Morrisian-inspired country estate in Australia's Orara Valley

Morrisian-inspired country estate in Australia's Orara Valley

This 54 acre Moroccan-inspired country estate on a hilltop in the picturesque Upper Orara Valley hinterlands offers a large main house, two guest villas and an apartment along with equestrian facilities and frontage on the Orara River.

It is an easy 20-minute drive to the Coffs Harbour coast and its white-sand beaches, said Deborah Cullen, of Cullen Royle. You can swim or surf in the morning and go horse riding or swimming in the private swimming holes in the pristine river in the afternoon. She said it is a serene place.

She said it is a fantastic entertaining house with everything large and oversized. It is really the little details that bring a smile to your face, with artisan finishes on the handmade walls and throughout the property to provide a treasure trove for the eye. She said that it is an ideal property for art collectors because of its large proportions, high ceilings and gallery spaces.

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The Mid North Coast estate was built in the mid 1980s as a private retreat from city life and was recently updated by the current owners, she said. It offers expansive 270 degree views across the surrounding mountains and rainforest.

The main house, except for a loft space, has an open floor plan. Other architectural details include wide breezeways, thick whitewashed walls, Mexican handmade tiles, trompe l oeil artworks, exposed beams, French doors, polished hardwood floors, and multiple indoor and outdoor dining spaces.

The kitchen has a large island with seating, Bosch and Miele appliances and Italian marble countertops. A deep wrap-around porch surrounds the main residence and leads to an outdoor living dining room.

The summer villa has an open-air bathroom and a living room with two large motorized screened doors that lift to reveal open mountain vistas.

Ms. Cullen said that this is a place where you just exhale in. It feels like you are a million miles away from anywhere. It is incredibly serene and private. The main house has five bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one partial bathroom. There is also a one-bedroom cottage, a one-bedroom apartment and a two-bedroom summer villa. There are 433 square meters of interior space on 54 acres, of which 4660 square feet are located.

A resort-style swimming pool and spa, a cabana with kitchen facilities and a gym, extensive gardens and stone walls, a state-of-the-art bushfire suppression system, a three-car garage, a storage and equipment shed, a covered fire pit and fully fenced paddocks and equestrian facilities are included in the amenities.

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The estate is about a 20-minute drive from the city of Coffs Harbour, which has beaches, a marina, restaurants and an airport that offers an average of five flights a day to Sydney and daily flights to Melbourne and Brisbane, according to the listing.

A new film studio is planned in Coffs Harbour by Russell Crowe, who is also a local with a beautiful rural property nearby, Ms. Cullen said.

She said it was about a 5.5 hour drive to Sydney and just over four hours to Brisbane.

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