It’s hard not to utter the words “Calabash Bay Lodge” without a breathy reverence – even the name invokes a certain allure that’s fitting once you discover its location. Accessible only by boat and sitting majestically at the junction of three national parks on Dharug Country, the house revels in the glow of a harmonious marriage between land and water. Leave your car securely parked and let the serene journey across the Hawkesbury set the tone for the stay ahead (arrivals and departures are included). Each of the four bedrooms are impeccably fitted out with private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows through which to view the mighty river and dramatic ghost gums-dotted horizon. Split across three levels, every indoor and outdoor space has been consciously decorated using local art and furnishings, and is designed to evoke a warm conviviality, perfect for groups of families in any season of life. Pets are even allowed with permission. Only 45 minutes from the constant buzz of Sydney, Calabash Bay Lodge is a retreat designed to redefine the pace of life. Long summer days revolve around the jetty and water-based activities like fishing and kayaking. In winter, as the mist settles and the light dims, the crackling fire adds a spark to moments nestled into the hanging chair with a good book.
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