ON a riverfront clifftop at Tinderbox is shaping up as what could be one of Tasmania’s biggest and most luxurious private homes.
The 90m low-profile home is being built overlooking the Derwent estuary.
It features a lap pool overhanging the cliffs, extended deck areas overlooking the river, with natural stone walls and vertical timber cladding to help it blend into the landscape.
The unique 8.5ha property first made national headlines in 2013 when it was put on the market with a $3 million price tag.
It includes a 100m tunnel deep inside the cliff face containing a 4000-bottle wine cellar. It took mining experts more than six and a half months to build the impressive tunnel.
Architectural drawings of the new home being built on top of the tunnel show plans for a house in three parts — the centre comprising the kitchen, larder, dining and living areas as well as office space, deck and gym.
To one side is the master bedroom with ensuite, walk-in wardrobe, sitting room and deck and on the other side of the central living space is another four bedrooms, guest lounge, private deck, billiards room, bar and what appears to be the entrance to the underground tunnel.
Connecting the guest spaces with the living space is the pool jutting out towards the cliff’s edge plus a spa and sauna. The plans include recommendation for heat shields or ember traps to protect against bushfire
The cellar is nine storeys deep, 35m from the sea shore and has power and water.
The property was on the market for more than 850 days before being snapped for $3m in December 2015 by local buyers — Huon Aquaculture co-founders Frances and Peter Bender.
The Benders submitted plans to the Kingborough Council for a large house in December 2017, with a development permit issued in May 2018. The Benders declined to comment on their project.