A lifetime's love of horses and the ocean have uniquely combined to bring 'Sea Horse' Diamond Beach to life.
We've lived here in our chosen piece of Australian coastal country paradise for over 35 years now. And it's our love of all things horses for me (Dianne) and all things ocean for Chris, that brings us such joy and pleasure living here and that we so enjoy sharing with you, our guests.
'Sea Horse' Diamond Beach was established in 2013. It was after seeing me coming home glowing (yet again) after riding on the beach with my friends, that Chris first suggested creating a horse (and dog of course) friendly holiday home. But it wasn’t until our youngest son had headed off to Uni in the Big Smoke (aka Sydney) that the idea really started to take shape.
In 2016 'Sea Horse' Diamond Beach was officially recognised as one of the very best holiday homes in New South Wales – winning awards for excellence in local, regional and the highly prestigious NSW State Tourism Awards of Excellence. Then in 2017, 'Sea Horse' won the 5 Paws Award for Dog Friendly Accommodation!
We invite you to come and stay here soon.
PS In case you're still curious, there's a little more info about each of us below!
Ocean Loving, Craftsman
Passionate about everything ocean related, Chris is the person to talk to for guests wanting to know anything marine related.
From diving, surfing (Chris’s particular obsession!) and rock/beach/deep sea fishing Chris will be able to head you in the right direction. You might even get him talking and he’ll regale you with tall (but true!) tales from his years on and around the ocean and his adventures exploring the local area.
He’s been a ‘crazy’ rock fisherman, started the Dolphin & Whale Watching industry in the local area, a professional hand line fisherman, a NSW Tourism Award winning Charter Boat Fishing operator ('Ocean Adventures' operating out of Tuncurry) and a Tuna Long Line fisherman - fishing up and down the NSW east coast and up to 150 miles out to sea at a time! He’s even represented Australia at international industry seabird and turtle protection conferences. Now he’s trying his hand at ocean and lake/river kayaking - but only when there’s no surf! Diamond Beach is his favourite place in the world and he knows all the special places to experience (and he’s happy to share that knowledge with our guests).
A builder by trade, Chris has a lifetime of experience in the building and construction industry and personally undertook the lengthy and wide range of renovations that have made Sea Horse the beautiful home that it is (and that you’ll enjoy when you’re here) today – right down to the handmade driftwood shower screen in the main bedroom ensuite and the unique handbuilt (it’s almost a ‘lost art’) stone fireplace in the lounge room.
Chris is now taking on his newest challenge – the construction of a new holiday home, ‘Seafarers Cottage Diamond Beach’. 'Seafarers' will be both a wheelchair friendly and dog friendly holiday home located just 2 minutes down the road, in the little village of Diamond Beach. So watch this space – Chris is aiming for 'Seafarers Cottage' to be completed in early 2018 (but it could take a bit longer if the surf picks up!).
Horse Happy, Crafty Upcycler
It's everything horses, horses and more horses that makes Dianne’s eyes light up and sparkle.
A horse lover from ‘forever’ (her parents are still waiting for her to ‘grow out of it!), horses are her grand passion and one that has permeated every aspect of her life – and now she gets to share her ‘horsey’ delights with you. Riding your own horse on the beach is guaranteed to get your eyes sparkling too!
With her own 2 beloved Arabian geldings (Spirit and Khalif) Dianne is happy to try her hand at most horsey things - trail riding, team penning, endurance, working equitation, showing, natural horsemanship, dressage – whatever sounds like fun! She even convinced Chris to ride across the Kenyan Masai Mara with her on an African horse riding safari recently! (Yep, it was Totally Amazing!).
Want to talk horses? She’s the girl. Dianne is an experienced Equine (and Human) Natural Therapist – specialising in Bowen Therapy, with additional training in Saddle Fitting, Equine Myofascial Release Therapy and more. She's also the owner of Muddy Creek Rain Gear – the best riding rain gear in the world! (You can take a peek here www.muddycreekraingear.com.au!)!)
Dianne is the ideas girl behind the coastal/country decor at 'Sea Horse' Diamond Beach and loves exploring op shops, general sales and the like, for ‘found treasures’ to bring home and upcycle. The ‘treasures’ collection for their upcoming wheelchair and dog friendly holiday home ‘Seafarers Cottage Diamond Beach’ (to be completed early 2018) is already steadily growing.
Dianne’s own art and craft handiwork can also be found throughout 'Sea Horse' in the form of handmade, colourful quilts, crafts, artwork and silk paintings.