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The BoatHouse on the Waterfront

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Beautiful 2 bedroom Boathouse literally on the water in pristine Careel Bay. Fully self-contained with full kitchen, bar-b-q, lovely bathroom with bath and shower. Large open plan living room with dining table and leather lounges, opens up to an expansive, deepwater jetty. The main bedroom extends over the Bay with extensive water views.

This is a very special getaway, just minutes from Avalon; only 4 minutes drive to Whale Beach; 5 minutes drive to Palm Beach.

Spacious and open, this is ideal for an extended holiday or that weekend getaway.

Facing north-east, The Boathouse is perfect in Summer or Winter. Includes air conditioning and an gas fireplace (see below)

Maximum 2 adults on the premises at any time. Children not allowed due to proximity to water.

Ideal for a couple looking for time alone; for 2 friends looking for time-out; or a single person wanting to escape the city rush.

It's only 45 minutes from Sydney CBD just over an hour from the airport.

"We stayed here at the end of our vacation and it was lovely! Quiet, secluded, but right on the water and near other fabulous places. (We enjoyed the beaches near and the walk to the lighthouse at Barrenjoey.) This place had more conveniences than my home and I wanted to hide and not leave but it isn't that secluded! The owner is great to deal with and we would go back again if the chance ever presents itself." Kay Dougherty, Boston, USA

Privacy, Tranquility and Beauty: On the Bay

One Queen size bed in the main bedroom, with a King-single in the second room.

Lie in bed and listen to the water gently lapping onto the rock wall. Or go fishing from your own private jetty.

At low tide you can walk around to the Careel Bay Boatshed.

Full kitchen means you have the flexibility to eat in or go out and enjoy Palm Beach's array of 5 star restaurants.

Just 45 minutes drive from Sydney's CBD or just over an hour from the airport we can recommend contact details for reliable airport transport.

The local supermarket can deliver food to stock your refridgerator or pantry; and there are many home delivery food services, just in case you don't want to leave.

Bring your boat and tie-up to the jetty; or hire a mall boat from Palm Beach.

You can hire kayaks or stand-up paddleboards from Careel Bay boatshed (2 minutes walk along the sand)

The gas fireplace makes it cosy in Winter

Check-in is prior to 4pm

Here's what some of those guests said:

"The boathouse is a magical sanctuary where time stops. We thoroughly enjoyed the peace and calm it provided for the mind, soul and spirit. Such a wonderful way to wake up to admire the sunrise off the jetty.

Pirjo Lopperi, Finland :)) "

"Staying right on the water is simply amazing. The Boathouse is beautiful with everything you need. Much larger than I expected. I will definitely return next year." Camilla Mok, California, USA

"Whether you are into water sports, or just relaxing in the sun this is the perfect setting." Esme Brendon, Kent, England

"I've stayed at the Boathouse on several occassions, and it's no wonder I keep coming back. It's large spacious and right on the water. Thank you for sharing such a great holiday location." Peter Mannion, East Sussex, England

"Everything you need: waterfront, full kitchen with dishwasher, internet connection, bbq, walk to Avalon, kayak to Palm Beach. It's easy, beautifully maintained, heaven on earth!"

David Solomon

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Calendar last updated:
5 December, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Avalon Beach, Australia

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Waterfront
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • forests
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • surfing


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(14 traveller reviews)

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The BoatHouse on the Waterfront
average rating of 4.5 based on 14 reviews
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Wonderful Stay and great hosts

  • 5 of 5

I was heading to Palm Beach to propose to my now fiancèe. The plan was to hike up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse but the pier, pontoon, boathouse and outlook was so magical that I proposed right there on the Pontoon.

Di and Dave were wonderfully accomodating of my every need in the lead up to our big day. They were sic helpful that it made the time there all the more magical.

I would recommend this property to anyone and will definitely be back for many years to come.

  • Review Submitted: 03/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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  • 5 of 5

My partner and I have just returned from the most amazing weekend away at the Boathouse. We booked very late on a Saturday afternoon for arrival that night, and Dianne got in contact me with instantly which was very helpful. Dianne and David are lovely people and we couldn't have asked for better hosts. As soon as we arrived Dianne showed us around the property and a few things in the Boathouse. The Boathouse is perfect for two people and the view from the deck is just stunning. It includes everything you would need for a weekend away. We spent the entire weekend either at the beach (only around 5 mins away) or just relaxing on the deck. The bedroom window is right on the water and its very nice to wake up to the sound of the water lapping next to you. The Boathouse includes parking which is also great. We went to Jonahs for lunch as well which is only around 10 mins away which I would also highly recommend doing whilst there. We couldn't have picked a perfect property for our weekend away and we are already trying to free up a weekend to come back! The whole Boathouse is extremely private and nothing short of perfect! Can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: 17/10/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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London, United Kingdom

Amazing Property Wonderful Owners

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we were impressed by the warmth of the owners and the beauty of this location. Dianne and David were welcoming and helpful, even driving us to the restaurant and booked a taxi for our return trip. We had limited time in Australia and they were flexible letting us stay for just one night. We only stayed one night but we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 02/04/2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

perfect setting on the water

  • 5 of 5

Magnificent property at the waters edge in beautiful Careel Bay, in the centre of the lovely Northern Beaches. Our hosts Dianne and David looked after us very well, even kind enough to drive us to dinner nearby one night. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 28/02/2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

A Magical Experience!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a weekend at the boat house - what a magical experience!

What a rare opportunity to stay in such a beautiful accommodation. I don't know anywhere else in Sydney where you can stay in a boat house and I highly recommend making a booking if your fortunate enough to find an availability.

The boathouse is the perfect romantic getaway and ideal for a stress free break away and it has everything you need. The view is breathtaking, exactly like the photographs and the home and garden are meticulously maintained. Our expectations were absolutely met and exceeded!

Diane welcomed us on arrival and showed us around. Thank you for opening up your boathouse for people like ourselves who are looking for something truly special and unique. We will be returning next time we need a weekend away.

We feel privileged for the experience - thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 15/12/2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: Stayz
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Clovelly, New South Wales, Australia

Owner spoiled our stay, constant harassment

  • 1 of 5

We booked 12/11/16, when Dianne was made aware that we are bringing our 7 & 8 yr olds, and paid an additional $49 per child per night .


We arrived Fri 27th at 3.15 pm.

We were greeted by Dianne, who questioned the ages of my children, then made comments that they looked small ! She discussed at length that children were not usually allowed.

That afternoon the children washed their feet at the hose and Dianne asked us not to allow them to touch it. Then reiterated how precious the boathouse was. At this point we began to feel extremely uncomfortable.

On Sat our friends arrived to go out on our boat. 1 Adult and a 7 yr old. While another adult and a 5yr old were going shopping with me and my daughter for the day. As soon as they got out of the car, Dianne came out to tell me they were not allowed to stay. When I explained that only the 7yr old and his father were passing through to our boat and would not be staying on the property. She pointed to the little girl (a 5 yr old) and said she look under 7.

I told Dianne that she was making us feel very uncomfortable. She said if we wanted to leave, she would give us the rest of our stay back after an inspection.

She then followed it up with an email, stating children under 7 yrs where not allowed on the jetty. The 5yr yr was never on the jetty and was with her Mother for the 10 min she was in the Boat House.

Later that afternoon, I dropped my friend and her 5 yr old back at her car off the property, then went to get her husband and 7 yr old. On my way back to the boat House she yelled to me over her balcony, asking if I received her email. I told her we had and had decided to stay.

Dianne asked me how many children was in my husbands boat which docking and at that time. I said 2 my son (8) and his friend (7). She said if the 7 yr old comes onto her property he will be trespassing! He was only going to travel up the inclinator back to my car.

The next morning at 11am (Sunday) Dianne came and apologized for making us feel unconformable and gave us a bottle of Moet. Though we appreciated her gesture, it was less than 24 hr until we were leaving, and she had spoiled our stay.

We left the next morning (Monday) at 9.45, texting and emailing Dianne to let her know we had left. We did not receive our deposit back until Thursday.

Dianne's constant harassment made us feel very uncomfortable. Instead of a relaxing weekend, we were anxious and stressed the whole time.

Dianne received our payment in full & bond 2

  • Review Submitted: 05/12/2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: The safety of children is our top priority. Being so close to the water it is simply too dangerous for young children to be on the property - hence we have a condition clearly shown on Stayz "no children". Unfortunately, when booking, this guest misled us about the age of her children - they were clearly younger than she had told us. As soon as we saw the children we offered a full refund and asked her to leave. She refused! Then the next day she brought 4 more people onto the property, including two children under the age of 5. We explained that this is too dangerous and again offered a full refund and asked her to leave. She may call this "harassment" but we would prefer a bad review than seeing a child drown!
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Other Activities:

Waterfront, Beaches


Rates & Availability


  • For this property:
    ‘Weekend Night’ refers to Friday night and/or Saturday night (per night)
    The ‘Nightly’ rate refers to Sunday night through to Thursday night (per night average)
    The ‘Weekly’ rate is for a full 7 day week
    Rates listed based on 2 guests. Property has 2 beds and can sleep a maximum 2 guests

    Mandatory Costs
    Bond Deposit: $600 per stay
    Cleaning: $100 per stay
    Queen Bed Linen etc: $30 per stay

    Optional Costs
    Late checkout to 4pm: $150 per stay
    Additional person: $49 per night
    Fireplace cleaning: $30 per stay
    Approved pets: $25 per night
    Single Bed Linen: $25 per stay
    Early checkin 11am: $150 per stay
    Credit Card fee: $5 per night
    Boat Mooring: $60 per stay

    * Ask the owner to arrange these

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