Modern, luxury, open plan 2 person retreat nestled in the forest.
About Timothy Syrota
Yes, the photo is me, your host - a pretty smiley happy guy who spent more than a decade working as a freelance documentary director, photojournalist and author based in South East Asia (photographed here with a 100 year old Muslim gentleman amid the religious unrest in Myanmar). But with two little daughters that we wanted to educate in Australia and have closer to their broader families, we returned to OZ at the beginning of 2016. As a kid, I myself spent lengthy periods traveling the world with my intrepid backpacking 1970s generation, Cat Stevens inspired 'single Mum. Northern Soulawesi in '78, age 10, just the two of us ... kind of way out there! And whilst it was largely reluctant at the time, it obviously had a huge impact on my adult life. Simply - I still adore travel and the adventure, interest and excitement it brings. And my media work - pretty much all based on humanitarian / refugee / environmental advocacy and education. Winner of 3 international photojournalism awards, author of 1 book, director of lots of films. And still smiling more than not ...
Timothy Syrota purchased this Chalet in 2016
Why Timothy Syrota chose Halls Gap
I bought A Heavenly Escape to manage and look after in recognition of the fact that freelance media is a fickle income source at the best of times and leaving ones established network is big risk. I want to be able to continue the work that I do and say yes to work that interests me irrespective of the budget of the people with whom I work ... yes because of the job, not the money. And in order to do this from an Australian base, well, simply something had to provide some sort of income. I researched the property markets in Halls Gap for about 6 years and when we learnt Heavenly Escape was for sale, well, it is rare that such properties come on the market. QUITE SIMPLY - after years of being based overseas and taking R & R in small boutique guest houses / cabins (and loving them), Heavenly Escape was quite simply the house that my wife and I would have wanted to stay in ourselves. By a long shot. It's already lovely and my goal is step-by-step to make it absolutely gorgeous - artistic, unique, creative, tranquil but never feeling 'untouchable' ... even more the sort of place I love to stay in myself. And the long term goal - well, the dream is to have two such houses so that I can work for free for the community groups and small organizations out there with no budget for top shelf media but are doing some wonderful work in advocacy and education on the matters that I feel are the most important, to all of us.
What makes this Chalet unique
(1) abundant wildlife all around the house (2) wonderful balcony (3) the double bush block (4) spa & cast iron fireplace (5) complimentary bottle of wine (6) proper coffee machine (very important to some - like me!) (7) the sense of privacy (8) the unique design of the house
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Great relaxing stay - just what I needed
Heavenly Escape is a great property to get away from it all. Tim was very easy and fantastic to deal with. The property itself is fairly open plan with everything you need. It has a great back deck to sip a glass of wine and watch the birds fly by. It's also cosy on the inside for when the weather got cooler - the fireplace worked a treat. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and will definitely try and come back again.
Fantastic property, exactly like the photo's. Couldn't have been more comfortable. The location was terrific, with a nice walk into town when we preferred. Had everything we needed. Will definitely be making this an annual getaway.
Dear Greg - thank you for being such an easy and respectful guest and thank you also for the lovely review. Whilst my background is media production, I take a lot of pleasure in working on and making improvement at Heavenly Escape and consequently very much appreciate it when guests enjoy their time at the house. Had just finished repainting the inside of the house the week before you arrived. Good on you, thank you again, and you are most certainly welcome back, warm regards, Tim
Relaxing and Peaceful
Heavenly Escape is exactly as it is shown in the pictures. Surrounded by bushland and native plants cared for by the owner. It was 1c overnight and frosty but the log fire and heating worked very well. It was a luxury having a hot spa and good quality shower and dishwasher. The other properties are close by but not a problem. We have stayed in 3 other places before at Halls Gap which were good but this one is the best. I rate it very highly especially as you need comfort and a reward after long days walking and climbing . We had a lovely weekend.
Dear Jane - thank you for your review - I really appreciate you going back online to say a few words. Regarding A Heavenly Escape, it is an ongoing process - I have owned it for approaching 18 months and my list of to-dos seems very much a case of tick one off and add another two. It is a pleasure of a house to tinker with / work and something I take quite some pride in making lovely. I look forward to spring and seeing how all the new trees / bushes grow. Be truly lovely once there are some grevillias / banksias / the blossoming gums growing up and flowering! The bird life should go through the roof. Warm regards and thanks again for booking with us Timothy
Peaceful and beautiful
Great place to relax and enjoy beautiful surroundings.
Thanks Amir, and really appreciate you putting up the review. A Heavenly Escape is, in a sense, an ongoing project with high aspirations in terms of what we seek to provide to our guests. Warm regards, Tim
Beautiful location, stunning house very well presented. Had everything we needed. Will be back again!
A stunning property... very relaxing and private..