Located at one of the most sought after addresses in the Byron Hinterland on an extremely private 5 acre estate, The Riad was hand built by renowned international artist, Ken Johnson. Since taking over the property, the current owners have remained true to the character and ambience of his original design. Think bohemian luxe at its best a clever and rare blend of unconventional, casual, chic and sophisticated elegance.
This exotic oasis is truly a work of art. The Riads design draws mainly from the original owners love of India and the home features Rajasthani detailing including 1000 year-old sandalwood columns framing the large central living space with towering 4 metre ceilings. Other Haveli features include 500 year-old doors, hand made basins and blue and white decorative tile detailing. Further extensive travel through Morocco, Spain and Mexico have provided additional design inspiration particularly apparent in the extensive use of arches, courtyards and alfresco dining spaces. Such international inspiration is palpable in The Riads décor also. This magical home transports guests to a far away exotic land where the boundaries and routines of everyday life are blurred by beauty, art and the unexpected.
The Riad is a spacious but intimately warm home. The kitchen is large, well appointed and inviting. A picture window takes the easterly fields below and the immigrant creek lake. There are three over-sized bedrooms in the main house as well as a fourth cinema room with large day bed that can accommodate further guests. There is a large central living area with towering ceilings and fire place. All lead to a walled landscaped garden and pool area with an enormous Balinese Pavilion. Adjacent to the pool area is a wonderful large covered outdoor dining room with BBQ facilities. Further outdoor entertaining areas overlook the northerly and easterly aspects of the property and offer secluded and totally private space. There is an additional 2 bedroom cottage with kitchen, lounge and a further bathroom which sleeps an additional 4 guests. Adjacent to the cottage is a large gymnasium.
The grounds of the property are totally private and equally as magical as the home itself. Be whisked away to a world where stone-walled paddocks and a historic farm barn share space with East Asian shrines and contemporary sculptures. The extensive grounds include an orchard as well as a fragrant herb garden adjacent to the kitchen. There is wheelchair access and undercover parking for 3 cars. A circular driveway provides additional parking, perfect for large events.
The historic towns of Bangalow and Newrybar are a 5 minutes drive away where food lovers can enjoy hatted restaurants and local favourites including the renowned Harvest Café. The world famous Gaia Retreat is also a mere 5 minutes away.
Valid for stays 1 May - 31 August 2013
(excluding Queens Birthday weekend and Splendor in the Grass)
Book for 4 nights and receive the 5th night free (up to 12 guests)
Special 2 night weekend package $1450 for the main house (up to 8 guests)
Special 2 night weekend package $1950 for the main house & cottage (up to 12 guests)
MAIN HOUSE ALONE sleeps up to 8 guests
New Years $9,000 (7 night minimum)
Christmas, January & Easter $8,000 per week (7 night minimum)
Splendor in the Grass & Long Weekends $1,200 per night or $7,000 per week (4 night minimum)
School Holidays (except for Winter holidays) $900 per night or $6,000 per week (5 night minimum)
High season: September November & February May $700 per night or $4,500 per week (4 night minimum)
Low Season: June August $600 per night or $3,500 per week (3 night minimum)
COTTAGE sleeps an additional 4 guests
The 2 bedroom cottage can also be rented and will incur an additional nightly charge of $150 per night. The cottage is $300 per night extra in peak times - Christmas, January, Easter and New Years. Guests can also utilize the day bed in the main house further guests. Each additional adult above 12 people is charged at $85 per night and children charged at $45 per night.
The Riad may also be hired for weddings and functions. Functions under 60 have a venue hire fee of $7000 which gives you use of the entire property including main house, pool, studio, barn and gardens - no marquee or portaloos required. For functions of over 60 the venue hire fee is $5000 which gives you use of the barn, studio & gardens. Marquee, portaloos and generator must be hired. For an additional $1000 you can have use of foyer for reception drinks and canapés. Strictly no house or pool access however.
Property Type: House
Airconditioning, Swimming Pool, Washing Machine
- 15 minute drive to Byron Bay
- 5 minute drive to Bangalow and Newrybar
- Completely private 5 acre estate
- Cooking Facilities
- Cottage sleeps 4 guests
- DVD player
- Extensive Moroccan Gardens and landscaping
- Large scale truly unique hand made home
- Linen Supplied
- Main house sleeps 8 guests
- Open Fireplace
- Salt water pool and pool side cabana
- Several outdoor entertaining areas and BBQ
- Swimming Pool
- Towels Supplied
- Washing Machine
Note: Pricing is subject to change, and a minimum stay period and other conditions may apply. You should confirm pricing with the property owner.
Prices listed based on 8 adults. Property has 6 beds and can sleep a maximum 12 people.
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