In an alternate reality, I often imagine myself living a much quieter life than I’ve become accustomed to in Bondi. One where I’m not seduced by the hustle and bustle of living in a big city; nor tempted by late nights in wine bars; one where I don’t find myself sunbathing on beaches throbbing with bodies, and where I don’t lose hours each day to small talk and chit chat and arbitrary encounters with people I’ll never see again.
And while I now live just a stone’s throw from the ocean, having grown up on a diet of both films and books set by the water – though albeit with slightly more serene settings than Sydney’s polished Eastern Suburbs – I’ve always longed for a tranquil cottage by the sea, in which I can while away my days, sitting on a porch chair, with nothing but books and cups of coffee to keep me company.
While Australia isn’t a country with the sort of literary history one becomes accustomed to while living in Europe, what it does have is a plethora of beautiful Air BnBs that will satiate the bookish desires of the most rabid of readers. And so it was that one blustery evening, five pages deep in a Google search, I came across The Writer’s Loft, a sun-drenched beach house just three hours south of Sydney. A rustic retreat a visit tucked away on a quiet street in Erowal Bay – a sleepy coastal village surrounded by the white sands of Jervis Bay – The Writer’s Loft is the perfect getaway for anyone with a penchant for books, a fondness for living by the water, or an inclination for an altogether slower pace of life.
We drove down one weekend towards the end of February, leaving the smog of the city in our wake as we journeyed out of the city towards Jervis Bay. An area of the southern coast of Sydney known for its white sandy beaches, clear turquoise water, rustic hinterland and beautiful bushwalks, Jervis Bay is beloved by locals and tourists alike for its outstanding natural beauty, and offers the ultimate in escapism for anyone wanting a break from urban living.
While beautiful all-year round, we opted to visit The Writer’s Loft as summer’s sweltering sun made way for autumn’s cooler climes, and by the time we arrived in late afternoon, the setting sun had left a fresh chill in the air, and the surrounding streets were almost silent. A perfect fusion of stylish yet relaxed décor, the home comprises of a beautiful open plan kitchen and living area, a sumptuous bedroom with a four-poster bed, a sleek and stylish bathroom, a cosy reading room and an outdoor deck, perfect for soaking up the autumn sun. Laced with literature throughout – from the groaning bookshelves in reading room, to the stack of books on the bedside table and beyond, The Writer’s Loft is the perfect sort of place for anyone with a penchant for reading and writing, and offers an idyllic locale for anyone wanting to explore the nearby beaches and bushwalks.
Just a stone’s throw from the water, we spent mornings drinking coffee on the porch, before padding down to the bay, to watch the sun glisten across the lake-like water. And while we were keen to visit the neighbouring beaches – we wanted to spend as much time at The Writer’s Loft as we could, so after a quick morning swim and brunch in nearby Huskisson, we spent our afternoons on the outdoor deck, lounging in the sun and barbequing salty slabs of haloumi and colourful vegetable skewers, reading and writing and bathing in the silence and serenity so unlike Bondi.
An idyllic staycation on Sydney’s southern coast, The Writer’s Loft has everything and more you could want from a weekend getaway – endless books to read, a picture perfect setting, peace and tranquillity in spades and all the creature comforts of a home away from home.
The Writer’s Loft Location
Writers Loft is located in the quiet little village of Erowal Bay, part of the beautiful Jervis Bay area of NSW. It is a 3-hour leisurely drive from Sydney, during which you may like to take in some of the sights of the beautiful NSW South Coast, such as Kiama, Berry and Gerringong. Once you arrive at the house, Hyams Beach with the ‘Whitest Sand in the World’ is only 5 minutes away by car, and Booderee National Park just 10 minutes’ drive away.
Useful Information About The Writer’s Loft
Address: Erowal Bay, New South Wales
Website: Book direct on Airbnb.
Price: The Writer’s Loft costs $240 a night on Airbnb
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