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Buckland Studio Retreat, Buckland Valley

Australia, Australia + Pacific: The Buckland Studio Retreat
McCormack's Lane
Near Bright
Buckland Valley
Tel: 61 3 5755 2280
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

This romantic hideaway in the heart of Victoria's Alpine High Country combines comfort with a seclusion so complete that the only passing traffic is likely to be a kangaroo. The four stand-alone studios are built from stone, timber, corrugated iron, and rusted steel and have views across vineyards and grassy plains to the peaks of Mount Buffalo. The eco-chic decor is based on earth tones, and the glass-walled bathrooms with double rain showers (but no tub) overlook a pristine gum-tree forest. Details are cozy, from the mohair throws to the wood-burning stove. While this retreat has a café, there is also an electric barbecue on each studio's deck for grilling your own meal (buy provisions in the nearby town of Bright).

—2007 Hot List

When to go: June through August for snow sports; December through February for long summer days.

Which room to book: Studio 4 offers maximum seclusion.

Amenities: Bar/lounge

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