This home is located in exclusive Old Lilli Pilli which is an area zoned for environmental protection. Lilli Pilli is approximately 3 1/2 hours south of Sydney, close to Batemans Bay. The home is set on a large private piece of land with a path down to the ocean. The home is surrounded by spotted gum trees and cycads (palms) overlooking Circuit Beach, (See the above beach photo of Circuit Beach)a somewhat secluded beach since there is limited public access to it. One can also take a short walk down the main road at the front of the house to the other side of the headland to Lilli Pilli Beach. This is an excellent surf beach with stunning views.
The home was originally a small holiday house built by Sir James Rowland, former Governor General of New South Wales (1981-1989).
Sir James Rowland entertained many famous people at "Kunda", including Princess Diana. (The room where she slept is the one downstairs near the screened porch.) The house was nicknamed "Government House South".
After the Rowlands sold the home in 1999, the house was renovated with thought to keeping the original part of the home. It now has 4 bedrooms, 2 upstairs and 2 downstairs, and 3 bathrooms. The kitchen is new and the house has a large outside deck facing the ocean. The upstairs Master Bedroom has its own private deck, called the "Romeo and Juliette" balcony.
A relaxed area with comfy couch, a fire stove and entertainment unit with TV and DVD player.
This has a stunning dining table [handmade redgum] with 6 chairs and a long matching redgum bench on one side.
New Kitchen with all appliances, including dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, electric skillet, electric kettle, pots/pans, dishes, and almost every small appliance known to exist! Including a waffle maker, which Carla says is standard in the U.S. but very hard to find in Australia!
4 overstuffed chairs; a wooden buffet with assorted games in it. One drawer has restaurant and tourist information in it. There is also a stereo/CD player in this room.
Downstairs Ensuite Bedroom/Bath:
This is the original part of the house, the "Princess Room"; it has a queen sized bed, small private bath with shower and large walk in closet with chest. It opens out to its own private screened in porch overlooking the sea.
Downstairs Back Bedroom:
This room is long and narrow and has 2 King Single bookend beds in it. It also has a chest and a desk area. Near the desk is a phone line for hookup to the internet. The room is also equipped with its own TV and VCR. Right outside of it is a large bathroom with a separate tub and shower. This would be a private bathroom for this room, if the second bedroom upstairs is not occupied.
Second Floor, smaller bedroom:
This is a room with 2 King Single beds in it with a large chest and large closet area. The window in the room opens out to the front of the house. For a bathroom, you would use the big bathroom downstairs.
Second Floor, Master Bedroom:
This is a very large room with an attached bathroom with spa tub. It also has its own deck overlooking the ocean. It has 2 King single beds.
Washer/Dryer ; Ironing board, Iron; clothes drying rack
Getting to the beach: To get to Circuit Beach, just go down the slope in the back of the house. You can get to the beach 2 ways: 1) straight down, there is a path, but its a bit steep; or 2) go straight down and then when you reach the top of the cliff, turn left and walk on the path in front of the other oceanfront homes until you get to an easy descent. (Youll see it!!) There is a shower on the side of the house near the walkway leading from the front door.
We provide sheets for the rooms. You will need to bring along your towels. Dont forget suntan lotion, as the Australian sun is very intense!!
Alarm & key information will be provided upon your arrival.
There is a binder in the home containing all of the manuals for appliances/TVs etc.
Long Distance Calls: there is no long distance service from the phones in the house, so please bring your mobile phone or buy a phone card if you need to make long distance calls. For hookup to the Internet, please have a local number to call to connect up. Or use your long-distance calling card to connect via an ISP in another townGet the full listing »