Country living is given a daring contemporary twist

Country living is given a daring contemporary twist


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It’s that winter-warming time when weekend and holiday getaways focus on the Southern Highlands and a chance to consider a more permanent tree-change. Check out what's on offer.

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It’s that winter-warming time when weekend and holiday getaways focus on the Southern Highlands and a chance to consider a more permanent tree-change.

While Bowral is usually considered the go-to destination, local agents remind homebuyers of the wide choice of villages, each with its own identity and lifestyle attractions.

Sarah Wotton, of Highlands Property, says there’s a wide spread of towns and villages to consider including Colo Vale, Mittagong, Robertson and Bundanoon.

“The attraction of the Southern Highlands, as far as homebuying is concerned, is that there is a range of property types and price points to suit all needs and budgets,” she says.

“For example, in Colo Vale to the north, four-bedroom family homes can still be bought in the range of $595,000 to $650,000. And, of course, premier properties around Bowral may go for up to $5 million and more.”

Southern Highlands’ gem

COUNTRY living is given a daring contemporary twist in this reimagined rustic barn that sits on 40 hectares of the fabulous Southern Highlands.

Cutting-edge architecture has delivered a modernist-influenced, butterfly-roofed pavilion, that artfully blends metal, glass, steel and stone with reclaimed wharf timber highlights.

In essence, the design connects a modern pod with the barn via a glass walkway. The two-level design ensures a sun-drenched interior and a strong connection with nature through extensive use of floor-to-ceiling windows and access to the extensive outdoor entertaining areas.

Hub of the home is a sprawling entertainer’s kitchen with both gas and induction cook tops. There are two Smeg wall ovens plus a convection oven, an integrated dishwasher and a fully integrated Liebherr fridge/freezer.

Spectacular and over-scaled living areas separate visually into zones highlighted by those old wharf timbers. Zones include a generous living room with feature wood fireplace, and a media area with an inbuilt projector and a drop-down screen. There’s a formal dining room and a games room with bar and integrated bar fridge.

The master suite features a fabulous designer en suite with a free-standing bath and a private deck with an infinity spa that captures the endless country vista. Upstairs in the barn structure are two large bedrooms with timber floors and built-ins.

Outdoor features include a tennis court, dressage arena and a natural creek.

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