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Porte de Bleu – A Garden Lovers’ Paradise

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  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 5 Car spaces
  • 2751 sq metres



An Australian masterpiece designed by Alistair Knox in 1978 close to shops, sporting facilities, schools and the cafe culture of Emerald, this family home is a triumph of reclaimed materials and environment harnessed to create a thermally efficient house full of beauty and whimsy. The house is built from mud bricks made on-site, complemented by recycled Oregon timbers and rustic brick floors. It sits peacefully and privately within covetable established gardens full of rare plants and artfully created mise en scène.

This home is jam-packed with passive house design features. The north-facing windows welcome the sun during the winter months and as the equinox arrives the home is shaded from the harsh summer heat. The signature Knox fireplace uses both radiant heat and convection ensuring the heat energy is retained and circulated. The chimney creates a heat bank that radiates warmth for hours. All of these factors combine to make the house naturally 5 - 10 degrees warmer or cooler depending on the season.

The kitchen blends the best of old and new with recent red cupboard doors and a converted gas Aga for real country hospitality as well as a 900 conventional freestanding gas cooker. Fanciful windows of salvaged leadlight have been used throughout the house, in the doors, the bathrooms, the cupboards, even in the woodshed! Wherever you look there is warmth and character built-in. The master bedroom enjoys a view of the exquisite garden as does every window in the house.

Step through the eponymous blue door and be transported into the art trail of a garden that feels endless and without effort - roses tumble over archways, meandering garden paths, a bridge that completes Monet’s Garden tableaux. Set amongst the bigger picture, you will find a more practical kitchen garden with chook shed or dog run, fruit and nut trees that include quince, lemons, limes, cherries, apples, pears, and kiwis. All nourished by 20,000 litres of tank water that supplies 1km of irrigation. With an option to tap into main water as well.

This house & garden is extraordinary. For a private tour please contact Katie Woods on 0428 744 498.


Open Fireplace
Outdoor Entertainment Area
Water Tank