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Calabash Bay Lodge at Berowra Waters

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bed, 3 bath waterfront eco-luxury nature escape & boat

Only 1 hr north of Sydney, this award-winning absolute waterfront 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury eco-retreat offers families, friends, and couples an immersive nature escape in Australian bushland. Encircled by 3 National Parks, it offers a host of luxury perks: plush beds & linens, Aurora Spa goodies, complimentary use of a Boat, Kayaks, SUPs, Fishing rods, WiFi, Platinum Foxtel, Netflix & AppleTV. Dine in with our Private Chef or out at the beloved Berowra Waters Inn & Peat's Bite restaurants.


* Boat or seaplane-only access with a private jetty - arrival and departure boat transfers from Berowra Waters are included

* Full in-house concierge service

* Guest boat, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, fishing rods and crab pots

* Entertainment including Foxtel Platinum HD, AppleTV, Netflix and Sonos

* 4 bedrooms inc 2 king/twin rooms, 2 queen rooms, and 3 bathrooms

* Contemporary designed relaxation & dining areas across 3 separate levels, plus waterfront lawn & garden

* EcoSmart fireplace for winter nights

* Full kitchen & laundry, with premium appliances

* Free Wi-Fi, guest phone and iPad use


* Finalist for Best Australian Boutique Hotel, Resort, Villa or Lodge in the Luxury Travel Gold List 2016 & 2015

* Best Indulgence Finalist Stayz Awards 2015

* Unique Accommodation Finalist in the NSW Tourism Awards 2014 & 2012

* Best Eco-Friendly Finalist Stayz Awards 2014

* Unique Accommodation Gold Winner at the 2012 Greater Sydney Tourism Awards

* 4½ star rating by AAA Tourism for Self-Contained Accommodation

* Virgin Australia's Voyeur Magazine rated us as one of the world’s 51 top luxe experiences

* A top luxury pick in Fairfax's 52 Good Weekends Away

* The Weekend Australian rated us in the world's "Top Water Beds"


* 5 course lunch or dinner with the Lodge's private chef in one of our 8 possible dining spaces

* Private stand-up paddleboard yoga lessons in front of the Lodge

* Kayak to a secret waterfall at the head of one of Calabash Bay's 3 navigable creeks

* Bushwalk to the eerie ruins of a Federation-era folly atop Calabash Point

* Great North Walk bushwalking in late Winter/early Spring to see wild native flora in full bloom

* Unwind with a hot stone or remedial massage by the waterfront

* Arrive by 20 min scenic seaplane flight from Sydney Harbour direct to the Lodge's private jetty

C A L A B A S H B A Y L O D G E is surrounded by pristine eucalypt bushland and the ancient sandstone cliffs fronting onto the Hawkesbury River at Berowra Waters. With three national parks on each side of our riverfront location, the Ku’ring-gai Chase, Marramarra, and Berowra Valley, Calabash Bay Lodge offers an unparalleled eco-luxury escape perfect for weekend getaways from Sydney, multigenerational or multiple family holidays, as well as romantic luxury couples retreats in celebration of honeymoons or babymoons, or just to spoil a lover. Calabash Bay Lodge is also a unique and inspiring venue for a corporate reward, strategy workshop, or health and wellness retreat.

S L E E P All of Calabash Bay Lodge's rooms feature north-facing floor to ceiling views to a 4km sweep of riverfront that ends at our private pontoon and waterfront garden. You’ll have the deepest and most refreshing sleep in our four beautifully-appointed bedrooms with plush organic 1000 count cotton bedlinen – including 2 king bedrooms with AH Beard premium luxury beds, that can also be split into 2 king single beds as required for groups of family, friends or colleagues, and 2 with Sealy Posturepedic queen beds. All bedrooms have outdoor balconies and water views, and there are 3 bathrooms, 2 being private ensuites with luxury Italian rain showers, with complimentary toiletries from cult Australian spa brands Aurora Spa & ROHR Remedy.

T H E S P A C E Our interior-designed indoor and outdoor entertaining and lifestyle zones across 3 levels feature contemporary International and Australian design from B&B Italia, Viccarbe, Kartell, Planet & Coco Republic. Essential modern amenities, including complimentary WiFi, Samsung SmartTV with Apps, Netflix, Foxtel Platinum HD Cable TV service, Sonos wireless stereo system, Wii games console, DVD player, plus a Netflix, and AppleTV with in-house movie library and iPad for guest use.

O U T D O O R S The real entertainment is outdoors on the Hawkesbury River however, with complimentary use of a NSW Hire & Drive licensed & insured guest boat for fishing and adventuring, 1 double and 2 single kayaks, 2 stand up paddleboards (SUPs) as well as fishing rods and a crab pot to try your luck at catching dinner. You can swim year-round directly off our private pontoon, or take the boat for a spin to a nearby secluded low tide beach. You can also bushwalk directly from the property's rear or take the boat to a nearby trail head for the Great North Walk.

R E L A X For those craving more relaxation, savour the atmosphere waterside in our hanging pod chair, on the Brazilian hammock under the shade of our jacaranda tree, or our Ici et La French striped deck chairs. Or spend the afternoon lazing on our Patricia Urquiola designed Canasta day bed on the upstairs terrace, soaking up the magical atmosphere of life on the waterfront from above and figuring out which boat you'll buy when you win the lottery or when that start-up begins to pay its way.

C E L E B R A T I N G a special birthday or anniversary? Our Private Chef can cater a 3 or 5 course lunch or dinner for an unforgettable experience. We love Big-Oh birthdays and have been lucky to have helped celebrate a few Ruby and Golden anniversaries. We can also provide gourmet pre-prepared meals, picnic lunches, or pre-stock the kitchen pantry & fridge for a minimum spend and service fee. Please ask using the "contact host" link for more information.

S P O I L If you feel like spoiling yourself further, we can arrange therapists to provide massage and spa treatments in-house for you. Organising a Healthy Hen's or getting the girls together for a weekend away? Book an onsite private yoga or SUP yoga classes to take your weekend of relaxation to the next level. Or feeling indulgent? Our Sommelier can lead you through a wine tasting experience with accompanying cheese, perfect for a group of girls eager for laughter and learning. Please ask using the "contact host" link for more information.

S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y Being sustainable in our activities and protecting the environment is something we take seriously. All energy used at Calabash Bay Lodge is fully carbon offset, we have an eco-friendly waste system and we clean only with chemical-free natural products from Norwex and TriNature, so as to have the lowest possible footprint on our pristine natural environment. We use phosphate free and plant-based washing powders for our linens washed onsite, to prevent chemicals from leaching into the marine environment.

A L L E R G I E S ? We have latex pillows, 100% cotton bedding, and fragrance-free paper products so any allergy sufferers can relax and enjoy their holiday too.

P E T S Four-legged friends are welcome to join you on your holiday on an outdoors only basis by prior approval before booking - an additional pet bond may apply. We have a safe and secure undercover sleeping area for them to enjoy.

More Details

Kim Ellis
Member since: 2007
Speaks english, french, italian
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in The Hills District, Australia

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master King Ensuite - toilet , shower enclosure
    Queen Ensuite - toilet , shower enclosure
    Main bathroom - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
  • There are 3 bathrooms, 2 being private ensuites off the King and Queen suites with luxury Italian rain showers, and complimentary toiletries from cult Australian spa brands Aurora Spa & ROHR Remedy.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen Suite - 1 large double bed , 1 cot , This bedroom has a private ensuite bathroom.
    Queen Bedroom - 1 large double bed , Shared bathroom with King Bedroom
    King Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , Shared bathroom with Queen Bedroom
    Master King Suite - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 cot , King bed can split to twin on request; private bathroom
  • You’ll have the deepest and most refreshing sleep in our four beautifully-appointed bedrooms with plush organic 500-1000 count cotton bedlinen – including 2 king bedrooms with AH Beard premium pillowtop beds, that can also be split into 2 king single beds as required for groups of family, friends or colleagues, and 2 bedrooms with Sealy Posturepedic queen beds with woollen underlays. All bedrooms have outdoor balconies and water views.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • forests
  • marina
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Private yoga and SUP yoga lessons are available by booking prior to check in.


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Calabash Bay Lodge at Berowra Waters
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Calabash Bay heaven

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend at Calabash Bay Lodge. The setting is just spectacular and we were lucky to have perfect weather. The house is very well appointed and has everything you need for a relaxing getaway. We loved having Rascal, the neighbour's dog, join us on our walk through the property behind the house. Manny cooked a delicious meal for us on Saturday night which was amazing. A wonderful experience all round.

  • Review Submitted: 30/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review and feedback Sabrina - so pleased your weekend away up to Sydney and Calabash Bay Lodge was a wonderful one, and that we delivered on all counts as the perfect setting in which to relax and unwind with treasured friends. So pleased the Autumn weather was stunning as well for you for your Melbourne escape! We look forward to having you and your friends stay again on another occasion very soon. Thanks again from Kim, Manny & Claire.
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Unforgettable Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 2 young kids and I visited Calabash Bay Lodge just this weekend gone in May. We had the most amazing time. We cannot speak more highly of the location, the accommodation, the catering and the service from the lodge. Kim, Claire and Manny all went above and beyond to ensure we were prepared for the trip and that it was enjoyable for us. The accommodation is immaculate and has everything you need for a trip away (plus a boat!). The catering by Manny was superb. Fishing off our private jetty was such a nice luxury, as was kayaking down the river and taking the boat for a spin.

We are still blown away that such a beautiful place is only an hour's drive for us. We cannot wait to enjoy another visit to the lodge. My kids loved it, as did my husband and I.

  • Review Submitted: 09/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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amazing river front stay!

  • 5 of 5

we were 3 sets of couples staying at the lodge for the weekend and we had the most amazing and relaxing time! the lodge is gorgeous and had heaps of room for a group of 6 to relax/sleep comfortably without feeling like we were on top of each other. even just the living room couch was massive and we could all easily lounge there at the same time without having to get extra chairs around the tv.

having our own kayaks and SUPs were brilliant and we all made sure to get out on the water for both days. tanning on the balcony with the view of the river, taking arvo naps on the hammock while listening to the gentle lapping of the water, coming together with good food, wine and company at the dinning table overlooking that gorgeous view - all made up a fantastic weekend away.

would definitely recommend and would definitely return again!

  • Review Submitted: 08/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Blissful long weekend in paradise.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect peace and quiet. Well planned lovely home with gorgeous creature comforts throughout. We were there in summer - next time we’ll try it in winter. Sure it’s beautiful all year round.

  • Review Submitted: 25/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A beautiful, well equipped home. A most serene environment with plenty to see and do. It has been a pleasure to stay at the lodge and we aim to return again. A special thanks to staff Claire and Manny for all their assistance.

  • Review Submitted: 11/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Brighton-Le-Sands, New South Wales, Australia

Beautiful peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Very relaxing

Love the kookaburra

Beautiful view

Peace and quiet

  • Review Submitted: 13/02/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Other Activities:

Berowra Waters Inn, Peats Bite


Rates & Availability

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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