After a long day at the office, when the mind can’t seem to switch off, many turn to meditation and picture the serenity of rolling hills in the countryside and sound of a tranquil creek trickling through the rainforest.
This scene is one that is guaranteed to put me in a state of sheer relaxation.
In Broughton Vale, just under three hours away from Canberra in the Shoalhaven region, is a home that epitomises this “happy place”.
Situated on 40 hectares of land with roughly half of that cleared for livestock and set in its own valley with unbeatable views, this is a truly remarkable tree change for any city-slicker.
The property is home to stunning rainforest walks along a creek that will keep your adventurous spirit alive. At the end of the creek, you’ll find your very own paradise in a 100-metre waterfall.
“By purchasing this property, you will be owning the entire valley, offering the ultimate privacy yet only a few minutes’ drive to town,” says agent Nick Dale of Belle Property Berry.
The north-facing home was designed just seven years ago by Sydney architect firm TDDP Architects.
The passive solar home circulates substantial natural heating in winter and shading in summer, allowing it to complement the picturesque surrounds.
And all waste water from the house is processed by a natural, chemical-free, underground worm farm system – every element of the design has the earth in mind.
The home is fitted with hydronic heating radiators throughout and rainwater can be stored and reused with four tanks and total storage of more than 70,000 litres.
Inside the home, the pristine white walls and spotted gum timber floors allow the beauty of the landscape to carry throughout every inch.
The master retreat is situated on its very own floor, complete with a generous walk-in-robe, luxurious ensuite and private study. Downstairs, the guest wing is comprised of two king-size bedrooms with a large main bathroom and deck to soak up the sun.
At the heart of the home is the light-filled kitchen with marble benchtops, gas stove and a long island bench that’s sure to excite the entertainer within you.
The ample outdoor deck area connecting to the living/dining area complete with a Cheminees Philippe fireplace means you’ll be able to show off your country retreat to family and friends year-round.
The home is a luxurious, modern property developed on ecological and sustainable principles. It could be the breath of fresh air that many lifestyle home buyers are searching for.
Price guide: $4.5 million
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 car sapces
Agent: Belle Property Berry, Nick Dale 0419 425 166