Only an hour's drive south of Sydney, Coledale is nestled between the Illawarra escarpment and the pacific Ocean just south of the Royal National Park with easy access to both rainforest and coast.
The house, designed by Michael Vail and built in 2009, is situated across the road (Lawrence Hargrave Drive) from the beach reserve, just a minute's walk to the sand and surf.
The self-contained apartment consists of the entire lower level of the Creek House Coledale, including the ocean-facing living room off the balcony, a large bathroom, and a queen bedroom with a small deck looking into the creek beside the house. Inspired by Japanese onsens, the timber and stone bathroom has a wall of doors which open like shutters into the native bush beside the house.
The main living area, with midcentury furnishings, includes open plan dining, living and kitchenette, with two ottomans which fold out to become single beds. Appliances in the small kitchenette include a microwave and bench top stove with two elements while the outdoor BBQ offers grilling and roasting capabilities. A Nespresso coffee machine (pods included) makes a worthy coffee, although there are several good cafes nearby.
The Creek House Apartment, with its easy access from Sydney, provides a fantastic weekend coastal retreat for couples and small families.