Set in the vine-clad hills of Hunter Valley Wine Country, ‘Sorpresa’ is an architectural masterpiece with park-like surrounds and jaw-dropping views.
Cantilevered from the stone on the side of Mount View, the engineering and construction of this home is clearly extensive but aesthetically the modern architecture is restrained and means the home doesn’t compete at all with its surroundings. As you arrive, a ‘porte-cochere’ or carriage porch doubles as a generous entrance and the moment that front door opens you understand the name: ‘Sorpresa’, Italian for surprise.
The entire entry-level offers breathtaking, floor to ceiling views across the Hunter Valley to the coast through massive picture-frame windows and extended spans of bi-fold doors. Clean modern lines and a very light colour pallet allow the view to be the hero in every room and the galley-style kitchen with stone tops, commercial-grade appliances and European fittings is no exception.
The floorplan is very relaxed with a combined lounge. kitchen, dining, and outdoor living area merging seamlessly on the entry-level. The main bedroom, again with panoramic views, a luxuriously appointed ensuite and walk-in robe is on the same level, as is the well-appointed laundry and guest powder room. In fact, unless you have family or friends staying with you, everything you need is on the one level. On the lower level, another three bedrooms, two bathrooms, massive living space and even a kitchenette and outdoor living area offer immense flexibility for extended family, air-bnb or just extra space. Both levels are kept comfortable by two ducted reverse-cycle air-conditioning systems.
The house is set on approximately 7 acres of established easy-care parkland with sealed-road frontage, sealed driveway and is only a few minutes’ walk to the Hunter’s famous French bistro, Bistro Molines.
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