Little by Little
They may be small but these hotels are big on appeal for their service and individuality.
By SUSAN KUROSAWA for The Australian
On the Central Coast’s Wagstaffe peninsula, this John Singleton-owned redoubt has just four double guest-rooms, two as standalone pavilions and a pair in the main lodge.
Accommodation can be taken as a one-party booking or per couple but there are no extras to pay, save for spa treatments and bespoke excursions in the lovely wildness of the adjoining Bouddi National Park. The all-inclusive tariff features splendid menus overseen by Dean Jones, executive chef at sister property Bells at Killcare, and as much fancy plonk and spirits as you could hope for.
A full refurbishment following a fire five years ago has given the property a fresh look with a beach-baronial decor that deftly mixes coastal motifs with leather and lush textiles. Its elevated position takes in bay and bushland views across a sandstone escarpment dotted with angophora, and activities virtually on the doorstep include sailing, surfing at Killcare Beach and fossicking around neighbour settlement Hardys Bay (homewares, cafes and gallery).
Guests are treated to a welcome ceremony that celebrates the Bouddi’s indigenous heritage and reminds of the deep connection with nature in this, yes, pretty patch of Australia.