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 story, poem, manuscript or thesis. Check-in is from 12pm; Checkout is 10am. Want to gift a writer friend or family member with a retreat? Ask us about vouchers!
Costs: $145 per night from Sunday-Thursday; $175p/n from Friday-Saturday. If you are a KSP member, there is a 20% discount on these rates. 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.
Write Now Retreat promotion: This brand new promotion offers a massive 45% discount on select last minute dates to stay in one of our beautiful writing cabins, with a minimum of three nights booking. Please note the member discount cannot be applied to this retreat. Dates will be released on social media (Facebook and Instagram) so ensure to follow KSP if you are interested.
Current Write Now Retreat dates: None. (August special is sold out). Use promo code 'Write Now' when booking online. (Look for the promo code box on the top right of the booking page, underneath the 'Language' bar).
Other Benefits of Staying at KSP: In addition to progressing your own work in the solitude of your self-contained 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. You can also book a mentorship session with a professional local writer to glean personalised advice and critique on a larger manuscript. Check our calendar for any events or workshops. Enjoy the onsite heritage gardens - if you see Fern, our gardener, ask her for a quick free tour! - do some bird-spotting or take a walk along one of the nearby Shire of Mundaring Railways Reserve Heritage Trails. Visit a local winery or restaurant in Darlington or the Swan Valley - we have our favourites listed in the KSP cabin guidebook (emailed to you upon booking).
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 with your desired dates and a phone number for staff to get back to you.
Katharine in mosaic
Window view from Aldridge cabin
Writer's cabins 2
Winding path to writing
Writing desk with a view
Writing in comfort
Everything you could need
Even writers need to sleep
Main House Balcony
Main House writing info
Main House kitchen
Main House oven
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
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.
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.
Fridge and freezer
Tea-pot and plunger
Tea-bags and instant coffee
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
Guests also gain access to the main house
(the KSP Writers’ Centre), which offers:
Kitchen with double oven and stove
Photocopying and printing (costs apply)
Writing groups and workshops (costs apply)