The new luxe: in­ner city gems. Hol­i­day­mak­ers shake on it.

The Weekend Australian - Life - - FOOD & DRINK -

John and Soosie Thomp­son built their hol­i­day home high on a hill over­look­ing Western Aus­tralia’s pic­turesque Mar­garet River re­gion.

The home was de­signed to cap­ture views over rolling hills to the sparkling ocean be­yond.

John says the cou­ple love the feel­ing of space and seclu­sion on their 4ha prop­erty. “We can’t see an­other house from where we are, we look out over the Cape and over Geographe Bay.”

The sense of re­lax­ation is also key to its ap­peal. “When you’re down there, your mind just goes out of gear. You can get in the car and just leave the chal­lenges be­hind,” he says.

The Thomp­sons bought the land 16 years ago and five years later built their home, de­signed by Grounds Kent and built by Nick Goode Con­struc­tion. The brief was to make the most of the nat­u­ral sur­rounds.

“Ev­ery­thing evolved over the course of three or four years. We knew what we wanted in­side the house and our ar­chi­tect put a won­der­ful struc­ture around it,” Thomp­son says.

The open-plan liv­ing space has 7m ceil­ings lined with western red cedar and walls of glass to cap­ture the views. Out through large bi-fold doors is the en­ter­tain­ing ter­race, ideal for long sum­mer lunches.

In­side is a hand-cut lime­stone fea­ture wall with built-in fire­place for when the weather cools. The home has four bed­rooms and three bath­rooms.

While the Thomp­sons adore their piece of the south­west, the cou­ple now spends the win­ter months in Bali so they have less time for their coastal re­treat and have de­cided to sell.

AGENTS: An­drew Hop­kins and Eloise Jen­nings, JHY Realty, Duns­bor­ough.

For Pres­tige Prop­erty in­quiries con­tact Emily Pettafor: emily.pres­tige@gmail.com.

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