The Pause, the much anticipated new holiday accommodation by SOUL of Gerringong creator Simone Mathews, is ready for bookings. What’s more, you can watch the story of how it unfolded (and during Covid) in an online series from tonight.
The new, luxurious holiday property on the NSW South Coast is the place to step away from the everyday and enjoy a breather, as the name suggests. The Pause has been designed with rejuvenation and connection in mind, curated in a style that evokes that magical holiday feeling.
Located in Gerringong (just like the hugely successful SOUL of Gerringong which Simone and builder husband Ben sold earlier this year), The Pause is two hours’ drive south of Sydney. It has been designed for families, friends, extended groups and intimate retreats. Set in a quiet, private pocket of Gerringong, it’s walking distance to the main village, Werri Beach and Boat Harbour swimming spot. Award-winning restaurants, wineries and cooking schools are all nearby.
Together, Simone and Ben run BAM Constructions. The property shares their signature Australian coastal, classy-cool aesthetic with introduced influences from the tropics. Luxurious properties of The Bahamas, Indonesia and that classic Singaporean style were all strong influences in the design, including the Indonesian teak plantation shutters that provide the statement look to the property’s facade.
It has five bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, plus a sneaky bunk bedroom for the kids. The lower floor is dedicated to the social spaces and guest bedrooms, while upstairs offers the master guest bedroom and study. The L-shaped entertaining spaces flow to the tropically-landscaped outdoor level lawn and solar-heated pool. The kitchen features an oversized concrete island bench, and the indoor/outdoor dining space can be left open-walled so it’s reminiscent of holiday properties in Bali, or can be enclosed for the chillier months at the press of a button.
SOUL of Gerringong was a major restoration project by BAM Constructions. This first holiday property graced the pages of numerous magazines, newspapers and social media feeds, regarded for its bespoke and luxurious holiday style. A year later, Simone also launched SOUL Cottage, the adjoining holiday property.
In 2019, Simone launched her own brand, SOUL Home – an educational avenue for holiday property owners, holiday-goers and anyone wanting to recreate that holiday feeling at home, with how-to guides, style guides, workshops and events, and an active community sharing daily build, renovating and style inspirations, tips and learnings.
The journey of The Pause has been documented in a five-part online series, from the initial design, construction then styling – and everything in between. It has been developed to inspire others by the journey, rather than just the finished product. It’s to show the real side of building and design and how to create a holiday property from scratch, giving others the confidence and know-how for their own reno journeys.
The Pause is open for bookings from October.