“We had the most wonderful time staying in Betina and John's beautiful home in Freshwater. Betina was so kind and communicative and accommodating from the get go and incredibly welcoming, helpful and friendly in the run up to our stay. The house is beautiful and extremely well-equipped as well as being spotless. It's huge and lovely and spacious! We only used half of it but definitely made the most of the gorgeous terrace and the BBQ as well as the pool on the hot summer days. It's the perfect house to relax as well as spend time as a family. Betina was so thoughtful and left lots of toys out for the children which kept them well entertained! We had the best 10 days exploring the area, going to the beach most days and living like locals - thank you for all the wonderful recommendations. This was our first home swap and what an incredibly warm and happy experience it was. The hugest thank you again to Betina and John for their wonderful and generous hospitality!”
Betina's reviewsAs a host (3)
“We extend our thanks to Betina and John for sharing their beautiful home with our family for a beach- side holiday. It provided a perfect relaxing space for meals at the large table on the deck. The master suite provided a private haven with immediate access to the pool for frequent swims. We loved walking to the beach to watch the sunrise and for picnics at sunset. Their home was located in easy walking distance to local shops and the area had a good choice of coffee shops and restaurants. Their home was left immaculately clean and communication with Betina was easy. We recommend their home as a special house swap.”
“I am so overdue on writing this review for Betina & John’s home in Freshwater because it has taken me a month to come down from the fabulous ‘High’ of being on vacation in the one of the most beautiful spots in Sydney. From the very start- Betina and I were in great communication and once we arrived at her house- we could not have wished for anything more perfect. This beautiful and immaculately clean house is located within a few minutes drive, walk or bike ride to lots of Sydney’s famous Northern beaches. The house had so much to offer us in terms of fun toys and amenities and my husband & I loved that we had use of their bikes to explore lots of beautiful beaches, parks and nearby Manly. The house is so well set up with several areas for many guests to chill out and for everybody to be super comfortable. The kitchen is a great size and has everything you would want for cooking and preparing meals. We had many great family dinners (including Christmas cocktail hour & dinner) on the beautiful deck overlooking the awesome pool and yard. Everyone loved the pool area (when we were not at the beach) and later in the evenings we would listen to music in the lounge area or my dad would play some tunes on their beautiful piano. When the kids wanted to watch TV- they had their own TV room to watch TV and play games. We watched the full moon rise over the back yard view with the ocean in the background and listened to lots of nature sounds morning, noon and night. This house has it all and we are so blessed to have found Betina & John on ‘LoveHomeSwap’ and to be able to spend an amazing week here. Thanks so much guys…We had a great vacation from California.”
Where is it?
This home is located a short 10-15 minute walk from patrolled South Curl Curl beach and scrumptious South Curl Curl Cafe via the Batho Street stairs and a leisurely 20 minute walk (5 minute drive) from patrolled Freshwater Beach, restaurants, cafes and Freshwater Village Shops.
Famous Manly Beach is a 5-10 minute drive, or 15 minute bike ride (we have 4 adult bikes and several differing sized kids bikes) or 40 minute walk.
We love doing the coastal walk from South Curl Curl across the headland, along Freshwater Beach, across Queenscliff headland, along Manly Beach and then through to Shelly Beach via the Manly Scenic Walkway. You usually see water dragons along the way and can go for a snorkel at Shelly Beach or continue on to walk to the Quarantine Station and North Head.
Local shops (Cheries Pies & Bakery, Take Away Chips, Grocer, Butcher, Newsagent, Pharmacy, Liquor Store and Petrol Station) are a 2 minute walk away.
It is a 10-15 minute downhill walk to amazing Berkelo Bakery/Cafe and Westfield Warringah Mall Shopping Centre.
CAFES AND EATING OUT
Our favourite cafes are South Curl Curl Beach Cafe, Penny Lane, Girdlers at Dee Why (or Westfield Warringah Mall), the Boathouse at Shelly Beach Manly and COOH at North Curl Curl.
Some places we like to eat out are at Hugo's at Manly Wharf, Sunset Sabi Manly, Stowaway Bar Freshwater, Baretto Pilu Freshwater, Shandar Tandoori Freshwater and the Newport Hotel.
Buses, including direct to Manly Wharf (takes 10 minutes), to the northern beaches or to the Sydney CBD (takes 50 minutes) are a 2 minute walk to Harbord Road. You can also catch the BLine Bus from Westfield Warringah Mall which takes 35 minutes (this bus stop is a 10-15 minute downhill walk from our house).
We like to catch the ferry from Manly Wharf into the city - it takes 18 minutes and is a gorgeous way to see the harbour, Kirribilli House, the Opera House and many other Sydney sites.
Travel to and from the airport is best by taxi or shuttle bus.
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