Cuddles Cottage, 4 Christmas Bush Avenue – pet friendly holiday house near Dutchies

Nelson Bay

Very comfortable three bedroom home is ideal for families that want to bring their beloved pets along for the perfect holiday.

Cuddles Cottage is a short walk down to Dutchies beach where you can stroll along the sand or watch the kids play at the park or have a go at Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Only a quick 12 minute walk on the Bartlett Cycleway to Bagnall Beach Off-Leash Dog Exercise area or 10 minute walk  along the bridal pathway into the heart of Nelson Bay CBD and d'Albora Marina, both of these pathways are perfect for children as well.

The layout of the home makes it an ideal choice for families or couples as the main bedroom with ensuite is located off the sunroom area and the other two bedrooms are located at the opposite end of the home.  The three way bathroom is perfect for everyone to use with the shower and bath in one room, vanity area in the open space and seperate toilet. 

Cuddles Cottage has so much to offer including a comfortable living area with ceiling fans to cool the house in Summer and gas heating to warm the house in Winter and timber floorboards throughout. An extra large sun room with table tennis and a great sized enclosed backyard with a raised fence made from wire balustrade to deter dogs from jumping the fence.

Imagine having the opportunity to sit back and relax whilst cooking up a storm on the gas BBQ and enjoying watching your children and pets play and run around,  this will be certain to become a favourite for families.

Please note pets must remain outside only.

Sheets and towels are not provided at the property, you have the option to either hire or bring these with you and no party policy in place.  

Bedroom 1 - Queen Bed + Ensuite + Ceiling Fan

Bedroom 2 - Queen Bed + Ceiling Fan

Bedroom 3 - 1 x Trio Bunk ( double , single ) + single trundle

Parking - Carport available for parking

STRA Permit ID: PID-STRA-766


  • Bathroom
  • BBQ
  • Boat Parking
  • CD Player
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Crockery and Cutlery
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Heating
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Lounge Room
  • Microwave Oven
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Parking
  • Pets Welcome
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower
  • Table Tennis
  • Television
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine
  • Yard

Bedding Configuration

Room 1

  • Queen Bed x 1

Room 3

  • Tri Bunk Bed x 1
  • trundle Bed x 1

Room 2

  • Queen Bed x 1


Cuddles Cottage 4 Christmas Bush Avenue


Great location

Lachlan Meurer

Great place to be able to be able to walk into Nelson Bay. Its a good place, nothing too flash but good value for money.


All round great place.

Lyndal Smith

Excellent spot for our dogs. Conveniently close to town as well as dog beach. Great for our 3 generation family holiday.


Jennifer Payne

This place was better than we expected, the location was great, it had everything we needed (except wifi) and was certainly good value for money.


Margaret Zawada

Great place for a weekebd stay childer friendly with close proximity to the beach. Pet friendly. Convenient location for leisure and shopping. No towels and bed linen included so either have to have your own or can be rented out for extra fee.


Kirsten Mulligan

Great place to stay. We loved it was pet friendly. Short walk to dog friendly beach, great cafes and restaraunts. House was clean and well equipped. Will certainly come back again.


Chez Morison

Just as described - pet friendly and a 2 minute walk to the beach. The pet friendly off leash beach is another 10 minutes along a shady walking path. Although it states that nothing is provided we did find a few things for our use - dishwashing tablets and liquid, soap, foil, ect. It was very handy but don’t count on it being there for your stay. But maybe check before you go shopping. Check in was so simple (2 minutes!) and there is a key drop box for early departures. We would stay again.


Great location.


A very neat and tidy home, that was perfect for us and our fur-kids. A beautiful breeze flowed through the house and whilst no a/c the fans did a great job. Thank you!


Close to beach but stinking hot, NO AIRCON!


This was the worst house we have stayed in in Port Stephens as it was SO HOT! There was little in the way of insulation in the house, and no cross flow of air. The house heated up dramatically through the day and stayed hot all night. The ceiling fans did very little to help. The owners should put in at least one wall airconditioner to give some relief. We were uncomfortable the whole stay, which was pretty bad as we paid nearly $400 a night. Other than that there was certainly plenty of cutlery!


Pet friendly family holiday house


Great house and location very close to Dutchies beach


Super spot, everything you could ask for


We had a lovely week at Cuddles Cottage, grandchildren wanted to live there permanently. It would be nice to have Netflix or something similar as normal TV is woeful. The only reservation we had was the termperature of the hot water, it's scalding so do be careful when showering. Lovely that our old dog joined us as well.


Very quiet location

Reg Dalyon

Great stay. House tidy and well equipped. Located close to everything we needed.


Great location


We stayed 4 nights. Was clean and very spacious. It is the perfect location close to town centre and the ideal spot for our dog (as dog beach is only a 10 minute walk). The only negative I have is regards linen. We had to hire linen which is fine and you arrive to the doonas already on the beds and loads of blankets in cupboards but when are they washed?


Quiet, relaxing stay


Very clean, spacious, well equipped house. Close proximity to everything including beaches. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay - and will definitely return. Thank you!


Perfect location!


We stayed here for the 3rd time in April 2019. They yard is perfect for our small dogs (and there are no fence gaps for little terrier escapees!). Dining table inside seats 8 comfortably and the 2 living areas work well for adults/kids! For the size of the house, the back verandah is not very large - it's not really suitable for outdoor entertaining if you have a full house of 8. However, we spent little time actually at home because it was so close to Nelson Bay, Dutchie's Beach and Bagnall's Beach! Property is immaculately clean inside. Table tennis table is always a huge hit with the kids - don't ever get rid of it!!! Definitely a place we'll keep coming back to, although as a previous reviewer has said, it would probably be a little hot in summer, especially in the 3rd bedroom which has no ceiling fan due to the height of the bunks.


Happy house


The house had everything we needed. Spacious, clean and well situated. The backyard would have been inadequate for our dog as the fence on one side was too low (Jack Russell, very athletic if required). But us humans had a very relaxing stay.


Great location just missing reception


The house was nice, clean and well-equipped. Fans worked wonderfully on the hot, humid days. Ideal location. However, with no Wifi, it was particularly frustrating not to have mobile reception/coverage either... Which has never happened to us before at other houses on the same road.


Comfy haven


We stayed at "Cuddles cottage" for a few nights in August. For the great value that was charged we were very happy with this holiday rental. It's located in a quiet street and only 5 minutes walk down to Dutchmans beach, a couple minutes further to Bagnalls beach which is dog friendly. We brought our pooch and he loved it there. Also a pleasant 10 minute walk into Nelson Bay along the Bridal Walk,which is very scenic and shady. Something we did everyday. The home has all you need, gas heating, 2 bathrooms,4 bedrooms, well equipped modern kitchen , and 2 sitting areas. Outside is a big backyard and a patio with bbq and dining setting. We probably would consider coming in Summer if air con was available, but overall we loved our stay and would definitely come back


Convenient location


We had a very pleasant stay with the family. Fortunately we didn't bring the dog as some of the the backyard fencing is quite low. The facilities were good, but apart from the new kitchen the property is quite dated and has some outstanding maintenance issues (guttering etc). Location to beaches was great as was the table tennis table during a rainy couple of days.




Close to town and restaurants and able to easily walk if like the exercise. Is a little dated and could do with being updated but still clean and cosy and we were still comfortable. No air con for heating or cooling but we were lucky with higher than expected temps in winter. The table tennis was huge hit and family favourite. Fence low in one part which could be problem if have large dog.


Great location


Great location with plenty of room for everyone. Bathrooms we extremely clean, great sunroom for kids to play and enjoy games. Will book again thanks!




This property is very out dated in all aspects and needs major renovations. Great location walk to beach and town would not recommend to pet lovers as neighbors will not hesitate to complain.


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