198 Somerset Drive
'Highview' - An Idyllic Mountain-top Getaway Property
Escape to your immaculate mountain-top retreat with acres of pristine rainforest and views to die for!
Offering a unique level of seclusion for those who wish to escape from the world, seeking the solitude, natural beauty, and wildlife of the Daintree National Park, with spectacular views out to the Coral Sea and 180° coastline views. Live permanently or holiday-let as an exclusive retreat, all just 20mins from Port Douglas.
Set on 15.21ha (37.6 acres) of pristine rainforest (no yard maintenance required for approx 35 acres of this land as it is all natural). With no nearby neighbours, privacy is assured. The 500m concrete driveway has a special non-slip surface with excellent drainage. It was refurbished and extended in 2022 making it suitable for any vehicle. Finally at the top, you're now approx 125m above sea level, overlooking the coastline to the east and the valley behind to the west – it's breathtaking!
These unsurpassed panoramic views encompass the cane fields far below, then extending out to the Coral Sea from as far north as the Daintree coast to Low Isles and Port Douglas then as far south as Palm Cove's Double Island, beyond Cairns and even to Cape Grafton on a clear day.
Cleverly designed by renowned North Queensland architect, Chris Van Dyke, this home breathes in all the surrounding beauty whilst offering plush living spaces. Built in 2000 and extended in 2010, this is a large home with many living spaces, all offering through breezes, it's cool and comfortable. Imagine…facing east, looking directly out to the sunrise on the ocean horizon each morning with the local birdlife and butterflies doing their thing…. it's totally captivating!
There are many unique features in this home, including the hexagonal living space featuring a master-crafted timber ceiling, with high louvres for ventilation. Huge timber bi-fold doors open the space out to a 3.5m wide timber balcony which wraps around the home. Quality construction materials and craftsmanship include irreplaceable rainforest timber and beautiful hardwood floors, all sourced from local timber before the bans, along with turpentine posts throughout. Hand-carved doors lead out from the living space to another deck overlooking the lush, tropical, landscaped gardens, which surround the home on the western side. A fish filled pond and Travertine-tiled undercover pathway leads you from the carport to the main entry, another nice subtle touch of luxury.
The kitchen is modern with black granite bench tops, new (2022) European appliances, 90cm gas cook top, 90cm oven, water filter, wine racks and spacious pantry. Blessed with ample storage and counter-space, perforated aluminium mesh cupboards with timber surrounds breathe and give a contemporary tropical feel. Open the 3m long bi-folding breakfast window and your kitchen drinks in the views out to the ocean over the tree-tops.
The master bedroom enjoys floor to ceiling glass louvres, offering exceptional private views and breezes. The ensuite is generous with a large rain shower which elevates the look and feel. Three guest bedrooms are at either end of the home, one features an open-air Bali-style private courtyard with a free-standing bath and shower adjacent to the swimming pool. An additional room, currently a home-office, could be a media room or a fifth bedroom.
This salt-water pool is feat of engineering and design. 12m long, 4.5m wide with an 8 seater spa and an infinity edge over the panoramic coral sea vista, it's dreamy and very photogenic! With an immaculate, broad, timber deck, there's plenty of room for lounging and dining pool-side. The deck links the home and the pool, all on one level for easy living.
Other features include:
· House and garden all immaculately presented and well-loved
· Ample space for tennis court/heli-pad/children to play
· Additional cleared land at the bottom of the driveway for shed/boat
· A large Pool shed (5x3m)
· Large new workshop with windows (3.5x2.6m)
· Landscaped tropical gardens with Halliconias/Gingers/Fan-palms
· Fully air conditioned throughout, refurbished and ducted unit added in 2022
· Excellent 4G/5G Mobile phone and Internet connection with fixed NBN nearby
· New (2022) 24.4kw solar electric system (62 panels, 2 inverters, 2 controllers and internet-connection) with a total of 46.1kw batteries. You will be independent of the grid, but can switch back to the grid in an emergency by a simple switch at the house – there's plenty of power!
· Large double-car carport with additional space for several more vehicles
· Self-sufficient water supply from the freshwater bore on the property - soft water
· Ten-channel automatic garden irrigation system
Only 1.5 hours' drive to Cairns International & Domestic Airports, or 20 minutes to Port Douglas & 7 minutes into Mossman, Somerset Drive is in an ideal location for permanent or part-time living.
This is the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the local region, from rainforest tours to snorkelling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef and of course Mossman Gorge nearby. The Daintree River Ferry is only 20 minutes to your north, the gateway to Cape Tribulation's untouched rainforest & beaches.
This luxurious retreat is for the discerning buyer who seeks solitude, privacy and to be at one with the pristine natural environment but in luxury, all in one of the world's most enviable climates. The property has been a successful holiday-let property in the past, though the current owners have lived here permanently.
It should be noted that the recent Cyclone Jasper caused absolutely no damage. The vendors report that the house stood strong, a great testament to the design and build quality. In addition, electricity, water, septic and gas were not interrupted either. This is a property well prepared for any cyclone!
Call Caroline Yarr on 0409 365 261 for further information. Inspections are strictly by appointment only.
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- Land area approx 15.21ha
- Air Conditioning
- Area Views
- Built In Wardrobes
- Bush Retreat
- Carports 2
- Ensuite 1
- Ocean Views
- Water Views