“Charming timber and stone beach house with magnificent ocean views, just 50 minutes' drive from Sydney (sleeps 6-8)”
On the top floor are 3 double bedrooms. All of them are light, sunny and very simply decorated, with white walls and ceilings, white counterpanes, and seagrass matting on the floor. The master bedroom has French windows opening onto its own balcony overlooking the sunbathing deck and Barrenjoey Head. The bed is kingsized and there is a colourful woven armchair and a built-in 1940s dressing table and mirror, as well as a floor-standing fan. A saucy nude hangs over the bed. The second kingsized bedroom has the same white linen and plump pillows, fitted furniture, ceiling fan and TV, and looks serenely out over the pool to the ocean beyond. The third has a queensized bed and is smaller, but has its own small balcony overlooking the pool.
Downstairs, off the kitchen, is a bunk bedroom with an old liferaft on the wall and lovely pre-war photos of Palm Beach. It too overlooks the Ocean and pool. All bedrooms have built-in cupboards and good storage.
The main bathroom is above the kitchen, with a bath and shower done in original Art Deco blue tiling. The downstairs bathroom, off the kitchen, doubles as the laundry room and has a shower only.
The pure white kitchen runs off the hall, its white appliances and crockery offset by Indonesian pots and masks. Fully equipped with fridge freezer, oven, microwave, and a laundry room next door with washing machine and dryer, there's all you need for a comfortable stay - including bottles of Moet and Chablis in the fridge on arrival!
Take your pick where to eat. You can have breakfast in the kitchen - there's a small table with refectory benches - or on the sun deck overlooking Barrenjoey Head (beware the cheeky rainbow lorikeets who will cadge food from you!). For lunch, there is a BBQ area on the shady side of the house, with table, chairs and a gas-fired grill. Or inside there's a table for 6 in the open plan living-dining room, with great views over the ocean.
There are plenty of delis and grocery shops around; the nearby suburb of Avalon is renowned for the quality of its food shops.
But don't work too hard in the kitchen - there are excellent cafes and restaurants in Palm Beach, Pittwater and Avalon. We particularly liked Barrenjoey House; others nearby include Ancora, Beach Road, Prontos Cafe and Jonah's (the nearest, at about 800m). A list of recommended places with contact details is in the house. You can also arrange dinner party catering for that special occasion.
Children are welcome and will love scrambling around the bushy garden, the pool and trying to stay in the hammock. The house is less suitable for toddlers given the steep slopes below. Older kids who like watersports and exploring National Parks will enjoy the local area's attractions.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
There's a bunk room for kids downstairs
Available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The pool and spa pool have safety gates around both