Cabarita Beach is spectacular little heart-stealing gem of a place about 40 minutes north of Byron Bay on the NSW coast. Thanks to its spectacular beaches, quiet laid back vibe and practically perfect weather, it has quickly become the place we would return to in a fluttering heartbeat. It is also where you will discover Grounds of Cabarita, which as our debut ‘Air BNB’ luxury home review, is unquestionably a standout accommodation.
This 1960’s fully renovated weatherboard radiates an air of relaxed coastal chic; a minimal yet textured aesthetic helps the house feel uncluttered and open, yet comfortable and quaint. From its white picket fence, palm tress and chicken coop welcoming you up the steps to the glass fronted door, to the large turquoise private pool, iconic Byron Bay hanging chair and grassy knoll out the back – this home is the epitome of the modern Aussie vacay.
Understated yet spectacular, its comfort and charm meets clever design and amazing modern features. And there are so many features that make this house exceptional. The amazing pool (a chemical-free Enviroswim), outdoor pizza oven, fire pit surrounded by tree stump seating, folding glass doors that allow the Master and kitchen areas to open up completely… And that’s only the outside! How about king beds in all 3 rooms, double shower in the main bathroom, filtered/sparkling water literally on tap, and adorable chickens that lay eggs?!
Plus, modern amenities you would expect like dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, large oven and cooktop, BUT were you expecting a full double fridge and freezer, flat screen TV, Sonos surround sound, iPad, Apple TV and even an automatic gate for your entry?! Nope, didn’t think so.
The white washed walls and straight lines of the abode gives it a cool mid-century Palm Springs aesthetic, whilst key pieces elevate that Aussie beach shack feel we so adore. There’s the surf board hanging above the couch, screen saver surfers riding a wave on the cleverly disguised TV, and an aerial water shot of Bondi. The decor is fresh yet nostalgia-stirring; the Cullen artwork above the bed, the Apricot Memoirs book next to the gemstones, the pot plants nestled in their woven baskets, the patterned tiles in the bathroom, and the line of hodgepodge cookbooks that watch over the kitchen. Every corner of Grounds of Cabarita manages to charm.
Owners Sophie and Nick Pearce have thought about every little (and meaningful) detail for their guests. Grounds of Cabarita was originally their own house, before many inquiries via Instagram (thanks to Sophie posting about their renovation process), became the catalyst for them moving out to rent their much-loved home. The house therefore has many luxe comforts that were not after-thoughts, they were made for Sophie and Nick and reflect exactly how they had wanted to enjoy the home (and still do, often having their own ‘staycations’ when the home is not booked out, which isn’t very often).
Grounds of Cabarita is very popular place, with everyone from wedding guests to Mummy Bloggers coming to stay. It’s the discovery that this accommodation is just like a resort, but without the other tourists. Win! And with the sensational main beach only a short stroll (and amenities like restaurants, cafes, fashion boutiques, toy store, playground and Woolies only metres down the road), it’s more than enough to spur you to discover this spectacular part of northern NSW, with its warm tropical weather to boot.
It also helps that as hosts, Sophie and Nick are absolutely wonderful. From suggestions to visit the famed Mullumbimby Farmers Market, to coming over of a nighttime to fix the washing machine, they are next level Super Hosts; as charming and friendly as their home.
“I’m just one of those people that really vibes off others having a good time”, says Sophie. “If people come and stay in our space, explore local places we have recommended, cook an amazing dinner on our pizza oven, or just love their stay, that fills me with so much joy!! We have had quite a lot of brides stay at our house to get ready for their wedding too, and I feel truly honoured that people want to share such a special and monumental time in their life with us!”
Grounds of Cabarita is the kind of place where holiday nostalgia blossoms. A place that is so relaxing that you honestly don’t feel the need to rush off anywhere – you could spend all day lazing by the pool sipping cocktails, cooking in the open plan kitchen or lounging in bed reading a book, as the afternoon breeze passes over you.
It’s a magical place for families too. Mornings spent at the breakfast bench or swinging in the hanging chair before a frolic at the main beach and quick trip to Crystal Castle. Followed by playing in the pool until sunset before enjoying a home-cooked dinner at the long wooden table under the bamboo covered pergola, as the brush turkeys eye of your meal and the kookaburras cackle in the background. Magic.
The convenience of your own private pool, large open plan living and great outdoor areas that are fully enclosed and secure make it perfect for families. Plus, the layout of the house means that the front two rooms are ideal for the kids, whilst the folks get to enjoy their oasis of a Master bedroom at the rear, opening out onto the pool and grass area.
Keen for a fancy dinner out? No problem. There’s the award-winning hatted restaurant Paper Daisy at the famed Halcyon House down the road. Win, win win.
Grounds of Cabarita has definitely earned its spot among our luxe hotel and resort reviews, not only because it is such a wonderful abode, but because the care and service given by its hosts truly makes it one of a kind.