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A little touch of luxury, Bells at Killcare

September 27, 2013

I spend my time between Sydney and the beautiful Central Coast of NSW. Known for its amazing beaches and its relaxed coastal atmosphere, the Central Coast is a getaway pick for many tourists, both internationally and nationally. There are so many quirky businesses that operate out of the Central Coast with the area offering some wonderful restaurants, boutiques, bars and accommodation.In the heart of Killcare, a coastal suburb, located in the Bouddi Peninsula lies Bells, a luxury boutique retreat. With a small number of suites, villas and cottages, your stay at Bells is always an intimate one.

I spent a night in their Lakeview Villa, which overlooked the gorgeous lake, offering a tranquil and relaxed atmosphere. I was blown away by the attention to detail and the luxurious finishes throughout the rooms. With Ralph Lauren furnishings, bountiful amounts of blankets, pillows and throws and beautiful artwork dotted around the room, you instantly get the vibe that a lot of thought and effort has been put into the design of the accommodation. The colour palette of creams, navy blues and white add a touch of coast, without it being too overpowering.

The bathrooms are just as stunning, with a huge shower, free standing bath and gorgeous Bouddi products to use. Additionally, guests are able to use the ‘Bells’ branded fluffy white bath robes and slippers.

The hotel is built amongst lush gardens. It is very obvious that the grounds are well cared for. I was blown away by the manicured lawns! A lovely way to spend your time is walking amongst the grounds, where you can experience Australian flora and fauna, little ponds and maybe a few native animals (I did spot a Bush turkey and a giant lizard!). Bells also has a beautiful pool, that guests can freely use during their stay. It was well kept, crystal clear and surrounded by gorgeous deck chairs and day beds.

One of the most amazing parts of Bells, is their award winning and ‘One Chef Hat’ restaurant, Manfredi. Opened by Stefano and Julie Manfredi in 2007, the restaurant operates under the Manfredi banner. Paying homage to Italy, the menu offers a mixture of Modern Australian and Italian dishes. You can see the Manfredi values of “authenticity, simplicity and freshness” and offers seasonal dishes inspired by the produce, which is grown and harvested in Bells’ very own produce garden, known as Stefano’s garden. It was amazing to learn that the garden supplies the restaurant with 15% of the produce used on the menu. Hotel guests also enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast every morning (Hot breakfasts are also available for $15.00). I enjoyed fresh fruit, organic cereals, freshly squeezed juices and cooked-to-perfection bacon and eggs. Manfredi is open to the public for dinner seven nights a week from 6pm and lunch three days from 12noon (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Additionally, for Central Coat locals, Manfredi have their ‘locals night’ every Tuesday, where patrons can enjoy two courses and a glass of wine for just $39.00.

Additionally, Bells has a fully functioning Spa on offer for hotel guests and the public. With a focus on Aboriginal techniques and native Australian oils and and products, the treatments are soothing, relaxing and give guests a true experience to connect with the traditional Australian culture. The Spa offers a great package on Tuesdays, which you can read about here. Normally $175.00, guests receive this package for only $125.00 and you are pampered for a full 70 minutes!

I had such a pleasant stay at Bells. The staff are incredibly friendly and not too overpowering. Although Bells is considered a ‘hotel’, guests are given their own space and time to do what they want. It’s definitely more of a retreat and a place for you to rejuvenate and relax. It is important to note that children are not permitted, as it is an adults-only retreat. However, children are allowed in the restaurant.

It was wonderful to have a mini mid-week break. After all, we all deserve some time to live a little! Next time you want to step away from the daily grind, consider Bells – a little luxurious gem tucked away in Killcare.

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