Episode 83

83 - Kathleen Murphy on how hosts can create and maintain engaging, sustainable outdoor spaces for guests to enjoy year-round

Posted April 26, 2023


When it comes to running short-term accommodation, outdoor spaces are almost always lower on the priority list than a property’s interior, but award-winning, Victorian-based landscape designer and seasoned host Kathleen Murphy is determined to change that.

After a brief stint in the corporate world, Kathleen trained in horticulture in the Dublin Botanical Gardens in Ireland, completing further studies with the Royal Horticultural Society and Melbourne’s Burnley University following.

Having relocated back to Australia in the subsequent years, she established Kathleen Murphy Landscape Design in 2006 and has been designing gardens with her small team ever since, maintaining a strong focus on linking the architecture of the house and buildings to the surrounding landscape.

Despite her foray into hosting starting with her holiday property Inlet House in the seaside Victorian town of Inverloch, she recently took this off the short-term rental market in order to move into it with her family full-time, transforming her former primary residence in the Macedon Ranges into a stunning, self-contained getaway.

I’ve long-admired some of the incredible gardens Kathleen has cultivated over her professional career and it was truly a delight to be able to chat with her for the podcast recently.

Show Notes

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