The word Halcyon denotes “a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful,” and we couldn’t think of a better fit for their romantic and nostalgic ambiance. Travelling the world over to personally source the quirky collection of antique furnishings and décor such as John Derian sofas, Madeline Weinrib rugs and drawings by Wayne Pate, bringing unique character to each of the individually designed rooms.
“We wanted a house full of idiosyncrasies and memory-making potential,” explains Elisha.
Opening in 2015, Halcyon House located in Cabarita Beach NSW, took two years of planning and 15 months to build. The comprehensive reno make over was led by Sydney-based architect Virginia Kerridge, reinterpreting the idea of the classic 1960s Australian beachside motel with her considered touch. The unique style injection to the 21 boutique rooms was created by Brisbane-based interior designer Anna Spiro. What a design team duo!
The perfect blissful beachside treasure. Arriving guests are greeted not with a cold towel or glass of champagne but with an ice cream cart offering flavours made daily by Devlin. It is a gesture symbolic of your stay, effortlessly sophisticated with dedication to nostalgia. Combining relaxed Palm Springs motel with textile-rich opulence refined indulgence, Halcyon House is polished yet personal. With a new discovery around each corner, the only word that comes to mind as you explore the grounds, is complete perfection. A bloggers dream with everywhere you cast your eyes being a photo opportunity. Anna Spiro’s has outshone herself, creating perfectly unique spaces with unwavering attention to detail. Halcyon House isn't just a treat for your eyes, add extreme comfort, impeccable staff and 5-star service to this aesthetically pleasing haven, and you’ve got a luxury hotel igniting international interest on a glandular level.
Luxury Lighting Design
A highlight for us is their carefully considered lighting style and placement. Beautiful traditional brass and glass lanterns adorn the exterior walls and brass pendant lanterns hang proudly to greet guests as they enter their room. While their dining area flaunts one of our favourite designers Jillian Middleton’s stunning custom chandeliers. Solid brass table lamps which stand tall on the each bedside table, tying together the contrasting patterns as well as adding texture.
Bespoke Guest Suites
The flawless presentation of each staff member is only matched by the beautiful styling of every bespoke guest room. Spiro has instilled personality in every corner of the 21-room property with her signature composition of the collected, ornate and nostalgic. Distinctive yet complementive, each sun-drenched room features has a large upholstered bedhead in a gorgeous patterned fabric, styled seamlessly against their exclusive textured fabric walls. No two rooms are the same; textiles, antiques, art and furnishings have been sourced globally. Each bathroom fitted with English tapware, marble vanities and handmade tiles for pure luxury.
The Paper Daisy
Named after the wildflowers that grow on the headland, the Paper Daisy Restaurant is a destination in itself. With picturesque views of the pool and pandanus trees, the tranquil alfresco dining area is brought to life with white festoon lighting. Somewhere you could simply sit relaxing for hours, the bar area, lounge and dining room have been styled with dreamy coastal furnishings and textured fabrics. The hard to miss stunning caged brass bunker statement light guides you to their restaurant, while traditional lamps throughout create the perfect ambience. The added touch of the antique brass bar cart gives you a sense of a warm and personally accommodating experience.
Meet The Word-Class Team
Using the Paper Daisy as his stage for confident coastal cooking in a relaxed environment, you will be dined by one of Queensland’s best chefs, Noma alumnus Ben Devlin. You can expect a menu that balances summery Australian classics with innovative dishes.
Mauro De Riso is the Italian national and customer service revolutionary, born into a family which run and own luxury hotels. Mauro’s passion, charm and 5-star expertise infiltrates throughout the Halcyon House team.
Victorian Cluster Walls
Boasting an array of international artwork, you'll be filled with creative inspiration. Owners and sisters Siobhan and Elisha Bickle, along with designer Anna Spiro travelled the globe sourcing artwork for every room creating Victorian cluster walls, one of Halycons signature styling displays.
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