Pretty Beach House, Pretty Beach, NSW, Australia

Vacations & Travel - - Cruise news - By He­len Hayes

After a pleas­ant 90-minute drive up from Syd­ney, we drive up the steep, tree-shad­owed drive­way to Pretty Beach House.

We are met by Ge­of­frey Veivers, the gen­eral man­ager and learn the lay of the land of this mag­nif­i­cent prop­erty that has hosted many celebrity guests, in­clud­ing business mag­nate Bill Gates and his fam­ily. Tucked away in Bouddi Na­tional Park, the prop­erty is ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful with lux­ury, na­ture and el­e­gance danc­ing to­gether to cre­ate an en­clave of peace and tran­quil­lity.

Sit in the li­brary up­stairs over­look­ing the pool and lovely Hardy’s Bay in the morn­ing sun, near the bar in the af­ter­noon ad­mir­ing the Arthur Boyd paint­ing and re­lax by the fire down­stairs be­fore din­ner, gaz­ing at the John Olsen classic hang­ing over the fire­place. One evening, we ad­journ to the out­door lounges around the fire pit and are treated to a smok­ing cer­e­mony and Wel­come to Country by local in­dige­nous el­der Tim and his friends. It is fas­ci­nat­ing.

There are two ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions in the main house – Tree­tops and The Re­treat – and two stand-alone pavil­ions – Hide­away and Bayview – planted among the eu­ca­lypts, Gymea lil­lies, lilly pilly, banksia and bot­tle­brush. We are in Hide­away and the name truly suits. We love the ad­justable bed with its di­vine Busatti linen, the bath­room is mag­nif­i­cent and the lounge room has a turntable and a good se­lec­tion of al­bums to play. Out­side, we have a pri­vate plunge pool with a day bed – per­fect for read­ing the book of the mo­ment with an ac­com­pa­ni­ment of tune­ful bird calls. As for the food, it is ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing. Break­fast and lunch are won­der­ful and chef Dun­can Kemmi out­does him­self with the de­gus­ta­tion din­ner. A walk through the Na­tional Park to

Box Head dis­solves some calo­ries and a bliss­ful mas­sage at the spa down­stairs evap­o­rates any guilt over food in­take. With food this good in a place this won­der­ful, it is so easy to for­get all about the wor­ries of the world. pret­ty­beach­house.com

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