Editor Georgie Abay Visits One of Australia’s Most Magical Guesthouses


 


I need an escape plan. I need somewhere close to Sydney, but far enough away to feel like I’m on holidays. I need to be close to the bush but not too far from the sea. Most importantly, I want to feel like I’m getting some time out. You see, I’m leaving the kids and husband behind for the weekend and going away with one of my oldest childhood friends. Just the two of us. I don’t think we’ve even been away together since we threw on our backpacks and headed to Europe together in our early 20s...

My how things have changed – she’s just a couple of weeks away from giving birth. I don’t think either of us has finished a sentence in the last four years. Of course, things will always be the same no matter how many conversations get cut short by our kids, but making time to make new memories is something you’ll treasure forever.

“Where are you going babe?” asks the husband. “Oh, just some guest house on the central coast.” Ahem. Quickly walk out of the room, so he doesn’t ask further questions. You see Pretty Beach House at Pretty Beach, on the Central Coast of NSW, is one of the most magical places you can visit in Australia. The intimate private guesthouse features just four luxurious pavilions so it’s more like your own private home. Interior designer, Michelle Leslie collaborated with local artisans and craftspersons, to create a warm and luxurious guesthouse. The sandstone is locally sourced and the mud bricks each touched by hand.


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“ Or you could simply do nothing but relax. Two nights away and I felt like a new person. I was also reminded that there’s just something about childhood friendships that you just can’t replace ”

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The food is unforgettable. Each night, we were treated to a beautiful 5-course degustation dinner in the dining room. One night before dinner we attended a ‘Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony’ where we acknowledged and paid respect to the traditional custodians of the land – the Darkinjung people and the Guringai people.

During the day, there are plenty of activities on offer: bushwalking, golf, tennis, kayaking, paddle boarding or sailing on the bay or a pamper session in the Bouddi Spa (Bouddi is the local Aboriginal name for the area). There’s a cooking school you can attend or you do a wine appreciation course.

Or you could simply do nothing but relax. Two nights away and I felt like a new person. I was also reminded that there’s just something about childhood friendships that you just can’t replace.

Go to www.prettybeachhouse.com


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