Pay & Stay

KSP Writers' Centre offers private accommodation for writers looking to escape the distractions of home-life and focus on the development of a manuscript or thesis. Discounts are offered to members.

Check in time is from 12pm. Checkout time is 10am. Late checkout may be granted if available, please check with staff on arrival.


In addition to the solitude of your KSP jarrah cabin, guests also have access to an incredibly active community of writers at the nearby KSP Writers' Centre building. Consider dropping into a writing group to socialise and receive feedback on your work-in-progress (please note that due to new COVID-19 occupancy restrictions, you may be turned away if the maximum limit has been reached). You can also book a mentorship session with a professional local writer to glean personalised advice and critique on a larger manuscript. 

Ensure to enter the promo code 'member' to access your KSP membership discount. Membership status will be verified by staff upon booking. Not a member? See here to join.


To check availability, rates and to make a booking please enter your desired dates below, in the box beneath the arrow (or, if you are viewing on a mobile device, at the top of the page). 

* Please note that to book a retreat with less than seven days notice, you must email the KSP office.



Dianne Wolfer, 2014 WA Premier’s Award-winning author of the CBCA Honour book ‘Lighthouse Boy’ (plotted at KSP)

A lovely space for writing. I love the big window and wide writing desk—a perfect workspace.

Retreat Details

The KSP Writers’ Centre features three private self-contained cottage retreats available exclusively for writers to hire.


Set against the backdrop of Perth’s Darling Scarp, these retreats give you the opportunity to shut yourself away in a beautiful atmosphere to write, write, write.


These comfortable cottages built in 2007 boast modern facilities and old-fashioned charm. Designed in the style of celebrated Australian novelist Katharine Susannah Prichard’s original 1930s studio, lovingly built for her by her husband, the cottages are set amongst wild sprawling gardens with city skyline glimpses.


When you need a break from the page, all you need to do is walk outside and emerse yourself in the beautiful KSP gardens. Take your breakfast and morning coffee onto the main house Jarrah verandah and admire the bushland views, or sit in one of our many outdoor nooks and have a chat with the resident magpies.


The majestic John Forrest National Park is just a fifteen minute walk away, and a short bus trip from Old York Road will take you to nearby cafes, supermarkets, restaurants, book shops, pubs and retail stores. The Swan Valley region, known for its humane produce and award-winning wineries, is only 15 kilometres away—an ideal location for a day out.


Perfect for writers of all kinds, the retreats are especially beneficial for poets, novelists, PhD students, and editors looking to create new work or fine-tune a manuscript—or anyone wanting an escape from the daily grind.


Daily, weekly or monthly accommodation is available all year round. Guests must have a literary or artistic purpose for their stay. Plenty of parking space is available with easy access to public transport.

Retreat Amenities


  • Reverse-cycle air-conditioning

  • Wired internet

  • Fridge and freezer 

  • Microwave

  • Kettle

  • Toaster

  • Nescafe DeLonghi Dolce Gusto Mini Me pod coffee machine (two starter pods provided)

  • Linen

  • Crockery

  • Cutlery

  • Glassware

  • Wardrobe

  • Private ensuite bathroom

  • Whiteboard and markers

  • Cork pin-board and pins

  • Writing desk and desk chair

  • Reading chair with lamp

  • One double bed

  • 24 hour alarm security

  • Garden views


Guests also gain access to the main house

(the KSP Writers’ Centre), which offers: 

  • Kitchen with double oven and stove

  • Laundry room

  • Library (currently closed due to COVID-19)

  • Wi-Fi

  • Conference room

  • Photocopying and printing (costs apply)

  • Writing groups and workshops (costs apply)


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