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“Shucking on the Dock of the Bay”
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Calabash Bay Lodge sits on Calabash Point, a boat-access only embraced by 3 national parks
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Calabash Bay Lodge sits on Calabash Point, a boat-access only embraced by 3 national parks
The 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom property is set out over 3 levels plus waterfront garden and private jetty Entertaining terrace with stunning water views
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Calabash Bay Lodge sits on Calabash Point, a boat-access only embraced by 3 national parks
The 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom property is set out over 3 levels plus waterfront garden and private jetty
Entertaining terrace with stunning water views
Living Room with 8 seater sofa and chaise longue and EcoSmart fireplace
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There are 2 suites with private bathroom, including this Queen bed suite on the first level
The First Floor Queen Suite also boasts a Private Balcony with north-facing river views
Our Master King suite with private bathroom on the 2nd level opens up to a travertine terrace
A Patricia Urquiola designed daybed on the travertine terrace is a indulgent spot to admire the view
Our 2nd Queen bedroom shares a large bathroom , but features beautiful design details
Our second King bedroom can be split into Twin King Single beds on request.
Our private bathrooms feature black chrome finishes and Italian rain showers and heated towel rails
Our Dining Room has uninterrupted water views
Fully-equipped entertainer's kitchen
Kookaburra outside the dining room window
Relaxation awaits you
The Lodge underneath the moonlight...
Lazy summer days
Runabout Boat for Fishing & Adventuring
Calabash Bay as seen from our Bushwalking Trail
Seaplanes from Palm Beach & Rose Bay come into land right in front of the Lodge at weekends
Kayaking is an unmissable activity
Sunny days on the waterfront are an unparalleled experience
Time for a spot of fishing as night descends
The sky is awash with colour at sunset
Sunset as seen from the upper balconies
Day breaks and the river mist burns away
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Berowra Waters, Hornsby, Greater Sydney, New South Wales

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153 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
“Shucking on the Dock of the Bay”
Reviewed March 15, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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It was exciting to pull up to the jetty at Berowra and find Manny waving and smiling in his Panama hat, waiting as arranged to ferry us over to the house. We loaded his little boat with big luggage and copious supplies of wine, groceries and wine. We drove ourselves in the second boat, which was to be our own personal runaround for the duration of our stay.

The house was all glass and wooden decks reaching over the water. It was beautifully designed and decorated, tasteful and comfortable.

The kitchen was generously equipped.

The sound system was impressive.

The complimentary chilled bottle of Prosecco was appreciated.

On each bed were packs of REN products, with plenty of towels and good, fresh linens. The bathrooms had rain showers and designer quality fittings. There were books and magazines strewn around amongst plumped up cushions and rugs.

After throwing ourselves off the jetty into the cool water, we made a chicken salad lunch, treated ourselves to some cold Pinot and then crept off to find a quiet corner each to snooze, read and fish. It could have been a huge round wicker sofa high up on the top sunny balcony, a hammock in the shade, a swinging chair overlooking the water or a lounger on the tip of the jetty.

Later we went for an explore on the lake in the runaround, returning for hot showers and a bit of lip gloss, ready for Sydney Rock Oysters and Prosecco on the dock as the sun set. We barbecued prawns, steaks and sausages and ate at the big table on the deck, followed by a night cap up top, watching for shooting stars.

The next morning we went off on the boat to collect 2 more friends and took them for a bush walk. A kangaroo was spotted and we were accompanied by the next door neighbour's dog. When we came back and once again felt the need to launch ourselves into the water, he did too.

Another lunch was prepared of a huge quiche and salads - and more of that Pinot. Well, we WERE on holiday. After a suitable sojourn of hammocks and hard backs (the house absorbed 6 drowsy people very comfortably), some kayaked, while others went fishing.

That evening we were in for a treat as Manny was coming to cook our dinner. On the dot, we heard the sound of his boat and spotted the Panama hat on the horizon. He unloaded mysterious boxes of goodies and we got showered, perfumed and dressed up for aperitifs on the dock.

Manny had laid the table in such a way that we all had a view of the water. We ate sashimi tuna with an orange and fennel salad, the best lamb any of us had ever tasted and individual pavlovas.

It was with heavy hearts, but a much lighter load, that we climbed back into the boat the next morning, homeward bound. Calabash had been a luxurious delight, an unforgettable experience that we were very lucky to have been treated to by our friends. We can only hope they invite us back one day.

We'll bring the oysters.

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Liked best: Location and quality
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Mar 16, 2015
Thanks for your review MacBride. We're very happy to hear that you had a relaxing and soporific stay at Calabash Bay Lodge, making use of all the many relaxation zones and also getting in some adventure time on the water on the boat and kayaks as well. We look forward to welcoming you back for more lazy days on our waterfront soon!
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17JBentle...
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Favourite Place on Earth”
Reviewed January 6, 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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I've had the pleasure of visiting Calabash Bay lodge a number of times. It never ceases to amaze me. One of Sydney's hidden treasures and my favourite holiday destination. It’s only 45 mins from Surry hills - but you think you’re a million miles away from town. It's a fabulous place to kayak, bush walk, boating up and down the river, and generally relax. If you’re an early bird, you can be treated to an absolutely stunning sun rise. The way the owners have set it up; means whether you go in summer or winter the house is comfortable and luxurious. Definitely worth a visit. Will be back again soon!

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Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Friends
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Rickgleav...
Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Fabulous Calabash”
Reviewed December 9, 2014 for a stay in December 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Just back from a top weekend at this first class property. Great location and a 5 star service from Manny. Plus the company of next doors dog - Rascal. I will be back for sure. Very very relaxing. A perfect spot for those who also love bush walking.

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Traveling group: Friends
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Nicholas...
Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great getaway close to Sydney”
Reviewed December 3, 2014 for a stay in November 2014
2
people found this review helpful

It was a great weekend away. There were meant to be 3 couples going away but they had work commitments. In the end it worked out beautifully! My partner and I had a beautiful relaxing weekend away kayaking, boating and relaxing all weekend in the sun!
Great place for families, friends and couples!
Highly recommend it!

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Traveling group: Friends
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Hobbsy201...
Sydney, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fabulous location with a view from every room”
Reviewed June 10, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
2
people found this review helpful

We spent 3 nights at the Calabash Bay Lodge. The location of this property is amazing with a view from every room. The property has many chill-out areas including a huge round wicker sun bed on the top deck to the hammock on the grass front. We spent our time exploring the waters on the courtesy boat, fishing, walking, cooking and gazing at the amazing views. Hope to return soon.

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44 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“the most relaxing holiday destination”
Reviewed April 28, 2014 for a stay in April 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Stayed at Calabash Bay Lodge for 5 nights with my family. It was such an experience getting picked up by a boat and taken to this wonderful holiday home. The views were amazing and we totally used all the facilities especially the boat to run around in and fishing off our own pontoon. The house is fully equipped with every luxury and we didnt want to leave! We will definatly return one day when we need a good relaxing break.

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Liked best: the views
Liked least: the fact that we couldnt light the beautiful fireplace because we were a week early for the firewood delivery!
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Nicoladk
Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Total relaxation”
Reviewed October 10, 2013 for a stay in October 2013
4
people found this review helpful

We spent a wonderful 3 days at this idyllic house. The property is stunning and the views are to die for. This place is relaxation at it's best. A big thanks to Manny - the food he prepared was truly wonderful.

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