Our Story

The tranquil, carefree days of Australian summers passed are recaptured at Halcyon House – Australia’s most unique beachside property.

 

Located on Australia’s east coast, boutique hotel Halcyon House holds a spectacular beachfront location in Cabarita Beach. Guests from around the world can spend Halcyon day’s poolside sipping cocktails, dining in the gorgeously fitted out restaurant Paper Daisy, relaxing at Halcyon spa, or enjoying one of Halcyon’s 21 uniquely designed rooms and suites.

Our History

 

The story of Halcyon House is a tale of family, innovation and premier Australian design. When sisters Siobhan and Elisha Bickle purchased the former surfing motel (The Hideaway) in 2011, they had the intention of creating a refuge to house their families on holidays. It wasn’t long before the sisters decided to alter their holiday plans, allowing others to share the experience of their beachside treasure.

“We wanted [Halcyon House] to give guests the opportunity to recall past memories of their favourite beachside holidays throughout their stay. Personally I love visiting each room, looking at the various antiques and one of a kind furnishings. I have many wonderful, often very funny, memories behind how we came across them.”

Elisha Bickle.

Our Beginning

 

Opening in 2015, Halcyon House took two years of planning and 15 months to build. The extensive renovations were led by Sydney-based architect Virginia Kerridge, while the properties 21 boutique rooms were each uniquely designed by Brisbane-based interior designer Anna Spiro. Many of the vintage pieces and furnishings, such as John Derian sofas, Madeline Weinrib rugs and drawings by Wayne Pate, were personally sourced by Anna, Siobhan and Elisha.

 

This is the first hotel development for Siobhan and Elisha, who spearheaded the highly successful ‘Bunk’ backpackers hostel and Victoria Park Complex.

Our People

 

Mauro De Riso, Italian national and customer service revolutionary, oversees Halcyon House day to day operations. Born into a family which run and own luxury hotels, Mauro’s passion, charm and 5-star expertise infiltrates throughout the Halcyon House team.

Executive Chef Jason Barratt oversees the kitchen at Halcyon House’s on-site restaurant Paper Daisy. Jason began his career at the Stokehouse in St Kilda and has held senior roles at Circa The Prince and the much applauded 3 Hatted Attica in Victoria.

“Together, with the wider Halcyon House team, Mauro and Jason deliver impeccable and intuitive service, creating extraordinary  experiences for all our treasured guests.”
Siobhan Bickle

pictured: Halcyon House Owners and sisters, Elisha and Siobhan Bickle, with children Harvey, Anakin, Mary, Vincent, Arki, Julius, Theodora, Stavros and Balthasar.

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Awards

2019
Conde Nast Traveler US
Gold List
2019
Conde Nast Traveler
Gold List
2019
Good Food Guide
Two Hats
2018
Top Hotels #3
Conde Nast Traveler
Readers’ Choice Awards
2018
Australian Financial Review
Top 100 Restaurants
2018
Gourmet Traveller
Winner Best Breakfast
2018
Condé Nast Traveler
Gold List
2018
Good Food Guide
One Hat
2017
HM Awards
Best Regional Property
2017
HM Awards
Highly Commended
Paper Daisy, Best Hotel Restaurant
2017
Good Food Guide
Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant Of The Year
2017
Gourmet Traveller Hotel Awards
Best Service
2017
Good Food Guide
Two Hats
2016
Delicious Top 100 Restaurants
#24
2016
NSW Tourism Awards
Silver – Luxury Accommodation
2016
Gourmet Traveller
2016 Australian Hotel Guide
Best Service
2016
Travel + Leisure”It List”
The Best New Hotels on the Planet
2016
Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide
Regional Hotel of the Year
2016
The Australian
Top 50 Restaurants
2016
Tatler Travel Awards
Super Surf Sensation
2016
Gourmet Traveller
Australia’s 2016 Wine List
of the Year – 2 Wine Glasses
2016
Conde Nast Traveler Hot List
The Best New Hotels in the World
2016
HM Awards
Best Regional Property
2016
HM Awards
Hotel of the Year
Shortlist
Best Dressed Hotel
Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards 2016
2015
Smith Hotel Awards
Runner Up, Best Newcomer
2015
Smith Hotel Awards
Top 5, Best Dressed Hotel
2015
Smith Hotel Awards
Runner Up, Best Smith Hotel
2015
HM Awards
Best Hotel Chef
2015
HM Awards
Winner, New Hotel
2015
The Australian Magazine
Hot 50 Restaurants
Hottest Regional Restaurant