The SpaceWe have spent the last few years renovating our home - combining Rhys' meticulous building skills with my love of design, colour and all things beachy.
Spacious and open plan, renovations include a new family sized bathroom, kitchen with breakfast bar and bi-fold windows which open onto the deck and BBQ area, and a new laundry which doubles as a second bathroom. Everything has been designed with thought, love, recycled timber & a splash of colour! Guest AccessThe space is suitable for up to 3 couples or 1-2 families depending on your sleeping arrangements. Rooms include:
x2 double bedrooms with Queen Beds and overhead fans
Yoga/Playroom room - this can either be either used as an extra lounge, yoga / meditation room, kids playroom or as a bedroom - it contains a double futon.
Nursery with cot, baby monitor and change table ready for your little one. You could also fit an additional travel cot/kids mattress in here if required, or we can add a double mattress for extra adults.
A large, covered deck is perfect for al fresco dinners - the gas BBQ is available for your use.
The bathroom includes an aqua, claw-foot caste iron bath, double sinks and vanity, timber mirrors and the beachy pebble titles feel amazing underfoot when you're in the shower.
Our unique dining table and colourful chairs sits 8 - we upcycled it from a timber door!
The lounge has a large sofa with chase, overhead fan and includes DVD player, Apple TV and Playstation, as well as access to a large collection of DVDs.
We have recently renovated the laundry and this provides an additional bathroom, useful for hosing down kids, wetsuits & sandy feet when you return home from the beach.
There is a large grass lawn out the front for kids to play and burn off some energy, as well as sunbeds to laze in the sun.
The house is situation back from the road, on the top of a hill. You can go up the driveway at park at the top, there is space for 1 - 2 cars - depending on your car size/driving skills! Interaction with GuestsDepending on the dates of your stay, we may or may not be nearby. We will confirm at the time of booking. If we are in the area, we will be 10 minutes drive away and available to assist. If not, we will be contactable via mobile and will also provide you with a local contact. The NeighborhoodWe believe we live in the best place in the world - the Northern Beaches! There are countless beautiful beaches just a stone's throw away, including Mona Vale Beach which is about a 10min walk. The majority of the beaches are patrolled during summer and there are also numerous ocean pools nearby including those at Mona Vale, Bilgola and North Narrabeen.
At the other end of our street is a reserve, boat ramp and beautiful cycle tracks/walks around Pittwater - complete with picturesque boats anchored in the harbour. The "Flying Fox" park ia huge hit with kids and cafes, local shops (including Woolworthes, Coles, Thomas Dux, Aldi & Harris Farm), are just a 5-10 min level walk from the house or a 3 minute drive.
There are some awesome cafes nearby including Rough n Bare, Armchair Collective and Bronze. For a no-fuss but awesome $5 bacon and egg roll, check out the Darley St Diner...we have been known to ring & pre-order on a Sunday morning! Restaurants span every type of cuisine you could think of, from Italian to Paleo to Thai to Japanese...the list goes on.
If you are into Crossfit then Crossfit Athletic Mona Vale is less than 5mins walk away. Tell them Lou sent you! Fitness First is 5-10mins walk.
For yoga with an outdoor twist, head to Narrabeen Surf Club on a Saturday morning 7.30am - 8.30am for my class by the beach. Check out the Surfside Yoga website for more details. Privates and small group classes also available including vinyasa, yin, sports recovery, mums n bubs and kids yoga.
Narrabeen Lake is a 10 minute drive from us and there you can hire Stand Up Paddleboards and Kayaks. It is also a popular place to cycle or walk around.
World-famous Palm Beach (aka Home & Away) and the highly recommended walk up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse is 20 mins drive, or there is direct public transport (L90 bus) at the end of our street.
Manly is also not far away, timings vary according to the time of day/week but generally allow approximately 30 minutes to drive. Ocean World and the water park are great for kids, there's fantastic snorkelling at Shelley Beach and the Spit to Manly walk is stunning (approx 3 hours). You can also get a direct bus from Mona Vale to Manly - again, the bus stop is at the end of our street.
If you are keen to venture further afield into the city, then buses leave regularly from the end of the street. Check the 131500 website for a timetable. Getting AroundMona Vale beach and ocean pool are a 10-12 min level walk away.
Flying Fox playpark, shops, cafes, supermarkets, pub and restaurants are all within an easy 5-10 min walk.
The beach cottage is just 150m from bus stops to the city (Sydney), Palm Beach and Manly. Other Things to NoteOur beautiful and very affectionate cat Maya lives on the property when we are there, but she will not be present when guests are staying. Please note that the house may not be suitable for those with severe cat allergies.