Ready for a quick NSW getaway but can’t decide between bush or beach? At Pretty Beach House, the luxury accommodation near Bouddi National Park on the Central Coast, you don’t need to choose.
Perhaps they got the name wrong. “Pretty” seems an understatement for a property that's so incontestably beautiful. With its secluded setting inside the wild bushland of NSW’s Bouddi National Park, its proximity to deserted beaches and its dramatic clifftop position with wide water views, Pretty Beach House is a stunner.
The retreat sits within an ocean wind’s whisper of Sydney, in one of the most untouched areas of the Central Coast, on three hectares that are a combination of native eucalyptus and angophoras.
At its core is the main house – the only place you’re likely to run into another person during your stay. It features an elegant dining and lounge area with a floor of swirled sandstone dotted with vintage leather furnishings, a well-stocked bar and a cool, green infinity pool.
Then again, there’s no real reason to venture beyond your private pavilion – one of four on the property. Each has a king-sized bed piled with luxury Italian linens, a dressing room, log fireplace, double day bed and knockout views; three also have their own heated plunge pool. And there’s easy access to champagne, wines from the old and new worlds and refined hors d’oeuvres, crafted with a mix of native ingredients and fresh produce from the gardens at nearby Bells at Killcare boutique hotel.
The recent restrictions have reinforced the value of stretching your legs in nature and there are limitless opportunities to do that here, with only the slightest likelihood of coming across anyone else doing the same – unless that someone is a koala or a wombat. The house manager can arrange mountain biking, guided bushwalks, kayaking, paddleboarding or boat trips to tiny and totally private bays in the surrounding waterways. Or if you’re happy for just a bit of one-on-one with others, you can book into a pearl farm tour – with a maximum of eight people – to learn about the luminous Australian akoya pearl.
And if you spent much of your isolation dreaming of the day when you could level up your beauty regimen, book in for a treatment at Pretty Beach House's onsite Bouddi Spa. A nourishing facial should put a little more pretty – or even beautiful – into your world before you leave.