The beach town of Terrigal and the Pacific Views Beach House were the destination for a road trip on Australia’s east coast.
We met Sue’s parents; sister; two cousins and respective spouses – 10 of us in all – for seven days of relaxation at the beach, located to the north of Sydney.
Pacific Views Beach House is set high on a ridge above central Terrigal, less than five minutes drive from the heart of the vibrant, cosmopolitan town.
The elevated location has plenty of good points and some minor drawbacks. Views from the house are stunning. From the covered patios, we could gaze across Terrigal to the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.
It was an awesome backdrop for bar-b-cues
Sitting so high among the trees also attracts colourful wild parrots.
They landed on the outdoor tables and chairs, delighting us with their antics.
An unavoidable downside is the steep driveway onto a busy road.
Inside, Pacific Views Beach House is spread over three levels. There are five comfortable bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a large living area and a smaller lounge on the bottom level.
The house has a particularly good sized kitchen and dining area, which was crucial for us, because we had 10 adults to feed three times a day, plus snacks. Everyone took turns with the various parts of meal preparation, shopping for produce and loading and unloading the dishwasher.
There is a big dining table and lots of seating in the living room around a big-screen TV set, equipped with Foxtel cable TV.
Although the three-level design means lots of stairs, the house is clean, tidy and functional, which was exactly what we wanted.
We also loved the balconies. Generally, the weather was ideal in the mornings and evenings to sit on the porch and just enjoy being on vacation.
I’m not generally a fan of beach house decor, but Pacific Views didn’t go overboard with this style. The living area had a modern timber floor; the bed coverings were bright and colourful; and the main lounge was very usable leather.
Our bed on the bottom level was particularly comfortable and I was pleased to see that it had four power points which allowed us to charge iPhones, iPads, iPods and an electric razor. Two of the power points were close to the bed, so we could use our phones as alarms (this is a pet peeve of mine as I hate to jump out of bed early morning searching for the buzzing telephone)
Overall, I give the beach house top marks – and it certainly provides value for money in a lovely location. The owner, Micah, was there to greet us when we arrived and was helpful when asked for anything. There are a few tiny improvements that I would recommend, such as insect screening all round and the provision of an indoor broom to help people clean up (although a vacuum cleaner was provided)
We have no hesitation in recommending Pacific Views Beach House, Terrigal for anyone mobile enough to handle the three levels.