Experience No.070 in Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences.
Pretty Beach House is the place that’s set to shame the Hamptons. Panellist Michael Ryan says it all: “A beautiful guesthouse with a very talented chef.”

Just down the road from his other retreat, Bells at Killcare (No. 67 on this list), chef Stefano Manfredi has done it again, with the winning formula seeming to be good food plus great chef and a stunning location.

“A beautiful guest house with a very talented chef.” – Michael Ryan

Around 100km north of the Sydney CDB on the Bouddi Peninsula, Pretty Beach House is the perfect spot for a midweek or weekend escape. Nestled into the bush, the guesthouse is a haven for stressed out city-types who can afford to pay for a bit of peace.

A single night in one of three private pavilions starts at $1700. If you want to bring the kids, be prepared to hire out the entire property. That doesn’t come cheap, and the price includes all the mod cons you probably want to escape from: WiFi, iPods, flat screen TVs, DVD library and more.

More importantly, breakfast, morning tea, lunch, dinner, snacks and as many meals as you can squeeze in are also on the house.

Manfredi’s modern Italian fare might feature local crayfish with garlic mayonnaise, veal shank with faro and bread baked daily onsite. If you can squeeze it in, sit by the pool with a plate of antipasto; it’s a delightful way to while away an afternoon.

Where: 116 Heath Rd, Pretty Beach NSW. 1300 773 889, www.prettybeachhouse.com

Did you know: At the age of six, Stefano Manfredi’s introduction to Australian cuisine was “boiled mutton and overcooked, waterlogged cubes of vegetables at Bonegilla Migrant Hostel near Albury in 1961”.

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