Cove Beach House Austinmer

Walk to the waves, walk to Austinmer town, what more could you want from an oceanfront holiday home in the picturesque NSW South Coast location of Austinmer in the Illawarra.

Well, Cove Beach House in Austinmer ticks all the boxes.

Cove Beach House is breath-taking, every element has been designed and crafted with care and forethought for who will be staying and enjoying the home. It isn’t like a hotel where you check in for a night, it is a sanctuary where you really should stay for a week to unwind and relax.

And here is the beautiful story of how John and Brittany created their Austinmer beach house holiday home, and how they achieved their desire to run an Airbnb property.

John and Brittany grew up in the northern suburbs of the Illawarra, as did their parents and now all their extended family. They love the beaches, ocean pools, bushwalks, the coffee culture, and laid-back vibe. There was never any question of living anywhere else, so when they first visited the initially vacant block in Austinmer it was love at first sight, and they knew it would be the perfect place to start a family.

With the help of Grand Pacific Homes, Brittany and John built their dream home. It never crossed their minds to one day offer it up as a holiday property though. Prior to their last big adventure however, a friend suggested they list their home on Airbnb while they would be away. They were completely overwhelmed by the responses and demand for local holiday accommodation which sparked the desire to take on the challenge to turn their home into a permanent listing on Airbnb.

The pair loved to travel and had done a lot of overseas travel together and separately so had a lot of experience with holiday and short term accommodation, and since having two girls, Airlie and Arlo, the family unearthed a passion for exploring Australia so knew what families were looking for locally from holiday accommodation. They combined their own experience with inspiration from Instagram and set out to refresh their home so that it could function seamlessly as both holiday accommodation, as well as their family home. The result of this is Cove Beach House.

Cove Beach House is not a luxury hotel, it’s a home; a space to be lived in and enjoyed, a place to be at ease, kick back, have a laugh, and breathe deeply. The vibe is relaxed and carefree – like any seaside holiday should be.

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Brittany and John have found that their home lends itself well to holiday leasing for the same reasons they fell in love with the property. The position at the top of Kennedy’s Hill in Austinmer delivers 180-degree views of the ocean and coastline and is located only a stroll away from both Austinmer and Thirroul townships, with their ocean pools, parks, cafes, pubs, and restaurants.

If you are looking for some tips on how to modify your home so that it can accommodate both your family and holiday-ers the couple recommend a bit of planning and some savvy investments. For example, purchasing picture frames in the same sizes as family photos on display around the house, filling them with works by local artists and photographers so that you can simply swap them over. This ensures privacy is preserved and guests get a more authentic Coal Coast holiday experience, without feeling like they’re living in someone else’s space.

Brittany and John get such a big kick out of being able to share the magic of the place they call home with guests from across the globe. And as a young family, they have found that part-time holiday leasing has also been a great way to supplement their income, pay off their mortgage quicker, and free them up to spend more time traveling and making memories with their kids.

If you are now dreaming of a holiday at Cove Beach House then use the links below to check out their availability:


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