Life & Style Weekend - - HOT PROPERTY - WORDS: ERLE LEVY

Be de­lighted by the grand en­trance as you pull in un­der the over­sized por­tico de­signed to shel­ter you and your guests in all weather. Hand­crafted in hard­wood ply, the struc­ture’s scale and qual­ity hint at the gen­eros­ity that awaits in­side. The sooth­ing sound of trick­ling wa­ter melts away all signs of stress as you en­ter the main pav­il­ion. It’s not sim­ply a wa­ter fea­ture, it’s an in­side-out­side pond, com­plete with gold­fish and wa­ter lilies, set among a land­scaped court­yard gar­den – your own trop­i­cal re­sort. Clus­tered around the court­yard gar­den, the four pav­il­ions com­bine with gen­tly vary­ing floor lev­els to add in­trigue – this is no rec­tan­gu­lar box that can be taken in on one scan of the eyes. Built in 2018 to ex­act­ing stan­dards, the immaculate home of­fers com­plete pri­vacy thanks partly to the bor­der­ing na­tive for­est which is un­der an on­go­ing covenant. The rear of the home en­joys the per­fect northerly as­pect. A crisp, fresh pal­ette of cot­ton-sheet white and basalt grey of­fers a sub­tle back­drop on which you can im­print your per­son­al­ity with splashes of colour. De­light­ful mod­ern fea­ture light­ing is al­ready in place. Ul­tra-clean lines ex­tend through the home, nowhere more so than the kitchen, where the gen­er­ous is­land bench, topped with white stone, sets off the honey oak and raven grey tones of the stylish cab­i­netry. Qual­ity ap­pli­ances in­clude a 900mm Smeg gas cooker. Messy cooks will drool at the walk-in butler’s pantry which has oo­dles of stor­age. When you get the urge to cook outdoors, step out to the deck where a large cov­ered pav­il­ion, re­plete with in­built bar­be­cue and fridge, is the per­fect spot for loung­ing while keep­ing an eye on the kids as they frolic in the 9.5m salt­wa­ter pool. The paved ter­race/ pa­tio of­fers guests room to spread out and catch some rays. Even on chilly evenings, you’re spoilt for choice – the lounge/din­ing space over­look­ing the court­yard, the fam­ily room across the bridge, or the gi­gan­tic, gallery-like lounge room which needs no art­works other than the framed views of na­ture vis­i­ble through a se­ries of dou­ble-hung win­dows. When the party’s over, re­treat to your serene mas­ter suite where the en­suite bath­room will thrill even the most jaded trav­eller. The beau­ti­ful glass shower may get lit­tle use, eclipsed as it is by the pri­vate out­door shower and free-stand­ing stone bath, set in a lava-stone peb­ble court­yard with ver­ti­cal gar­den and just a splash of hot pink bougainvil­lea. Light floods the main bed­room through soar­ing win­dows that look out to clipped lawns and a wall of trees. The spa­cious walk-in dress­ing room, with its woody look and airy feel, is sim­ply fab­u­lous. All three ad­di­tional bed­rooms are large with walk-in robes and the main bath­room is lux­u­ri­ous, with huge glass shower and a free­stand­ing egg-shaped bath. For over­flow vis­i­tors or wannabe in­de­pen­dent teens, the nearby guest house ticks all the boxes — sep­a­rate en­trance, mod­ern kitchen, bath­room with huge shower, lofty 10ft ceil­ings, air-con­di­tion­ing and queen bed­room with built-ins.

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