The Chalet | Catherine Hill Bay
A must-book family-friendly holiday home on Sydney’s Central Coast.
Spacious & Relaxing
NOVEMBER 2020 | 4 ADULTS & 2 KIDS | 2 NIGHTS
Located in a housing estate with the beach at the end of the road, The Chalet dominates as you first arrive with the size and soft coastal vibe. When you open the front door, it feels open and spacious, yet, oh, so inviting.
The Chalet has a great layout for a few families to stay or for retreats. With a void connecting the multi-levelled home, on the entry-level is the open plan lounge, kitchen and dining, which flows onto the pool and yard – the heart of the home.
On the lower ground floor is a self-contained studio with a guest room, ensuite, kitchenette and living area. It can be separated from the main house and would be great if you’re hosting a retreat or coming away with families.
Up the first flight of stairs is a second living area and two guest rooms, one is set up with two singles for children and the other looks like a queen, plus, there is a powder room.
On the top level is the master bedroom, ensuite and a large walk-in-robe, there is also another large guest room on this level with the main bathroom.
Using my golden rule of styling, the 70/20/10 rule, I would describe The Chalet as 70% Hamptons, 20% coastal 10% contemporary.
The styling has a lot of love in it. Ziona, the owner (excuse the rhyme), has done it all herself. There is enough, without it being too much. And I love that she has ticked the boxes with my Boxing Day Test, where there is room for everyone to sit either on the lounge, dining or outside.
I loved that space is abundant. I was doing a bit of work on this trip so I could easily find a spot to work whilst everyone else continued with holidaying.
My mum enjoyed having the self-contained studio to herself. She’s an early riser so she could make her cup of tea and not have to worry about waking up anyone else.
Koah and his cousin loved the pool, and they had some fun out on the grass. I know that Koah enjoyed sharing the bed with me!
One of our favourite things was the beach trail down to Moonee Beach. It felt like a short adventure to get there, we chatted to some local fisherman, surfers and swam. And we didn’t need to get in the car!
Best of all, though, we had time to connect. We spent our afternoons playing games (Jenga was a favourite), watching a movie at night, and we all enjoyed time in the pool. It’s heated so there was no bracing yourself for a swim. Instead, it felt like a bath!
The trail to Monee Beach is located at the end of the estate – about a 5 to 10-minute walk from the front door. The beach is unpatrolled, but it is picturesque. The water is clear, and the locals were so friendly. A quick 2-minute walk to the top of the hill and you could take in the scenery of the coastline.
Admittedly, I didn’t know too much about the area before coming here. But I quickly learnt that Catherine Hill Bay is a state listed historic mining village. The streets out of the estate are lined with these gorgeous old miners’ cottages that date back to the 19th century. I was in design/house heaven. The pub is here as well, but we didn’t get to go as it was closed early.
At Catherine Hill Bay Beach (which is patrolled) there is the coal loading jetty. Take in the local history by learning about the shipwrecks that have happened along this coastline. You can’t walk on the jetty, though, as it’s slowly collapsing.
Catherine Hill Bay is a quaint town with a great coffee spot, across the back from The Chalet, the Coastal Haze Café. It’s a cool little set up in a shipping container. Great coffee, you can grab a bite to eat, but we had bought our supplies, so we didn’t eat there. My sisters bought sunscreen there that smelt absolutely divine.
My advice, bring your supplies and food with you so that there is little to distract from the town and the gorgeous property that The Chalet is.