Tropic delights set the mood
Stunning sunsets, lush gardens, a boating lifestyle and a magnificent Sovereign Islands residence leave very little to be desired
Villa World board chairman Mark Odgers-Jewell concedes his waterfront house on The Sovereign Islands was an impulse buy. “My family and I were living at Runaway Bay and we were looking to upgrade,” Mark says. “We had our eye on the Sovereign Island and always liked the boating lifestyle of it. One afternoon we saw a house going for auction, so we walked in, fell in love with the design and the architecture and placed a bid. In the next couple of hours we were Sovereign Island residents.”
Mark says that when he and his wife Gail bought the home in 2003 they never thought they would be living there 14 years later.
“I remember when we first stepped inside, my wife and I really loved the tropical feel to it,” the father-of-three says. “I have never been to Bali but I think this house comes close to it. I’m a big fan of the combination of timber and windows that look out into the tropical gardens.
“The stairs are made from American oak and are always a talking point when people visit. We put the suspended glass stairs in when we bought the home.”
Inside the five-bedroom, three-bathroom home there is a resort-style feel with warm tones, sandstone features, timber panelling and timber shutters. Mark says the sunset views are his favourity. “In the afternoon there is a spectacular orange blaze of light that fills up the house,” he says.