By name, by na­ture

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - LIFE -

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,

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