Bells at Killcare is a luxury 5 star boutique hotel / private coastal retreat situated up in the beautiful surrounding hills of Killcare, only 1.5 hours from Sydney.
Style blends country and coastal with it’s blue and white colour palate, wooden furniture and hamptons style design. The site has immaculately manicured gardens and even an on site lake to take a walk around.
The site has 35 private cottages, villas and suites ranging in size and each are fully appointed with kitchenettes, a lounge and tv – which offers unlimited free movies for your stay. There is a fireplace to keep you warm, in addition to a heater/a/c. Rooms also have an iPod dock, CD/DVD players and other electricals such as hairdryers and irons. There are spa suites so you can have a spa in your own cottage, and you are provided with ‘Bouddi’ luxury products including bath salts.
The main building houses a Larder/Bakery which Bells opened during Covid to keep afloat. So successful, they decided to keep it running. We’re glad they did, because it provides everything you may like to purchase to consume in; fresh in house baked bread and pastries, barista prepared coffees, cheese and charcuterie, jams, cookies, chocolates and a wine fridge. You can also order hampers for the weekend to eat in the comfort of your cottage or to take on a bushwalk.
There’s a large on site pool, flanked by sun lounges and umbrellas and there’s also a day spa with a wide menu of day spa experiences. Be sure to book ahead as it books out fast.
The site has everything you need, so you could easily not even leave, but there is plenty to do if you want to venture out.
Situated not far from Killcare beach, you can make the best of your time and head down to the beach for a surf or swim. It is also very close to Hardy’s Bay where you could hire a kayak, boat or paddleboard and enjoy a day on the water. Hardy’s Bay have a few little shops and cafés which you can check out.
If you’re into a bit of a bushwalk, there’s plenty in the surrounding Bouddi National Park and reception staff can give you a map to identify these walks.
Breakfast is included in your room rate between 8am and 10:30 and it is outstanding. Not your regular buffet, but better. Select your choices from the continental menu; pastries, bread baked in house, yoghurt, fruit, house made granola and juice. You can then select a hot dish; we loved their porridge with rhubarb, and also their frittata and baked eggs. Made to order, everything is so fresh and we were so satisfied. There’s also a huge range of leaf tea and barista made coffee.
There is an onsite bar with an extensive wine list, excellent cocktails and friendly bar staff.
The restaurant Bells at Wildflower is extremely high quality and we ate both room service and in the restaurant. All food consumed whilst here was brilliant. A separate blog here discusses the food and service here, but to give you an idea, it is a Mediterranean and Italian inspired menu curated by Chef Sean Connolly, at extremely reasonable prices. We can thoroughly recommend dining here, even if you aren’t staying.
The staff were super friendly, eager to please and made it an overwhelmingly excellent experience.
We were lucky enough to book out stay via Luxury Escapes, which included the 2 night stay, nightly drinks, $50 dining credit per person, late checkout and an antipasto plate on arrival. Keep an eye out for these, as the value was excellent.
We had this on our bucket list for years now, and it met all our expectations. It is the perfect location for romantic weekends away or even just a quick escape, not far from the city.
107 The Scenic Road, Killcare Heights