The Headland at Dovecote, Gerringong
The Headland at Dovecote is the ultimate dream holiday house for those who love to indulge in a little bit of extravagance during their stay. This property is located in the beach city of Gerringong which is just a 2-hour drive down south of Sydney. When you reach The Headland, you’ll be in awe of the impeccable architecture of the house which features pavilions that stretch over the green hills towards the picturesque coastline of the New South Wales South Coast. Everything from the exterior and interior exudes luxury contemporary minimalism. The property stays true to natural hues and a neutral colour palette, which is combined with light timber decor, bright white furnishings and natural textures. One of our favourite aspects of the home were the deep freestanding bath tubs which were perfect to wind-down in the afternoon as you’re enjoying a front-row view of the coastline right in front of you.
During the cooler months, the outdoor central courtyard is the perfect place to gather around the fire pit during the evening with good company and a bottle of vino. Or if you prefer to spend your time indoors, you can get cozy around the stunning GryoFocus Fireplace which we found out was voted the ‘World’s Most Beautiful Object’ in 2009 at the Pulchra Design Competition! During the summer months, take a dip in the large natural mineral pool as you enjoy the incredible views of nature around you. This stay is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city as you’re surrounded by nothing but lush green landscape, a beautiful ocean front and wholesome farmland. Fun fact: this property was the recipient of the HIA-CSR Australian House of the Year in 2019!
Grounds of Cabarita, Cabarita Beach
If you’re looking to relax in a beachside summer haven, then the Grounds of Cabarita is the perfect place for you. This gorgeous white beach shack is the ultimate in tropical summer vibes. The bright white interior and light timber hues create an expansive living space, while the natural straw decor and lush plants add an element of tropical-boho chic. However, the area you’ll want to make the most use out of is the incredible backyard space! Slide open the doors of the kitchen and bedroom to reveal the ultimate indoor-outdoor summer zone. Not only is it aesthetic goals, but this area has everything you’ll want to enjoy during a warm summery day. There is a chemical-free pool with a row of white sun lounges alongside it if you’re after a refreshing afternoon dip. If you’d rather lay out a towel and lay down with a book then the lush grass area is perfect for you. For a cheeky afternoon cocktail session, the outdoor dining space is the perfect spot to relax with Pina Colada in hand as you sit underneath the fairy lights. And for those balmy summer evenings, fire up the pizza oven and serve up some slices for dinner and roast some marshmallows while sitting around the fire pit. The property is also in short walking distance from the beautiful beaches in Cabarita and near the local farmer’s markets, making it the perfect summer getaway spot.
Kambala Villa, Bellevue Hill
The stunning Kambala Villa in Bellevue Hill combines modern living with elegance. Not only does it boast city and harbour views but this spot is perfect to experience the best that Sydney has to offer, sitting right in the heart of the city. Some of Australia’s most iconic beaches such as Bondi, Coogee, Tamarama and Bronte are only a short drive away, and some of the city’s most popular cafes and bars are within walking distance. The interior of the home sticks to a neutral colour palette, a spacious living layout and luxury contemporary decor. The ceiling to floor windows in the downstairs living area really expand the space and allow the view of the turquoise pool, lush greenery and blue sky to be visible within the home. When you step outside, there is an outdoor dining space, a grass lawn and a modern-style backyard pool. This backyard living space is what makes this property stand out and you won’t want to spend a balmy afternoon anywhere else!
Villa Surin, Cattai
The Villa Surin is an ultra-contemporary villa located on the banks of the famous Hawkesbury River in the Sydney suburb of Cattai. The property is tucked away in the woods and is surrounded by stunning bushland and vast fields of green, making it the perfect nature escape. The interior and exterior of the villa features natural stone, light-hued decor which beautifully contrasts against the dark timber beams and flooring. The tropical vibe of the outdoor pool and lounge space is reminiscent of something you’d find in Bali and is the perfect little oasis amongst the Australian wildlife that surrounds it. Right behind the pool is a gorgeous roofed cabana with sun beds that you can lounge on. There are also plenty of spots to relax including hammocks, spacious outdoor lounges and even a treehouse study! Inside the property, the interior is designed with a nature-inspired minimalism in mind. This place is ultimate haven for anyone wanting to enjoy the pleasures of nature and a little bit of extravagance.
Villa Queen, Woollahra
If you’re looking for the perfect rental for a large family reunion or group gathering, look no further than the epic five-bedroom Villa Queen in the heart of Woollahra. This white-brick villa feels like a luxury private retreat within the busy Sydney area due to its ultra-luxe interior and stunning outdoor space. The backyard courtyard features a gorgeous pool and alfresco dining area which is surrounded by a variety of lush palm trees and plants which enclose the property. Inside in the villa, muted hues and neutral tones are featured throughout and create a minimal and contemporary feel. There are plenty of spots around the villa for lounging, having a cocktail and entertainment, making it a great option as a summer beach holiday house.
I used to work in corporate law, before quitting my job to start an eco-friendly brand helping to clean up the ocean. I travel full time with my husband exploring this wonderful place we all call home.