Upon opening its doors originally in 2009, Pretty Beach House was awarded the Harpers Bazaar ‘Luxury Reborn Award for Experience in Travel’. Pretty Beach House was also listed first on the ‘Hot Hotels of Australia’ list by Conde Nast Traveller USA that same year.
In 2015, the property underwent an extensive renovation. Many local artisans and craftspersons, including JB Blair & Sons, collaborated to create the new Pretty Beach House.
Most recently it was awarded Best Smith Hotel 2015, and was placed in the top 10 best hotels in the world.
In 2006, Coast and Country Properties – part of the John Singleton Group, purchased the Bells property and invited Karina and Brian Barry to manage the existing B&B. Together they had a vision to develop Bells as a luxury world-class retreat with an authentic regional restaurant.
They worked with Coast and Country to renovate and develop the property, in a way that would be sympathetic to the natural beauty of the area and to compliment the existing buildings. In June 2016, Karina and Brian purchased the property from Coast & Country and continue to own and operate the business on a daily basis.
The property has now become one of the most recognisable and distinctive boutique hotels in Australia.
Tucked away beyond a long leafy pathway, is a property that was the home to the famous Bonython Gallery, and the family of Kym Bonython until the 1970’s.
John Singleton did not hesitate in securing ownership of this unique complex, and later developed the site into corporate suites and a private leafy courtyard café.
The high profile syndicate of John Singleton, Gerry Harvey and Mark Carnegie purchased The Entertainment Quarter in 2014.
Their vision is to revitalise the 11 hectare site over the coming years.