There’s something to be said for the seaside in chillier months, especially when viewed from a comfy couch, fresh coffee in hand. The crash of the waves, wind-blown clouds and flapping seagulls make for hypnotic viewing, and sunsets remain spectacular no matter the time of year.
At Glenelg’s Seawall Apartments, it’s not just the couch that has the views – from our apartment, a balcony overlooks the sea where you can catch the afternoon sun, the main bedroom lets you snuggle in bed with the sea as your backdrop, and the main bathroom can be opened up to enjoy the view while relaxing in the spa.
The apartments – there are 22 – are part of a complex of seven historic buildings, including an old school house, built between 1839 and 1910.
“You can feel the love in the care and attention to every detail.”
The first was purchased by the late Alan Osborne in 1977 as part of his dream to convert them into holiday accommodation, and he acquired the final one in 1977. They quickly became a hit with interstate and overseas travellers, with some loyal visitors returning regularly for 30+ years.
Alan’s daughter Rachael recently gave them a new lease of life, combining the luxury of a fine hotel with the personality and warmth of a bed and breakfast.
The apartments are light, airy and modern with a vintage vibe.
Each has its own style, with vintage items adding personality. You might find oars, a life buoy or table tennis rackets as artworks above a bed, a vintage painting or a container of seashells.
You can feel the love in the care and attention to every detail.
We stay at Olive Court – a two-storey Spanish Deco building divided into four apartments – in an upstairs, three-bedroom apartment. Neutral décor – white walls, grey carpet, warm timbers, beige couches and black cane occasional chairs – makes the most of high ceilings, ornate features, expansive windows and of course, those views.
The two main bedrooms are spacious and come with their own flatscreen TVs, and all bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. The third bedroom has two single beds, and there’s a fold-out bed for extra guests.
At the rear of the apartment is a well-equipped kitchen, complete with dining table and bench-style seating beside a window that catches the morning sun. A coffee machine is a welcome find.
It makes it an ideal place for a family holiday or getaway with friends – the beach is just a stroll across a grassy walkway (no road to cross), you can bring your own food (there’s also a small barbecue on the balcony) and there’s plenty of space for everyone.
Note: There are a range of apartments available, from studios to four-bedroom.
Not all have sea views. See website for apartment specifics.
Getting there: Accessed via Pier Street off Brighton Road. Look for the signs leading to the two car parks.
The damage: Prices range (dependent on season) from $140 to $350/night for a studio apartment to $350 to $2000/night for a four-bedroom. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for specials.
Read about the Victorian family who have been photographing themselves at Seawall Apartments for 17 years.
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