Just a short drive north of Sydney, this secluded house is set among the trees of Bouddi National Park.
The menu at Pretty Beach House is elegant Italian inspired modern Australian cuisine that highlights the best indigenous and local ingredients. Think Sydney Rock oysters with finger lime and scallop risotto with toasted macadamias. Dinner usually features delicate handmade pastas with the best seasonal vegetables. The food really is the highlight of any stay here and each menu can be tailored to your taste.
Pretty Beach House is situated on the stunning Bouddi Peninsula in the NSW Bouddi National Park and is just a short walk through bushland to the white sands of Tallow Beach. There are so many exciting ways to get to Pretty Beach House – a seaplane from Sydney Harbour or a ferry from Palm Beach to the nearby village of Wagstaffe are great options.
The spa at Pretty Beach House is nestled just below the main building and truly offers a space to rebalance. All the products from the LI’TYA range are infused with Australian botanicals and reflect the surroundings natural world of the national park. A massage in the luxe couples treatment room really is the perfect thing to do before dinner or a skinny dip in your private pool.
The walk to Tallow Beach from Pretty Beach House is one of the highlights of any trip here. Follow the signs through ancient eucalyptus trees and try your best to spot a bush wallaby along the way. The beach is always quiet and more than likely you’ll have it to yourselves. As you head out make sure to grab a backpack full of icy water bottles, insect repellent and sunblock that the incredibly attentive staff have waiting for your adventure.
The smoking ceremony
At the entrance to the Pretty Beach House lobby you’ll find a rock with eight thousand year old Indigenous rock carvings. The connection to Indigenous Australian cultural history is intrinsic to your experience here. Special Indigenous smoking ceremonies are organised for all guests to welcome them into the Bouddi which has been a sacred space for thousands of years in Indigenous history.
The dining room
Pretty Beach House features artworks from all the Australian masters including Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, and Ray Crooke. The art filled dining room in the main house is where all meals are served and has an open fire and views out over the pool.
The rooms at Pretty Beach House are situated amongst dense green bushland and bird filled trees.
A roll top bathtub in the Hideaway Suite is the best place to soak after a long swim.
Three of the rooms at Pretty Beach House have their own private plunge pool and matching daybed. In between lunch and dinner you can have a cheese board and wine sent to eat outside by the pool which is highly recommended.
The wine and cheeseboard
The cellar and bar situation at Pretty Beach House is taken very seriously. Curated by proprietor Brian Barry, from your first sip of cold champagne when you arrive to every glass of wine that’s matched with your meal to the bottles of gin/vodka and whiskey in your room ready for you to mix yourself. You won’t be thirsty for long.
The main pool has breathtaking views over Maitland Bay and lots of lounge chairs to relax into and read a good book.
The chilled vibes
Everything at Pretty Beach House is very relaxed, you can get food and drinks served poolside. The minibars in each room have a great selection of spirits, mixers and beers should you want to bring your own drinks down for your swim.
The dining room is the central hub of Pretty Beach House. Attached to the wonderful open kitchen as soon as you step into the room you can see what’s about to be prepared for your meal. From huge bowls of citrus fruit ready for you to pack on your walk to the beach.
The design of the rooms at Pretty Beach House focus on natural fabrics, raw wood and a rustic warm feel that makes everything feel relaxed. Don’t stress if you get sand over things here.