Rousing yourself from sleep to watch the sun rise might not seem like the best way to relax in a luxurious holiday house. But as the light begins to hit the distant hills, turning the sky orange and casting a glow on tranquil Brisbane Water, you’ll be glad you did.
Clare de Lune Waterfront is in Point Clare, a little over an hour north of Sydney, and close to the central coast hubs of Woy Woy and Gosford. And while those centres might be buzzing with locals and blow-ins from Sydney, Clare de Lune’s private waterfront location at the end of a cul-de-sac means you’re unlikely to be disturbed.
The four-bedroom home – which was finished last year – sprawls across three levels, with an elevator connecting them all. In the airy living areas and plush master bedroom, windows the size of cinema screens look out across Brisbane Water estuary, giving you ample opportunity to pay attention to the comings and goings of the tides.
Enter the front door and walk straight ahead. You’ll find an al fresco barbeque area, with a heated pool just metres from the water. There’s a private wooden jetty for boaters to pull their yachts or dinghies straight up to the wharf (it’s also a good spot for those lacking in water vessels to relax with a few sundowners). A huge barbeque is at the ready for summer gatherings, and loungers – along with velvety beach towels – are all part of the package.
Head upstairs (or take the elevator) to the open-plan living area, with a kitchen, dining room and living room, and an enormous balcony off the front. Set yourself up on the plump modular lounge, which has views across the water to nearby Point Frederick; even if you’re feeling lazy you can still (sort of) enjoy the al fresco lifestyle. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the necessary appliances (including a coffee machine) and utensils to cook up feasts for the eight people the house accommodates.
Behind the living space are two bedrooms, and a striking bathroom with subway tiles and black matte fixtures. But upstairs is the snooze-friendly show stopper: the master bedroom (there’s a fourth bedroom and ensuite on the same level at the rear of the house). Kitted out with a king-size bed and its own spacious balcony, it’s so swanky you’ll want to claim squatters’ rights.
A freestanding bathtub is positioned directly beneath the ensuite’s huge picture window, looking across the estuary. There’s also a roomy walk-in rainfall shower – standard across the property’s three marble-clad bathrooms.
Though it feels a million miles from anywhere, Clare de Lune Waterfront is just a short drive to eateries in Gosford, Woy Woy and Ettalong (and a little further from popular seaside towns such as Terrigal and Avoca Beach). At Gosford, head to the Sean Connolly-led Bon Pavilion, which opened last year and encompasses several venues in one – including a cafe, a well-stocked bar and an upscale restaurant.
In the other direction, check out the flourishing dining scene along the peninsula, at (Woy Woy, Ettalong, Hardys Bay and Umina Beach). The Box on the Water is an indoor-outdoor diner that doubles as a kiosk, while Woy Woy Fisherman’s Wharf is a perennial seafood favourite. For something more modern, The Lucky Bee (headed up by a former Longrain chef) is all about fiery Southeast Asian-inspired dining.
Clare de Lune Waterfront sleeps eight. Rates start at $735.71 per night, with a minimum two-night stay. Book here.