Unique Estates Australia wins International Property Awards

The International Property Awards Asia Pacific were announced last night at a gala event at the JW Marriott Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Unique Estates Australia has again been named a winner in two categories – Best Real Estate Agency – Australia, Best Real Estate Agency Marketing Australia plus a Highly Commended for their website www.uniqueestates.com.au

Nicolette van Wijngaarden of Unique Estates Australia winner of 2012 International Property AwardsAsia Pacific International Property Awards in 2012 for Best Real Estate Agency Marketing Australia and Best Real Estate Agency Marketing Asia Pacific, Ms Van Wijngaarden was delighted that Unique Estates Australia was again recognised for their achievements.


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Margaux Manor – French Classic in Bowral

Vive la difference! A French Classic perfectly at home in country Australia

It seems like a marriage made in heaven – classic French design wedded to an iconic Australian landscape, and what makes Margaux Manor work is the careful balancing of these elements to create what is surely one of the most magnificently distinctive estates in Australia.

Drawing on a family heritage of French architecture, Margaux Manor is not a replica but a return to classic French chateau living, and appears perfectly at home under the big sky and rambling surrounds of country New South Wales. The accent is decidedly French – even down to having a prestige winery as a neighbour.

None of this came about by accident – owner builder Maryann Nolan drew upon her own family’s heritage as renowned French and then Australian architects, added her professional love of quality antiques with extensive experience in interior design and lovingly created the house she wanted to live in.

Margaux Manor was designed as a French country estate in BowralOne of Margaux Manor’s surprises is the almost unbelievably low maintenance. Maryann said that the 450mm sealed sandstone walls and precision laid granite floors create an environment that is virtually dust free and self-regulating – Margaux Manor is delightfully cool in summer and easy to keep warm in winter.

The neutral colour of the materials and the classic design lend themselves to a wide variety of décor, and Margaux Manor is available with its existing furnishings or can be transformed into a contemporary masterpiece.

After getting over the initial “wow” factor, one quickly realises what an eminently livable luxury home or prestige rental Margaux Manor would make, and why the French chateau is one of history’s most enduring designs.

To enquire about Margaux Manor contact www.uniqueestates.com and speak to Nicolette van Wijngaarden on 0411 144 877 or +61 2 6684 8266 or via email on nicolette@uniqueestates.com.au to arrange a private inspection.


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The Riverhouse – Beautiful by Nature, Sumptuous by Design

Luxurious serenity is an apt description of what renowned designer Giovanni D’Ercole has achieved with the Riverhouse Coorabell.
Lounge room at the River House in Cooraell, NSW
Spacious, grand and sweeping yet at the same time intimate, the word “magical” also comes to mind.  Even for the most hardened pragmatist or busy professional, the combination of an open, almost organic design amidst a lush rainforest setting creates a soothing effect the minute you walk through the landscaped water garden and antique Indian doors into the expanse of this wonderfully open and inviting five bedroom/five bath timber estate.

Riverview HouseMaybe it’s the live billabong next to the house, the timeless presence of the pristine rainforest, the easy flow of the river, the birdsong and other gentle forest sounds.

It all adds up to a majestic hideaway that stimulates inspiration, creativity and a sense of deep relaxation.

The River House also is a very practical domain, either as a dream home or as a multipurpose rental destination for discerning guests seeking to get away from it all.

Located at the top of the aptly named Coolamon Scenic Drive and down a gated, 1.5km sealed driveway into the valley, and with the closest neighbours a kilometre away, the River House is truly in a world of its own.Serenity and style yet close to Byron Bay in NSW Northern Rivers

But surprisingly, the beaches and eclectic atmosphere of Byron Bay are only a pleasant twenty minute drive away, and you can be at the Coolangatta international Airport in less than an hour and a half.

Spacious Bedroom at the River House in CoorabellWhether for your own luxuriously serene enjoyment or as an established, attractive designer retreat for hire (with DA approval for an additional six cottages), the River House Coolamon is a rare opportunity to own an increasingly precious bit of paradise in one of Australia’s most sought after locations.

Find out more at at www.uniqueestates.com and speak to Nicolette van Wijngaarden on 0411 144 877 or +61 2 6684 8266 or via email on nicolette@uniqueestates.com.au to arrange a private inspection.  Prepare to be quietly amazed.

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Carawatha – A creative hideaway in the Byron Bay hinterland

“It’s a beautiful home that transforms you,” was what the current owner of Carawatha answered when asked to describe this lovely five bedroom property, and judging from the setting and looks of this handsome cottage estate and its history of fostering creativity, that is an apt description.Carawatha is a home with enchanting charm

Down a  quiet country road in Eureka,  just a short drive from the charming villages of Clunes and Federal, and about half an hour from the beaches and excellent restaurants, relaxed shopping and eclectic nightlife of Byron Bay, Carawatha engages body and mind with its old world country charm.

Pete Murray's album 'Summer in Eureka' was recorded here

The cover on Pete Murray's album 'Summer in Eureka' shows this room

Built in 1907 by a prominent local family and lived in for generations, it was bought by a well-known interior designer who made creative use of the space before selling to Australian music icon Pete Murray and his partner, who continued to use Carawatha as an inspirational workplace and home with over $300,000 in renovations including the installation of a professional recording studio and design studio. Pete’s album Summer in Eureka reflects life in Carawatha.

Cosy, country kitchen at CarawathaSet within almost five tranquil acres, Carawatha includes the main house and three additional buildings – the recording and editing studio, a two room studio and a large shed that has been converted into a council approved rental property. A large paddock and plenty of garden space makes Carawatha a self-sustaining country paradise.

The main house features warm cosy living areas opening onto spacious shaded verandas with lovely views, a master bedroom with modern ensuite, a bright, cheerful, functional kitchen and richly finished timber floors and highlights.

The soundproofed, climate controlled recording studio lends itself to a variety of purposes, and while the potential of the other spaces are truly limitless, Carawatha is an inviting home just as it is. Well over $300,000 in renovations were completed with an artist’s eye for aesthetics and a professional’s need for functionality.

Byron Bay Hinterlands surround Carawatha homestead in the Northern Rivers of NSWWhile you may not be recording your next album there, Carawatha’s tranquillity, solid rustic charm and country aesthetics are guaranteed to foster creativity and an enviable quality of life.

You can see more of what makes Carawatha so special at www.uniqueestates.com and speak to Nicolette van Wijngaarden on 0411 144 877 or +61 2 6684 8266 or via email on nicolette@uniqueestates.com.au to arrange a private inspection.

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Cedar Springs – An extraordinary estate in an exquisite setting

What sort of home would you build, and where would you build it if, as one of Australia’s most successful and well known personalities , you were looking for privacy and tranquillity, but still wanted to be close to beautiful beaches,  interesting night life and not too far from regional and international airports?

You value your privacy and natural surroundings, but still like to throw the occasional lavish party for dozens of friends?

The Byron Bay area is the obvious location, and Cedar Springs would most likely be the home.

Cedar Creek privacy and hinterland views near Byron Bay
Set in a tranquil world of its own yet just 15 minutes to Byron Bay and less than an hour and a half to Coolangatta International Airport, Cedar Springs is one of those rare finds where everything hangs together in a perfect harmonious balance, from the surrounding 115 acres of lawns, rainforest stands, timber plantation, river and creek to the exterior and interior of one of Australia’s most exquisite country estates.

Built as a labour of love by one of Australia’s most beloved personalities, Cedar Springs is the epitome of casual luxury, a relaxing Mediterranean style manor with an easy-going but definite grandeur highlighted by those superb details that distinguishes the extraordinary from the ordinary.

Handcrafted stone spiral staircase at Cedar SpringsA team of Italian artisans lived on site for over a year to create the beautifully sweeping stone spiral staircase, flawless stone and timber floors, six metre high ceilings and large windows that blend the exquisitely landscaped natural surroundings with the sublime artistry of the interior.

From the beautiful upper level with the palatial master bedroom suite and large private study, his-and-hers dressing rooms and baths, roof terrace and other amenities, down to the gourmet kitchen, billiards and lounge rooms, conservatory and fitness centre and out to the pool, the entire 800 sq metre mansion is poised for quiet living and grand entertaining.Entertaining poolside at Cedar Springs

The list goes on but seeing, as they say, is believing. Start with a visit to www.cedarsprings.net.au and then contact Nicolette van Wijngaarden at Unique estates to arrange an inspection.

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