This coastal stunner is a dream retreat


Ever been on vacay and believed ‘I could happily keep forever…’? That is just how you will really feel when you go to this beautiful vacation residence that is nestled in the heart of Shoal Bay, Port Stephens.

That homely, comforting feeling is precisely the vibe the property’s owners, Lauren and Matuesz, wanted guests staying at La Luna to have. 

The pool and barbecue location at La Luna is an entertainer’s delight.

Possibly, if you are like Lauren and Matuesz you have even decided to go 1 greater and nab a pad to renovate and transform into your personal dream weekender.

“We definitely wanted the home to encourage individuals to commit time collectively, whether or not it be about the fireplace watching films, or about the barbecue even though the youngsters are in the pool. Our intention is that everybody who stays at La Luna leaves feeling pleased and rejuvenated,” they say.

The great space to unwind in – summer season or winter.

If you are seeking for the ultimate weekend city escape, or some inspo for developing your personal vacation abode, La Luna can deliver each. 

Undoubtedly 1 of the most luxurious and amazing properties in the Shoal Bay location – which is about 3 hours’ drive from Sydney – La Luna was bought by the present owners  in 2013, who then transformed the residence into a fairly particular retreat.

The owners of La Luna absolutely overhauled the home.

“It was conveniently subsequent door to our vacation residence, which had been in our household for generations. My husband and I wanted to have a space close by for when we decided to have youngsters, so they could take pleasure in the identical memories we had created as youngsters holidaying in the location,” Lauren says. 

“We absolutely overhauled the home from its original brick appear, to a much more modern day rendered exterior and open interior. We decided on the name ‘La Luna’ since the home was inspired by the Tina Arena song, Sorrento Moon.”  

The outcome is a delightfully welcoming space, full with a handful of eclectic design and style and styling touches.

With six significant bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a gourmet chef kitchen and two living regions, the residence lends itself completely to entertaining. Then there’s the pool home full with ping pong table, bar and deck, and a swimming pool, barbecue location and undercover patio. Phew.

There’s lots of space for lounging… and entertaining.

A single of the most distinctive elements of the home is its striking blue and green stained-glass front door, which was inspired by the ocean

“We initially wanted to have leadlight front doors, but they had been more than our spending budget and difficult to operate with. Our project manager, Sezar Turk, recommended applying the stained glass solution as an option and a way to set the home apart from other individuals in the location.

“He developed a beautiful ocean-inspired appear that permeates blues and greens via the entry to the home when hit by all-natural light.”

The colourful front door is a distinctive function of the home, which also throws lovely streams of light into the entrance.

The expansive 1st floor consists of the master bedroom, as effectively as the open-strategy living, dining and kitchen regions that flow out to the alfresco entertaining spaces.

The dining space has a 12-seat, custom-created dining table, which is surrounded by artwork (hello dinner parties!) and complemented by the living location, which has lots of further seating.

A 12-seat dining table and open-strategy living space regions tends to make for an entertainer’s haven.

The outside regions definitely cement the home’s credentials as a vacation pad. The pool home is an epic space, with clever design and style, which includes glass bi-fold doors that flow out to the a number of outside entertaining regions.

“We have a significant extended household so our intention was for the home to really feel each communal and private all at the identical time – that is why we incorporated two key entertainment regions downstairs: A single inside with a fireplace and 1 outdoors with an outside kitchen and living space, as effectively as private bedrooms and a smaller sized entertainment location upstairs,” says Lauren.

Just add cocktails.

Upstairs, there are 5 much more bedrooms and an extra living space. A single of the ideal options right here is the further-significant sunken spa bath in 1 of the two upper bathrooms – it is a zen zone that is framed by huge glass windows, but offered a secluded really feel thanks to the surrounding lush greenery.

Who’s keen to chill out in this lush sunken tub?

Other chic styling touches all through the home contain terrazzo tiles, pendant lights and plush soft furnishings in a neutral palette base with pops of colour all through. 

The intention was to give the interiors a beach theme, with no getting overly kitsch, Lauren says.

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“The statement staghorn fern and native plants brought pops of colour to break up the grey undertones of the furnishings and linen. The outcome operates definitely effectively with modern day options tied in nicely to the vintage fishing gear and surfboards as statement pieces.” 

The couple also attempted to harness repurposed components via the design and style of the home.

Vintage fishing gear and surfboards add a retro-chic touch to the pool home.

If you are keen to discover the location (regardless of the truth that you could simply keep entertained with no leaving), there’s lots to maintain you busy nearby.

A single of Port Stephens’ key drawcards is whale watching: The amazing 97,000-hectare marine park sees an annual terrific whale migration, which is recognized as the Humpback Highway. If a day on the water spotting and scouting for these majestic animals appeals, book in with Moonshadow Cruises – and, if you are fortunate, you may well spot a playful pod of dolphins who have a tendency to swim alongside the boat and execute tricks for delighted onlookers. 

Correct about the corner from La Luna, you will locate neighborhood gem, The Shoal Bay Nation Club. Situated across from the beach, it is the great spot to even though away an afternoon with platters of shared eats and jugs of cocktails – grab a spot on the terrace if it is a good day. 

If the keep leaves you feeling inspired and you are keen to take residence a piece of La Luna’s style, Lauren recommends you head to Reverse Garbage in Salamander Bay to scour for second-hand residence styling treasures. 

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Book your keep at La Luna through Alloggio.

How to build the ultimate weekender

  1. Attempt to re-use products in your residence for a tiny trip down memory lane.
  2. Set aside revenue in your spending budget for a handful of statement pieces, such as the staghorn fern, sunken bath and stained glass doors at La Luna.
  3. Feel about how you want to use your space. If you are an entertainer and have the spending budget for it, do not settle for just 1 living location – go all out and place them everywhere. 
  4. Even beach homes get utilised in winter, so look at adding a fireplace to warm up the feeling of the living location and to build that communal household vibe.
  5. Significantly less is much more: You do not need to have to adorn each wall with art and decoration – a handful of essential pieces with which means will have much more of an effect.

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