Modern Charlotte Bay rural retreat five minutes from Blueys Beach, Boomerang and Cellitos. Bags of room, inside and out for families and lots of facilities including pool, Wii, Smart TV with all Foxtel channels, Netflix etc.
With seven outstanding Mid-North coast beaches, three coastal lakes systems and National Parks on the doorstep, the Valley of the Mists is ideally situated for a memorable summer holiday in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of New South Wales. This luxurious rural retreat is the perfect place to dissolve months of urban stress, set back 300 metres from the nearest road (ensuring no traffic noise) and amid 3.5 acres of landscaped gardens, lawns and fruit trees and with a 100-acre rainforest reserve as the backdrop.
Wake to the songs of one of the 25 bird species that visit the valley, watch kangaroos and wallabies graze right in front of the house and ducks paddle in the dam and spend the day taking in the soothing views from the wraparound deck, open-plan living area or from the sumptuous 13-metre infinity pool.
The Good Life
Located in Charlotte Bay, five minutes inland from the coastal villages of Smiths Lake and Blueys Beach, the Valley of the Mists is a light and airy country home with extensive covered outdoor entertainment areas, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms (including one ensuite), large living/dining/kitchen area, games room equipped with Nintendo Wii (this room can be used as a fourth bedroom) and separate laundry. Built in 2008 and powered by 27 rooftop solar panels and featuring on-site biolitix sewage system, rainwater tanks (mains water also available), fruit trees and organic vegetable gardens and on-site chickens delivering fresh eggs daily the house guarantees you an environmentally-friendly break. It's also a place to restore your balance by swimming laps, doing yoga or lazing with a book in the hammock.
Breakfast on fresh free range eggs from our chooks on the deck looking down the valley, have lunch beside the pool and as the long summer afternoon fades into evening toast your holiday in the sun dappled western garden. Then cook up a storm on the new barbecue and watch the moon rise above Wallis Lake and the coast as you enjoy an alfresco dinner.
Beaches, lakes and National Parks
If you want a day at the beach you'll be spoilt for choice. Five minutes drive to the north is family-friendly Elizabeth and clothes-optional Shelly in Booti Booti National Park as well as the famous surfing drawcards, Blueys and Boomerang beaches. Five minutes to the south is Cellitos, another renowned surf beach with a sand bar, that opens into Smiths Lake, which is a local favourite for four wheel driving. Further south again is Seal Rocks, recently used as a setting for the film "Adoration" and with options for swimming, surfing, long beach walks and diving among one of the biggest aggregations of harmless grey nurse sharks on the coast. Pods of dolphin are a common sight off all of our beaches as are squadrons of pelican around our lakes.
For those with a boat or kayaks, Smiths Lake is just around the corner, as is the larger Wallis Lake system to the north, and both offer shallow translucent waters ideal for young children. Off the Seal Rocks access road there is also Neranie, on the shores of the beautiful Myall Lakes system, a great spot for a picnic on a summer evening.
Stretching out to the south-west of the house are the towering gum forests of the Wallingat National Park and a twenty-minute drive will take you up to the Whoota Whoota Lookout, with far-reaching views over the coast, the long stretch of Seven Mile Beach to Forster and the islands of Wallis Lake. In Booti Booti National Park, beginning at the north end of Elizabeth Beach, is a lovely 7-kilometre bushwalk, running over the cliffs to Seven Mile Beach before cutting back along the Wallis Lake front.
Cafes, restaurants and shops
The cafes, newsagent, general store, bottle shop and eateries of Blueys Beach are also only five minutes drive away. Blueys is also the location of the local tourist information centre. Beside Wallis Lake there is the lakeside Pacific Palms Recreation Club for a sublime evening drink and further north is Ripples cafe, a great place to take toddlers for a dip in the shallows. At Smiths Lake there is the Rolling Bean cafe, which serves authentic tapas at weekends, and the Frothy Coffee boatshed right on the lake, which also rents out small boats.
Local restaurants include new Indoneian themed cafe, Kembali at Blueys, Kingfisher restaurant and 20 by 12 cafe at Blueys, Mobys at Boomerang and a Chinese/Thai takeaway on Lakes Way in Charlotte Bay. Beyond the Chinese eatery is a strip of shops including the local Post Office, a hairdresser and a servo.
For more extensive shopping, Stockland in Forster is a twenty minute drive and the excellent Great Lakes cinema is about ten minute further on in Tuncurry.
A gourmet hamper can also be arranged for your arrival at the Valley of the Mists.
The next Byron Bay
Pacific Palms has been touted by the Sydney Morning Herald as the next Byron Bay but remains relatively undiscovered. It is a special enough place to have attracted an internationally-published travel writer, who works for the Wall Street Journal, UK Daily Telegraph and the Traveller section of the SMH and Melbourne Age and the Guardian Australia, to live here. It's just three hours drive from Sydney but feels a million miles away and the Valley of the Mists is perfectly positioned and equipped to make the most of a holiday here.
4 BEDROOM HOUSE - (1x super king, 1x queen, 2 x singles, 1 double sofa bed) with large yoga studio/playroom that can accommodate two extra guests
1 Super King bedroom with ensuite bathroom (spa bath, shower, his and hers sinks, toilet and bidet) and walk-in wardrobe
1 Queen sized bedroom with wardrobes
1 bedroom with two single beds with wardrobes
2nd bathroom with tub and separate shower with adjacent vanity and sink
2nd separate toilet
1 games room with double sofa bed, separate flatscreen TV, Ninetendo Wii, that can accommodate two others if required
Large open plan living/dining/kitchen area with views over the valley
Living room features luxurious King furniture lounge
Wall mounted curved edge Samsung flatscreen TV with Foxtel cable with IQ for recording your favourite shows, Digital channel decoder and DVD player and Netflix and other interactive features through the wifi on TV
New latest model Ipod/Ipad/Iphone 5 dock/charger with connector for older model Iphones
Polished wooden floors
Teak coffee table
Free wi-fi throughout the house
Pedestal fans for cooling
Dining area includes
Edwardian dining table to seat 8
6 Queen Anne dining chairs
Original Aboriginal artwork
Smeg oven and cooker
Exclusive brown marble benchtops throughout
447l Fisher and Paykel fridge
De Longhi Espresso Coffee machine
Four piece toaster
In bench top compost bin
13 metre by 4 metre saltwater swimming pool with waterfall and two loungers, shallow stairs for toddlers and sitting poolside, in-pool seat in corner overlooking the valley, waterfall feature, multicoloured pool lighting for summer night swimming
Huge wraparound decking with views over the valley and entertaining space beside the pool
Outdoor entertaining set to seat eight at front
Outdoor entertaining set to seat five at poolside
Brand new state-of-the-art four-burner barbecue, with Wok ring
Outdoor shower and bath
Third toilet outdoors
One acre of landscaped gardens including citrus and mango trees and organic vegetable patches
2.5 acres of lawn and cleared land
Backdrop of 100 acres of conservation forest
Nearest other property is 150 metres away and the outlook is rural with cows and horses grazing
Kangaroos and wallabies are frequent visitors to our lawns
Bird life includes kookaburras, black and white cockatoos, rainbow lorrikeets, galahs, tawny frog-mouth owls, sea eagles, wedge-tailed eagles, egrets, herons and wrens
27 solar panels 5.17kw system mounted on the roof
Constant immediate gas-heated hot water
On site biolitix sewage system
Rainwater tanks and access to mains water
Ample for six cars, boats and other equipment such as jetskis
STRICTLY NO SMOKING AND NO DIRT BIKES