A Small Modern Seaside Retreat in Australia

Overlooking the South Gippsland coastline in Victoria, Australia stands this beautiful sustainable small home. Jackie Winters Waters, as the cottage is called, is a sustainable retreat that can be rented on Airbnb.

The small home is designed by Imogen Pullar Architecture as a place to rest the mind and body, and connect with nature. When you first set eyes on this seaside home you already know you’re in for something special. The entire exterior is decorated with a colorful mural.

Indoors, the design is simple but beautiful. Using natural materials, subtle color touches, and a minimal design approach. If you want a place where you can focus on yourself and be with nature, then this is the place for you. Because there’s no tv and limited mobile reception.


Surrounded by lush greenery this small home really stands out with its colorful exterior. But not too much, because the colors that are used blend in perfectly with the surrounding landscape.


The space is small but perfectly designed with a comfortable sitting area including a bench with underneath storage. To the left you see the ktichen that includes floor-to-ceiling cabinets. And on the right is the bathroom.


Hidden in the wall between the kitchen and the bathroom are built-in cabinets to provide plenty of kitchen storage without bulking up the small space.


There is a bedroom in the loft space, but the living room also includes a sofa bed if you prefer to stay on the ground floor.


From the floor-to-ceiling windows you have a perfect view of the South Gippsland coastline and the surrounding landscape.


Waking up with a view like this, does it get any better?


A black Muuto “Folded Shelve” with hooks is perfect for a small room.


To save space they added a sliding door between the living room and the bathroom.


The owners set a brief to create a healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient home by incorporating low toxicity materials, continuous and complete insulation around the entire envelope of the house, vapour permeable air tight wraps, all timber construction, and a heat recovery ventilation system that provides fresh filtered air to the building continuously to maintain healthy indoor air quality.

Active heating and cooling is only needed in extreme weather conditions — with the windows providing solar gains in winter, and cooling breezes in summer — and the airtight wraps and insulation help maintain comfortable temperatures in the cooler evenings.


You can rent this sustainable retreat in Australia on Airbnb.