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Wednesday 24 January 2024

New beachy retreat designed for families

Melanie Horner used to be a leading travel publicist, working for Destination NSW.

She learned a thing or two along the way and is now a hospitality entrepreneur who has just opened her third South Coast holiday property - Uma on Werri.

Newly built as a dedicated holiday property, it joins two other popular South Coast holiday properties, Mandala and Sundara, as beach homes in the portfolio.

Uma on Werri is designed for large family groups. It has seven bedrooms, each with their own bathrooms, and is located in a quiet pocket of Gerringong, across the road from Werri Beach.

The house has been styled by Jessi Eve, a South Coast-based interior stylist.

Guests can pop across the road for an ocean dip, surf, a sunrise beach run, or an early morning headland walk along the Gerringong to Kiama coastal walk.

The brief for Uma was for a "barefoot luxury experience". So think multiple indoor living and entertaining spaces, al fresco entertaining, and saltwater pool.

Built over two storeys, the property offers both upstairs and downstairs lounge room spaces. 

The kitchen adjoins the dining space with long table seating for 14 guests, then flows out via sliding doors to a large entertaining terrace. 

For families, there is a kid’s playroom with a hand-picked selection of books, games and toys. 

"We wanted to create the ideal beach house so that friends and families can come together in our living and entertaining spaces and create precious holiday memories," says Horner.  

"Thoughtfully designed, spacious, private spaces for guests to retreat and refresh at the end of each day was also key to our brief.”

Accommodation features six king-size beds, plus a bunk room made up of one queen bed/king single. 

Bookings can be made at

Images: Louise Wellington

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