Thalia Haven, Near Swansea

Arriving at Thalia, you will find yourselves swept off the grid in every conceivable way. With no neighbours for miles, a private white sandy beach looking across one of the world's most beautiful waters, Great Oyster Bay, to the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island and absolutely all its energy and water supplied by the sun, wind and rain, Thalia is at one with the elements and intriniscally Tasmanian. Built from ancient stone, this luxury house with its gloriously-located al fresco bath tub, is heaven-sent for honeymooners and lovers, but it can sleep up to eight and is equally welcoming for friends and families also seeking the peace and tranquiilty that only Tasmania's remote east coast can promise. The main bedroom is in the house, with another three bedrooms around the central olive tree-lined courtyard, which has knock-your-socks-off views across the water whichever way you turn. The kitchen, complete with pantry stocked with delicious goodies and provisions, forms the heart of the house's interior, with every possible cooking utensil gathered from the owners' many travels across the globe. Huge fire places wiill warm you on cool evenings and the sea breezes will cool you on balmy nights. This is simply the most idyllic spot in which to relax, kick back, star gaze, explore, swiim, beach fossick - and let the magic of Tasmania's east coast cast its spell.