Caroline Clements

Pretty Beach House

with Caroline Clements www.placesweswim.com
  • Where:Pretty Beach, Central Coast New South Wales

  • Why:A getaway from the city over Easter

  • When:April 2019

  • Who:Me and my darling (@helloscruffalo)

Highs & Lows

  • The food and service is second to none in this intimate, luxury villa. As though you have a private chef and butler. No expense is spared. Chef uses locally sourced and native ingredients and designs a new menu daily for guests. This is pure indulgence.

  • Private plunge pool - most of the villas have their own private, heated pool, which makes it easy for skinny dips without offending the other guests.

  • Walks around the national park - the property is located in a national park, which is a very unique spot. This is true blue Australiana country. Take advantage of the bush walks you can do to neighbouring beaches.

  • Welcome to country - each guest is involved to be a part of a traditional, indigenous welcome to country, made by a local indigenous man. This is an opportunity to be part of a spiritual ceremony and ask questions about Aboriginal culture in the area. A time to be mindful.

  • The driveway is very steep and our poor van didn’t make it up, but it was also a good heart starter to do the hill on foot.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Plastic Free

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    The ultimate private, luxury escape in an Australian national park on the beach.

  • Vibe

    Super luxe and exclusive, but relaxed and secluded. A real escape. A place to unwind.

  • Location

    1.5 hours north of Sydney by car, buried deep in the Bouddi National Park set up above the sleepy coastal town of Pretty Beach in Central Coast NSW.

  • Rooms

    4 private villas.

  • Music

    Sharon Van Etten

  • Year Opened

    As Pretty Beach House in its current format in 2015 (after bushfire damage in 2012).

  • Designed By

    The 1900s weatherboard beach cottage with pavilions were designed by award-winning architect David Boyle. The interior design is by Michelle Leslie and in includes paintings by celebrated Australian painters John Olsen and Arthur Boyd, light installations by Christopher Boots, plates by Mud and interior details made with 400 year old tree trunks, in the main house.

  • Pool/Gym

    Pool (communal and your own private pool), no gym but bush walks in the Bouddi National Park where the property is located. Plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs/body.

  • Restaurant

    A private dining room for guests only. All meals are included and you eat them all here overlook the Australian bush surrounds.

  • Bar

    An open bar for guests and staff will make you drinks at any time of the day.

  • Minibar

    Yes - mixers to make your own gin & tonics, vodka sodas or tea.

  • Wifi

    Yes, free.

  • Children

    Leave them at home. Children under 13 are not allowed.

  • Price

    Super expensive, splash out occasion for the upper crust.

Not that you need any additional food during your stay, as everything is made on site, but once you leave, this little food store / cafe has great locally made produce in the town of Killcare.

The Fat Goose

The Fat Goose cafe bakery, Killcare Road, Killcare NSW, Australia

Not that you need any additional food during your stay, as everything is made on site, but once you leave, this little food store / cafe has great locally made produce in the town of Killcare.

The track starts on the hotel property and is about a 25 walk over the ridge to the beach. There is a small campsite on the beach, but most likely you’ll have it to yourself. Bodysurf some waves before breakfast.

An early morning swim at Tallow Beach

Tallow Beach

The track starts on the hotel property and is about a 25 walk over the ridge to the beach. There is a small campsite on the beach, but most likely you’ll have it to yourself. Bodysurf some waves before breakfast.

From Putty Beach to MacMasters. 8.5km along the coast through the National Park. Swim at every stop along the way. This will take a few hours.

For a long, more involved hike, do the Bouddi Coastal Walk

Bouddi coastal walk, Putty Beach Road, Killcare Heights NSW, Australia

From Putty Beach to MacMasters. 8.5km along the coast through the National Park. Swim at every stop along the way. This will take a few hours.

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