One of the most spectacular houses in Australia’s market is now on sale and it’s in South Australia. More specifically, Kangaroo Island.
Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Australia is world-renowned for its natural, rugged beauty and wildlife. Pristine white beaches, dramatic cliffs and soaring dunes dot the island’s landscape, embraced by the gentle, crystal clear waters of the Island’s many bays.
It is on one of these cliff-tops that you will find Rocky Point, a gracious and historic house that dissects 7 kilometres of white sandy beach and features glorious panoramic views that take in the full swath of the Island’s most protected north-facing bay.
Commissioned by the prominent South Australian Supreme Court judge, Sir John Gordon, he was the first to see Kangaroo Island’s potential as a private and secluded getaway, a place to do nothing, or something.
The wealthy pastoralist Dutton family purchased it in 1918. “We have been so fortunate to have enjoyed this spectacular place with amazement every day. Its sheer beauty still astounds us,” said a family spokesperson.
Commanding some 365 metres of very rare beach and clifftop frontage, all the way down to the mean high tide mark, Rocky Point’s perfect position has inspired some of Australia’s greatest artists and authors.
Names like John Olsen, Arthur Boyd and Sir Russell Drysdale, and writers of the ilk of Patrick White, Alan Moorehead, David Malouf and Robert Hughes have left profound words in the visitors’ books, which reads like a who’s who of Australian cultural life over many decades.
Many a Vice Regal party often stayed, with many locals referring to the house as “Government House”.
Even Princess Diana’s father, The Earl of Spencer has stayed. Carefully crafted in local limestone, the home’s dramatic stone walls keep the house cool in summer, warm in winter and provide delightful accommodation of some six bedrooms.
Entertaining options are only limited by your imagination, with pavilion–style living, beautifully wide verandahs, and intimate interiors that are elegant but relaxed.
“It would be foolish to expect real peace, but at Rocky Point, between the arms of the bay, peace is as close as it can ever be,” said the family spokesperson.
Planning consent for further extensions has been granted, affording a potential buyer with further levels of sophisticated luxury to rival anything out there for the most discerning of guests.
The property is ideal for all manner of uses, including the potential as a luxury tourist retreat of the highest calibre.
Rocky Point is an extraordinary rare offering, held by the one family for five generations and while much has been written about it over the years, perhaps it is best summed up by the renowned Australian poet, David Campbell, who wrote about Rocky Point “A house that Paul Cezanne would love, set on a limestone cliff above, on the white beaches and the sea, blue days in careless reverie go by. Like Greeks we fish for food”
For more info on this magnificent property, head to https://klemich.com.au/.