Bells at Killcare
- Style Classy seaside chic
- Setting Graceful Central Coast gardens
RUNNER-UP: BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT – SMITH HOTEL AWARDS 2013
Foodies flock to Stefano Manfredi’s famed nouveau Italian kitchen at the Bells at Killcare hotel, a quick 90-minute jaunt from Sydney. Just past the English-style gardens and refined manor house, you’ll find traditional Australia while surfing the beaches and hiking the trails of the surrounding Boudi National Park.
Need to know
- Rooms 25, including suites, villas and cottages.
- Rates Double rooms from $287.35 (AU$318), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include Continental breakfast. Dinner packages are also available for Sunday nights.
- Facilities Day spa, gardens, free WiFi throughout, DVD and book library. In rooms: iPod dock, flatscreen TV, CD/DVD players.
- Poolside The shimmering turquoise swimming pool is flanked by sun-loungers and umbrellas. Change facilities and lockers are at hand for a quick switch into swimwear.
- Check–out 11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Bells’ accommodation is best for grown-ups, but kids are allowed in the restaurant.
- Eco‐friendly Food waste is recycled for the 50 chickens that call Bells home; there's an organic kitchen garden that services the restaurant and tank water is used outside.
- Also Food-lovers, get your gourmet on with a cooking class (bi-monthly) and garden tour (offered daily), or attend one of the hotel's monthly wine dinners.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms All Bells’ boudoirs are set away from the Manor House amid eight acres of pretty English-style gardens, secluded from the gastronomic bustle of the restaurant. The two Two-storey Spa Cottages make you feel even more independent, with their upstairs bedrooms, double spa baths and French-windowed balconies. Get north-west facing number 10 for sleeping off lunch in the afternoon sun, or opt for a King Spa Suite with a spa bath.
- Packing tips Marcos-loads of shoes: loafers for lunch, flipflops for the beach, walking shoes for the National Park trails.
- Also The beautiful woven blankets are made exclusively for Chrissie Jeffery in India and are available to purchase through her Sydney interiors treasure trove, No Chintz, which has two store outlets.
Food and drink at Bells at Killcare
- Hotel restaurant The grand main dining room, overlooking the gardens, is the spiritual heart of Bells at Killcare. Vivid blues, strong stripes and shell motifs create a relaxed coastal feel, smartened by white linens and stylish banquettes. The veranda is great for larger parties while the Garden Room offers a secluded, private space inside. But you’d be happy eating chef Stefano Manfredi’s food anywhere – robust duck and pork ragus, pan-fried veal, home-made gelati and antipasto plates that would feed a family. Italian heritage is overlaid with rigorous local and organic product sourcing, such as Hawkesbury River oysters.
- Dress code TM Lewin shirts and RM Williams moleskins for lunch; a pair of stretch pants for afterwards.
- Top table Pick a table on the veranda, but any of the windowside tables for two will do if it’s too hot or cold to be outside (number 23 is lovely).
- Room service Antipasto platters can be enjoyed in your room – just order in advance.
- Hotel bar As well as a super-extensive Italian wine list, Bells serves many of the best regional Australian wines. The glass-walled, temperature-controlled wine cellar is a key feature of the restaurant area, but quaff the stuff in the Chesterfielded bar or more comfy, literature-lined library, where a replica First Fleet rigger takes pride of place. Suitably, Bellinis are the house cocktail.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details