The tranquil, carefree days of Australian summers passed are recaptured at Halcyon House – Australia’s most unique beachside property.
Located on Australia’s east coast, boutique hotel Halcyon House holds a spectacular beachfront location in Cabarita Beach. Guests from around the world can spend Halcyon day’s poolside sipping cocktails, dining in the gorgeously fitted out restaurant Paper Daisy, relaxing at Halcyon spa, or enjoying one of Halcyon’s 21 uniquely designed rooms and suites.
The story of Halcyon House is a tale of family, innovation and premier Australian design. When sisters Siobhan and Elisha Bickle purchased the former surfing motel (The Hideaway) in 2011, they had the intention of creating a refuge to house their families on holidays. It wasn’t long before the sisters decided to alter their holiday plans, allowing others to share the experience of their beachside treasure.
“We wanted [Halcyon House] to give guests the opportunity to recall past memories of their favourite beachside holidays throughout their stay. Personally I love visiting each room, looking at the various antiques and one of a kind furnishings. I have many wonderful, often very funny, memories behind how we came across them.”
Opening in 2015, Halcyon House took two years of planning and 15 months to build. The extensive renovations were led by Sydney-based architect Virginia Kerridge, while the properties 21 boutique rooms were each uniquely designed by Brisbane-based interior designer Anna Spiro. Many of the vintage pieces and furnishings, such as John Derian sofas, Madeline Weinrib rugs and drawings by Wayne Pate, were personally sourced by Anna, Siobhan and Elisha.
This is the first hotel development for Siobhan and Elisha, who spearheaded the highly successful ‘Bunk’ backpackers hostel and Victoria Park Complex.
Mauro De Riso, Italian national and customer service revolutionary, oversees Halcyon House day to day operations. Born into a family which run and own luxury hotels, Mauro’s passion, charm and 5-star expertise infiltrates throughout the Halcyon House team.
Executive Chef Ben Devlin oversees the kitchen at Halcyon House on-site restaurant Paper Daisy. Ben was awarded Young Chef of the Year (Brisbane Good Food Guide 2014) and has stewarded Paper Daisy to achieve many accolades including Best Hotel Breakfast (Gourmet Traveller 2018) and Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants (Australian Financial Review 2018).
“Together, with the wider Halcyon House team, Mauro and Ben deliver impeccable and intuitive service, creating extraordinary experiences for all our treasured guests.”
pictured: Halcyon House Owners and sisters, Elisha and Siobhan Bickle, with children Harvey, Anakin, Mary, Vincent, Arki, Julius, Theodora, Stavros and Balthasar.