Jacqeline and Trevor Bailey love the Palm Beach lifestyle. Now retired, the Australia-based couple (she’s Australian, he’s British), also love getting away from their home and traveling the world, which they do roughly half the year. Instead of leaving their home vacant, they’re opening up their incredible waterfront villa to Sydney-bound guests, who are looking for the works. Here’s Jacqeline’s take on what makes her place a perfect vacation home.
Perfect for Families
Palm Beach Mansion’s three-floor layout makes it the perfect vacation home for two groups that want to travel together, but are used to a certain level of seclusion. With five bedrooms that sleep eight, it’s well-suited for families. “We’re very private people and our home is a great place for other private people to be. It’s perfect for two families with children that want to travel together but still want their privacy: it has two kitchens, two laundry rooms, and five bedrooms, so it’s fabulous to share,” says Jacqeline.
The top floor is where you’ll live if you’re lucky enough to land the Master bedroom, which sports a beautiful old English-style ensuite. Three dining options include: formal for 10, casual for six, and outdoor for eight. The Baileys’ personal wine cellar holds 3,500 bottles of wine, ranging from Australian Shiraz to Chilean Cabernets. Jacqeline’s personal favorite is a $5,000 bottle of Grange.
The second floor is perfect for a rainy day. Organize the Movie Night of a lifetime inside the 1930s-style home theater. Or hold a Game Night in the full-sized billiard room. The table, which is said to be more than 100 years old, is massive. “We had to buy it off the previous owners because you can’t get it out of the house,” Jacqeline says. “It’s too big!” Leave the kids to have the second floor, where there are three bedrooms: one with a queen bed, ensuite, and Juliette balcony with water views; one with a king bed, ensuite and Juliette balcony with water views; and one with a queen bed, two doubles, and a private bathroom.
And the first floor features a brand new kitchen and a small dining room, a lounge room, and one bedroom that opens onto the pool terrace. Here you can soak in the 18-meter pool or relax on a sun lounger. Up the spiral staircase over the boathouse, there is also alfresco dining for up to 12 in the sun or the shade.
Eclectic Art Collection
In 2013, Jacqeline and her daughter, travelled to Darwin, the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory. The mother-daughter duo flew in armed with art supplies and spent two weeks mingling with indigenous Australians while one of the craftspeople put their new tools to work. For two weeks the painter worked his craft while Jacqeline and her daughter watched. The resulting painting is a vibrantly colorful melange of greens, blues, reds, and yellows, including two collections of concentric circles set in the middle. The piece hangs in Palm Beach’s sun-filled top-floor dining room, opposite the bar and behind the six-person casual dining table.
And that’s not the only piece of art at Palm Beach Mansion with a story behind it. There’s a painting of a palm tree by the famous local painter, Daniel Boyd. There’s the old Venetian pot upstairs, the Turkish wall tiles from Istanbul outside by the pool, and the local art plucked from Dorsett, the county of Southwest England from which Trevor hails. And course there are photos commemorating the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, which Trevor has participated in on his boat. “That’s why we live by the water,” Jacqeline admits. “Because he needs to practice out on his boat.”
Their dreamy home in Palm Beach evokes feelings from all corners of the world—in particular the places in which Jacqeline has travelled and drafted a piece for her collection. But it also evokes the unique spirit of its region, reminiscent of another affluent vacation destination some 10,000 miles away. “Upstairs there is art from all over the world: Europe, Scandinavia, the United States. The second floor is just fun, walls covered with movie posters and all that. Downstairs is very New York Hamptons-style, very beachy. It’s totally Palm Beach, meaning white shutters, Ralph Lauren, and a lounge feel.”
There’s more than one way to get out on the water from Palm Beach Mansion. A jetty leads out over the water where a water taxi will pick you up and bring you to nearby restaurants. Or you can take a seaplane into Sydney or Cottage Point.
If you’d rather sit back and watch the action unfold, there’s nothing more relaxing than watching the sea planes land and the boats navigate the waters. “You have views from every single area of every room on every floor,” says Jacqeline. “Uninterrupted. It’s stunning; you can see beautiful yachts, sailing boats, sea planes landing, and nearby islands you can paddle to. Scotland Island is just a paddleboard ride away.”
Jacqeline recommends a few nearby restaurants: Overlooking Whale Beach, there’s not a bad seat to be had at Jonah’s. The main indoor dining area has floor-to-ceiling windows, and the balcony area adds a breeze to the equation. So it’s either those stunning views or its selection of vintage wines that has attracted the likes of Mick Jagger, Laurence Olivier, and the Royal Family of Monaco over the years. She also likes The Boathouse, a trendy, no-reservation brunch spot near the top of the peninsula.
“A perfect day at Palm Beach Mansion would start with a fabulous breakfast at The Boathouse. Spend the afternoon hanging out by the pool enjoying the views and go for a beautiful bushwalk from Pittwater to the beach. Then dinner at Jonah’s with stunning views of Whale Beach.”
Home and Away
For fans of the long-running, hit Australian TV show, Home and Away, visiting Palm Beach, Australia is a thrilling experience. The real-life location for the show’s Summer Bay since its inception in 1988, Palmy has become a TV legend in itself. The show is especially popular in England, Ireland, and New Zealand, but has aired in more than 80 countries around the world, making it one of Australia’s biggest media successes.