Our 10 day holiday at Calabash Bay Lodge is one we'll never forget - for all the right reasons! Such a wonderful riverfront house set amongst the trees with stunning views of the river and surrounding National park. Every bedroom enjoys a view with balcony access and are beautifully decorated. The dining room is a superb design with louvered windows to bring the outside in from all angles. Outside there are plenty of zones for chillaxing - the top balcony revolving chair, a hammock under the trees, a hanging chair by the water, 2 outdoor dining areas and the pontoon - the owners have thought of everything, inside and out!
Claire and Manny were wonderful to deal with, from booking through to the very end of our stay. We had a fantastic "secret dining" evening with Manny who cooked us the most amazing dinner - a wonderful dining experience.
Many days were spent venturing out in the boat to wonderful little tranquil bays with lush green shores and striking coloured rocks. A day out with Andy Page (water taxi) onto the Hawkesbury River was also a great day out, taking us much further than the lodge-supplied boat allowed and was tailored to our wishes. Other days we hiked for miles behind the lodge with Rascal the dog keeping us company part of the way - to the ruins and way beyond.
Nearby dining at Berowra Water Inn was superb - fantastic food and wine and perfect service, including free boat transfer to the lodge both ways. And lovely coffee and cakes at "A Chef's secret" back at the East bank ferry was also a good morning trip out.
We enjoyed every minute of our 10 day stay thanks to both the lodge and beautiful surrounds. We were 4 woman family members travelling for our Mother's 75th birthday and would recommend Calabash Bay lodge for a special holiday experience!
The location of this property is second to none. The water views are absolutely spectacular and there is a great feeling of privacy, relaxation and escaping the busy world around us! I particularly loved having the boat to motor around in & the kayaks. We explored the river and it was a lot of fun. Very unlike any other holiday experience. The property itself is very beautiful and comfortable.
Beautiful setting with all the facilities you need to do nothing - or do lots. Functional and tasteful decor and design. We enjoyed all the outdoor spaces - even in July - and loved the outlook. Kayaked to the waterfall and went for a cruise in the run-a-bout. And then just relaxed with good food and wine and soaked up the ambience. All the people we dealt with so professional and accommodating, they just added to the experience. Highly recommended.
Three generations of our family stayed here for nearly a week. Close to perfection in every way.
We were pleasantly surprised by the number of sitting spaces. For me first thing was sitting in the lounge on the top deck, melting in early morning sunshine, or watching the mist rising, forming, sliced by a boat on the river. Then, to be sociable, joining others in the sunny dining area. Then we moved on to the main deck sitting area or table. Some of us might go out in the boat, or sit on the pontoon with a book or fishing rod. Or sway gently in the pod chair or hammock.
The neighbours' dog Rascal was a rascal, as Manny had warned us, barking for us to come outside and play, and stealing bait. We found she was very responsive to directions to 'go home'.
Overall the descriptions given by Calabash Lodge are accurate. Fishing gear provided was generous. Service provided by staff was tested before and during our stay. In each case Claire and Manny were perfect and exceeded reasonable expectation.
Overall, we'd be back staying there tomorrow if we could!
The most beautiful accommodation on the Hawkesbury was the perfect spot for us to stay with our family before and after our wedding at Berowra Waters Inn. The lodge itself is gorgeous and beautifully appointed, the view sublime and the Hawkesbury always incredibly tranquil. Almost impossible to believe you can be so far away yet so close to the Sydney CBD. But what made the long weekend special for us was the care and attention of the staff who checked us in and made sure our stay was uninterrupted and comfortable. Many thanks again.
We stayed here for two nights with our adult family followed by two nights with friends. It is in the most beautiful part of the river with all the creature comforts. Kayaking, games, fishing and exploring the river. We swam in the river and ate sumptuous meals. It was hard to believe we were so close to the city.
Calabash Bay Lodge was the perfect setting for an amazing birthday weekend with friends & family!! We couldn't fault the house - beautifully furnished, very well appointed and amazing service from the whole team (especially Kim).
A perfect weekend and highly recommended!