Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Have you ever wanted a weekender?

Well it's always been on my wish list. I have often dreamt of having a little cottage to escape to on weekends and school holidays. A place to get away from city life, a place to catch up with friends and family, and a place that will give my kiddos many fond memories to look back upon.

Well I think I may have found the perfect place! This house definitely ticks all the boxes:
  • it's within 2 hours of Brisbane
  • it's an original weatherboard cottage full of character
  • very private and secluded
  • close to town
  • near the beach
  • and surrounded by mature trees
This little weatherboard house....

sits on just over 1/2 an acre of land. There are no other houses within sight and it's surrounded by big, shady trees. The gardens are a little overgrown, and could do with a bit of TLC, but there is so much potential here.

I love the view from the north-facing rear deck across the countryside and it shows you just how close the beach is.

You can just about smell the clean, salty air. It's a little bit country, and a little bit coast. The house has good bones - I would retain all the existing features and furnish it very, very simply.

The house was constructed in the 1920's - it has 14 foot ceilings and the rooms are of grand proportions. The current layout is not bad, but I would make a few minor changes.

The internal colour scheme is well, rather hideous and each room is painted a different colour - this house needs lashings of white paint. However despite this, I can see this front bedroom that has french doors opening onto the wrap around verandah ...

looking a little like this:

The existing living room ......

with the old carpet pulled up and floorboards sanded and polished (and some more white paint) could look similar to this:

or this:

And the room which is now used as a dining room:

I would reinstate a farmhouse style, eat-in kitchen, which is probably where the original kitchen once used to be.

This room is north-facing, so it would get fantastic natural light with the added bonus of having ocean views as well.

Oh it's so nice to dream ....


  1. Oh lovely!

    I can see that potential there!

    Some white paint, some rustic furniture and a house full of fun and kids is all you need to bring it to life!

    Lovely post Caroline. x

    1. This house used to sit on 300 acres - if it were still the case, my hubby would be packing up now! xx

  2. It looks perfect!
    May I ask where it is? I don't want to steal it don't worry! I am just curious! But if you want to keep it a secret I totally understand!

    1. It just happens to be in your favourite neck of the woods! xx

  3. Oh wow. Love how it's in such original condition and love your inspiration pictures. It has so much potential.

    1. Isn't it a beauty? I could seriously move for this one. xx

  4. I agree with Zara, I love the bones of this house and equally love your inspiration pics. Go for it! mel x

  5. The thought of having a huge block is so appealing at the moment - probably more so because of our current living conditions. This apartment is doing my head in and we'll be here for at least 9 more months. xx