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Published June 27th 2013
Relax Unwind and Enjoy Bells at Killcare
If you are looking for an easy and idyllic weekend escape during the winter time, look no further than Bells at Killcare.
Bells at Killcare is a luxury, couples only, regional retreat located in a quintessentially Australian coastal setting.
Just a two hour drive north of Sydney, the sprawling estate is perched high on the Central Coast's beautiful Bouddi Peninsula, which is home to the seaside villages of Killcare, as well as Hardy's Bay, Pretty Beach and Wagstaffe.
Upon arrival at the Manor style building, the motto of Bells is quite obvious, with large white wording on the wall stating 'RELAX, UNWIND, ENJOY', making it obvious as to what is expected of guests for the duration of their stay.
If the countryside, estate-style, manicured gardens impress you, wait until you see the accommodation, which consists of 25 standalone, weatherboard cottages, offering Hamptons style décor and furnishings, a gas fireplace and a huge freestanding bath tub for your own personal oasis.
The spacious living area consists of a relaxed setting and design with a mix of nautical stripes, whitewash wood paneling, calico and rattan furniture and fabrics and relaxing neutral colours, reminiscent of a French provincial style.
A comforting calico sofa is perfectly placed next to the kitchenette, and opposite the large flatscreen television and gas fireplace. Dvd's can also be hired from reception for added convenience.
A generous bathroom with a large shower, his and hers basins and a large, luxurious freestanding tub to soak away all the stress, while the outdoor deck also offer a tranquil place to relax with rattan furniture and a daybed.
Limited internet reception is a blessing in disguise to make you switch off your mobile phone and escape from the daily grind, but for those who need lines of communication, wi-fi is available.
To nourish and soothe the body, a lovely culinary experience is to be had at the hotel's one Chef's Hat restaurant Manfredi at Bells, run by renowned Italian Chef Steve Manfredi, and offers fresh dishes, using seasonal produce from the garden on site.
Or head to the day spa on site for a well-deserved treatment.
A list of local bush walks and attractions is also provided to guests who may want to get out and about and see some of the most beautiful, exclusive bays and beaches within the Bouddi National Park, which cannot be accessed by car.
All in all, Bells at Killcare offers patrons as little or as much as they want, and is the perfect reminder of what a weekend away should be like.
The accommodation delivers a peaceful respite with its private, quiet rooms, relaxing surrounds, gourmet restaurant, and day spa, as well as local cafes, walking trails and beaches.