It's easy to be fooled when you see the sign The Cottage', as you'll realise when you follow the sweeping driveway through the sandstone pillars, past the spring-fed dam, and around the magnificent rock-wall gardens to arrive at this charming Queenslander-style home. Camellias in winter, grevilleas in spring, temple grass all year round - this is an entrance you'll savour every time you arrive home.
The same sense of care and order that is evident outside pervades the house, which has been completely renovated, inside and out.
Deep verandas offer peaceful spaces to relax, whether you're soaking up the winter sun or enjoying the cool shade in summer. Inside, the light-filled living-dining-lounge space is generous and versatile, with options to tailor the layout to your needs.
Another large room, with expansive New Guinea rosewood cabinetry, could be used as a lounge room, media room or rumpus room. It's bright and breezy with two sets of glass doors opening out to the garden and high-set windows drawing in natural light.
If your kitchen rules, you're on a winner here with all new appliances, including a Miele dishwasher and a striking 900mm Euromaid dual-fuel cooker. Timber cabinetry contrasts nicely with the bright stone benchtops and subway backsplash. There's a good size pantry and wide, soft-close drawers. With two sets of glass doors, kickstart your day with breakfast on the veranda.
Where to dine may be a tougher decision - keep it simple in the informal space adjoining the kitchen, step it up a notch in the formal dining area, or fire up the bbq on the covered rear deck, where you can keep an eye on the kids splashing in the tiled plunge pool or kicking a footy on the lawn. And with an external powder room (and laundry) adjacent to the pool, you won't have to worry about a trail of puddles through the house.
Both guest bedrooms overlook the pool, each with builtins and lots of light. The main bathroom is also lovely and bright, with both shower and bathtub, and all new fixtures and fittings.
But there is no mistaking the master suite - the long, elegant bedroom is flooded with light, with French doors opening to the front veranda and a stunning picture window framing the rolling lawn and treed boundary to the rear. There's a large built-in robe and a lovely ensuite with glass shower, stone-topped vanity and, again, all new fittings.
If you dream of growing your own food, or just want the kids to know where food comes from, stroll up through the gently tiered rear garden where everything you need is already in place. The raised vegetable beds are just waiting for your seedlings. There's a shade house, a cute garden shed, and no less than 18 watering points supplied from the bore. Under the shade of a mango tree, the 20-metre chicken run is complete with hen house and compost bins - chook heaven!
The high-tech side to this sustainable lifestyle includes a top-of-the-range rooftop solar power system with 8 kW/hr storage batteries and the ability to export to the grid. There's also a solar hot-water system, LED lighting throughout, and the highest rated insulation. Say goodbye to scary power bills and hello to a better way of living.
Features at a glance:
- Totally renovated Queenslander-style home on 1.78 acres
- Versatile floor plan offers multiple living options
- Modern kitchen, stone benches, all new quality appliances
- Plunge pool with hydro jets, solar pump system, sundeck, cabana
- NBN,15 kW ducted AC, LED lighting, insulation, solar hot water
- 34 solar panels, ABB inverters, 8 kW/h LG storage batteries, export to grid
- 50,000-litre rainwater tank, UV filtration, potable bore water to 18 taps
- Magnificent landscaped gardens, raised veggie beds, garden shed
- Shade house, chicken run, dam with water feature
- Bedroom: 3
- Bathrooms: 3
- Garaging: 2
- Carports: 2
60 Patterson Drive, Tinbeerwah, Queensland 4563 ( get directions )