With seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, this shaker-style home complete with shingles is reminiscent of the Hamptons homes favoured by New York's rich and famous.
The owner has transformed a clearing in the native scrub, just a stone's throw from Portsea's moody backbeach, into a hidden enclave of tranquillity and style.
Despite its luxurious appointments and grand scale, the unique home with its barn-like styling has the same timeless and understated quality as many of The Hamptons houses
A certain degree of local knowledge is required to navigate the scientifically concealed staircases and doorways between an underground guests' carpark and the entrance to the home.
"The use of the timber and particularly shingles is a theme picked up from Hamptons and interpreted in a modern, Australian way,
Unlike many architectural homes with seemingly endless internal space, The Hamptons exudes a warmth achieved through the liberal use of natural finishes, ranging from leather door handles and limed French oak floors to the red cedar shingles that dominate its exterior.
Also unlike many of its contemporaries, the property doesn't appear to celebrate space for the sheer sake of it.
It is divided into four "pavilions", essentially separate buildings bound together by a 3m-wide glassed hallway running 35m through the centre of the house.
Its showpiece pavilion houses an enormous open living, dining and kitchen area looking north over lush lawns and a stunning infinity pool to native bushland.
The kitchen has an old-style black enamel Aga stove that stands out amid the stark white Corion cabinetry, which is finished with leather and stainless steel handles.
The kitchen even boasts a lift to ferry groceries from the 10-car garage hidden below the house.
Another pavilion houses a master suite with a pair of mirror-image en-suites, two dressing rooms and a plush carpeted formal lounge.
The "second pavilion" has four bathrooms, five bedrooms, including a second master suite, and an enormous laundry.
Another, called the "children's pavilion", includes a rumpus room, a dormitory, bathroom and dressing room.
"It's a very effective way to ensure the parents can get some peace and quiet while the kids are free to yell and scream and do what kids do.
"That's what beach houses are for."
10-car garage with a lift to the kitchen,
Including a master suite with two en-suites
Five Queen beds Six Single beds
Collection of keys: houses booked in Portsea, Sorrento, Blairgowrie, Rye & St Andrews Beach. keys can be picked up and returned at the Kay & Burton Office 106 Ocean Beach Road Sorrento
For houses booked in Flinders, Red Hill, Shoreham, Merricks, Main Ridge and Cape Schanck keys can be collected at the Flinders office 47a cook street Flinders
For key collection outside normal business hours 9am - 5pm 7 days please contact your booking agent to make alternate arrangements
All holiday houses are cleaned by contract cleaners prior to your arrival, we always like to ensure your stay starts off well and arriving at a clean house is just the beginning. It is part of our terms and conditions that the same contract cleaners will be engaged to clean the property after your stay at your expense. The hourly rate for each contract cleaner varies. In all cases the cost of the post stay clean will be deducted from your condition guarantee payment. To gain a better understanding of the likely cost of this cleaning please discuss with us at the time of booking as each house and the level of cleaning required differs mainly depending on the condition the cleaners find the house in after your stay.
BOND Condition Guarantee
The condition Guarantee is paid via Direct Debit. On vacating the property a representative of KBG will inspect the property and if necessary carry our works needed to return the property to its original pre booking state at which time we will process the Condition Guarantee for an amount to cover the accounts This process can take up to 21 days during the peak season Dec, Jan and Feb
All properties are let without linen bed linen, towels and tea towels etc unless otherwise stated. Linen - sheets and towels can be hired in- please contact Baylinen Hire
you agree to keep the Property and its contents in the same condition and repair as on your arrival at the Property. In booking a property with KBG you give KBG the authority to, via the condition guarantee any amount to ensure the property is returned to its original condition, making good any loss or damage to the property or its contents
To ensure all necessary work is carried out in a timely fashion to prepare the property for the next Guest/Owner the following is a list of works that can be carried out on your behalf without consultation i.e.: cleaning, excess garbage removal, replacement of broken items, carpet steam cleaning, Laundering of linen if applicable, and other items deemed necessary to return the property to its former state.