Pretty Beach House
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.