By name, by nature
it’s a feast for the eyes
The hamlet of Pretty Beach, centrepiece of the Wagstaffe peninsula on the NSW Central Coast, sets expectations high. It’s the name: even on a miserable day, you’d hope Pretty Beach would be looking its proclaimed best. And Pretty Beach House, the sleepy settlement’s luxury hilltop lodge? It sounds as if it should be wearing lipstick and a dab of rouge.
A steep driveway from the security gate gives little hint of what lies beyond. The property sits high and proud, angled towards, yes, the prettiest of views. The main lodge embraces a black-tiled open kitchen, library/lounge overlooking the pool deck, a breakfast bar and atrium dining room with full-length windows and a big fireplace.
The retreat, owned by John Singleton, feels almost baronial, with pieces of art from the advertising guru’s collection. There’s a John Olsen here, a Sidney Nolan there,