Each entrance grander than the last, Pheasant Lane at Doonan first greets guests with its oversized hardwood portico, a hint to the scale and grandeur that awaits inside.
Trickles of water echo upon the first step inside the main pavilion, melting away the day’s bustle, stemming from the inside-out pond complete with goldfish and water lilies, set in the landscaped courtyard. Clustered around the courtyard garden, the four pavilions combine with gently varying floor levels to add intrigue, contorting to the complete privacy of the property bordering native forest.
A crisp, fresh palette of cotton white and basalt grey creates the subtle backdrop to build personality. Colour is splashed into the space via artworks, textiles and personal treasures. Ultra-clean lines extend through the home, nowhere more so than the kitchen, where the generous island bench, topped with white stone, sets off the honey oak and raven grey tones of the stylish cabinetry. Quality appliances include a Smeg gas cooker. Messy cooks will drool at the walk-in butler’s pantry which has oodles of storage.
Step out to the deck where a large covered pavilion, replete with inbuilt barbecue and fridge, is the perfect spot for lounging after a dip in the saltwater pool. The paved terrace/patio offers guests room to spread out and catch some rays, or cook up an outdoor spread.
Even on chilly evenings, choosing a spot to relax is inundated with choice. The lounge-dining space overlooking the courtyard, the family room across the bridge, or the gigantic, gallery-like lounge room which needs no artworks other than the framed views of nature visible through a captivating series of double-hung windows.
When the party’s over, retreat to the serene master suite where the ensuite bathroom will thrill even the most jaded traveler. The beautiful glass shower is eclipsed by the private outdoor shower and freestanding stone bath, set in a lava-stone pebble courtyard with vertical garden and just a splash of hot pink bougainvillea. Light floods the master bedroom through soaring windows that look out to clipped lawns and a wall of trees. The spacious walk-in dressing room, with its woody look and airy feel, is simply fabulous.
Other members of the family will not feel short changed. All three additional bedrooms are large with walk-in robes and the main bathroom is luxurious, with huge glass shower and a freestanding egg-shaped bath.
The nearby guest house ticks all the boxes for every home body. Separate entrance, modern kitchen, bathroom with huge shower, lofty 10 foot ceilings, aircon and queen bedroom with built-ins. Be warned, they may be reluctant to leave.
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