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GREENS BEACH ECO-HOME

Idyllically situated in bushland overlooking a nature reserve and just a few minutes’ walk to a sheltered swimming beach, Greens Beach Solar home is a one-of-a-kind homestay that will appeal to nature lovers, environmentalists and architecture buffs – as well as anyone looking for luxurious accommodation amidst the peace and pristine beauty of Tasmania’s north shore.

At first glance the two-bedroom property is a contemporary, architect-designed home. Yet its understated good looks are eclipsed by its serious sustainability credentials – the house has all the comforts, amenities and appliances of a modern home, but is completely self-sufficient for power, waste, and water,

“Greens Beach Solar home is quite possibly the world’s first modern all-electric, completely emission free, totally off-grid house,” explains architect and homeowner David Macfarlane.

“It’s a luxuriously-appointed, state-of-the-art solar-powered house which is naturally comfortable all year round – fresh and cool throughout summer, but warm and cosy in winter – without a wood fire, gas heater (or cooker), or backup generator.”

Guests at Greens Beach Solar home can enjoy verdant vistas from the generous veranda at the rear of the property. Evenings bring curious wallabies to graze on the front lawn under Tasmania’s clear night sky. Inside the Solar home, there’s a large master bedroom with a king-size bed and French doors opening onto the veranda. The fully equipped kitchen includes an induction glass cook top, convection/microwave oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, DeLonghi coffee machine, stainless steel cookware and more. The spacious bathroom has a full-size bath that can be filled with piping hot Tasmanian rainwater from the tank on the property. The passive ventilation system circulates a constant supply of fresh air.

In-house entertainment options include a flat screen TV/DVD player, a library of more than 200 DVDs, over 100 books, and fast, free wireless Internet.

The house is just a few minutes’ walk to Greens Beach, a quiet and sheltered swimming spot. There’s also a nine-hole golf course, public tennis courts and access to a coastal trail through Narawntapu National Park. The area is known for its native wildlife and kangaroos are sometimes seen hopping down the main street.

Greens Beach is also the perfect base from which to explore the northeast region of Tasmania. Local attractions, apart from the beach and walking trails, include the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Platypus House and many world class wineries. The spectacular scenery and walks of Cradle Mountain National Park, Barnbougle Golf Course, and the Low Head penguin viewing are all within a couple of hours’ scenic drive. Every booking at Greens Beach Solar home includes early check-in (any time after 11am) and late check-out (until 4pm). Bookings for stays of 7 nights or more attract a 10% discount plus a complimentary bottle of wine from the Tamar Valley, Tasmania’s premier wine growing region. For more information and bookings visit: www.greensbeachsolarhome.com.au. Learn more about Solar home’s innovative design at: www.thesolarhomeproject.com

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