Pretty Beach House

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Escape -

From the mo­ment we en­ter this lux­u­ri­ous home away from home and are greeted at the front door with a glass of Pol Roger cham­pagne, all of life’s stresses re­cede. This in­ti­mate and re­lax­ing kid-free zone, nes­tled among bush­land on the Bouddi Penin­sula, epit­o­mises laid­back lux­ury. The main mud-brick and sand­stone build­ing wraps around a cen­tral in­fin­ity pool and a dra­mat­i­cally gnarled eu­ca­lypt. We are wel­comed into the open-plan kitchen, from which waft aro­mas of the most de­li­cious lunch be­ing pre­pared for our ar­rival by chef Dean Jones.we take ad­van­tage of the well-stocked open bar and wine cel­lar, and move into the din­ing room to eat. Lit­tle do we know, this is only the be­gin­ning of our never-end­ing culi­nary feast over our week­end stay.to start, we are treated to home­made panini and our choice of wine, which never runs dry, fol­lowed by a share plate of local fish with a cit­rus salad. Some­how we man­age to squeeze in the most deca­dent or­ange cake for dessert.works by Sid­ney Nolan and John Olsen look down on us.

There are only four guest­houses at Pretty Beach House, and we are lucky enough to stay in the pent­house, Tree­tops Pav­il­ion. Af­ter lunch, and a de­liv­ery of more cham­pagne and a cheese­board to our suite, we de­cide to test the over­sized cop­per bath, with its breath­tak­ing view of the tree­tops and bay, and the bal­cony and fire pit.we hold off on col­laps­ing onto the world’s com­fi­est bed to ex­plore the grounds, tak­ing in the Abo­rig­i­nal rock en­grav­ings dat­ing back more than 8000 years.

The main at­trac­tion here, how­ever, is din­ner. Down­stairs in the li­brary, we are treated to freshly shucked oys­ters to start, a mar­tini and a dreamy sun­set back­drop be­fore we even sit down to the five-course de­gus­ta­tion with match­ing wines.

Through­out our stay we are spoilt for choice with what to do, eat and drink, and how to re­lax next.this is an idyl­lic es­cape, and one week­end is not enough. – Alexan­dra Rush­ton

The main pool area at Pretty Beach House.

The din­ing room. Above: the lounge.

Pol Roger cham­pagne and (be­low) Ital­ian cui­sine.

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