Sprawling Coast castle fit for a king
Whimsical Juliette balconies, a swirl of turret and 200tonne stone masonry – welcome to your own castle overlooking South Stradbroke Island
RESPLENDENT on Royal Albert Cres, the waterfront European-style mansion was the “renovation project” of former chief executive of insurer Cover-More, Peter Edwards.
Mr Edwards and his wife Christine snapped up the property at auction in March, 2017.
“It was a bit tired but it had such magnificent bones, and I’d just retired and needed a project,” Mr Edwards said.
In a fairytale transaction, the couple bought the property that they’d fallen in love with almost 10 years prior.
“When we lived in Brisbane we used to holiday here in 2009, it was rented out by its former owner,” Mr Edwards said.
After the Edwards moved to Sovereign Islands, coincidentally on the same street, they kept an eye on their former holiday home.
“On the day of the auction, Peter just walked up the road,” Mrs Edwards said.
“We went from not seeing it for eight years and then driving past it to then having the time and the opportunity to restore it,” Mr Edwards said.
Painstakingly, the residence was repainted, the cedar doors and windows were re-stained, European linens were draped floor-to-ceiling, the garden and front yard re-landscaped and 100-year-old timber and Italian travertine tile floors restored.