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Cockle Bay House ****

Guest House, Central Coast Waterfront

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

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21 guests
6 bedrooms
10 beds
6 bathrooms


Cockle Bay House is a spacious romantic retreat situated on the NSW Central Coast with 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.

Two king bedrooms, three queen bedrooms and one double all with bathrooms and TV's. Two bathrooms have spas.

The honeymoon suite has a mahogany 4-poster king bed with luxury drapes. Five bedrooms have private verandahs.

For extra accommodation, there is a double sofa bed and double futon in the family room and 3-4 single mattresses in one of the king rooms.

The large blackwood kitchen with dishwasher and large fridge freezer, is great for entertaining and opens out into the airy conservatory. Ideal for al fresco dining.

For more formal meals there is a large lounge/dining set up for 10, and in the family room an extra round teak table for an additional 6.

Hidden in 10 acres of bushland backing on to Cockle Bay, a tidal inlet on the beautiful Brisbane Water. Enjoy the wildlife and peaceful surroundings. Only five minutes to Macmasters and Avoca beaches and 8 minutes to Terrigal.

Rated AAA 4.5 star and winner of many awards over the years including the outright winner of the NSW Tourism Award for Excellence in hosted accommodation.

MONTHLY UPDATES (due to character limitations imposed by the Stayz website the updates continue in this section - see below for previous months).

(October 2016)

Mainly gardening work is being focussed on this month. The next weekend available is 17-19 February 2017. This is a great time to stay and the pool will be awesome.

(September 2016)

Spring and rain is upon us. Staining of the front deck is near completion and now looks as new. Fountain in driveway repainted and back in operation with lights. We are waiting for mother nature to bring us the ducklings. All weekends for 2016 are booked - first available weekend is 13-15 January 2017. Or contact us for alternate dates.

(July 2016)

The extended warm Sydney weather has disappeared and so we have ordered in our winter firewood for guests to use on the lounge woodfire - which is sometimes prepared and burning for guests arrival.

There has been a fluster of bookings recently and the TWO weekends remaining available for this calendar year are 18-20 November and 16-18 December.

(June 2016)

Painting around the property has been underway between the rain spells.

We currently only have seven (7) unbooked weekends available until the end of this year. We encourage group organisers to check the online calendar to see if any of the remaining dates fit with your preferred choice. There have already been a number of groups that have missed out on their first selection.

(March 2016)

Our builders have been busy this week - a nice new spotted gum timber entrance has been installed at the main entrance. Oiling of this has also been completed. We are also replacing and spring cleaning the netting in the pool area. And the pool temperature is at or above 29 degrees at the beginning of this month.

(February 2016)

Additional outdoor furniture added around the pool area - groups are enjoying the warm weather we are having and is the area they are spending most of their time. Our large job of cleaning the tennis court has finally been finished and looking good for future Lleyton Hewitts to have a work out on. New basketball hoop and backboard also put up. Don't forget - there are complimentary double kayaks on site for guest use - and they come with a choice of fast or slow paddles.

(November 2015)

Congratulations to The All Blacks (oops - New Zealand) on their back to back Rugby World Cup Final victory. To Australia - well done for the great opposition team performance. See you in four years.

18 November 2015 - RIP The Legendary Jonah Lomu - a sad day for world rugby.

(October 2015)

First weekend in December now available due to late cancellation. This is the last weekend available this calendar year.

As we (I) nervously await the outcome of this weekends Rugby World Cup semifinal matches we are now into the beginning of the warmer months. We have put in a new solar pump and control panel and the last time we looked the pool was at 26 degrees. It is capped off at 30/31 as we do not want it to be a spa pool.

(May 2015)

Our winter season of firewood has arrived and stacked outside under the verandas for guests to use in the lounge room fireplace. BYO marshmallows and enjoy the comfortable surroundings with a nice glass of wine. We have updated the bedside table lights of each room - you just need to touch the base of the light to turn them on and off. The fallen trees we will cut up so guests may use them on the outdoor camp fire during the cooler months. This area has also got tables and chairs setup - with the option to have a real charcoal BBQ rather than use the gas Weber one in the pool area.

(April 2015)

Other than a loss of power for about six days and a few trees coming down during the NSW storm we are fully operational and damage free. We have put four new foldaway beds into the house to offer more flexible sleeping arrangements. The maximum sleeping capacity of these single beds is 110kg.

(March 2015)

Extra outdoor chairs have been added to the pool area. The Weber BBQ has also been refurbished with a number of new parts and operating like brand new once again.

(February 2015)

A semi automatic coffee machine has been put into the kitchen - so BYO favourite coffee beans to give you and others the start they need in the morning. Pool temperature is sitting around the maximum we let it go to - at 31 degrees. Have been wondering why our cleaner prefers to prepare the house over three days!

(January 2015)

Happy New Year - 2015. It seems this is to be a good year as it all adds up to 8 (2+0+1+5). Some of us hope it also turns into a good omen for the All Blacks to win the Rugby World Cup again in October!!

Last month we mentioned we looked at improving the sleeping comfort of guests. Based on independent testimonials of the products of Microcloud () we have now put new mattress toppers on all of the beds, and also included Microcloud pillows.

Already feedback from guests has been highly complimentary and so we are pleased with the way this initiative has been accepted.

(December 2014)

We would like to wish all our previous and yet to visit guests a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

We also would like to say a special THANK YOU to every group organiser that has or is in the process of organising a group getaway. We fully appreciate the efforts of each organiser - the time, the stress and just your general desire to try and accommodate each member of your group. It is sometimes difficult to get everyone to agree and your patience and tolerance is certainly acknowledged from our perspective.

We will certainly try to fit in with your weekend of choice and we do encourage making a deposit early to confirm your dates.

At time of writing the first weekend we have available in 2015 is 6-8 March. Next dates available are in April - and the Easter weekend has not been booked.

A new stereo system has been put into the lounge room - a couple of its functionality includes having access to digital radio, and can also connect to your mobile phone with bluetooth technology.

We are also looking at further improving the sleeping comfort of guests and hope to provide an update on this post Xmas.

(August 2014)

The new carpet has now been laid in each of the six bedrooms and all upstairs. It looks and feels great and we do ask for guests not to wear shoes in these areas.

New curtains are being added to a number of rooms in the house. We have also upgraded the Foxtel service in the lounge room to High Definition (essentially means the men folk can watch the sports channels with a better picture!). DVDs can be played on the main TV as well as the bedroom TVs.

(July 2014)

Our apologies that we have not been keeping up with providing a monthly update. We will endeavour to let you know what is happening.

This month we are having new carpet laid in the guesthouse. Our winter guests are certainly enjoying themselves with the fire in the lounge - and I do my best to have it going upon arrival just so you can simply put another log on it to keep it going.

(April 2013)

Following a recent cold snap we have brought forward ordering of firewood. Lounge room fireplace has been completely serviced and plenty of firewood has been conveniently stacked under cover. Mid month guests were the first to use the fireplace and very happy with the heat generated and ambience provided.

(March 2013)

We were away most of this month and therefore no material updates can be advised.

(February 2013)

New tennis court lights installed - to be used only for playing tennis please! General improvements are being undertaken by my father in law who is currently visiting - so more artwork going up on walls is one improvement. New TV aerial work has been installed post the storms we had.

Ducklings are getting bigger and friendly albeit now down to five.

(January 2013)

New AEG oven installed in kitchen - has all the bells and whistles and a guide book on how to start it. Pool looking great - we have capped the solar temperature so it does not exceed 30 degrees which is quite warm. New light installed over BBQ area.

Good to see Mum Duck still has her 7 ducklings waddling behind her.

(December 2012)

Merry Xmas everyone and Happy New Year for 2013

(November 2012)

Tennis court surface all finished. New net up. New floodlights to be added in New Year.

(September 2012)

New Zealand Rugby Championship winners 2013 - nothing more need to be said!!


Our calendar is up to date to enable you to secure the dates you prefer for those birthday or anniversary get togethers. We are sorry if your particular weekend is already taken, but hopefully you are sufficiently flexible with your dates as it is a great place to stay and chill out. Thank you - David and Alison.

Cockle Bay House features a beautiful solar-heated saltwater swimming


Features covered by Stayz Rental Assurance

Air conditioning, Dishwasher, Parking, Private pool, Washing machine, Wheelchair accessible

Air conditioning Balcony Ceiling fan Children welcome Coffee maker Deck/Patio Dining Dishes and utensils Dishwasher DVD player Eco-Friendly Events allowed Fireplace Games Games room Heated pool Heating Iron and board Kitchen Lawn/Garden Linens provided Living room Microwave Non-Smoking Outdoor grill Oven Parking Private pool Refrigerator Satellite/Cable Stereo Television Tennis Toaster Towels provided Video library Washing machine Wheelchair accessible
Cockle Bay House **** is rated 4.417910447761194 out of 5 by 67.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic family holiday house We stayed at Cockle Bay House with four families - 89 adults and 7 kids. We had a BALL. The house was big enough to accommodate us all comfortably, with lots of space for kids and adults to hang out and be separate from each other if we needed it. The tennis court and pool provided heaps of amusement, as did exploring down by the lake. We had little kids and had to be really careful with them by the pool - it had a sloped entry and the baby fell in once (which was enough!) - it seemed to have been designed by people who didn't have young kids. The gates and doors into the pool area were sufficient to keep the kids out, though we made sure someone had an eye on the littlest kids at all times, just to be sure. The house is a bit run down but that suited us well - we didn't want a new, shiny house where we would be concerned about the kids making a mess. It was private (except for a gardener or someone who lives on the property, but we didn't see him the whole weekend) and we felt we could make noise without disrupting neighbours. The one downside was that there was no pantry space at all. It meant that we weren't able to put away food (and lots of it), but it didn't cause major hassle. There were two fridges which we needed. The host was easy to communicate with and reasonable about a breakage and return of our bond. We would definitely recommend this property to people like us - families wanting to get out of town with a bunch of others for a fun, relaxed weekend or week away.
Date published: 2016-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic for big group Great place for big group - comfortable fantastic warm pool. Bit of something for everything. Comfy beds, each with own bathroom. We all enjoyed it are going to go back.
Date published: 2016-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for weekend away Stayed at Cockle Bay House with 10 other guys for a reunion. Perfect for our weekend away. The pool was a lovely temperature during both the day and night. All the rooms were excellently prepared for our arrival. The kitchen is more than adequately set up for large groups and the conservatory eating area provides a great space for dinner. The only downside was the mossies but the pool and main areas are all protected by fly screen/glass so it barely impacted our stay. Will definitely stay here again.
Date published: 2016-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great stay Had a group of 19 in total and this house accommodated us all beautifully. Fantastic beds and amazing that each couple had their own bathroom. Fabulous for all the children as we could relax and just watch them enjoy themselves without worry. They lost all our tennis balls so maybe next group will be in luck ! We stayed last weekend but unable to enter 2016 . The only issue we had was with the cobwebs in some areas but inside was fine.
Date published: 2016-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An unloved gem A big place with lots of potential! A great time was had by all - the size of the place allowed us to have 4 separate families stay together. With this many people its hard not to have fun. The photos on the site must have been taken in the heyday of the property - since then it has been left to get run down somewhat. We had a number of problems strike us whilst we were at the property - the owner did his best to remedy them - but what the place really needs is some proper maintenance and some investment to make this a quality retreat. Great location, great size and layout but needs a lot of TLC. It fits into the "cheap and cheerful" category - but it wasn't cheap.
Date published: 2016-01-07
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