Heaven is a place on earth

Time to Hy­de­away in par­adise

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE - Saman­tha Healy

A PRI­VATE oa­sis in the Whit­sun­days is be­ing mar­keted as ‘the best beach house in Aus­tralia’, and it is easy to see why.

Called Heaven’s Gate, the sprawl­ing modern man­sion sits on over 30 hectares of land (in­clud­ing its own moun­tain) that meets the sandy shores at Hy­de­away Bay in the Great Bar­rier Reef.

“This de­light­ful hide­away has 400 me­tres of se­cluded and ab­so­lute beach­front,” the realestate.com.au list­ing says.

“The sea is pic­ture post­card per­fect - and the clear wa­ter re­flects all shades of turquoise de­pend­ing on the time of day.”

The cur­rent own­ers Ian and Sissy Bishop, who watched the house be­ing built, bought the prop­erty for $1.7 mil­lion in 2009, ac­cord­ing to prop­erty records.

In a video pro­mot­ing the prop­erty, Mr Bishop said the prop­erty sat on 75 acres, of­fered pri­vacy and noted that there was no pub­lic ac­cess be­tween the house and the beach.

“You can’t buy that,” he said.

Well you can, for the right price. The prop­erty is on the mar­ket by ne­go­ti­a­tion, but we are told an of­fer around $6 mil­lion would “en­tice the own­ers to sell”.

Lo­cated at Sin­clair Bay, the ar­chi­tec­turally-de­signed two storey, two wing main res­i­dence and man­agers house is packed full of spe­cial fea­tures, and comes with a long list of im­pres­sive in­clu­sions.

Let’s start with the in­clu­sions.

There are two spas, a ten­nis court, a gym, a he­li­pad and a hangar/work­shop, a boat slip­way, two dirt bikes, quad­bikes, a se­cu­rity vault, a wine cel­lar, cin­ema and heated wet edge re­sort-style pool.

Turn­ing to the house it­self, the first wing is home to a lux­u­ri­ous own­ers re­treat with a spa­cious en­suite, fully equipped of­fice and den.

In the other wing there are two master bed­rooms with en­suites.

All of the liv­ing ar­eas and bed­rooms open on to ve­ran­das that run the length of the res­i­dence, and over­look the Co­ral Sea.

The kitchen is state-of-the-art and has a com­mer­cial ice maker and six re­frig­er­a­tors/freez­ers.

In terms of se­cu­rity, the prop­erty sits within a 1400 sqm walled com­pound which has di­rect ac­cess to the 10 ve­hi­cle se­cu­rity garage and ad­di­tional staff or guest park­ing - per­fect for a shut­ter-shy celebrity and their body­guard team.

The prop­erty is also eco-friendly and self-suf­fi­cient, with power sup­plied from so­lar pan­els and a gen­er­a­tor, and rain­wa­ter tanks, two bores and a pri­vate well.

Grey and waste wa­ter is au­to­mat­i­cally pumped from its own eco-sep­tic sys­tem on to the veg­etable gar­den.

The house, which is sell­ing fully fur­nished, also comes with a stain­less steel lift and se­cu­rity sys­tems.

The two bed­room man­ager/care­taker’s house is also to­tally self-con­tained.

“Heaven’s Gate is just that - the en­trance to heaven (on earth, at least)!” the list­ing says.

Tur­tles nest on the beach, a dugongs and whales are of­ten seen in the bay.

WHAT A SPOT: This pri­vate oa­sis at Hy­de­away Bay is be­ing mar­keted as ‘the best beach house in Aus­tralia’.

The home has it all, in­clud­ing two spas, ten­nis court, gum, he­li­pad and cin­ema.

Views of the Co­ral Sea over din­ner would cer­tainly sate the ap­petite.

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