A design writer’s secluded bush retreat is for sale in Australia’s Dangar Island

Shaped like a bird watcher’s hut

Eagle-eyed readers might recognize this striking Australian holiday home, which belongs to design writers Karen McCartney and David Harrison, and is for sale for the first time.

Dangar Island House was designed for the creative couple by Harrison’s sister Jan Robertson of architectural firm Robertson and Hindmarsh in 2007 and is hidden in the New South Wales bush an hour’s drive from Sydney.

Its boxy, stilted profile hunkers into a steeply sloping site and is reminiscent of a bird watcher’s hut with windows peeking out on a dense canopy of angophora trees. Dark stained timber exteriors give way to light-filled rooms, painted with muted grey walls and lime-oak floorboards.

The three-bedroom Australian holiday home – listed via Modern House with price on application – is designed for slow living. Potential owners should be aware there’s no vehicular access on Dangar Island, which is on the Hawkesbury River, and the island is only accessible via boat. But that is part of Dangar Island’s charm; you can leave the stress of the city behind and get back to nature.

Photography by Richard Powers
Photography by Richard Powers
Photography by Richard Powers

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