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Stayz 2016 Holiday Rental Awards

  • Written by Rachel Anker

Sydney, Tuesday 11th October 2016: Australia’s leading holiday rental website, Stayz®, has today announced the winners of its 2016 Holiday Rental Awards (HRA). In its fifth consecutive year, the HRA reward excellence across an impressive portfolio of over 40,000 holiday homes, in 2,000 unique Australian locations.

Stayz, which connects homeowners and property managers with travellers who are looking for the space, value and amenities of a whole rental home as an alternative to a hotel, appointed a panel of industry experts to judge the standout holiday accommodation across nine categories. These include four new categories for 2016: At One With Nature; Interior & Design; Value; and Most Valuable Property. The winner of the People’s Choice category was voted by the public.

The HRA represent not only the best rental properties across the nation but also those that offer unique experiences and added extras. From coastal holiday homes to inner city penthouses and country mansions, travellers can enjoy flexibility and freedom in finding their perfect Aussie escape on Stayz.

The Stayz 2016 HRA national winners are:

Best Indulgence Property: Campbell Point House, Bellarine Peninsula, VIC

Campbell Point House is an extraordinary private estate set on 37 acres on the banks of Lake Connewarre. The exquisite residence boasts sweeping vistas across the Bellarine Peninsula and unparalleled seclusion and privacy. Inspired by the châteaux of rural France, this five-bedroom grand residence is an imposing statement in symmetry and balance.

Best Unique Property: The Arches of Allendale, Port Macdonnell, SA

Have you ever slept in a church? For those who haven’t, the Arches of Allendale is a fully renovated church offering guests looking for a unique getaway, the perfect boutique retreat. The quiet and cosy location, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, is ideal for family or friends looking for a relaxing weekend away. The quirky home sleeps up to eight guests, featuring three bedrooms.

Best Interior & Design Property: Clifftop at Hepburn, Daylesford, VIC

From the moment you step into Clifftop at Hepburn, you’ll enter another world. The towering windows frame breathtaking panoramic views that plunge from the site of an old pine forest and roll onto native bushland below. Lounge in the lap of luxury and experience a moment in time dedicated to wellness and healthy living in an award winning property.
Best At One With Nature Property: The Sanctuary, Deep Creek, SA
Peaceful and charming, The Sanctuary at Deep Creek is a spacious home located on four acres of impressive gardens, native bush and open pasture. The house is situated within the stunning rugged scenery of the southern Fleurieu Peninsula, right on the edge of Deep Creek Conservation Park – a great retreat for nature lovers.

Best Family Friendly Property: Dalwood Country House, Hunter Valley, NSW

Dalwood Country House has an abundance of space inside and out. The home features six bedrooms and four bathrooms, perfect for a family or a large group of friends. This stunning property has a large pool, BBQ and pizza oven, two separate indoor dining areas, a fantastic modern open-plan living space with an island fire.

Best Value Property: Sunshine Beach Garden Retreat, Sunshine Beach, QLD

Sunshine Beach Garden Retreat is a tasteful, architecturally renovated apartment, offering quiet privacy, perfect for a couple’s retreat. Featuring two separate deck areas set in a private garden overlooking a local park. Guests can enjoy breakfast amongst the birds, or a peaceful afternoon BBQ. Travellers can also fall asleep to the sounds of the surf and rustling palm fronds and wake energised by the fresh sea air.

Best Pet Friendly Property: Wira Hideaway Noosa, Noosa, QLD

Dogs are more than welcome inside Wira Hideaway and for furry friends wanting to go outside, the property has a fenced area providing a safe and comfortable area for pets with access to the house, lawns and bark areas. Swimming in the lagoon is also a favourite activity for many of our four-legged guests.

Best Romance Property: Helmsman’s House, Frenchman’s River, Cygnet, TAS

Perfectly placed above lovely Cygnet Bay, Helmsman's House is a restored federation-era farmhouse with two large and romantic bedrooms, opulent bathrooms and a vast living- dining area. The dining area leads visitors to the limestone terrace where guests can embrace glorious views of water, mountains and sky. This holiday home offers enormous living areas, a pool, jacuzzi, a fire-pit and a pergola built over a private lagoon. This is the perfect Stayz property to relax and enjoy magical sunsets on a romantic getaway.

Most Valuable Property (MVP): The Evening Star, Bright, VIC

Hovering directly above Morses Creek and the Diggings Nature Reserve in the picturesque valley of Wandiligong rests The Evening Star. The stunning holiday home has capitalised on its surrounds featuring large glass doors, windows and decks capturing the beauty, tranquility and magnificence of the mountains and its valley. With its premium position, state of the art hydrotherapy spa bath and added extras including wine, chocolate and nibbles on arrival, it’s no surprise this property was voted the MVP winner of 2016.

The People’s Choice award received thousands of votes from the public, demonstrating the popularity of holiday rentals amongst Australians.

People’s Choice: Arafel Park, Bowral, NSW

Arafel Park is a stunningly renovated original Southern Highlands 1930’s estate. With impressive old specimen trees and a stunning pine grove, the grounds offer the ideal location for picturesque photography opportunities. Sleeping up to 12 guests, the property is perfect for families or groups of friends.

Anton Stanish, Regional Director, Stayz said, “We are incredibly proud to have such a diverse range of holiday rentals available across Australia. Now in its fifth year, the Holiday Rental Awards celebrate the country’s most impressive holiday homes, as voted by our panel of expert judges.

“We hope these award-winning rentals inspire travellers planning their next domestic getaway - whether you’re looking for a beautiful beach house, a refreshing holiday home that caters for your furry friends, an indulgent city-break or a family getaway, we’re thrilled to be able to offer holidaymakers an option to suit every need, interest, group size and budget.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the winning home owners and thank them for their passion and commitment to ensuring their guests have the best possible experience on holiday.”

For a full list of all state and national winners, please go to

About Stayz

Australia’s number one online holiday rental website, Stayz allows travellers to search and compare a huge variety of amazing holiday homes to ensure a unique and memorable accommodation experience wherever they break in Australia. With more than 40,000 holiday rentals in over 2,000 unique locations across Australia, Stayz offers whole homes ranging from the highly aspirational and unique to the everyday getaway, suiting every budget and family size. Stayz is part of online holiday rental global leaders HomeAway Inc.

About The Awards

The following ten categories were judged in the 2016 Holiday Rental Awards:

1. Indulgence
2. Unique
3. Interior & Design
4. At One With Nature
5. Family Friendly
6. Value
7. Pet Friendly
8. Romance
9. Most Valuable Property (MVP)
10. People’s Choice

About The Judging Process

A team of Stayz experts nominated seven properties in each category based on:

How the property supports the chosen category?
Online Booking adoption
Professional looking photography
Guest reviews
Quality of property description and features.
A panel of experts judges then selected their winners based on the following criteria:
How the property supports the chosen category?
Guest reviews
Quality of photographs
Quality of property description and features

The Most Valuable Property (MVP) winner was judged on how well the property owners answered the following two questions:

What makes your property the ‘most valuable property’ on Stayz?
What ‘value add’ do you use to stand out from other properties?

The People’s Choice Award winner is based on the total number of votes the rental received.

About the four new award categories for 2016:

At One With Nature - celebrating properties that incorporate wide open areas and a relaxing space to unwind.
Interior & Design - recognising properties with superior aesthetic appeal and design functionality.
Value - rewarding appealing whole homes available for $250 and less per night.
Most Valuable Property - property owners were invited to nominate themselves.

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