If you’re the kind of person that craves the sand between your toes, there’s no looking past the stunning Pretty Beach House on New South Wales’ spectacular Bouddi Peninsula. What’s that? You’ve no idea where that is? Don’t worry, neither had we until we stumbled across this little gem of a weekend hideaway, situated on the southern-most point of the Central Coast, only 90 minutes north of Sydney.
If the fact that this luxury lodge is within walking distance to a beach that’s named after that delicious sand-groping beauty, the lobster, isn’t enough to get you excited, then its design frills will. With an all-inclusive price tag, guests have access to an eye-glazing outdoor deck and pool, as well as the choice of four self-contained pavilions across multiple levels. You have the option of renting one of the pavilions or you can go all out and hire the entire property. In the name of living a little, we recommend the latter!
So you’re more of a south coast sort, but aren’t necessarily after a beachside bungalow? Cuttagee is situated just five minutes from one of our favourite New South Wales towns, pretty-as-a-picture Berry. But while the township evokes images of home-made chocolate and antique furniture, you couldn’t be further from the ethos behind Cuttagee.
Its architecture is slicker than your average and super contemporary, while its premium finishings would look at home in a Bond film. Oh, and did we mention the view? It has one of those, too – over the countryside to the Berry Mountains, to be precise. The house’s five bedrooms mean it caters to ten people comfortably, and so if you’re looking for a weekend escape with friends whose taste is just as refined as yours, Cuttagee is for you. Better yet, the house, with its man-cave-inspired den and log fireplace is cosy in winter, while its massive turquoise pool makes it an ideal party pad in summer.
This architectural beauty is positioned in New South Wales’ stunning Southern Highlands so if you’re a lover of green environments, look no further. Designed by Australia’s architectural master, the late Harry Seidler, this contemporary masterpiece has four bedrooms and drop-dead-ridiculous panoramic views over the surrounding Australian bush and gargantuan gorge of the Wingecarribee River.
Its luxury rating is through the roof, just quietly, so those that favour the superior and sophisticated will be well and truly at home here. Highlights? The view, obviously, as well as the natural environment that the house so seamlessly blends into, and its dug-out-of-the-rock turquoise pool.