“Sparklingly modern Australian beach home with sumptuous views over dunes and native bushland, 2 hours north of Sydney (sleeps 6-8)”
There are three bedrooms - 2 doubles and 1 quadruple - sleeping up to eight people. The Master bedroom is in its own 'pavilion' which you enter via a small covered walkway that connects the two buildings over the pool. A vast kingsized bed sits on a polished wooden platform set against a row of cupboards; in front of them, there is enough space for a long desk and a cot if required. French windows open onto a private terrace with small planter table and chairs, from where you can admire the extraordinarily beautiful view. Steps lead down to its own patch of lawn. The ensuite bathroom has double corian sinks and a wet-room double shower with an opaque glass rear wall and pebble-set bench around. The separate toilet is perhaps the best loo with a view we've ever seen.
The other bedrooms are on the floor below. The double has a queensized bed, oyster coloured walls, rattan side tables and shelving, and an opaque window wall. The marine blue quadruple has 4 single beds and a witty pair of paintings, one showing a figure swimming towards you and the other showing the same swimmer powering away from you.
Between the two bedrooms is a long light bathroom with double round sinks, a long mirror, a wet-room shower and extensive, corian-surfaced cupboards.
There's an up-to-the-minute galley-style kitchen with shiny stainless steel appliances: a huge fridge-freezer with an ice-maker, a five-ringed cooker, a microwave, excellent storage, and a sink with superb views across the bush to the bay. The surfaces are made of a beautiful decorative concrete embedded with shells and quartz stones. Beside the sink, windows open to create a clever little hatch for passing food to the terrace, where a dining table seats 8 in comfort; a sill beside the window allows dirty dishes to be cleared away quickly.
Beside the open plan living area is an indoor dining table (also for 8) - perfect for evening dining or when the sea breeze gets up. As for al fresco dining, there's a choice of a sheltered, gas-fired BBQ by the entrance or a conventional BBQ on the downstairs terrace.
Anna Bay itself is not renowned for its restaurants but there are plenty of fine seafooderies a little further afield. Recommendations include Zest, Sandpipers, Merretts and Chez Jules around Nelson Bay; or Amaryllis at the Horizons Golf Club and the Port of Call in the Landmark Hotel. There's a full list in the house.
As for shopping, Anna Bay is fine for basic provisions, while Nelson Bay about 8 kms away has supermarkets, delis and speciality food shops.
Children are welcome and will love the proximity to the beach, the pool and the pool table. Toddlers are less suited to the stairs and the stylish furnishings. A cot is available on request (price on application). There's also a garden for the kids to romp around.
The Port Stephens area is superb for families with outdoorsy kids. There are a wealth of activities and adventures to be had including the National Park and Marine Park, or just head down to the beach and hang out.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The third bedroom downstairs has 4 single beds in it, a perfect kids dorm
There's a microwave for heating up kids meals and baby bottles
There are some steep steps down to the sea. The pool is unfenced and infinity-edged