This year's winner of the Interior & Design category, judged by Home Beautiful Associate Editor, Katrina O'Brien, is the absolutely stunning Eqeleni holiday home in Byron Bay's hinterland. Taking indoor-outdoor living to the extreme, this expansive property has stunning views of the beautiful Byron district, a warm palette that sits beautifully into the landscape and a top-notch kitchen to entertain a crowd.
"The interiors are super elegant but are also warm and welcoming, with gorgeous spaces inside opening up seamlessly to the stunning outdoors"Katrina O'Brien
Luxurious finishes, including a freestanding bath with views (see top) make the design of this home, which comes complete with five bedrooms and a 14-metre salt water pool with a view, come out on top in the awards.
Taking out this year's People's Choice and Romantic categories is the equally impressive Clifftop at Hepburn, which last year took out honours in the highly coveted Interior & Design category. Rustic yet sophisticated, the home in Daylesford, Victoria, is a treetop sanctuary, which, much like Eqeleni has plentiful chic nooks and snoozing spots to while away a weekend.
The top spot for the Best Unique Property category is the charming Yandoit Church - Country Getaway property in Victoria, west of Melbourne and only 15 minutes' drive from Daylesford. Built in 1884 and luxuriously renovated in 2016, the home features remnants of the original hand-painted freizes, dramatic ceilings and original gothic windows.
The annual Holiday Rental Awards, now in its sixth year, is run by Stayz to recognise excellence across its very diverse portfolio of more than 40,000 holiday homes across Australia. For a full list of this year's winning properties, visit Stayz Holiday Rental Awards.