Watch dolphins from the living room. Pavilions House is a big, comfortable, private, casual, stylish, architect-designed, fun, absolute beach front family beach house with a cosy open fireplace in the open plan living area. It is well suited to two or three couples and kids, or a group of friends, but also great for a romantic stay for one couple using the main pavilion only. Free Wifi. Pets Welcome.
World champion surfers Owen, Tyler and Mikey Wright learned to surf on the beach break right in front of this house. (They grew up a couple of houses away.)
PAVILIONS HOUSE ON THE BEACH WAS SELECTED AS ONE OF AUSTRALIA'S BEST BEACH HOUSES BY THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER.
From THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN, October 17-18
Headline: A place in the sun
Travel writer Kendall Hill dons wide-brimmed hat and zinc cream to seek out Australia's best beach houses. "...This tasteful, two-storey beachfront house, on one of the NSW's South Coast's least spoiled beaches has had a designer makeover. The timber-floored living area opens to a wooden deck that gives on to scrubby sand dunes and the rolling surf of Culburra. Living areas, bedrooms and even the indoor-outdoor bathrooms have been cleverly designed to maximise sea views. A cool children's bunkroom makes for big happy families."
Pavilions On The Beach was designed 20 years ago by Andrea Wilson who studied under award winning architects Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury at The University of Sydney in the 1990s.
Designed as a family holiday house, it has ocean views from every room, an open fireplace and fun and exciting features throughout that intend to take residents away from the quotidian.
LIVING AND DINING
The floor to ceiling windows of the living area open the house entirely to the outdoors, the private garden and ocean views, the games lawn and deck dining area. The inside/outside design combined with the north/east aspect are great for Australia's casual summer beach holidays but also capture the sun throughout winter days.
The living area has a flat screen TV which receives all the high definition channels as well as regular free to air channels and a DVD player. Residents can play their own music throughout the house and onto the deck by connecting to the sound system. There's also a record player and selection of vinyl, reading library, DVD library, board and lawn games.
KITCHEN AND BARBECUE
The fully-equipped kitchen shares the living area's spectacular ocean views and also opens up to the garden. The open plan layout grants those in the kitchen unhindered interaction with those in the living area, on the lawn and even in the Japanese bath when the louvres are opened. A Heston Blumenthal-designed barbecue is in a sheltered area close to the outdoor dining area. A Google Home device in the kitchen can step you through recipes on request.
INSIDE/OUTSIDE BATHROOMS AND JAPANESE BATH
In both bathrooms, residents can shower with the doors flung wide open to the views: great for the sandy return from the beach, but possible at other times as well because of the privacy afforded the residents by the mature Banksia trees around the garden perimeters.
The main bathroom has a deep Japanese bath surrounded by louvres that can open up to the living and kitchen areas and the views beyond. Little ones love the Japanese bath although it was designed with adults in mind.
The loft King bedroom, with huge sliding panels opened up, has views to the north all the way up the coast and views of the beach in front. It has romantic lighting, its own flat-screen TV with DVD player and a study area with desk and chair.
The Queen bedroom opens to the views and garden with french-doors onto a deck. It also has its own flat-screen TV and DVD player.
Every bed in the bunk room has its own small awning window and reading light. The room contains a double bed and seven single beds, a flat-screen TV with in-built DVD player. It's located near a bathroom and far enough away from the adult areas of the house so the noise of children's games won't disturb.
The optional linen service is performed with crisp, white, pure cotton linen and makes bedtime more inviting.
Pavilions House on the Beach is surrounded by a mature, indigenous garden planted for privacy from neighbouring properties with dune species that provide habitat for local wildlife such as the Bilby (rare but occasional sightings).
There is a fully fenced yard on the beach side of the house and a lawn directly in front of the living area for little ones and adult games like boules, shuttlecock or volleyball. Residents can be in the living area, on one of the decks, or in the kitchen and still be part of the action on the lawn.
Residents walk down to the beach across this garden under mature Banksia trees, they enjoy an all-day-long sunny north-east aspect to water views from deck chairs on the decks and lawn and watch the local birdlife visiting native plants surrounding the house.
A Google Home device at the house will answer questions about local shops and services. Its linked to Spotify Premium so residents can ask it to play favourite songs and it will host a trivia night.
There is a large, fully fenced yard for your pet with plenty of space for it to run around and explore and shady places to lie around.
WHALES AND DOLPHINS
A resident pod of dolphins can easily be viewed from the house, sometimes surfing the waves directly in front. Almost all of our guests report having seen them. You might see whales too if you stay during their migration seasons.
Directly in front of the house is a section of the beach favoured by surfers so if you're a surfer, you're front and centre all day to watch the conditions.
THE BEACH FOR KIDS
The south end of Culburra Beach, a short stroll along the sand, is great for small children as it's sheltered and there are rock pools to explore both there and at the north end.
WEDDINGS AND FUNCTIONS
Unfortunately we must decline function requests. Our insurance doesn't cover a commercial use of the house and the zoning of the property doesn't allow for its use as a function venue. Please accept our apologies.
We offer a linen service (beds made up for arrival in white 100 per cent cotton sheets and white 100 per cent cotton towels) at a charge of $25.00 per person which, if requested, is paid separately by bank transfer. The linen service is offered for the convenience of our guests and is charged to you at the exact rate we pay for it.
In the small Australian beach town of yesteryear, Culburra Beach on NSW's picturesque south coast, is just more than two hours drive from Sydney. Culburra's comprehensive shopping strip will service all of your holiday requirements. Culburra Beach is one of NSW's only remaining unspoilt beaches.
Surf, swim or fish on the beach directly in front of the house. You can go lake fishing and enjoy other lake activities also in Culburra at the local lake. There are good restaurants close by and excellent fresh seafood available from the nearby fishing village of Greenwell Point including its famous oysters. You'll get great local prawns at Orient Point nearby.
There are five golf courses close by. Horseriding, canoeing and archery is 50 mins away at a place called Valhalla. There's a bicycle track close to the house, great walks along extensive beaches and two boat ramps at the nearby lake for boat launching. Culburra Beach is one of the few beaches on the South Coast which allows dogs.
For a night out there's a local restaurant, The Butter Factory, that recently won a Restaurant and Catering Association award for the best South Coast restaurant. It serves modern Australian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, local produce. On Friday and Saturday nights the restaurant operates a seven-seater bus to collect parties of four or more people from the local area.