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Andrew's grand estate at Possum Creek wins international award

Andrew More stands beside the pool at 'Bandongrove'  a magnificent estate at Possum Creek which has just won a prestigious int
Andrew More stands beside the pool at 'Bandongrove'  a magnificent estate at Possum Creek which has just won a prestigious int

By Jann Burmester The moment you enter 'Bandongrove' in the Byron Bay hinterland you know you are arriving somewhere very special.

The half-a-kilometre, bitumen driveway winds through lush, green paddocks and opens out to a valley where a jaw-dropping, grand estate house comes into view.

I park beside what I am later told is the garage (it's bigger than my home) and the sound of a bubbling creek can be heard.

A magnificent, 100-year-old fig tree which is lit at night by hundreds of lights makes a stunning backdrop to this 100-acre estate at Possum Creek.

There's a section of rare rainforest on the property as well as a dam filled with 500 perch and a family of ducks.

The views are amazing and it's so peaceful.

But it's the residence that really 'blows you away'.

The five bedroom 'grand dame' features massive, covered, timber verandas; a 21-metre infinity-edge pool; a cinema room; gymnasium; games room; artist's studio; open plan informal and formal areas; Italian-tiled bathrooms; a purpose-built bar room which opens out to an entertaining area, three fireplaces, a four-car garage and lots more.

Owned by builder and developer Andrew More of Unico Developments, 'Bandongrove' has just been announced as a major winner in the CNBC Asia Pacific International property awards.

The property took out the 'Best Property Australia' award and Andrew will travel to Singapore in July to receive the award.

"I am very honoured to be the only Australian property to receive an award and with more than 250 entries in the Asia Pacific for the Best Property category, it really highlights the quality that Australian developers are achieving when compared with other developers in the international prestige property arena," Andrew said.

The double-frame house took five years to build and the 150 custom-made veranda posts were especially designed for the property.

Much of the design of the Federation, country-style house has been inspired by Scot's College in Warwick, Queensland and features doors and windows made from recycled timber.

"The house is very environmentally friendly and cool in summer and warm in winter," Andrew said.

Originally from England where he purchased and renovated 17 pubs, Andrew moved to the North Coast seven years ago.

"I love Bandongrove, and it's been a delight to live here, but I'm ready to move on."

Bandongrove is for sale for offers over $7.5 million. For more details go to www.unicodevelopments.com or call Nicolette on 0434985834.


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