Do you dream of sea breezes wafting through open doors and hearing the surf at night, whilst enjoying the local birdlife when you're not at the beach enjoying sand and surf in this beautiful location on the south coast.
Eleanor's - Beach Retreat has water views and is set back from a quiet street on the coast side, off the main thoroughfare (Beach Road). All you need to bring is your own sheets, pillow cases and bath and beach towels. Covered doonas and pillows are supplied for all beds, as well as bath mats and tea towels. There is off-street parking for several cars, boats, trailers etc.
Around the house you are entertained by the calls of lorikeets and other parrots, a kookaburra family that use the letterbox as a perch, the wonderful melodious butcherbirds that call all day and honeyeaters and pigeons constantly flitting around in the tall trees that surround Eleanor's.
Please note that the house is in a quiet residential area and it is not a party house. Smoking is not permitted in the house or on its decks. Pets will be considered.
WE DO NOT TAKE SCHOOLIES GROUPS, LARGE GROUPS OF UNACCOMPANIED YOUNG ADULTS (UNDER 25) OR GROUPS CELEBRATING BUCKS/HENS WEEKENDS.
If you are into hiking, four wheel driving or the more passive pastimes of photography or painting then you will definitely feel like you are in paradise.
Eurobodalla Shire, bounded by the Great Dividing Range and 110 kilometres of coastline, has a myriad of lakes and waterways and more than 80% of its area designated as National Park or State Forest.
Accommodation and facilities
The lounge room has a four seat sofa, two chairs, coffee table, credenza with digital TV and built-in storage.
The dining area has a table with six chairs. This can extend to seat 8-10 people. There is also a high chair for a little one available.
The family room has a two seater sofa, table, bookcase and digital TV.
Kitchen is galley style with a large family-size fridge, electric oven and hotplates, convection/microwave oven and the usual jug, toaster and coffee maker plus other appliances.
Bathroom has a bath with shower over and a vanity. There is a separate toilet.
Laundry has a top-loading washing machine and large bench with storage under.
There are three outside areas – front porch with water views; side patio with easy access from the house via the dining room and family room, with table and benches and umbrella available; and back deck with outdoor shower and BBQ plus Weber Q. The large back yard is fully fenced, and there are gates across the driveway next to the house, so small children and dogs can be contained.
Bedroom 1 – queen size bed, side tables and lamps, dressing table and two armchairs, and water views! a walk-through wardrobe into an En-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and vanity;
Bedroom 2 – queen size bed, side table with lamp, dressing table, wardrobe and chair;
Bedroom 3 – double bunks, plus trundle, wardrobe and chest of drawers, display unit.
Bedroom 4 - connected to the house by the back deck is a separate building which can be used as another bedroom. It has a queen size bed, cot, dressing table, wardrobe, table and sofa. Unfortunately it is difficult to move the cot into the house easily. It provides a very quiet option for a day-time nap for small and not so small guests!
There is also a portable cot in the house, but no bedding is provided for either cot, guests need to bring all their own sheets and blankets etc. for their little ones.
Heating: there are four electric heaters around the house and different areas can be closed off if required to maintain a very cosy atmosphere in the cooler months.
For stays of less than four nights, a cleaning charge of $50 will be added to the basic rate.
There is only the road in front of the house to cross to get to a choice of three beaches, all just a few hundred metres to either the patrolled (during school holidays) Surf Beach, the popular beach for swimming, or surfing of all kinds, or the quieter Wimbie Beach which is good for smaller children, fishing, kayaking etc. and walking along the coast line. Along from Surf Beach is Denham’s Beach which is an alternative in different weather and swell conditions and has easy-access snorkelling and rock-fishing areas on the northern side.
Nearby facilities include a supermarket at Surf Beach, pharmacy, bottle shop and several take-away food stores. There is also a café and coffee shop on the beach at Surf Beach.
Surfing at Broulee, Denhams, Rosedale and Malua beaches, including surfing lessons (school holidays only),
Fishing - The area is re-known for some of Australia's finest game, offshore, rock, beach and estuary fishing
Golfing at nearby Catalina Country Club, with a 27 hole golf course - only a few kms away or a 40 minute drive to the scenic Moruya Golf Course.
Arts, crafts and galleries - wonderful local and imported works including: pottery, textiles, indigenous art, sculptures, paintings, calligraphy and much more.
Whale watching especially humpback whales on their southern migration from September to November when mothers and calves can often be seen breaching and fluke slapping quite close to shore. You may be lucky to see a southern right whale during the winter months and bottle-nosed dolphins can be seen all year – sometimes joining the surfers on Denhams or Surf Beach. There is abundant bird life, including sea eagles, oyster catchers, cormorants, gulls and the odd penguin bobbing around in the ocean!
Other water activities to try might be sailing, Stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking and scuba diving.
Cruises - try a luncheon cruise on the beautiful Clyde River.
Tennis at the local courts in Batehaven.
Wining and dining – the Bay seafood is superb: Clyde River oysters, lobsters, prawns, crabs, and a variety of quality fish. There are a number of speciality waterfront restaurants that have a stunning views over the River and Bay.
Clubs, visit the Bateman's Bay Soldiers Club or the Catalina Golf Recreation Club - features great food and entertainment
Birdland in Bateman's Bay is a must for families. Allowing you to see a diverse range of Australian animals and bird species. Friendly wombats and snakes that can be handled.
National Parks and state forests are a bush walkers dream, either for easy paced strolls or more challenging walks
Bateman's Bay Museum – great collection of historical material.
Take the family to the shell museum in Batehaven.
Shopping at Bateman's Bay or Mogo or the monthly markets at Moruya.
Mogo-20 minutes away - Steeped in the rich history of gold - Mogo has a village atmosphere and a variety of speciality shops and galleries
Old Mogo Town - pan for gold
Mogo Zoo - features many endangered exotic species, including red pandas and Australia's only 3 white lions.