches to swim in the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean
Best time to Visit
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The Margaret River has a lovely climate all year round and enjoys a Mediterranean style climate with warm summers and mild winters. The busy season is summer (November-April); expect to pay premium prices during December and January, and over Easter when the wine harvest is gathered. Spring (October-November) is particularly pretty, with carpets of flowers and lovely blossoms. Winter (June-September) is best for whale-watching.
To start planning your holiday to Cape Lodge
Located at the heart of the Margaret River wine region, just a 3-hour drive from Perth, Cape Lodge is a hidden gem. A charming boutique property in tranquil surroundings, this is a perfect base to explore this beautiful corner of Australia.
Renowned as one of the finest lodges in the world, the luxury Cape Lodge has an idyllic position on the edge of a private lake in the middle of 40 acres of vineyard, gardens and natural forest.
The 22 rooms and suites are neutrally decorated in a fresh, elegant style and there is a varied range of accommodation. Garden Rooms have sunny terraces, Superior Spa Suites and Forest Deluxe Spa Suites have wonderful views of the gardens and lake respectively and also feature indulgent spa baths. There is even a freestanding cottage for four with a fully equipped kitchen and, for larger parties, there is the luxury private residence which sleeps ten and has a gourmet kitchen, open plan living area and masses of entertaining space both inside and out.
Cape Lodge's restaurant is in a majestic setting overlooking the main lake and you can dine inside or out, although when the weather is good you will find it hard to resist the huge wooden deck suspended over the water, an idyllic setting for a gourmet breakfast in the sunshine or dinner under the stars with wine hand picked from the extensive cellar.
Although small in size, the Margaret River region produces some of Australia’s finest wines. There is also the spectacular rugged coastline and surf beaches to explore only minutes away and in the winter whales can often be spotted cruising up the coast on their migratory journey. Visit the vineyards surrounding the Lodge for private wine tastings and then enjoy the wonderful gardens with tennis court and swimming pool back at the lodge.
The four Garden View Rooms have courtyards and tranquil garden views whereas the eight Spa Suites have lake and garden views and spa baths in the open plan en-suites. For a woodland surround, eight Forest Spa Suites overlook a lake in a natural setting just a short stroll from the restaurant and their large bathrooms have double spa baths. The main lodge is home to a Lodge King Room and Lodge Suite with separate lounge or if you really want privacy, choose the cosy cottage for four or luxe Residence for 10. All rooms and suites include: air-conditioning, flat screen TV and DVD player, bathrobes, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, phone, hairdryer, verandah or balcony, iron and ironing board, Wi-Fi and a free newspaper.
Children under 15 are not accepted at Cape Lodge largely because this is a wine region and much of the activity here evolves around the vineyards, wine tasting and fine dining.
The Cape Lodge Margaret River Restaurant sits overlooking the lake with over water decking, a sumptuous guest lounge and private dining room. Here fresh breakfasts and dinners are served with the finest local ingredients. There is a well established cooking school with periodical classes ranging from 2 hours to courses of several days. There is an all weather tennis court and beautiful free form swimming pool.
The Margaret River area abounds with outdoor activities other than the pleasurable pastime of wine tasting and visiting vineyards, and horse riding, scuba diving, whale watching, golf, surfing and walking are some of the many attractions. You can also learn about the aboriginal culture and watch the amazing local sheep dogs at work and learn the art of sheep shearing.
Amy Welfare (Staff)
This place is well worth the 3 hour drive down from Perth, just to stay at the property as it is so lovely. However, the Margaret River region is also well worth the visit with its excellent wineries and amazing gourmet delis and restaurants. I also love this area for its rugged beaches on the far south western tip of Australia, where the Indian Ocean and Southern Ocean meet as it feels so remote but is so beautiful!
The lodge itself is stunning and is quite country club in style with a croquet lawn and jackets for dinner, but somehow it isn't stuffy and it really works. The rooms are beautifully furnished with large bath tubs and huge beds. There are fireplaces for the winter as it can get very cold and a lovely pool for the warmer summers. There is a heavy emphasis on cuisine here and the food is delicious, making it perfect for a foodie who wants top level service and luxurious surroundings.
1 day Cape to Cape Walk Taster with Walk into Luxury
On this one day Cape to Cape Track taster you will enjoy a scenic 3 hour privately guided morning walk along the Cape to Cape Track before indulging in four course lunch at Wills Domain Winery.
3 day Walk into Luxury – Day 1
Today you arrive into the stunning Margaret River region of Western Australia, renowned for its world-class wines, artisan gourmet food producers and breath-taking beaches.
Margaret River Discovery Tour
Enjoy a day learning about the best of the Margaret River region on this small group tour. Admire the coastal scenery, endless beaches and limestone caves of the region before enjoying an exclusive lunch with matched wines.
Australia in Depth
Perth, Margaret River, Melbourne, Sydney, Port Douglas
from £5900 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights
- Experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest staying in Tropical North Queensland
- Explore some of Australia's most cosmopolitan cities from Perth to Sydney and of course Melbourne
- Enjoy fine wines and gourmet foods in Western Australia
Classic Western Australia
Perth, Margaret River, Ningaloo Reef & The Kimberley
from £14200 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights
- April to July is the season to swim with the Whale Sharks as they migrate through the waters around Ningaloo Reef
- Margaret River is on the migratory route for Humpback Whales. Travel during June and October to admire these graceful creatures as they pass along the coastline.
- Offshore reefs near Kimberley Coastal Camp provide prolific opportunities to catch Spanish Mackerel, Trevally and a multitude of other game fish – the trick is to bring them in before the sharks reach them
Sydney, Blue Mountains National Park, Melbourne, Dayelsford & Margaret River
from £10000 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- The ultimate itinerary for any serious gourmet with an interest in fresh, local produce
- Access to regional wines in every destination will give you a true understanding of Australia's abundant and varied wine industry
- Sydney boasts some of the world's best restaurants, and we keep our finger on the pulse for new openings and secret spots that offer a meal to remember
Location & directions
Margaret River, Australia
Cape Lodge is located on Caves Road, only three kilometres from the Indian Ocean, close to the towns of Margaret River, Dunsborough and Yallingup, and sits on its own secluded vineyard in the heart of the Margaret River Wine Country.
How to get there
Margaret River is a 3-hour drive south from Perth Airport. An 80-minute helicopter transfer from Perth can also be arranged.