The Writer's Retreat

New South Wales / Central Coast / Killcare
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
2 carparks

The Writer's Retreat


This recently restored and renovated beach shack has two levels:

The main house, upstairs, has a large open living space with designer kitchen, a king size bedroom with adjacent writing study and a bathroom. The rooms all have floor to ceiling glass doors that open to the covered deck with glorious views over the bay.

The downstairs suite has a large open bedroom, a light filled writing alcove and luxurious five star bathroom complete with walk in shower and oversize bathtub. There are three sets of vintage double glass doors that open to a glorious deck made from recycled hardwood.

Both levels have extensive libraries, downstairs is the travel library arranged by geography. Each level has separate access with no internal access between and offers guests complete privacy.

Both outside decks offer expansive bay views, some of the best in the area, as evidenced by the view from The Writers’ Retreat being used on the front cover of Susan Kurosawa's book Coasting. Susan is the travel editor of the Weekend Australian newspaper and also a local resident and the wonderful book is about a year at living at the bay.

PLEASE NOTE - This property doesn't provide WIFI

Bedding configuration: 2 Queen Bedrooms

Features include:

  • Waterfront position with expansive bay views,
  • Just minutes from the pristine surf beach.
  • Two large entertaining decks, natural bush garden setting.
  • Heritage cottage with polished original timber floor,
  • Stylishly decorated with vintage Australian furniture and modern European classics.
  • Upstairs there is some wonderful Australian art
  • Downstairs is a travellers room with books and art from across the globe.
  • The whole house is light filled.
  • Reverse cycle air conditioning in the upstairs main part of the house.
  • Extensive Libraries and two dedicated writing spaces.
  • Walking distance to local shops and restaurants.

The fishing cottage is located directly on the bay, and the native garden extends into the bushscape of the Bouddi National Park. Hardys Bay is a small fishing village located on the tip of the Bouddi Peninsula, which is on the scenic central coast of NSW.

The cottage backs on to the Bouddi National Park and is located on the Bouddi Peninsula which is the southern-most tip of the central coast region and is just across the water from Sydney's Palm Beach.The area is surrounded by pristine beaches and there are many excellent walking trails through the Bouddi National Park around Maitland Bay, Pretty Beach, Killcare Beach and across to the hamlet of Wagstaffe.

Many people enjoy a hit of nostalgia when the visit, feeling that Hardys Bay is like the Palm Beach of the Avoca of yesteryear, simple warm coastal communities before transforming into playgrounds for the Rich and Famous.

Even thought the most expensive boutique hotel in Australia is also located here, namely the Pretty Beach House, Hardys Bay has kept its down to earth character and offers stunning beach and bush scenery. For the adventurous, it is easy to charter a yacht, rent a kayak, take surfing lessons or go horse riding.

Other things to note: 

NO MORE THAN 4 GUESTS (4 adults maximum) are permitted to stay at The Writers Retreat unless agreed to in advance by the owners. Guests MUST NOT byo any additional mattresses or bedding. All guests must be declared at the time of bookings and any extra guests will be asked to leave the property and/or will forfeit their deposit bond.

No parties or events: As we are situated in a quiet residential neighborhood, we ask that you please be respectful of our neighbours and ensure that there is no outdoor noise after 10pm Friday and Saturday and 9pm all other nights of the week.

-Outdoor areas including both balconies also have the above curfew 
-Please close all doors & windows after the above curfews, to minimise noise after these times 

We request no music or outdoor entertaining after this time. Sound travels easily to our immediate neighbours and as such, please be aware of noise levels at all times of the day. Should there be ongoing noise disruption and our security company is called to the property and they deem the noise levels from the street disruptive to the neighbourhood, this will result in a bond deduction of $120.

LINEN, TOWELS AND CLEANING services provided and covered by the listed cleaning fee

PARKING –  Off street parking is available for 2 cars.

Pets – No pets allowed

SECURITY BOND (Refundable Deposit) of $500.00 is required for each stay and is in addition to the booking charge. The guest is liable for the full cost of any breakages, missing items or damage caused to or within the property during their stay, even if it exceeds the bond amount.

SMOKING on the property both indoors and within the grounds is strictly prohibited. Any residual odours or evidence of smoking will incur an additional cleaning fee of $500.  Please restrict smoking to a distance from the property and dispose of any cigarette buts appropriately away from the property. 

As this home is being offered as a short-term rental, we kindly ask our guests to familiarise themselves with the short-term rental code of conduct, in particular part 2.5 which refers to the rights and obligations of the guest. This will help ensure your stay is enjoyed without interruption.


Bath Tub
CD Player
Ceiling Fan
Dining Area
DVD Player
Full Kitchen
Ironing Board
Laundry Facilities
Linen Provided
Lounge Room
Air Conditioning
Clothes Dryer
Enclosed Yard
Smoke Alarm
Beach front
Beach views
Water Views

Code Of Conduct
Belle Property Escapes abides by the NSW Fair Trading Code of Conduct for the Short-term Rental Accommodation Industry. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with your rights and responsibilities under the Code.
NSW Code of Conduct
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