It’s hard to know where to begin extolling the virtues of this ‘feel good’ cottage. There seems to be something for everyone – young and old, adventurers and homebodies. Let’s start with the location. The property tracks west through the backyard and thin nature reserve – the home of a resident wombat and numerous fairy wrens – to wooden chairs overlooking a wide lagoon teeming with a myriad of wild life.
Enclosed by trees, it’s a secluded space where you can step straight into your kayak to explore nearby beaches and enjoy the endless entertainment of cruising pelicans, dive-bombing terns and gently hooting swans. After a busy day on the water, it’s the place to be to enjoy spectacular sunsets while enjoying the fruits of the sea and nearby vineyards. With a boat ramp and golf course less than a kilometre away, and being on the doorstep of Freycinet National Park, you are spoiled for an outdoorsy life. For those with a doggo, you will never take the same walk twice in a week.
Now for the cottage. The initial build and extensions were labours of love by the original owner whose boat-building techniques, love of wood, appreciation of both colonial and European design created a beguiling and eclectic cottage where there is a surprise around every corner! As you pass on your voyage of discovery through the house, ceilings change height and slope from room to room.
Wooden stairways lead the way to warm attics with sloping roofs just begging for a day bed or painter’s easel. Borrowing from the Spanish, this house wraps itself around a central courtyard where yellow and red banksia, potted flowers and daisies provide splashes of colour against the red brick and silver wood. Follow the sun around the house from room to room, nook to nook, courtyard to courtyard, enjoying the different vistas and play of light through trees onto convict brick and weathered wood. Enjoy the warm bricks under your feet long after the sun has moved on. Even the roomy bathrooms with their raised ceilings and skylights connect you to a starry night or the passing sun.
2008 Coles Bay Road at a glance:
• Stunning unique design built by the original owner
• Peaceful, central and private
• The most enviable lifestyle on offer
• Flexible floorplan
• Beauty from the inside, out
Whimsicalities and ambience aside, this engaging cottage is also extremely versatile and can be adapted for a range of uses. The cottage comes in ‘twos. Two living rooms, two bathrooms, two laundries and two bedrooms. In addition, there are four other rooms, one with huge windows looking out to the lagoon, another looking into the courtyard, and, of course, the two engaging attics, providing you with multiple choices on how to use your space whether it be a study, home office, theatre room, guest room, sun or dining room. Just close a door and the cottage easily converts into two dwellings ripe for possibilities – bed and breakfast for extra income, separate living areas for an inter-generational family or simply ‘his’ and ‘hers’ areas for a couple who work from home or like their own space.
The cheerful kitchen is newly renovated with a gas stove and electric oven, pantry and slide-out drawers. The spacious front yard can easily hold two cars and a boat, and has space left over for a vegetable garden. There is a long wooden shed enclosing one side of the central courtyard, a smaller tin shed and a third toilet in the second laundry.
The purchase even comes with two old boats – the rowboat Lucky Duck II handy for fishing just off the beach, and an old sailing boat just waiting for someone who likes a project!
This property is sure to capture your heart, and we’re sure you will appreciate the true magic on offer. Contact Paul Whytcross and Bianca Melling at Roberts Real Estate East Coast to arrange your own private inspection.
- 2 bed
- 2 bath
- 1 Parking Spaces
- Land is 901 m²
- Floor Area is 142 m²
- 2 Toilet
- Open Fire Place
- Gas Heating