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Pretty Beach House

Bouddi National Park, Australia

Pretty Beach House is a private guesthouse situated 100 kilometers north of Sydney on the Bouddi Peninsula. The property is set high on the escarpment above Pretty Beach and nestled into the Bouddi National Park, surrounded by native gum trees.

At a Glance

  • Set in a gentle and relaxed area with plenty of bush walking trails and deserted white sand beaches

  • Small towns such as Wagstaffe, Hardys Bay and Killcare are all just a stroll away

  • The area is well known for its Aboriginal history and a local guide will reveal an amazing amount of rock art and carvings

  • Stefano Manfredi overseas the kitchen - his approach is one of simplicity and quality and all meals reflect his Italian heritage

  • Arrive in style, flying by helicopter or seaplane over Sydney harbor

Beach, Fishing, Honeymoon, Sailing & surfing

Insider's View

From the choice wine selection to the last morsel of fine food, it's all about indulgence. After a feast, take a stroll around the bush garden brimming with lilly pilly, kangaroo paw, ferns, lilies and eucalypts, frequented by rainbow lorikeets, chortling kookaburras and pesky brush turkeys.

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Insider's View

My favorite Pavilion is Hideaway, tucked up amidst the angophoras away from the main house, with a gorgeous little pool and great views out to sea.

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Description

Tucked away on a beautiful peninsula just north of the center of Sydney, guests are welcomed to Pretty Beach House as if to a private home. With only four, one-bedroom pavilions surrounding the Main House on the seven and a half acre property, you are offered privacy with round-the-clock service with all meals, snacks and drinks, including wines and champagnes, are included as part of the hospitality.

The pavilions Treetops, Bayview, Hideaway and The Retreat have views through the mass of ancient angophoras and native eucalypts down onto the sparkling Brisbane Waters. The pavilions offer king bedrooms with separate dressing rooms, open-plan sitting areas oriented to take advantage of the views, fully stocked bars and combustion log fireplaces. The dining and lounge areas and bathrooms lead on to private decks with day beds and heated plunge pools. The decor is simple and strong, with tub chairs in vintage leather, 1930's travel trunks, hand crafted tables and fine Belgian linen.

The Main House, situated at the heart of the property, has an atrium style dining and lounging area, intimate cocktail bar, wine cellar, open fireplace plus infinity pool and deck. Interiors complement the bushland surroundings, featuring local sandstone and recycled timbers. Local artists have taken advantage of the fallen angophora branches and created sculptures that feature throughout.

The property prides itself on its cuisine, and Italian born Stefano Manfredi's influence is evident in every aspect of the culinary delights at Pretty Beach House. Dine in the atrium dining rom, privately within your own pavilion, in the wine cellar or al fresco on the landscaped property. An extensive range of premium wines and spirits has been selected to complement the gastronomic experience, with a wine cellar stocked with rare old and new world wines for the connoisseur.

The serene bush setting offers rest and relaxation however it can also become the center of a full expedition experience. Excursions range from a professionally guided bush walk or a cruise for a picnic on one of the many secluded bays, right through to a fishing excursion on board the 38 foot Pretty Beach Launch CABO sports cruiser. Following a day of acitivity, why not indulge in a personalized massage or spa treatment in the privacy of your pavilion?

Transportation is offered to and from Pretty Beach itself as well as to Hardys Bay, Killcare and Wagstaffe, where ferries run regularly to and from Palm Beach.

Accommodation

Pretty Beach House boasts four stunning Pavilions set within the beautiful grounds, surrounded by twisted angophora trees with views of the ocean. All pavilions include breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon teas, snacks, non alcoholic beverages, a considered selection of alcoholic beverages featuring premium wines, champagne and spirits.

The Bayview Pavilion boasts a king bed, heated plunge pool, private deck and fireplace.

Our personal favorite, the Hideaway Pavilion, boasts a larger living space, king bed, heated plunge pool, private deck, fireplace and is the most secluded of the three.

The Treetops Pavilion is the largest pavilion and is spread over 2 levels. Treetops boasts king bed downstairs with luxury bathroom, heated plunge pool, private deck, fireplace, separate living space upstairs, second bathroom, heated flooring and a private day bed.

Childcare

Children are not permitted at Pretty Beach House, unless all four Pavilions are booked out exclusively.

Facilities

Celebrated chef Stefano Manfredi oversees the food at Pretty Beach House, with his signature Italian cuisine available all day, ‘casalinga style’. Seasonal menu offerings may change based on fresh produce harvested daily.

Guests may dine in the atrium dining room, privately within their own pavilion, in the wine cellar or al fresco on the landscaped property. An extensive range of premium wines and spirits has been selected to complete the gastronomic experience. For those looking even further, the wine cellar is stocked with rare old and new world wines.

Activities

Excursions can be as simple as a professionally guided bushwalk with many well-marked coastal walking trails in the surrounding natural wonder of the Bouddi National Park.

Lobster Beach, Box Head and the surf break at Tallow Beach are all within easy walking distance, while Killcare surf beach, Maitland Bay and the seaside villages of Killcare, Wagstaffe and Hardy's Bay are close by.

A leisurely 20 minute stroll through untouched native flora to the tip of the Aboriginal Dreaming sacred site of Box Head is breathtaking, with stunning 180 degree views of the five surrounding waterways including Broken Bay to Palm Beach and the Barenjoey light house.

A tailored expedition aboard the Pretty Beach Cabo Sports Cruiser can be pre arranged and booked upon reservation. The Pretty Beach Cabo cruiser can also collect guests from Sydney and bring them to Pretty Beach up the coastline (or vice versa).

With one of Stefano Manfredi’s expert chefs always on hand at Pretty Beach House, guests can learn the secrets of the Manfredi kitchen using locally harvested seasonal produce in a private cooking lesson.

In addition, by appointment, a personalized in house Spa treatment service is available with massage & beauty treatments on offer in the privacy of each pavilion.

Location & Directions

Bouddi National Park, Australia

Located in the Bouddi National Park overlooking Pretty Beach, 100km north of Sydney. Lobster Beach, Box Head and the surf break at Tallow Beach are all within easy walking distance, while Killcare surf beach, Maitland Bay and the seaside villages of Killcare, Wagstaffe and Hardys Bay are also close by.

When to go

In the southern half of Australia the seasons are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere: spring comes in September, summer is from December to February, autumn runs from March to May, and winter begins in June.

Sydney is great to visit year round but if you want warm sun and dry weather it is best to try between November and April. Their winter months of May - October usually have mild weather so you can still enjoy all the sights.

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