Motel. It’s not a word that conjures up images of luxury and romance – unless you’re on the run after escaping prison. But maintaining that motor-inn feel was key to the rebirth of this Aussie classic to create Bellachara boutique hotel.
Situated at the edge of sleepy seaside Gerringong and surrounded by verdant pastures and the gentle mooing of dairy cattle, Bellachara is a shadow of its former self. Red bricks have been rendered over with soothing taupe, white feather poles dance in the breeze and the family pool at the centre of the property sparkles sapphire in a way that no pebblecrete pond ever could.
One for the Road, The Sun-Herald, January 20, 2008