Wednesday, September 12, 2012

postcards : from the 50's beach house







This Winter saw us discover the world of the holiday house. Though in the past I'd never looked into this accommodation before, it has proven to be like a home away from home. Regarding the budget, because we've been staying in off season it costs us a little more than a motel, while being cheaper than luxury hotel style accommodation.

The camper trailer has been having a little rest over the past few months, as I'm not quite hardy enough to enjoy waking up to frosty cold mornings. But now that it's Spring it will be coming out again soon.

We chose a roomy 50's beach house that had stunning views over the ocean. It felt amazing to wake up to a different ocean every morning. Still, choppy, or sparkling with deep blue or grey. The air was so much warmer there, so we spent a lot of time out on that deck.

We ate breakfast and dinner in every day, and a few lunches also. Mostly simple food. But I did appreciate the cast iron frypan and griddle pan. With the pile of retro china plates, cups and bowls I felt quite at home. There was even a small stash of vintage Pyrex, that made great salad bowls.

Some days we just went down the beach, coming home for lunch and then relaxing on the deck all afternoon. My knitting was never far from my side. Otherwise I was reading, often by the open fireplace at night. I bought a few new books while we were away. The Gourmet Farmer - which is everything I thought it would be and more. Also A Story of Seven Summers - the story of a high flying journalist that threw in her London life for a rambling old home in Tasmania. It's been an enjoyable read so far and perfect for holidaying.

The kids brought their lego and did quite a bit of reading while away. It makes me happy to see them splashing in the water and digging holes in the sand. Things that were a big part of my own childhood.

Have you done the holiday house thing? Or are you the hotel or camping type?

19 comments:

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

What a delightful place you found! next week we head off to a bit of an escape up to QLD. I can't wait for some sun and beach action too! That house though is too cool for school! And That Gormet Farmer book is on my list to get! Great to hear you loved it xx

Serena said...

We are summer campers, in the bush near the beach. It would be nice to get away more in the winter though. A holiday house sounds like a lovely idea.

Catherine said...

What a groovy place to stay in:) I love the sound of those books too and the waking up to ocean sound each day. We are more the holiday house kind of people or even going to a caravan park and staying in cabins it's been a while though I think we need a little Spring break.

paula said...

you would never get me out of that kitchen ....

A little bit Country said...

It looks like a blissful holiday. I think it's great for kids to have these types of getaways - away from theme parks etc. These are the types of holidays they will remember when older.

Tracey said...

Love that holiday house! so cute!!
We're watching the first series of the Gourmet Farmer on DVD at the moment and loving it - must look out for the book. And the other book you mentioned also sounds good.... off to check the library catalogue now :)

Tanya said...

What a cute place you found. I love holidaying in the off season. It's cheaper and quieter. Tasmania is full of homey holiday cottages and cabins. We found it particularly good when the children were small

Jess said...

Because of my budget I've always done the camping thing but I think its a great idea to holiday in off season! The place you chose looks like a sanctuary :)

Nicole Sanders said...

What an absolutely cool beach house. Love all the pops of orange around the home. Sounded like a perfect little family holiday. We off to the beach in two weeks...can't wait for long walks on the beach & watching the kids swim & play in the sand:)

purplepear said...

That looks like a fun house to rent. We more often than not use holiday housing when we holiday. I like to be able to prepare my own meals and it just feels more compfy I think.

Zara said...

Wow the place is full of retro-ness isnt it. What a lovely holiday spot.
I've been eyeing off the Gourmet Farmer book too. So you would def recommend it?
x

Sarah @ Gladys in the Garden.blogspot.com said...

How are the groovy walls in the lounge. I wonder if they were designed on the ocean?
I like the sound of the book called A Story of Seven Summers. My kind of book. Thanks for mentioning it.
Sounds like you had a great holiday.

BLD in MT said...

That sounds absolutely wonderful and the photos certainly prove it. I've never done a summer house, only just the camp out. How wonderful for you and your family to get such times together.

Deanne said...

What a cute place. We used to camp, but with 6 kids it actually works out cheaper to rent a house than stay in a caravan park!

The Teaching Of Thom said...

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Fiona said...

We always rent holiday houses, not being campers. Often the same price as the on site vans at a caravan park and oh so much quieter and more comfortable and good to cook in. In the past we've enjoyed the beach in the April holidays, no crowds but the water is still warm for swimming. Looks like you found a beauty of a holiday house there!

Gooseberry Jam said...

Wow, how divine is this little beach house! We have good friends on the coast there at Merimbula and are planning a trip very soon, They have just had a new baby so we don't want to rock up on their doorstep as we usually do with our crew...A beach house like that might be just what we need! :)
Looks and sounds like you had a very relaxing time...always good to break away from regular routine.

Jo said...

What a great house! We are about to do the same thing in school holidays for the first time. Can't wait to relax and be near a beach!

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