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Completely wheelchair accessible, kaleidoscopically decorated and utterly original, La Viv at Vivonne Bay on Kangaroo Island is no run-of-the-mill holiday home.
In fact, stepping beneath the stone entrance arch carved with sea horses and through the heavy timber doors is like stepping onto a surrealist canvas. The walls are splashed with brightly coloured mosaics, secret niches are filled with stones and shells, furniture is fashioned from bleached and twisting driftwood and stained glass windows create dappled pools of light.
It’s hard to believe that a home built with such originality, such artistic flair, could also be so superbly practical, but everything in La Viv – from pull-out drawers, low work surfaces, handrails and shower chairs – is designed to cater for guests with limited mobility and is 100 percent accessible from a wheelchair.
The property sleeps up to eight, and pointedly lacks a TV. With a pristine island wilderness on your doorstep, who needs one?
Details // Flinders Rd, Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA. From $120 per night. www.takeabreak.com.au/naturally-ki-Laviv.htm