A love of older style "beach shacks" led us to the Jervis Bay area 20 years ago when we bought our first weekender. The Jervis Bay area is only 2 hours south of Sydney and is famous for its white sand beaches, unspoilt nature and crystal clear waters.
Our first beach shack was at Callala Bay, on the north-west shores of Jervis Bay. With stunning views out towards Honeymoon Bay and pods of dolphins swimming by, it became harder and harder to leave each Sunday night for our home in the centre of Sydney.
After several beach shack renovation projects and the birth of our daughter, we decided to take the plunge and make the move permanently. We now live in a (partly renovated!) heritage-listed farmhouse between Berry and Nowra.
So what began as our weekend hobby has grown into South Coast Escapes, a collection of mostly vintage or heritage holiday rental properties, each with its own character and vibe. Each house has been renovated by us, keeping the "retro" feel of the old homes of the area. We use recycled building materials where possible and keep as much original materials as we can.
Did you know?
Our Currarong cottages were featured in the BBC's "COAST Australia" television series.
Who are we?
Rob is a qualified architect and heritage consultant who is passionate about adaptive re-use of old buildings. Catherine is a creative who has worked for big name glossies as well as in branding and advertising.
Where are our properties?
Our beachfront cottages are located in Currarong in the northern Jervis Bay National Park area, one of the most unspoilt places on the east coast of Australia! More recently, we have added two gorgeous country cottages in near-by Nowra to our rental collection. Audrey's and Ivy's are located in the heritage precinct near the Nowra Showground and hospital.
The BBC and History Channel's recent "COAST" TV series featured our cottages - with presenter Brendan Moar interviewing a local historian from our front balcony!
Where was Neil Oliver?
AURORA: A lovely little beach house for escape-it-all tranquility. It’s lovely - really clean and with everything we needed. And easy to deal with hosts! - Nick June 2019
AUDREYS: Clean and stylishly presented house with a large fenced back yard great for kids or pets. Would happily stay again. Thanks. - Amy June 2019
IVY'S Nowra: A beautiful & lovingly renovated house in a very peaceful & elegant part of Nowra. The house is thoughtfully laid out & offers plenty of room for everyone to come together in the well appointed kitchen/ comfortable lounge area or to take advantage of the outdoor deck which features a bbq & a great backyard area. The bedrooms are well appointed & the beds are super comfy. There is an en-suite in the main bedroom with a great rain shower! The other 2 bedrooms share a huge family size bathroom complete with a free standing bath. I highly recommend this lovely home to anyone who is considering spending time in Nowra. What you see in the photos is what you get - you won’t be disappointed!
- Jane, March 2019
AURORA: “We had a great weekend at the Aurora cottage. It is a really beautiful, cosy place to stay by the beach. I'd definitely recommend it for a romantic get away. The place is beautifully furnished and there were fresh flowers in the living room, very nice touch! Thanks Catherine & Rob!”
AVALON & ATLANTIS: “Just would like to say we had such an amazing trip. All of us left with so many good memories. Thank you for providing us cottages - very beautiful and they provide an amazing setting for gathering of close friends.” - Lei
AURORA: The location exceeded our expectations. It has a great view and walking distance to everything - great being able to carry my paddle-board down to the beach and creek from the cottage. Also wonderful having Zac's just across the road - everything there from coffee in the morning to dining on the deck in the evening. - Louise, March 2019
AVALON: what a picture perfect spot! the cottage is spacious and light with fabulous views....sit and watch the happenings in the hood and out st sea. we couldn’t have had a better stay. excellent kitchen facilities....we will be back! - Jude, Feb 2019
AVALON: It is a great house in a great location. It is opposite the main shop and next to the beaches. There are many different walks and beaches in the vicinity that are worth exploring. The house is very comfortable and stylish. My kids loved the bunk beds and my dog loved sitting on the deck and the walks on the nearby dog beach. We will be back!
- Clare, Jan 2019