HOTEL REVIEW: Bells at Killcare

Bells at Killcare
Bells at Killcare
Bells at Killcare

Bells at Killcare

Review of Bells at Killcare

Bells at Killcare is a luxury boutique hotel, restaurant and spa located on the Central Coast in New South Wales.  Located just a 1.5 hour drive from Sydney it makes for the perfect weekend or mid week escape.

Bells at Killcare has taken inspiration from The Hamptons in their decor and they have perfected the effortless coastal chic style.  From the moment you drive into the property it is impossible not to feel relaxed.  Which is completely the point.

Bells at Killcare

Bells at Killcare

The boutique hotel consists of just 25 free standing suites and villas and is surrounded by stunning gardens with manicured lawns, endless hedges and a lake creating the perfect backdrop for your stay.  This is understated elegance at its best.  Attention to detail is paramount.

Bells at Killcare Rooms

Bells at Killcare 2 Bedroom Cottage

2 Bedroom Cottage, Bells at Killcare

There are a number of different room options available.  We also love that you can drive your car right up to the parking space in front of your villa.

We stayed in a Lakeview Villa on our visit which offered a relaxing water view from our deck which proved to be the perfect backdrop for our weekend.

Here are the accommodation options at Bells at Killcare:

King Suites

The King Suites offer 40 sqm single level studio accommodation, including a free standing bath and private deck.

King Spa Suites

The King Spa Suites offer single level, 50 sqm studio accommodation, including a bathroom spa and private deck.

1 Bed Cottage

The 1 bedroom cottages offer 82 sqm of living space on a single level including a free standing bath, gas fireplace and private deck.

2 Bed Cottage

The 2 bedroom cottages offer 160 sqm metres of living space on a single level, as well as 2 bedrooms, gas fireplaces and multiple private decks.

2 Storey Cottages

There are 2 types of 2 storey cottages – some with spa baths, others without.  Offering 70-80 sqm of living space over 2 levels with a private deck.

Lakeview Villas

The Lakeview Villas are located at the end of the property and offer 57 sqm of living space,  They are very private and naturally boast lakeside views from their private decks.

You can view all the accommodation options in more detail here.

Bells at Killcare Facilities

Swimming Pool, Bells at Killcare

Swimming Pool, Bells at Killcare

Swimming Pool

A swimming pool surrounded by Hampton’s style sun lounges and umbrellas is available for guests use during their stay.  Though note the pool is not heated so a dip is most likely to be enjoyed during the Summer and warmer months.  Though in the cooler months it is still lovely to read a book laying on a sun-lounge enjoying the pristine view.

Day Spa, Bells at Killcare

Day Spa, Bells at Killcare

Day Spa

If you truly want to relax, you’ll want to visit the Bells at Killcare Day Spa.  The Spa draws inspiration from the nearby Bouddi National Park and embraces ancient Aboriginal traditions, including a traditional ‘smoking ceremony’ to welcome you. They use LI’TYA, Aspect and LaGaia products.

A number of treatments are offered including massages, facials, wraps and manicures, with their signature massage being the Kodo rhythmic body massage.  I chose to experience the Gubbera Rocks treatment on my stay which included the Kodo massage but also incorporated hot Gubbera Rocks.  It proved to be a very relaxing experience!

Click here to view their spa menu.

Bells at Killcare Restaurant

Bells at Killcare Restaurant

Bells at Killcare Restaurant

The restaurant at Bells at Killcare has been renowned for many years with Italian Chef Stefano Manfredi partnering with the property for 9 years.  However, Manfredi has now moved on and Chef Dean Jones, who has worked alongside Manfredi for years, has taken over the reigns as Executive Chef.  Jones gained Michelin experience working at London’s River Cafe.

Dean is continuing with Manfredi’s vision, creating authentic Italian cuisine with a focus on local produce.  Much of the produce is grown in their own gardens on the estate.  However, he is injecting his own passion and commitment into his dishes, with a respect shown to each ingredient on the plate.

The menu features both traditional and contemporary dishes, with a strong Italian focus.  Both a la carte and degustation menus are offered and specials will be featured daily.

We suggest you start your evening with a cocktail in their attached bar, before moving to your table for dinner. Ask to be seated on the verandah to enjoy the garden views out the window before the light is lost.

In the morning, the restaurant doubles as the breakfast venue.  The breakfasts consists of a small continental buffet, including bircher muesli, yoghurts, granola and cereal as well as a hot selection from the menu.

Insider Tips

Here are some of our insider tips to truly make the most of your experience at Bells at Killcare.

Pack your bags with wine, Champagne, coconut water or any other drinks you enjoy.  There is nothing like sipping a glass of bubbles on your private deck!

Plan to check in at 3pm (the earliest time) and stop off at local gourmet deli The Fake Italian on your way.  Ask Nicole to prepare a gourmet hamper for you.  Cheese lovers will particularly want to sample the cheese from the local Central Coast cheese company Little Creek Cheese.  Once checked in you can enjoy the hamper and a drink on your private deck before dinner in their restaurant that night.

Bushwalking near Bells at Killcare

Hiking near Bells at Killcare

Bells at Killcare is located right next door to the Bouddi National Park, which offers sensational coastal views along with stunning bush land.  Bells at Killcare can prepare a picnic backpack hamper for you to take on your hike.  We suggest you take a second backpack filled with a bottle of wine (or beverage of choice) and don’t forget the plastic wine glasses!  Actually we like to call this ‘gliking’.  Ie. ‘glam hiking’!

Bells at Killcare

Founder and Editor Shannon Cremer waking up at Bells at Killcare

We absolutely loved every minute of our weekend at Bells at Killcare.  Whilst Bells at Killcare is mostly suited for couples as a romantic retreat, there is no reason you can’t enjoy it with your best friend, sister, brother, mother or whoever you choose!  They can also do twin beds.  Just be aware the property is not suitable for children.

Bells at Killcare Room Rates

Bells at Killcare offers a range of different package options for gourmet getaways.  Click here to view the latest packages and rates.

Address: 107 The Scenic Road, Killcare Heights
Phone: +61 2 4349 7000
Website: Bells at Killcare

* Urban Chic Guides was invited to stay on this visit as guests of Bells at Killcare.  All thoughts and words are the authors own and reflect their true and honest opinion.  For more information about our Editorial Policy, click here.

Images courtesy of Bells at Killcare.

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