Behind an imposing wrought iron fence is a small paradise. An exceptional NSW estate of nearly 9 acres, bordering fifty acres of unspoilt nature area and on 400 m from the beach. Spacious living room, kitchen diner, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Guest accommodation annex office, infinity pool and porch with outside kitchen. Behind an imposing, wrought iron gate on the Kreekpad in Rockanje lies a slice of paradise. An exceptional, 9-acre country estate (protected by the Estate Act), bordering on 50 acres of nature reserve. A mere 400 metre walk from here and you are standing on the wide beach of Rockanje, looking out over the rolling surf and the seemingly endless North Sea. You draw the salty sea air deep into your lungs and you feel privileged. The fact that you can live here – in this special place behind the dunes, in this magical house. Even in these beautiful surroundings, the estate owned by John-Guy van Keulen and his family is a unique world unto itself. Here, on an undulating open area in the woods, the internationally renowned interior designer created his magnum opus. In the robust, natural style that is his trademark. This is a house you would expect to see in the wild nature of Colorado or Wyoming, built to last – uncomplicated and sturdy. It was designed to resemble a mountain lodge, tough enough to withstand any storm and cosy, warm and safe inside. The house oozes the romance of days gone by, which we so often yearn for. With a roaring fire in the colossal, antique French limestone fireplace three centimetre thick 18th-century ladder pattern oak flooring, with underfloor heating, heavy beams that carry the roof and everywhere a fascinating view of an un-Dutch landscape. This robust country house would look as at home at the foot of the Rocky Mountains as it does here, behind the dunes of Rockanje, melting into the prairie-like surroundings. Wavy golden yellow grasses, silvery knotted willows along the natural swimming pond, complete with wooden jetty, a boat, its own sandy beach and an arched bridge across the brook meandering through the garden. The house has an open structure, with all living spaces – dining room, kitchen and lounge – interconnected. It has been built to make the most of this beautiful backdrop. Boundaries between inside and outside are blurred. Enormous glass fronts bring the outside world in and French doors all around open onto vast terraces of aged Belgian hardstone, totalling no less than 500 m2. For those who do not want to use the natural swimming pond, there is a stylish, heated infinity pool, clad in grey mosaic and easily covered with a solar slats pool cover. Behind the robust, restrained façade of the house lies state of the art technology. In the stylish kitchen the stainless steel fridge, freezer and wine cooler by Sub-Zero stand out. All kitchen drawer fronts, covered in grey leather, have an electrical Blum servo drive, so that the lightest touch is sufficient to open and close them. And below the countertop, there is a fully automatic Scanomat Topbrewer coffeemaker, operated by smartphone or tablet. The gorgeous outdoor kitchen, with fireplace and in the natural style of the house, is equipped with Sub-Zero products and cooling drawers. The countertops of both the indoor and outdoor kitchen are made from aged Belgian hardstone. The elegant master bedroom, with dressing room with old louvre doors, is on the ground floor and has an en suite bathroom with freestanding bath, a double rain shower and double sink. On the first floor, you will find three more beautiful bedrooms and two spacious bathrooms – all designed in the pure, timeless style of John-Guy van Keulen. The entire house was constructed using old and antique building materials, mainly from France. It looks like it has been here for ages, but is in fact merely one year old. ‘You cannot plan a house like this, it grew under my hands’, says John-Guy. ‘Old materials cannot be forced. As a designer, you are led by them. That is why this is a one-time house, with a unique atmosphere.’ The detached office cum guest house measures approx. 30 m2 and stands away from the main house. This is where John-Guy works on his unique creations, which increasingly take him to Ibiza. That is where a new adventure awaits him and his family. It gives you the opportunity of acquiring this very special house in a magnificent location, at a short distance from Rotterdam. This is the place where you want your children to grow up, without a care in the world and with a lovely sense of freedom. An estate that is protected by the Estate Act comes with many tax and financial advantages. For instance, you do not pay stamp duty or death duties. We are happy to tell you more.