The perfect beach house'... 'fabulously appointed'... '5 out of 5'... these are just a few of the ways our guests have described Driftwood.The house looks like just another retro beach weekender from the front but step inside and a spacious, relaxing modern home awaits.
Driftwood is walking distance to many idyllic beaches. The nearest is the family-friendly Washerwoman's Beach which is such a great learn-to-surf beach that former World Champ Pam Burridge often runs lessons there. The well known surf break at Backbeach (aka Inyadda) and boat ramp are also walking distance - or a short drive for those wanting to conserve energy for surfing or fishing.
A 5 minute drive will take you to the legendary Green Island surf break and Cunjurong Point at the entrance to Lake Conjola where the kids (and adults) will enjoy the tranquil waters. There is also the "Hidden Beach" which appears at low tide for a swim or just to take in the spectacular view.
Wildlife abounds with kangaroos often visiting the backyard. There are rainbow lorikeets and king parrots in the trees, a bower bird hideout nearby and you can watch the stingrays hanging out at the boat ramp.
The house sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms - a mini parent's retreat Queen bedroom with ensuite, a second bedroom with Queen bed and third bedroom with a single on top/double on bottom bunk bed.
Driftwood's two living areas ensure there's space for everyone and the large, landscaped backyard is the perfect place for a long lazy lunch or for the kids to run around and do some exploring. There is also an outdoor shower in a tropical setting complete with hot water!
Bendalong itself is a charming hamlet of traditional weekenders with a general store that sells everything from petrol to beer. There is also Oscar's cafe which serves up traditional coastal take-away fare - the hot chips are delicious. Driftwood is walking distance to both the General Store and Oscar's.
Bendalong is a 3 hour drive from Sydney with the drive improving all the time as the Princes Highway gets upgraded - the dual carriageway through South Nowra was completed in December 2013 which removed a major bottleneck.
A scenic 25 minute drive away is the charming village of Milton which is has some interesting stores - a special treat is the Revival furniture store and the old-time toy shop but there are plenty of other great stores.
Ulladulla is just past Milton where you will find traditional shopping including supermarkets, Target and Bunnings. There is also a cinema and other activities if you are looking for a change of pace from the beach - or an escape from bad weather. Our family enjoys Funland which is an 1980s style video and fun arcade with reasonable prices.
On the coast between Ulldaulla and Milton is Mollymook which is best-known for its beach (including South Mollymook patrolled beach). It also has some great restaurants including the renowned Rick Stein's at Bannisters. Mollymook has a choice of Golf Courses with a coast-hugging 9 hole course and the Hilltop 18 hole championship course.
Pigeon House Mountain is a bit further afield for the more adventurous - it is a tough but rewarding hike with spectacular views of the coast.
A 30-40 minute drive north takes you to Jervis Bay where there are dolphin and whale tours, the world famous Hyams Beach and the Greenpatch picnic area (albeit we far prefer the local beaches).
Ensuite main bedroom
Outside Balinese Style shower
Linen service available
Nespresso coffee machine
Over head and portable fans
Weekly bookings are usually Sat. to Sat. although this is flexible outside of peak periods. There is a strict maximum of six people (of any age) allowed to reside at any time and unfortunately no animals or pets are allowed. A $300 refundable security deposit is required with all bookings. Minimum 3 night bookings during school holidays.
Bookings are from 2.30pm day of check in to 10am day of check out (this can be extended to 3pm if there is no other booking coming in).
Weekend Bookings: 2.30pm Fri to 3pm Sunday (subject to no other booking coming in)
Overall rating (13 reviews) -4.9231 out of 5
FromTamaraSubmitted on15 June 2013
Overall rating 4 out of 5
Though the property was located on Elm street, not a single nightmare was experienced by any of our group :). We found driftwood to be a very comfortable and well laid out, appointed, equipped and very nicely decorated property.
AndrewSubmitted on29 April 2013
Overall rating 5 out of 5
Perfect combo of new/modern and classic original beach house. Very homely, beautifully maintained and appointed well beyond a typical holiday rental. Owners & caretakers were friendly & helpful and made the logistics easy. Will definitely stay again!
AnonymousSubmitted on01 July 2012Published on23 January 2014
Overall rating 5 out of 5
We had the most wonderful time at Driftwood - it was very special as my parents were over from the UK, so being able to show them another stunning area of Australia was fabulous. Driftwood, did not disappoint, we loved the wooden floors and the separate sleeping areas. We also loved the main dining / kitchen / lounge area that is at the back of the house. The garden was also spectacular - my father, a keen gardener, really enjoyed looking at all the different plants. Due to the awful weather we also really appreciated the DVD collection!! I will defiantly be recommending Driftwood to friends and colleagues and hope to go back soon! Thank you.
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