Calabash Bay Lodge | Luxury Nature Escape & Boat

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Entire villa hosted by Kim

8 guests, 4 bedrooms, 7 beds, 3 baths
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Only 1 hr north of Sydney, this award-winning absolute waterfront 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury eco-retreat offers families, friends, and couples an immersive nature escape in Australian bushland. Encircled by 3 National Parks, it offers a host of luxury perks: plush beds & linens, Sodashi spa goodies, complimentary use of a Boat, Kayaks, SUPs, Fishing rods, WiFi, Platinum Foxtel, Netflix & AppleTV. Dine in with our Private Chef or out at the beloved Berowra Waters Inn & Peat's Bite restaurants.

The space
Calabash Bay Lodge is surrounded by pristine eucalypt bushland and the ancient sandstone cliffs fronting onto the Hawkesbury River at Berowra Waters. With three national parks on each side of our riverfront location, the Ku’ring-gai Chase, Marramarra, and Berowra Valley, Calabash Bay Lodge offers an unparalleled eco-luxury escape perfect for weekend getaways from Sydney, multigenerational or multiple family holidays, as well as romantic luxury couples retreats in celebration of honeymoons or babymoons, or just to spoil a lover. Calabash Bay Lodge is also a unique and inspiring venue for a corporate reward, strategy workshop, or health and wellness retreat.

All of Calabash Bay Lodge's rooms feature north-facing floor to ceiling views to a 4km sweep of riverfront that ends at our private pontoon and waterfront garden. You’ll have the deepest and most refreshing sleep in our four beautifully-appointed bedrooms with plush organic 1000 count cotton bedlinen – including 2 king bedrooms with AH Beard premium luxury beds, that can also be split into 2 king single beds as required for groups of family, friends or colleagues, and 2 with Sealy Posturepedic queen beds. All bedrooms have outdoor balconies and water views, and there are 3 bathrooms, 2 being private ensuites with luxury Italian rain showers, with complimentary toiletries from cult Australian spa brands Sodashi & ROHR Remedy.

Our interior-designed indoor and outdoor entertaining and lifestyle zones feature contemporary International and Australian design from B&B Italia, Viccarbe, Kartell, Planet & Coco Republic, and essential modern amenities, including high speed wireless broadband, Samsung SmartTV with Apps, Foxtel Platinum HD Cable TV service, Sonos wireless stereo system, Wii games console, DVD player, plus an AppleTV, Apple Media Centre with in-house movie library and iPad for guest use.

The real entertainment is outdoors on the Hawkesbury River however, with complimentary use of a NSW Hire & Drive licensed & insured guest boat for fishing and adventuring, 1 double and 2 single kayaks, 2 stand up paddleboards (SUPs) as well as fishing rods and a crab pot to try your luck at catching dinner. You can swim year-round directly off our private pontoon, or take the boat for a spin to a nearby secluded low tide beach. You can also bushwalk directly from the property's rear or take the boat to a nearby trail head for the Great North Walk.

For those craving more relaxation, savour the atmosphere waterside in our hanging pod chair, on the Brazilian hammock under the shade of our jacaranda tree, or our French striped Ici et La deck chairs. Or spend the afternoon lazing on our Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia Canasta day bed on the upstairs terrace, soaking up the magical atmosphere of life on the waterfront from above and figuring out which boat you'll buy when you win the lottery or when that start-up begins to pay its way.

Celebrating a special birthday or anniversary? Our Private Chef can cater a 3 or 5 course lunch or dinner for an unforgettable experience. We can also provide gourmet self-serve meals, or pre-stock the kitchen pantry & fridge with shopping to your list for a service fee. Please ask using the "contact host" link for more information.

If you feel like spoiling yourself further, we can arrange therapists to provide massage and spa treatments in-house for you. Organising a Healthy Hen's or getting the girls together for a weekend away? Book an onsite private yoga or SUP yoga classes to take your weekend of relaxation to the next level. Or feeling indulgent? Our Sommelier can lead you through a wine tasting experience with accompanying cheese, perfect for a group of girls eager for laughter and learning.

Being sustainable in our activities and protecting the environment is something we take seriously. All energy used at Calabash Bay Lodge is fully carbon offset, we have an eco-friendly waste system and we clean only with chemical-free natural products from Norwex and TriNature, so as to have the lowest possible footprint on our pristine natural environment. We use phosphate free and plant-based washing powders for our linens washed onsite, to prevent chemicals from leaching into the marine environment.

We have latex pillows, 100% cotton bedding, and fragrance-free paper products so any allergy sufferers can relax and enjoy their holiday too.

Four-legged friends are welcome to join you on your holiday on an outdoors only basis by prior approval before booking - an additional pet bond may apply. We have a safe and secure undercover sleeping area for them to enjoy.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 cot
Bedroom 2
1 king bed, 1 air mattress
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed, 1 cot

What this place offers

Waterfront
Kitchen
Wi-Fi
Free street parking
Pool
Pets allowed
TV with Standard cable
Washing machine
Dryer
Air conditioning

Accessibility

Step-free shower
Step-free entrance to the room
Wide doorway to guest bathroom

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Where you’ll be

Berowra Waters, New South Wales, Australia

Berowra Waters is an idyllic boat-access-only community of 100 homes hugging a Hawkesbury River tributary, only 1 hour north of the Sydney CBD by car or train. At the apex of three national parks, it's home to the 1 hat restaurant Berowra Waters Inn.

Hosted by Kim

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I own and manage the award-winning boutique luxury retreat in Sydney, Australia, called Calabash Bay Lodge. My husband Derek whom I travel with (most of the time - when he's not travelling elsewhere himself for work) is a chief creative officer of a leading international design agency in the inflight, media and entertainment space. Trained as a designer and fine artist, Derek hails originally from New Zealand, hence we have set up our Lodge with reference to the style and tradition of NZ's finest lodges. Our favourite travel destinations tend to be on water or islands wherever we can find them, Croatia, Iceland, Italy's Aeolian Islands as well as Sardinia, and Sicily are particular faves, and our own native Australia and New Zealand of course. We also love Bologna, Berlin, Copenhagen, Madrid, Hong Kong, and New York. Being in the travel industry professionally, and used to hosting and welcoming guests myself, I can assure you that I will treat your home with the utmost of respect and care for it as if it were my own.
I own and manage the award-winning boutique luxury retreat in Sydney, Australia, called Calabash Bay Lodge. My husband Derek whom I travel with (most of the time - when he's not tr…

During your stay

Our guest relations team will be waiting to welcome you at the Berowra Waters public wharf adjacent the parking area at a pre-arranged check in time. After embarking upon your boat transfer to the property, upon arrival we will then take you on a personal tour of Calabash Bay Lodge. We'll give you the lowdown on where to find the coffee capsules, kayaks and fishing rods, extra toilet paper etc, plus essentials like first aid and fire safety equipment, as well as give you a safety briefing on how to use the boat we include for your use in full compliance with NSW Maritime Hire & Drive licensee requirements.

We'll then leave you to your relaxing holiday, with the reassurance that we are only a phone call away if you need our assistance again during your stay.
Our guest relations team will be waiting to welcome you at the Berowra Waters public wharf adjacent the parking area at a pre-arranged check in time. After embarking upon your boat…
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Checkout: 10:00 am
Self check-in with building staff
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $2000

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