At the end of a one-way dirt road just minutes away from Merricks beach, ‘Elsewhere’ is a light-filled Victorian cottage blending French provincial style with modern amenities. A sense of laid-back luxury reflects the location in the rural hinterlands of Red Hill South, with sparkling waters and award-winning wineries nearby.

The cottage is owned by Catherine Repellin and her husband Patrice, the lauded French chef of Maison by Patrice, and previously, of Koots Salle à Manger. The pair renovated the property in 2021, creating a home-away-from-home where guests can escape from city life.

Elsewhere accommodates seven people, with three bedrooms, a luxurious main bathroom and an additional powder room. The cottage is styled with a mix of vintage and modern décor, balancing rustic charm with contemporary comfort. Each of the bedrooms features premium linen and plush carpet underfoot. The designer bathroom is a peaceful retreat with terrazzo flooring, an epic rain shower and a luxurious claw foot bath to soak in.

A spacious, light-filled living room centres around an open fireplace, making it the perfect spot to curl up with a book. The kitchenette and dining area – with its farmhouse sink, lux gold tapware and cosy coonara – is well equipped and straight out of the pages of Country Style. Whilst the space pays homage to its original roots; it comes with all of the creature comforts you’d expect, including speedy WiFi and air-con.

A rare feature of the accommodation is the option to have your stay fully catered for by Patrice himself, with the possibility of hosting a dinner party for up to twelve guests. Indeed, the outdoor dining area is ideal for a relaxed long lunch overlooking the leafy grounds.

The property is home to native wildlife, with a mindful bushwalk recommended for spotting the resident wallabies, echidna and koalas. It’s a quiet neck of the woods that offers a much-needed retreat from city life.

Whilst the area feels private and secluded, it’s a short drive to the region’s renowned wineries – including Stonier, Montalto, Ten Minutes by Tractor and Paringa Estate – as well as local farm gates andprovedores, including the iconic Cellar and Pantry.

If you’re looking to unwind further, a visit to Hut Yoga and Wellness, Higher Ground Yoga or Peninsula Hot Springs will leave you feeling particularly zen.

You can book Elsewhere for your next culinary retreat on Airbnb or directly via their website.