Waterfront Design Award Winning Holiday Home

Waterfront Design Award Winning Holiday Home

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 7
3 baths

About our home

* The outstanding design feature of this open plan home is the spatial movement through the kitchen, through the living room, out onto the deck, onto the front lawn and down to the private beach.

* At the heart of the house is a massive island bench. On one side is the major arterial thoroughfare, the other side is the fully appointed galley kitchen. The stone bench includes the breakfast bar, two kitchen sinks, ample space for fruit bowls, flower vases, baskets of onions and garlic and still has space to absorb bags of shopping coming into the kitchen or plates of ordeurves.

* The outstanding design feature is the deck. This is a superb deck by any Aussie standard. In summer the late afternoon sun is filtered by a grapevine that frames the entire deck front. The deck faces due west, which means the end of every day is celebrated on the deck with a glass of wine with a sunset and a seascape which has never yet repeated. The seaview is framed by gum trees, which definitely add to the beauty, but also serve to protect winds from every direction other than due west. The gum trees are frequented by Koalas, which is an Aussie rarity. The birdlife is quite outstanding. Kookaburras are here every day along with colourful parrots and pelicans on the sea. Dolphins play in front of the house, but not every day.

* The left side of the deck is the ultimate Aussie male set up. It includes stainless steel bench tops and sinks for dealing with the catch of the day and of course the full BBQ facilities. At the other end of the deck is a conversation pit, which is ideal for parties or reclining with a book. In the middle of the deck are easy chairs and a coffee table where the sunset is usually celebrated along with morning teas or lunch. Between the coffee table and the BBQ area is the main entertaining outdoor dining table.

* The master bedroom is beside the living room at the front of the house, so the sea views are enjoyed from the moment of waking. It includes its own en suite bathroom and walk in wardrobe. Its most unusual feature is a spa bath on the deck side of the room, which enables taking a spa bath in the heart of winter, while enjoying the view and the late afternoon sun.

* An extremely useful feature of the house is the fully contained granny flat above the garage on the road side of the house. This is our primary guest facility. It includes a kitchen, a bathroom, walk in wardrobe lounge suite and TV facilities. It has a white shagpile carpet and chandeliers.

* Connecting the granny flat and garage to the rest of the house is what we call the music room. It is a family type room equiped with TV, sound systems, key board, a very comfy lounge and a full library.

* In total there are three bathrooms, four toilets and four showers, which includes a shower outside the laundry door for bathers coming up from the beach.

* The beach is just 5m wide, between the rocks, but this is just ideal for launching the kayaks and wind surfers we have. Above high tide level we have a grassed picnic area, which is actually used for parking kayaks and boats and extremely nice for sunsets if we want to get closer to the pelicans and dolphins or enjoy a fire on the beach.

* Between the front lawn and the sea is a grassed and wooded reserve, which can be accessed by the public, but with no pathways this seldom happens. We have formed a putting green and we use it as 100m approach shot golf hole.

* Our home is located on a long narrow peninsular projecting into Port Stephens harbour. The main access to Soldiers Point is on the western side, which has sandy beaches, million dollar houses and busy roads. We are on the western side on a granite knob where the coast is essentially rocky. This is the quiet end of town. To the north of us towards the end of the peninsula is an upmarket area which includes a marina that has been awarded the top marina in Australia for two years in the last four. It includes two wonderful restaurants that are within walking distance of our home. To the south there is extensive coastal forest reserve accessed only from the water, which makes our location ideal for kayaking.

* The neighbours on either side are very friendly and will assist with just about any problems that might arise.


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More about us

  1. We are a retired couple. Cher was a secondary school teacher specialising in special needs. Stu was a civil engineer working in the Northern Territory for the Territory Government.
  2. We have the distinction of having been in the same class at primary school in Wellington NZ. We became a team 57 years later. Both of us started our world travels in our twenties and both of us have resided in the UK several times in the course of our lives.
  3. We are both into folk music, Stu in particular. We are both keen on architecture, Cher in particular. We are looking forward to a feast of folk clubs and festivals in the UK.

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Buzzy restaurants
Our favourite restaurants are the two restaurants at the Soldiers Point Marina. They are casual, but classy and both are BYO. They are both brilliant for sunset dinning.
Cool bars
Our favourite drinking spot is Murray's brewery on a Sunday afternoon, with live music. It is set in the midst of a vineyard surrounded by a native gum forest.
Cozy cafés
Our favourite cafe is in the nearby tourist village Nelson Bay. on the corner of Magnus and Donald Streets.
Retail therapy
The big regional shopping mall is a 5 minute drive away in Salamander Bay. The local village shopping area is very adequate for groceries, butcher, newsagent, an excellent Thai restauraunt, Fish'n chips and very accessible medical practitioners.
Bit of culture
We are folk musicians, but we have to drive 50km to Newcastle for folk sessions. The movie theatre in Nelson Bay shows all the mainstream movies. The local library is excellent and they run special events like the Tropfest short film festival.
Walks in the park
The Tomaree peninsular forms the harbour, which is Port Stephens. The harbour side has numerous bays and beaches. Virtually all of this is provided with walking and cycling tracks. At the end of the peninsular defining the entrance to the harbour are two prominent hills. One has a track to the summit which offers fantastic views up the harbour and down the ocean side coast. The Ocean side has several bays with excellent surf beaches. Most of these offer wonderful coastal walking tracks. Our favourite is Fingal Bay where at low tide we walk a sand spit defining two bays out to an island and then another fifteen minute walk to the Fingal Head lighthouse. As the tide returns over the spit waves are breaking from both sides. It can be fun and needless to say there have been plenty of drownings. The coast south of Fingal Bay is rugged and contained within Tomaree National Park. Again the park is served by a number of coastal walks. In the right season you can almost guarantee whale sightings. There are number of coastal settled bay south of the National park and then you come to Barubi Beach which is enormously long and flat, but the sandhill behind the beach is supposed to be the largest longest coastal sandhill in the hemisphere. In the immediate vicinity to our own house it is possible to walk along the coastal reserve in front of the house or around the rocks to the beach and from there walk along to the Marina.
Spot of exercise
The yacht club at the Marina is always looking for crew. There are four golf courses in the region and the local Soldiers Point Bowling Club offers an enormous facility. There is also a local tennis court and club and there is an active croquet club. We have four bikes, two wind surfers and a kayak available plus sets of right handed and left handed golf clubs. There is also an exercise bike set up on the deck so the view can be enjoyed while you peddle.
Day tripping
Nelson Bay is a tourist town and the regional centre. It specialises in deep sea fishing and whale watching excursions. There is also a ferry that crosses the harbour to the quiet seaside town of Tea Gardens, which appropriately provides cafes restaurants and bars for day trippers. Our usal excursion with visitors is a day trip to the Hunter Valley wine region. Most vineyards are very generous with the wine they offer for tasting, but you normally end up spending a heap on wine anyway, which is their objective after all. Most vineyards include fairly classy restaurants for the full tasting experience..

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