Bouddi Beach Retreat, Killcare Heights
If all those months cooped up inside have sparked a newfound appreciation for the outside world, then a rejuvenating bushwalk through Bouddi National Park is the first step to exploring the natural wonders of the Central Coast. Of course, you’ll want a place to stay that’s just as enchanting. Step beyond the 200-year-old Indian door and into Bouddi Beach Retreat. This architect-designed home on two levels is nestled on the edge of the National Park overlooking Killcare and Putty Beach. It boasts luxury bathrooms, a resort-style pool, two stunning kitchens, and the pièce de resistance — sweeping ocean views across to Palm Beach. Pets are welcome (on request), and with five bedrooms that can accommodate up to ten guests, your entire family can join in the adventure.
Reflections on the Bay, Hardys Bay
Even when you’re surrounded by the magnificent beaches of the Central Coast, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re always gazing at the rippling water. Why not spend a weekend in this quaint two-bedroom cottage overlooking picturesque Hardys Bay. The cottage suits up to 4 guests and your pet is welcome as well (on request). The yard is not fully fenced but the balcony is quite secure for small pets, so after a day along the scenic waterfront and enjoying the delicious delights of local cafés, the whole family can settle in on the north-facing balcony and revel in the divine sunset over the water.
The Greenhouse Retreat, Pearl Beach
If you’re like me and fond of nature but prefer to relax and take it easy, you might like a peaceful getaway surrounded by luscious greenery that can be admired from the comfort of a sun-lounge. This classy 4-bedroom cottage is perfect for a girls’ weekend or an extended family holiday. The Retreat is suitable for 6 guests but has 3 separate dwellings, and of course, your pet is welcome. The house has been styled with luxurious linen, furniture and homewares, and has a pool for some much-needed lazy swimming on a hot summer’s day.
Treetops at Wagstaffe
If your taste is inclined to the spacious and contemporary, then Treetops at Wagstaffe is the one for you. With floor to ceiling windows that let the rooms fill with glorious sunshine, you can indulge in one of the most comfortable bush retreats there is. The house accommodates up to 6 guests, and pets are allowed, so bring the whole family. The house has convenient modern touches, a fully equipped kitchen and BBQ, and an outdoor dining area, so you have everything you need for an adventurous holiday in the treetops.
Cate’s House, Woy Woy Bay
The charm of this A-frame house, combined with breath-taking 180-degree water views, gives guests the best of two worlds. Inspired by Cape Cod architecture, this bright and airy house is pet friendly and accommodates 4 guests, making it ideal for an intimate retreat. It has an outdoor entertaining area with a firepit and a large tiered garden with a barbecue to let you reconnect over some delightful family gatherings. With blissfully quiet surrounds, other than the musical sound of birds, the house is suited to a relaxing holiday to restore calm in your life.
WORDS JEMMA DALEY