Room to move in ru­ral set­ting

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - SUITE LIFE GERRINGONG, NSW -

Not so keen

Air­con­di­tion­ing in guest rooms is a lit­tle noisy, show­ers splash over the bath­room floor and the toi­let paper is sub-par. Get­ting ex­actly the same buf­fet break­fast on both week­end morn­ings is dis­ap­point­ing.

The room

At first, the mas­cu­line look of Bellachara, all edges and con­trasts, seems dis­con­cert­ingly ur­ban in this ru­ral, coastal en­vi­ron­ment. But soon you’ll re­alise how re­fresh­ing it can be to stay in the coun­try and not be sur­rounded by flo­ral pat­terns and chintz. Rooms are spa­cious, with a good lounge area at one end, many with a bal­cony where you can sit and lis­ten to the cock­a­toos. Those with kids will find in­ter­con­nect­ing rooms, PlayS­ta­tion 2 and kitch­enette ( where stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances add to the chic look) a bonus.

The food and drink

Start on the res­tau­rant’s leather lounges for pre-din­ner drinks and fin­ger food ($ 5), such as del­i­cate Si­cil­ian olive tartlets, or haloumi with roasted cap­sicum re­moulade. Then move on to the main din­ing

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