Pretty Beach House is one of Australia’s most exclusive luxury lodges situated 90 minutes drive north of Sydney on the glorious NSW Bouddi Peninsula. The lodge is set high on the escarpment above Pretty Beach and gently nestled into the Bouddi National Park.
Guests are welcomed as if in a private home where all dining, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, a considered selection of fine alcoholic beverages and wi-fi are included as part of the hospitality.
It is the vision of operators Karina and Brian Barry to create a quintessentially Australian home away from home for local and international travellers alike.
Their passion for tourism and love for the area with its strong indigenous culture, is what brings Pretty Beach House to life. Once you arrive, you won’t want to leave.
For the ultimate indulgence take a panoramic flight to or from Pretty Beach House. See the famous Sydney Harbour in its entirety from the sky, the awe-inspiring Opera House, the iconic Harbour Bridge, the beautiful golden beaches including Palm Beach & Pittwater – the playground of the rich and famous.
The scenery is truly stunning and unforgettable as you gently glide over vast bushland of the Hawkesbury region and the Bouddi National Park, and then land at Hardy’s Bay where our staff await your arrival at the Pretty Beach Wharf.
Partners include Sydney Seaplanes, Sydney By Seaplane, Sydney Helicopters or Sydney HeliCharter who each offer flights to and from Sydney.
Surrounded by ancient angophoras and with views through wild eucalypts to the sparkling bay, Pretty Beach House is truly a rare find. A sophisticated, small hotel in a wondrous setting just 90 minutes drive north of Sydney.
The serene and quintessentially Australian bushland setting of the NSW Bouddi National Park, offers rest and relaxation to nature lovers looking for an idyllic escape within a pristine environment without forgoing all of the luxuries of world class hotel.
Located on the southern most point of the NSW Central Coast, our luxurious retreat is nestled within the beauty of mother nature and is only a 20 minute ferry trip from Sydney’s famous Palm Beach or an exhilarating 20min flight from Sydney (by helicopter or seaplane).
The Bouddi Peninsula is made of up wild escapements of apricot sandstone cliffs and spectacular coastal walks offering panoramic ocean views. Lobster Beach, Box Head and the surf break at Tallow Beach are all within easy walking distance, while Killcare surf beach, Putty Beach, magical Maitland Bay and the quaint seaside villages of Killcare, Wagstaffe and Hardys Bay are all close by.
The word ‘Bouddi’ is the local Aboriginal name for the area. It has various meanings in Aboriginal languages, however is more commonly thought to mean ‘heart’.
The Bouddi Peninsula is a very significant landscape on the Central Coast with around 100 Aboriginal sites recorded in the park and nearby areas and many more sites are likely to exist.
Sites include rock engravings, grinding grooves, rock shelters with art (drawings and paintings), middens and other archeological deposits. We are lucky enough to have three aboriginal artworks (dating back more than 2,000 years) situated right at the doorstep of our luxury retreat.
These rock carvings are of animals from the sea, a dolphin, fish & whale.
We acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional custodians of the land upon which we live – the Darkinjung people. It is upon their ancestral lands that Pretty Beach House stands amongst the ancient angophoras, wild bush tucker and sandstone cliffs. They are the spiritual and cultural owners of this land.
We acknowledge our Elders past and present to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. By way of recognising our extraordinary location, Indigenous peoples and spiritual heritage, we are proud to offer our guests an Indigenous Welcome Smoking Ceremony incorporating dance & didgeridoo around the fire, as an additional experience.
Guests will hear ancient Dreamtime stories told by traditional elders, listen to the unique sounds of the didgeridoo and clappers and watch on as the ceremony unfolds. This experience is a highlight of many guests at Pretty Beach House and offers time to truly reflect on the true spirit of Australia.
There are over 100 significant Aboriginal sites that have been recorded within Bouddi National Park. Sites include rock engravings, grinding grooves, rock shelters with art (drawings and paintings), middens and other archeological deposits.
Aboriginal sites provide valuable insight into traditions, lifestyles and interaction with the environment and are an important part of our culture today.
The word ‘Bouddi’ is the local Aboriginal name for the area and has become synonymous with the National Park and the surrounding lands. It has various meanings in Aboriginal languages, however is most commonly known to mean ‘heart’.
There is a rare piece of rock art at the doorstep of our lodge dating back approx 2,000 years. The drawings are of totem figures of two fish and a dolphin. In Aboriginal culture, Totems represent all living things of the environments, that includes all plant life, insect life, the sky world and animals of the land and sea.
With a sophisticated style of Australian casual elegance and luxury, Pretty Beach House is the perfect example of relaxed luxury.
Interior designer, Michelle Leslie collaborated with many local artisans and craftspersons, to create an inviting, warm and luxurious guesthouse in its purist form. The overall feeling is that of a true connection to the earth. Spirit of place in its most raw of form.
A place where heart and soul have been the driving force for all of the artists working on the house and embracing a new chapter of its life. The main building is intimate, it feels safe, solid and authentic, with a mix of repurposed and new, brass and stone, timber and travertine.
The sandstone is locally sourced, the mud bricks each touched by hand, there is character and rawness, with incredible beauty and charm throughout the main house. A sophisticated and timeless home design that is sensitive to the beautiful natural surrounds of Pretty Beach House, is the acclaimed final result.
Collaborations with other local designers like Christopher Boots (Melbourne based industrial designer) and Kate Nixon (Sydney based interior creative) have resulted in an extraordinary level of style and sophistication for this remarkable retreat.
The main house is still the heart of the property, built with hand-made mud bricks from Bowral NSW and huge hand crafted timber posts from a decommissioned bridge in Queensland.
The main house is a shared space for guests which houses the spectacular dining room, lounging area, cocktail bar, intimate dining space, wine cellar, huge open fireplace, infinity pool and the hand made Stefano Ferrara Italian pizza oven.
The décor is simple and strong, with handcrafted furniture and fine Italian Busatti linen, hand loomed by a third generation artisan loom which is over 350 years old.
Hand made brass pendant lights are suspended from the exposed beams, and the incredible hand-forged brass counter top stands strong and purposeful in the communal bar. All interiors and the unique bespoke soft furnishings are inspired by the colours and textures of the surrounding bush and landscape.
With 4 luxurious pavilions, surrounding the main house on the seven and a half acre property, Pretty Beach House can sleep 8 adults at any one time.
The 4 exclusive and private pavilions have names that describe their best feature: Treetops (penthouse position above the main house), Bayview, Hideaway & The Retreat (2 stories). All have views through a mass of ancient angophoras down to the sparkling bay waters of Pretty Beach.
Our guests memorable experience is the core of our philosophy at Pretty Beach House. Guests are welcomed as if in a private home where all dining, premium beverages, local transfers and mountain biking are included. Our all-inclusive rate make the total experience effortless for a luxury weekend getaway.
Upon opening our doors, Pretty Beach House was awarded the Harper’s Bazaar Luxury Reborn Award for Experience in Travel for ‘Creating the quintessential Australian getaway’ in the Contemporary Hotels, Beach House and Villas category. Pretty Beach House was also listed first on the Hot Hotels of Australia list by Conde Nast Traveller USA that same year.
Whether it be for a honeymoon or simply and romantic weekend away, our small lodge offers unsurpassed luxury to ensure your stay is unforgettable.
The cuisine is a highlight of any visit to Pretty Beach House and guests may choose to dine in the main dining area, al-fresco on the beautifully landscaped property or even on our private boat?
The daily menus feature seasonal Italian style cuisine, including freshly picked produce from our vege gardens. An extensive range of premium wines and spirits have been selected to complete the gastronomic experience. For those looking even further, the wine cellar (carefully curated by Brian Barry and the House Sommelier) is stocked with rare old and new world wines.
Bouddi Spa is a haven for guests to escape to and de-stress with spa treatments that have been thoughtfully designed to rebalance the synergy between mind, body & soul. Pure Australian Botanical products from the LI’TYA range are featured in our boutique spa.
A PRIVATE LUXURY PAVILION SURROUNDED BY MOTHER NATURE
Australia’s most exclusive guesthouse, nestled into the wonderous Bouddi National Park. Stay with us in your own luxurious pavilion surrounded by the beauty of mother nature. With world-class facilities Pretty Beach House is the epitome of laidback Australian luxury.
The main house is a collection of premium facilities including open plan kitchen, spectacular dining room, magnificent sandstone open fireplace, guest lounge/library, open bar, wine cellar, private day spa, outdoor infinity pool and poolside pizza oven for casual al-fresco dining.
The magnificent dining room incorporates authentic earthy interiors and unique bespoke soft furnishings, including handmade Busatti linen inspired by the colours and textures of the surrounding landscape and hand-engraved signature cutlery.
The mud-brick walls, sandstone floors and large open fireplace connect the building to the earth and make you feel safe and warm like in a warm cocoon. The property is surrounded by bush and water, from quintessential golden beaches to private, pristine bays.
The Retreat is the largest of the four pavilions. This superb retreat is spread over two levels offering a separate living space upstairs with wood burning fireplace and powder room, whilst downstairs is a generous king size bedroom and luxury bathroom with bath, separate shower with heated flooring.
Outside is your heated plunge pool, double day bed and expansive private patio with bay & escarpment views. Pavilion rates include; All dining, open bar with premium wines, beers, spirits (cellar list additional), pavilion mini-bar, unlimited wi-fi and mountain bike hire.
SIMPLICITY, ELEGANCE, SERVICE AND SUPERB FOOD
Simplicity, elegance, service and superb food is evident in every aspect of the culinary delights of Pretty Beach House.
The Main house is designed for relaxation and conviviality where all the senses and sensibilities are inspired from the iconic Australian artworks, to the elegant table settings and stunning views. Guests are invited to help themselves from the fully stocked bar and relax before dinner while taking in the stunning coastal views.
HEAD CHEF / DEAN JONES /
Dean gained Michelin experience at London’s River Café, and he injects the same pride and passion he believes that gave River Cafe its unique popularity – the pride in every ingredient and the passion to cook it with the same sense of brio and devotion the Italians display. “Passion and commitment took River Cafe to great heights, and I know it can be done here.”
Guests may choose to dine in the spectacular dining room, al fresco by the pool or maybe even on our boat.
An extensive range of premium wines; beers and spirits are on offer. Each beverage hand picked by the house Sommelier to compliment the daily menus. For those looking further afield, the Pretty Beach House wine cellar curated by proprietor Brian Barry is stocked with incredible rare old and new world wines.
12.30 until 2.30 pm For lunch, the chef may suggest an antipasto, which includes salumi, pickled vegetables, eggplant caponata, and local crayfish with a garlic mayonnaise. In summer there is chilled soup such as tomato with saffron, asparagus or fresh peas. Picnic hampers may contain a delicious array of Italian style Panini with house made breads, fresh fruit, cakes and tarts.
For winter, expect hearty seafood and barley stew, winter vegetable minestrone and veal shank with farro, all served with bread baked daily in the house kitchen. A much-loved treat at Pretty Beach House is Pizza al Fresco, as the chef stokes up the poolside wood fired pizza oven.
CELLAR AND BAR
The wine cellar and cocktail bar offering at Pretty Beach House is a hand picked collection of perfectly curated wines & spirits, by proprietor Brian Barry and our expert House Sommelier.
The communal space is fully stocked with selected spirits, fine wines and champagnes, available throughout the day & night for guests to enjoy. For an even more exclusive selection, a cellar list is available, featuring back vintages, and rare and old finds.
A LUXURIOUS SPA SANCTUARY AWAITS
Bouddi Spa is a haven for guests to escape to and de-stress with spa treatments that have been thoughtfully designed to rebalance the synergy between mind, body & soul. Pure Australian botanical products from the LI’TYA range are featured in the spa, offering a true spirit of place and connection to the earth.
LI’TYA harnesses the earth’s elements to provide the finest spa treatments. Aboriginal culture recognizes the significance of the elements in terms of their physical, emotional, spiritual and environmental aspects to ourselves.
The bouddi spa experience aims to bring balance between these elements by combining a range of sensory therapies selected for their efficiency in purifying, nourishing and harmonizing the body as a whole. Bouddi Spa is open by appointment only.
Surrender yourself to the ultimate spa journey to reconnect mind, body and soul from the outside, in. Using the power of native plant essential oils and extracts, earth ochres and desert salts the skin is cleansed, invigorated, restored and nourished. Tired muscles are soothed and the body systems are rebalanced and rejuvenated.
The journey starts with JINA floral footbath treatment, followed by MALA MAYI (aromatic exfoliation and mud cocoon), the body is cleansed and is followed by a rhythmic KODO massage including Gubbera hot stones and PAUDI head massage including Quandong heated hair mask. A MIRRI facial and POLAMA hand treatment will complete this sublime experience will leave you feeling relax, rested and rejuvenated.
WILDLIFE TOUR AT AUSTRALIAN WALKABOUT PARK
Once in a lifetime wildlife experience at our local, Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park. Enjoy bush tucker and a guided wildlife tour with your very own park ranger. A must for International travellers and only 40 minutes’ drive away.
Get up close and personal with the emus, kangaroos, echidnas and koalas that are waiting for you at the fabulous animal sanctuary. Most of the animals at this park are not caged in so it’s an opportunity to experience the animals first hand – patting and holding is encouraged!
Learn about bush tucker and bush medicine with your own VIP ranger and sit amongst the animals whilst you enjoy your bush tucker including delicious damper, bush jams and refreshments.
With seven pristine beaches and bays and many spectacular coastal walking trails, the Bouddi Peninsula is a nature lovers paradise. Enjoy typical Australian surfing at Killcare Beach, or swim at the southern end of the beach where the iconic red and yellow flags are.
Further north is the glorious Putty Beach and coastal headlands of Bullimah Beach and Maitland Bay. The coastal bush trails of the Bouddi National Park criss-cross through the National Park and arrive at all of the idyllic beaches & bays. Hikers can enjoy spectacular views of Broken Bay and the Pacific Ocean as they meander across the park.
Other activities that can be had are a yacht charter on Broken Bay or perhaps whale watching for a day. Dive the HMAS Adelaide off Avoca Beach, play croquet on the lawn or book in for a cultural tour with our friends from the traditional land owners of this land, the Darkinjung tribe.
The NSW Bouddi peninsula is playground to surfers and water lovers alike. Pretty Beach House is surrounded by eight pristine beaches and glistening bays, which host communities filled with like-minded people who care for their immediate environment and local landscape.
A signature itinerary of selected excursions can be designed for you, allowing you to encounter all that the idyllic surrounding territory has to offer.
VIP PRIVATE PEARL FARM TOUR
On this VIP private tour, guests of Pretty Beach House embark on an extraordinary adventure learning about the sublime & rare Australian Akoya Pearl.
At our local wharf, guests meet & greet the highly experienced pearling team from Broken Bay Pearl Farm who have a working farm in the bay, right out the front of Pretty Beach House.
Guests explore the incredible marine wilderness of the local bay for approx. 1.5 hours, where iconic pelicans and abundant fish are a living display of the thriving marine ecosystem. The pearl team reveal interesting & intricate details of Australian pearl farming in a fabulous hands-on experience.
After a glorious cruise on the water, the VIP group will stop at the Farm’s private pearl seeding shed for a live pearl harvest demonstration & chat about how these extraordinary natural gems are cultivated.
Once back at Pretty Beach House, guests will enjoy champagne and oysters whilst the experts give an informative pearl appreciation talk with the days fresh harvest in hand. Guests see how pearls are graded and learn the 7 virtues that underpin the value of the farm-direct Pearls of Australia.
GUIDED WALKS AND TOURS
Experience a guided bush walk or cultural tour through the national park based on your fitness level and how far you would like to hike. Our walks are a complete sensory experience including information on local flora & fauna, medicinal plants, traditional bush tucker, storytelling and indigenous activities, including viewings of indigenous art and carvings.
See the extraordinary coastal sandstone cliffs, discover hidden beaches and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature as you meander along our stunning coastline.
We can pack you a picnic lunch, and there are plenty of photo opportunities around every bend. Wildflowers are blooming in Spring (September to November) and you may even see a migrating whale – May to July heading north or September to October heading south for the Summer.
You may even like to take your bathing costume for a dip in the salty ocean which contains many vital elements for the human body including high levels of magnesium to reduce stress, relax muscles, induce calmness and promote deep sleep.
Guests meet and mingle with inspiring indigenous folk & hear traditional dreamtime stories. Visit one of the many Aboriginal sites that have been recorded in the park which include indigenous rock engravings and other fascinating archaeological deposits.
Hear the history of the local Darkinjung culture and begin to take in the knowledge about Aboriginal people’s kinship with the ocean and the land. Learn about traditional bush foods and foods from our native plants that have been used for medicinal purposes in our region.
Your expert guide will explain the significance of these amazing cultural sites and provide cultural content using traditional dreamtime wonder.
Enjoy a round of golf at one of our popular local courses. Located just 30 minutes from Pretty Beach House is The Springs Championship 18 hole Golf Course which welcomes all players and promises a first class golf experience.
The par 72 course is set amongst stunning bushland with sloping contours and superb panoramic views of the stunning rural vista. It provides an enjoyable round of golf for all, yet still tests competent golfers. It consistently rates as one of the most popular on the NSW Central Coast.
For a coastal setting, try Shelly Beach Golf Course, located right on the cliffs at Shelly Beach or Palm Beach Golf Club – a ferry ride across Broken Bay.