When Mel from Gather Collective invites us to one of her client/employee’s houses we run! Always.
This stunning retreat-like home is nestled in the hills of Warners Bay with picturesque views overlooking beautiful Lake Macquarie. One minute we were driving through suburbia and the next, it felt like we were on a retreat in the hinterland of Byron Bay.
Set on 10 acres of land this remarkable dwelling includes a stunning plunge pool, tennis court, views for days, three ponies and 14 toffee coloured goats!
Welcome to the stunning home of Kristy, Ben, Bailey and Ellie.
The Hawkins Family, of Hawkins Transport, originally purchased the land in the early 1900’s and the property, named Kanangra stayed in that family until Kristy and Ben bought it from them in 2012.
The original Kanangra homestead was incredibly grand featuring its own ballroom if you can believe!
After purchasing the property in 2012 Ben and Kristy set about completely redesigning the place and undertaking major renovation work. Still exceptionally grand, each room has been practically and lovingly converted to suit the everyday lifestyle of a young family, with the ballroom now transformed into the master bedroom and second living area.
With so much grass and a busy family schedule, the logical solution was of course to get goats! What started as a small herd of four has now expanded to 14! The children love them so much they have affectionately named each one.
Welcome to Kanangra!
IMAGES: Katie Wade
STYLING: Melissa Webster