IT boasts gold taps, a plunge pool, chandeliers and marble floors, but at $10,000 a week, this luxury Port Stephens holiday house isn’t for everyone wanting to escape the rat race this holiday season.
The home, on Corlette’s prestigious Danalene Parade, is booked out for most of the peak tourist season, reflecting what tourist operators are saying is a solid holiday season for the wider Hunter region.
Despite the lure of cheap overseas holiday packages, tourists are flocking to Port Stephens in numbers on par with last year.
‘‘The whole area was booked out for peak week from Christmas onwards,’’ said Samantha Peters, booking and marketing manager at Winning Holidays, which manages the most holiday rentals in the area.
Tourism Hunter executive manager, Sheridan Ferrier said Port Stephens aside, across the Hunter itself, occupancy rates are at 90per cent Christmas and New Year.
She said while the general consensus for bookings is steady some operators are experiencing an increase in accommodation and restaurant bookings compared to the same period last year.
Ms Ferrier said the Hunter Valley overall is experiencing a trend towards a short lead in time this year and slightly fewer bookings, but some operators are reporting an increase in room nights and restaurant bookings for the holiday period compared to last year. Average holiday rents in coastal hotspots such as Lake Macquarie are around $2100 per week in peak season, while Port Stephens is around $2800 per week.
There are properties that can be rented for as low as $1600 per week and or as high as $4000 per week.
Miss Peters said her agency is listing more quality property and owners of older properties are being asked to renovate.
‘‘Families are not looking for the little beach shack any more.
‘‘Guests are looking at the property itself. They want it to be modern, with air conditioning and want to look at, or be next to the water.’’
Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard stayed at the luxurious $10,000-a-week Danalene Parade house called Sandy Lane on more than one occasion, while Oscar award winner Russell Crowe was interested in buying it at one stage.
Sandy Lane is an absolute waterfront six-bedroom, four bathroom mansion within a gated estate with private grounds.
Spanning two levels with marble flooring, chandeliers and a plunge pool, the formal lounge are, has a 40-inch flat screen TV, Blu-ray DVD, and FOXTEL.
The grand separate parents’ retreat offers a king-size bed, private balcony, water views, a bar, walk-in robe, flat screen TV and built-in DVD.
TOP FIVE ON THE WALLET
THE most expensive properties on Winning’s books in peak season are:
■ Sandy Lane at Corlette at $10,000 per week.
■ The Penthouse Suite in the five-star Amarna Beach Resort at Dutchies Beach at $8400 in peak season.
■ A private house called Whaleview at 52 Kingsley Drive Boat Harbour with direct beach access for $6240 per week.
■ Venabu at Fingal Bay, a private luxury five-bedroom house with both beach and bush views at $6090 per week.
■ A luxury two-storey house at 51 Danalene Parade, Corlette with water views, a swimming pool, gym, four car garages and six-bedrooms for $4500 a week.