Bowen Mountain bushland retreat restored by former Austar CEO John Porter could be yours

Pavilion-style design at 83 Serpentine Lane, Bowen Mountain.

Located in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, the award-winning three-bedroom Bowen Mountain home named Dadirri is listed for sale with price expectations around $2 million.

The eclectic home on 2.23 hectares at 83 Serpentine Lane, Bowen Mountain, designed by CplusC Architects Clinton Cole under instruction by former Austar chief executive officer John Porter, is built around numerous pavilion-style living zones and takes open plan nature-inspired living to new extremes.

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The house blends effortlessly with the surrounding bushland.

Next to the pool is the cabana which is leased through Airbnb.

The open veranda located between the home and the backyard.

The roof of the property is built at an angle to allow the setting afternoon sun in winter to filter throughout the home. Glazed sliding doors open out onto the terrace and floors are finished in Brazilian slate.

The internal of the home is designed around a double-sided open fireplace and the master bedroom is built in a loft and features a private terrace area.

To further extend environmental credentials, a 110,000 litre water tank is buried under the pool house, sauna and cabana, next to the 25 metre indoor pool. Western red cedar doors and windows were used extensively throughout the house.

McGrath Rouse Hill agent Greg Vincent said originally the only structure on the property was a bush hut that has been updated and attached to the new home.

The light filled living room.

Looking from the living room to the rest of the house.

The water feature separating two parts of the home.

“The land was first owned by Austar chief executive officer John Porter who commissioned Clinton Cole from CplusC Architectual Workshop initially to design a weekender but the brief escalated from there,” he said.

“Originally there was only a slab hut built on the property and the architect expanded upon that and built the home as several different pavilions – it won an award for the Best Structural Use of Timber at the Australian Timber Design Awards back in 2005.

“It really is so private and tucked away … in the morning you get beautiful sunrises then as the sun sets the colours sent into the horizon to the east as well … it has been featured online as one of Australia’s best Airbnb rentals.”

The main bedroom, complete with floor to ceiling glass.

The bathroom with a view.

The light filled kitchen.

CplusC managing director Clinton Cole said it is a cracker of a site with views to the city and over Richmond. He added the current owner has maintained the property really well.

“It took just over a year to build as originally the brief was just for a weekender for a couple but it grew substantially from there … I was designing and building as I lived on site for about a year,” he said.

The water feature between the living room and ground floor bedrooms.

One of the ground floor bedrooms.

The second bathroom

“Designs of that nature tend not to be absolute, not completed monuments so the site itself and the topography lent itself to sculpting in time … after the pavilions were built we added the swimming pool then cabana and spa, then the dam … the owners lived there for five years full time after first wanting it as a weekender and wanted something bigger.

“The current owners have maintained it really well, did enclose the pool house for separate accommodation in aluminium but not completely out of character.”

The three-bedroom home has been earning its keep as an Airbnb listing since the current owners rebuilt part of the poolside cabana to be used for accommodation.