Basildene Manor Bed and Breakfast

10 Great Country Style Bed and Breakfasts

Where you're greeted with a warm welcome, country charm and home-made goods.

Country hospitality, steaming hot and sweet baked goods, luxurious rooms and suites, rose bushes, fountains, cottage gardens and even a connection to Buckingham Palace: these things belong in the pages of Country Style or on an episode of your latest bingeable period drama.

But you can actually get a dose of it all at one of these beautiful Bed and Breakfasts or Guesthouses in the Margaret River Region.

Karri House Outdoor Verandah
Karri House – your home away from home.

The area is hiding a wonderful number of historical properties. Here we have uncovered old convents, tea houses and manor houses (two!). And for the newer additions, there are recurrent themes of romantic gardens teeming with flowers and birds, fireplaces, home cooking, privacy and meticulous hospitality.

Before Air BnB there were B&Bs. And the difference between these styles of accommodation is palpable.

“In the words of one couple that were normally Air BnB customers: when they arrived in the middle of winter there was no heater on, no lights on, no one to welcome them,” said Karri House owner Tracey Tyler. “Here, there is someone to welcome you. The house is warm. I actually offer a full concierge service. I ask what you want to get out of the region. When guests stay here they get a map and I help plan their day.”

Here, there is someone to welcome you. The house is warm. I actually offer a full concierge service

Margaret River Guest House
Margaret River Guest House – steeped in history and exudes old-world charm.

Margaret River Guest House owner Deb runs an historical converted convent, and says her visitors in their 20s and 30s are often blown away by the privacy offered, usually asking her “where is everyone?”

“It’s more like a boutique hotel,” Deb said. “It’s a home-away-from-home and feels so special to them. You have your own space and own rooms. You can be as self-contained as you like, but you can sit in the lounge by the fire with a book and have someone cook you breakfast.”

Tracey used to be a flight attendant and says she is pretty well trained at looking after people. She has had customers drop their relatives off, knowing they will be well looked after from start to finish, even with someone to drive them around should they want it.

She started Karri House at the encouragement of her friends who used to stay with her from Perth and told her she should start a bed and breakfast. One day she just thought “why not?”

“One couple said they’d never come across a 5-star semi-farm stay”, Tracey said. Tracey’s guests love interacting with her animals (chooks, alpacas, sheep and a horse!) often offering a carrot or two after enjoying their own breakfast.

Deb’s Margaret River Guest House is one of the oldest running tourist accommodations in town, alongside the Margaret River Hotel. It has been operating for 54 years, 14 of those under her stewardship (and a keen baker!).

“We pulled up in the drive and I said to my husband ‘it has to be ours’” Deb said. “It’s just got a certain presence.” It was always her dream to run a B&B, even inhabiting an entry in her journal of business ideas from her 20s.

Rosewood Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast
Rosewood Guesthouse is an idyllic retreat with lush gardens, famous hot waffles and close proximity to Margaret River township and local beaches.

Jane and Keith Purdie made a tree change to the Margaret River after their children flew the coop. “We were looking for a lifestyle business where we could work together in a beautiful part of the world and concentrate on the things we love – food, wine and people.”

They’ve been custodians of Rosewood Guesthouse for over 16 years and continually strive to provide a memorable and personable experience to visitors. “We like to ensure that everything a guest might want or need is contained within the property. It is so important for the comfort of the place you’re staying”.

It’s the little touches why guests keep returning to Rosewood Guesthouse – port to enjoy at your own discretion, chocolates left in your room each night and local recommendations from the hosts.

The region holds everything from humble family-run, two room bed and breakfasts right through to the luxury of Basildene Manor. The large estate of opulent rooms, suites and sprawling grounds was built in 1912 by English immigrant Percy Willmott. He was Chief Lighthouse Keeper at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta, before setting the foundations for Basildene Farmhouse, as it was then called, on his family property. His descendants were raised at Basildene and remained there until the 70s. At the front of the manor is a huge oak tree, planted around 1910 with an acorn acquired from Buckingham Palace.

This list of Bed and Breakfasts and Guesthouses should inspire you to scratch below the surface of the Margaret River Region into (sometimes literally) the homes of your warm hosts, and their proud rural heritage.

Basildene Manor

Margaret River

A real-life historical manor! With 19 rooms! And a hit list of features like a “conservatory”, “fireside reading room”, sundeck, tennis court, manicured gardens, pool and lakeside pergola! Be still our Bridgerton-loving hearts! The luxurious Basildene Manor is a treasured and iconic heritage building in Margaret River, first built in 1912. Granite rocks were quarried on the property to build its magnificent walls, & local jarrah timber has been used for the staircases, ballustrades and flooring. The Manor is classified with the National Trust of Australia as having significant heritage value. There is also an underground stone wine cellar, continental a la carte breakfast & views over the meticulously-kept lawn & garden to the native forest beyond.

Margaret River Guest House

Margaret River

Once an old convent for the settlement of Margaret River, this 1920s property has had its historic spaces – like the chapel and Mother Superior’s bedroom & office – converted for guests. Totalling seven rooms with king beds, co-owner Deb Noonan is a gun home cook, known for providing delicious baked afternoon teas with treats like coconut cupcakes with passionfruit icing, with some of her recipes making their way onto the Guest House website. A fully cooked breakfast buffet is offered daily, & the guest lounge has a roaring log fire in the winter. The multi-award-winning stay is only a two-minute walk from Margaret River’s town centre.

Rosewood Guesthouse

Margaret River

Let us paint a picture: an award-winning, luxury B&B with a turret, creeping wisteria, farm-fresh food including famous hot waffles, statuette birdbath set in a lush garden, and optional tours in a 1956 Rolls Royce. Add in the convenient location on Wallcliffe Road, and your idyllic stay at Rosewood Guesthouse means that you can walk into town or drive a short distance to Margaret River’s beaches or the famous Caves Road tourist drive. Perfect.

Basildene Manor
Basildene Manor is a treasured and iconic heritage building in Margaret River, first built in 1912.

Karri House

Margaret River

Tucked away in Margaret River is the elegant Karri House, set on a rare gem of land; two acres of rural property right near the heart of town. An intimate hosted experience, Karri House is very private with three guest rooms, a formal lounge and communal living area with a fireplace, gardens, lawn and sprawling verandas from which to enjoy the surroundings. The grounds provide some special treats for guests, including a beautiful covered day bed, bocce court, chook house and animal friends including a horse, alpacas Alan and Annie, and sheep Sally and Daph. As owner Tracey Tyler recommends, meet the “girls” who lay your breakfast egg, or pick your own fresh fruit and citrus from the orchard. Tracey offers a concierge service of pick-ups, drop-offs or day touring by arrangement.

The Noble Grape Guesthouse

Cowaramup

One of the only guesthouses centrally located in Cowaramup; meaning that it’s quieter than the hub of Margaret River, but actually closer to a lot of wineries, food producers and activities. The colonial-style Noble Grape boasts six rooms that open onto a beautiful cottage garden, bursting with English roses, bulb flowers and native birds. Brekkie consists of cereals, local yoghurts, bread, juice, tea & muffins.

Observatory Guesthouse

Busselton

Being the closest B&B to the Busselton Jetty is fitting of a maritime-themed, navy and white décor. The family-owned Observatory Guesthouse has five ensuite rooms, each named after a different bay in the area. A light continental breakfast is offered daily in the dining room or in the garden.

Little Shangri-La B&B

Busselton

Set in the aptly-named Country Road Estate in Busselton, this bed and breakfast is a unique addition to its picturesque and quiet leafy suburb. Walk around the gardened property or the paths of the Estate, while being conveniently located to Bussell Highway for day trips, or the city centre and famous Busselton Jetty. The two-room property is family-owned, with personal touches like cut lunches and picnic hampers available on request. Continental breakfast is included, and by prior arrangement, dine in the evenings with your hosts, with woodfired pizza, roasts or authentic Cantonese fine-dining all enticing options.

Ithaca Manor
Ithaca 1896 – architectural drama and elegance of a bygone era.

Margaret River Bed & Breakfast

Margaret River

Lying just off the famous and picturesque Caves Road drive is this secluded bed & breakfast, deep within the pristine native forest on nine acres of land. The four private rooms each have their own veranda and jacuzzi and front onto lawn and bushland, making for a true escape among nature. The vast common room has multiple cosy seating and dining options and huge floor-to-ceiling glass windows to flood the area in light. The walls here are decorated like a gallery, with works from West Australian artists available to purchase.

Jacaranda Guesthouse

Busselton

Jacaranda Guesthouse is a known landmark in Busselton’s city centre for its historic cottages & flowered English garden. Close to shops, eateries & the ocean, the seven rooms here were used as a tea house in the 1940s after first construction in the 1920s. Continental breakfast is offered daily.

Ithaca 1896

Busselton

Known in semi-recent times as Villa Carlotta, the old Ithaca Manor is a towering & striking red brick & timber property on the beautiful Adelaide Street of Busselton, with a picturesque turret marking the architectural drama & elegance of a bygone era. Extensions were undertaken in 1904 when the building became a convent after its sale to the Catholic Church. It served as a school from 1922, & was turned into a private hotel in 1952. Now housing 8 guest rooms for affordable accommodation, the whole house can be rented for conferences, weddings or parties.