Three bedroom accommodation with views out to the sea. Private garden and pool.
- English, Norwegian
About Hilde Swendgaard
Having travelled extensively both for work and leisure, I have stayed in some of the world's worst (always make good stories) and best hotels. My first experience in providing accommodation was a few years back, in the UK. I bought a hotel and turned it into a successful boutique business, with each room decorated as if from a different country. You could travel to Morocco, Italy, Norway and even stay in a spooky Gothic room, all within one building. I sold that business in order to move to Australia and now let my property in Bundeena. I don't mind admitting that I get a real thrill when I hear my guests have had a good time, enjoyed what the property and Bundeena have to offer but also that they've had a good nights sleep. My mantra is to offer a quality experience at an affordable price.
Hilde Swendgaard purchased this House in 2013
Why Hilde Swendgaard chose Bundeena
You know that feeling when you first step into a house, you just feel like you've come home. The view from the property was enough to convince us to purchase, all within 30 seconds. The house is modern, well built and certainly well looked after. I aim to provide a home away from home, and try to anticipate the needs of guests by providing so much more than most holiday lets. Oh, and did I mention the pool!
What makes this House unique
Bundeena Base is only property in Bundeena that has a heated pool. At 8 meters long, it is decent size, perfect for family and friends, with pool chairs & table for meals and sun lounges to lap up those rays. It's perfect if you just want to spend time away from the world, but also to have for when you come back from the beach or walks. The pool system is fully automated, and uses a bionizer cleaning system. That means there is absolutely no chlorine in the pool and it's not a saltwater either. You will notice the difference immediately. We provide 100% cotton bedding (it surprises me how many properties don't) and towels. Pool towels and beach towels too, so you don't have to pack those into your luggage. The water system to the house is also chlorine free. It's been filtered out on delivery to the building. You'll notice the taste immediately and your hair and skin will feel so much better after showering. The rear garden is fully fenced, and we also allow pets to stay.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
A beautiful ‘room with a view’
Had a wonderful time at Bundeena Base. Beautiful clean accommodation with lovely hosts, close to everything, and what a view of the sea.
Lovely weekend for our family of four...
Nice clean property, great for our family of four. Everything is a nice short walk away.
Too many wasps for my liking
This guest and his 5 adult male friends stayed for the weekend and left the property, smiling and saying they had had a lovely time. No mention was made at any time that he or his friends had any kind of issue either inside the property or outside. When I saw his comment and his rating of my property, I was completely bewildered.
His comment can only be described as an outlier review, it is certainly not indicative of the experience any other guest has had here in the last two and a half years we have been listed with HA. At best it is lazy, at worst, malicious but either way it is ignorant.
It is factually incorrect on the single point made – we do not have a wasp problem. He may have seen a wasp or two flying over the property. He would also have seen bees, butterflies, lady birds, dragon flies and bird life generally, which you will find anywhere in the world and certainly here in Bundeena. This guest lives not far away, and is obviously familiar with the natural habitat of this part of the country.
The review doesn’t add to the experience of those using the HA site, certainly doesn't provide information that other potential guests can make any value judgement with and it makes a mockery of the review process completely.
No justification for the low star rating given.
The review is not actionable – there is no issue to ‘put right’ and it stands in stark contrast to the high quality, detailed and considered review given by every other guest who has stayed here over the course of two and a half years.
Wonderful holiday, in gorgeous location with lovely hosts
Enjoyed every min of our stay with Hilde and David. They are incredibly kind and thoughtful people. We enjoyed their interesting conversations and wonderful, gentle dogs.
Everything that we could need was included from freshly baked bread and milk, to all toiletries, daily items like bin bags, detergents, games, books and brochures and print outs of things to do in the area.
The kids thoroughly enjoyed the heated pool and its many pool toys, the gorgeous beaches and beautiful walks within the national park.
Our only problem was that we didn't stay long enough. A wonderful holiday we would recommend to everyone. Our children are already planning our next visit.
Thank you to our amazing hosts for making our holiday so memorable
We had a wonderful stay, All bedrooms had great beds and kitchen was very well equipped, lovely towels and linen, Pool area was very nice and had plenty of use
With our four teenagers.
Our hosts Hilde & David were very accommodating.
Colleen & Kendall
Fantastic House and Fantastic Hospitality
Just had 4 nights at Bundeena Base and it is lovely. Excellent accommodation and the view was amazing. My 90 year old Father could get around the house so easily and the bathroom was perfect. Hilda and David are wonderful hosts and were very helpful especially with my two dogs. We will be back again! Loved the Pool!
Thank you so much for this lovely review. Glad you and the family enjoyed staying here and was especially gratifying to see your father reconnect with his youth and former friends/family from times before Bundeena had a road! Some very special stories.
Untouched beaches, the Royal National Park, cultural and historical walks, a thriving art scene, aboriginal rock carvings, kayac and paddleboard hire, cafes, local musical events, are just a handful of the many attractions Bundeena has to offer.
We have a well stocked supermarket that is open from 8am to 8pm. Bundeena also has: chemist, newsagent, petrol station, resident doctor, ambulance station, fire station.
We are lucky to have a selection of cafes for those times you just want to kick back and look at the view and a newly opened restaurant. We have a new RSL club with restaurant and bar, overlooking water views, a local bowling club that also has a restaurant.
The name Bundeena is an aboriginal word meaning “noise like thunder” and when you hear the waves lap up against the white sand its easy to understand why. On Bundeena's southern edge, footsteps of the people who walked before us echo across the land. On the beach and in the bush, there’s hidden evidence of a life well-lived… you simply need to know where to look. Only nine generations ago, before European colonisation, Jibbon headland in Royal National Park was home to the Dharawal people. Standing on Jibbon beach you would have seen women coming ashore from bark canoes (nuwi) with their morning catch of fish (magura). Men returning from their morning hunt with banggarai the swamp wallaby and heard the sound of kids laughter (djanaba) at camp. That was less than 250 years ago. What remains? You’ll find a mostly deserted golden sand beach, possibly a sleek sailboat bobbing offshore, and a friendly nod from a local Bundeena resident enjoying the rare coastal seclusion of a place that’s still geographically in Sydney. Take a closer look and you’ll discover an open air museum of Aboriginal Sydney. You will find traces of the original inhabitants, the Dharawal people in rock carvings and middens throughout the area. A 55km drive south of Sydney, or a relaxing ferry crossing from Cronulla, the area is saturated with some of the best scenery in the state. Shake off the dust of the city on a 2 day walk along the 26 kilometre coastal track to Otford (or just tackle a part of it). We have 3 cafes if you fancy just chilling out and watching the world go by. The local bowling club is also open as a restaurant. Bundeena has one of the highest concentrations of artists in NSW and it’s easy to see why they are drawn here. Be sure to explore the Bundeena & Maianbar Art Trail on the 1st Sunday of the month, the same day as the local markets. Bundeena and Maianbar offer a wealth of beautiful scenery as well as plenty of outdoor activities, shops, cafes, and overnight accommodation, only an hour south of Central Sydney. There is a ferry between Cronulla and Bundeena. The journey takes around 20 minutes. The scenery is beautiful and it makes for a lovely way to travel betwen the two towns, so if you fancy a day in Cronulla with all the shops, cafes and restaurants it has to offer, you can easily escape back to the peace and tranquility of Bundeena.
Once in Bundeena, you really don't need a car but if you plan on taking day trips to other National Park areas, you will need to buy a pass. Day passes are available from the local newsagent or petrol station, or if you are going to an area that has a ticket machine, you can buy a day ticket there. Day tickets cost $12. A delightful 20 minute ferry ride to Cronulla will give you a great view of the surrounding area and is a lovely start to a trip to Cronulla (or take the train to Sydney for the day). Ferry timetable can be found by a search for Cronulla Ferries. To get here, the car journey is approx 25 mins from the Pacific Highway turn off at Sutherland/Loftus. The other option is to take a train to Cronulla station, walk the 10 minutes to Cronulla Ferry jetty and take the passenger ferry to Bundeena. The ferry journey takes approx 20 minutes and leaves Cronulla on the half hour, leaving Bundeena on the hour. For full timetable, check with Cronulla Ferries on their website.