Need to know
21, including six suites.
10am; earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $185.09 (AU$268), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates generally exclude breakfast; à la carte items start from AU$25. There's a three per cent charge for American Express payments.
Piermont Retreat rests in an area with a neutral magnetic field – allegedly, it’s the key to a good night's sleep.
Three new pavilions are being built at the edge of the property, and guests may experience some noise disruption from the construction. The rooms closest to the work site have been closed, and the hotel aims to keep the noise to a minimum.
At the hotel
Two private beaches, stables, polo field, tennis court, free kayaking gear, free WiFi in the restaurant, laundry services. In rooms: TV, iPod dock, minibar, free bottled water, a kitchenette, tea-making facilities, Nespresso coffee machine, Natural Earth bath products. Cottages also have working fireplaces.
Our favourite rooms
We especially love the waterfront rooms and cottages for their direct access to the pristine white-sand beach.
The outdoor saltwater pool is family-friendly and has views out across the river. Smalls can keep an eye out for grazing sheep across the way – and you can catch a glimpse of the ocean as you swim leisurely laps or recline poolside. The pool is unheated and open only during summer months.
Bring your swimsuits in the summer, woolly knits in the winter, and hiking boots and camera no matter when you visit.
The Homestead Restaurant is wheelchair accessible, however guest rooms are not.
Young Smiths are welcome to stay in the cottages; however, the estate and wild surroundings are more suitable for older children or teenagers who can fully enjoy the outdoor adventures.
The cottages are made of bio-sustainable stone and local timber; food is locally sourced and the hotel composts, and recycles grey water.