SOME things change, others stay the same.
Castle Forbes Bay was at one time known as the “richest square mile of orchard land” in Australia.
These days there are more cherries in the Huon Valley than apples, although there are plenty of delicious apples, too.
One thing that will never change is the breathtaking view of the Huon River that stretches out from seemingly every window in this wonderful waterside property at Castle Forbes Bay.
From the kitchen, the entertainment deck, the living and sleeping spaces, the vista across the river towards Wattle Grove and Glaziers Bay is hard to turn your eyes away from.
Set on a huge block with virtually no neighbours, the stillness, peace and tranquillity of this little slice of heaven will always remain as such.
This is a home that will never be built out.
About 22 years ago, the owners Toni and Mike Wilson worked with Bob Mirowski on a design that would make the most out of the outstanding position.
Now, the couple are planning to downsize.
In touring the home with Toni, the couple’s eye for details is quickly apparent.
From the gorgeous grounds to the foyer’s gallery-like recessed wall niche, the four decks to the showstopping bath tub, every inch of this home was well considered in the design and build phase and then meticulously cared for over the ensuing years.
While the house was built a couple of decades ago it has the look, feel and lifestyle of a contemporary home.
Interestingly, Toni said when they built it, there was not another house in the Huon that had a rendered exterior — a material choice that is very much the norm today.
A house of this size and position feels well suited to a family or to those that love entertaining and need plenty of space to stretch out.
One of the first things that grabs attention on entry is the semi-open plan gourmet kitchen alongside the informal dining space and the formal sunken lounge.
Off the dining area is a sizeable sun-filled study. This room could be used as a formal dining area or a fourth bedroom for a larger family.
The bedroom wing on the upper level features a privately positioned master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe, a private deck and direct access to a large and luxurious family bathroom complete with a shower, vanity and a spa bath. From the tub the most exquisite river views are framed by big, beautiful timber windows.
The second bedroom also has access to this bathroom, which is just one of the many forward-thinking ideas on show in this home’s design decades before.
Just outside the master bedroom door, and looking at the leafy green northerly view is a sunny nook in which to sit with a good book.
Downstairs there is a big guest bedroom equipped with wardrobes and an ensuite.
The space adjoins a double garage with windows and sliding door access, which makes the mind wonder if it would be ideal as a rumpus for the right family.
Also on this level there is a new sauna also with water views.
There is a neat workshop with separate access outside access on this level.
The way it has been fitted out and its size and temperature hints at the possibility of a cellar, should the next owner be so inclined.
In its secluded, end-of-road location, the home is downstream from historic Franklin and upstream of Port Huon.
Toni described the property as “still and calm”.
“Often the water is like a mirror,” she said.
“You can gaze out across it and you won’t immediately know where the hills stop and the water begins.
“It is beautiful.”
Surrounding the house are flowing lawns, native and specimen trees and neatly trimmed hedges.
In the garden beds there are roses, rhododendrons, bulbs and other delightful surprises that bloom as the seasons change.
At the water’s edge there are the remains of a historic jetty, which means the potential exists for the next owners to have a boat mooring or a floating jetty in the river — subject to appropriate approvals.
Or, the Port Huon Marina is a five-minute drive from this home. Hobart is about 45 minutes up the highway, Kingston even closer or the Huon Valley’s major township Huonville is mere minutes away.
No.35 Meredith Street in Castle Frobes Bay is listed with Fall Real Estate at “Offers over $1.25 million”.