The Pavilion is a stunning piece of architecture set on a breathtaking piece of land in Foxground, NSW. Nestled up under the escarpment, with sweeping coastal and ocean views, it's a hard choice to focus on the exquisite execution of detail in the main residence, or get out on the property and lose yourself in the calls of the lyrebirds.
It's not often you get to explore the buildings that feature on Grand Designs, so I jumped at the chance to visit The Pavilion. Foxground is just a stone's throw from my home town of Gerringong, on the gorgeous South Coast of NSW. A short drive from civilisation, Foxground is a rural haven tucked under the escarpment. Get high enough and you're greeted with sweeping views back to the coast, and that's where Joe and Maura Cato decided to build their home.
Any home that appears on Grand Designs is bound to impress, and The Pavilion is no different. As a civil engineer, Joe had a few advantages in tackling a self-build project. They chose a rammed earth construction along with reclaimed timber features. But most impressive was the decision to keep the house off the grid. A large solar panel array along with other sustainable features have allowed them to achieve this admirable goal.
Being an engineer in my previous life, I took great joy in discovering the attention to detail throughout the design of the house. I love the way the house is spacious and so obviously a special building, but without being overly showy - the spacious open plan kitchen and living room felt somewhat humble. And the finishing touches Maura employed to decorate the space and turn it into a home are just perfect.
Of course this amazing home wouldn't be quite as impressive without taking into account the location. The sweeping southern views of the South Coast can be enjoyed from nearly every room in the house, as well as the pool! The property is tucked under the escarpment, and is an explorer's paradise. Once you've had your fill of the rainforest on the property, you can venture further out and up to the top of the escarpment itself for some breathtaking views.
Naturally in this location the wildlife is abundant - lyrebirds, kangaroos, wombats and even snakes! Not to mention all the other species you hear but don't see. Even the drive up to the property is magical - lyrebirds darting across the road and waterfalls by the road tumble over mossy green rocks.
So you're probably thinking, 'That's awesome for Joe and Maura, wouldn't it be nice to live in a place like that??'. The great news is you can also experience the serenity of the property!
The Cottage is a little self-contained accommodation near to the main house - constructed in the same fashion and fitted out just as cosily as the main house. And you can book it on AirBnB!
Joe and Maura are amazing hosts - every detail is thought of including some fresh eggs from their chickens for your brekky. It's the sort of place that suits everyone. You can use it as a base for an active weekend - plenty of hikes on or around the property, and an easy distance from the beach if you are keen for a surf. Or, you can simply soak up the peacefulness of the place and relax in nature - knowing that a comfy bed and some DVD's await you at The Cottage.
Are you lucky enough to live in a stunning location like The Pavilion? I'd love to take some beautiful photos of your property too! Whether you run an accommodation business at home, or simply want some images to showcase your pride and joy, I can help with interior images and stunning landscapes.
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