The story of the estate. São Lourenço do Barrocal has been in the same family for more than 200 years, and it was José António Uva (who is eight generation of the same family) who had a vision to turn the family property into a farm retreat he could share with others. The passion and dedication behind José António’s dream, and what he has created, is incredibly inspiring.
The interiors. Perfectly simple and calming. The interior design was led by José António’s wife Ana’s design studio, AnahoryAlmeida (also responsible for the interiors of many of Lisbon’s finest restaurants) and it is a dream.
Hortelão, their outdoor restaurant. The most beautiful place to dine between Spring through Autumn, this slow-food, farm to fork restaurant is located next to the pool, right by the organic kitchen garden, and is the perfect place to enjoy a dinner under the stars.
ST ANDREWS BEACH, VICTORIA • HOLIDAY HOUSE
This is quite possibly one of the most beautiful Aussie beach houses I have found on my travels so far. A perfect coastal retreat. Architecturally-designed, super spacious and full of natural light, this is the perfect low-key yet super special place for family and friends to gather close to the sea.
Surrounded by banksia forest in St Andrews Beach on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, it is so close to the back beach that you can hear the wild waves roar.
It is very beautiful here.
If you appreciate beautiful art (there is lots of extraordinary indigenous art throughout) and good design, this is the place for you. Everything here has been so thoughtfully considered. You'll find vintage ceramics, Scandinavian furniture, and other treasured objects, this is a meticulously crafted but relaxed weekender.
Entering the house via a little footbridge you will arrive into an earthy, coastal retreat with its own outdoor spa, open fireplace, pool table and massive shared spaces for gathering. There are four big bedrooms on a half-acre of land.
The perfect base for exploring this rugged coastline.
Why I love it
I love this house for many reasons. I love the quiet and peaceful setting amongst the banksia forest. I love the huge floor-to-ceiling windows and floods of natural light. I love the indigenous art and other curiosities. I love the master bedroom with its doors that open out on to the trees and the shower that has a similar bush view.
Owner Keryn says ‘We want guests to do as we do. Put their feet up, relax and unwind, share beautiful times with friends and family because that’s what the place is built for.’ And that's exactly what you do here.
It's a beautiful space with lots of communal dining areas and places to hang out. Plenty of space for adults and kids to live harmoniously :)
About the owners
As founder of video production company, Fancy Films, Keryn Nossal is a creative at heart, which is expressed throughout the entire relaxed and nurturing environment that is Coastal Luxe. She shares a passion for architecture, art and design with her husband Steve and now with lucky guests at the coastal haven they have created at St Andrews Beach.
Keryn’s unique collections have caught the eye of many a guest, especially the salt and pepper collection, and are often used in photoshoots.
What to do nearby
Alba Thermal Springs & Spa
St Andrews Beach Brewery
Store 360 for coffee and other goodness
What to bring