This practical home has an elegant country feel for modern living



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With its contemporary layout and elegant country feel, the Hermitage Grande by McDonald Jones Homes is both practical and full of charm

The Hermitage Grande resonates with second- home buyers who dream of embracing the thriving landscape of the Hunter region and sharing it with their children. Moreover, it helps hard-working couples to achieve an even more important dream — to provide a safe and comfortable haven for their children and future grandchildren.

This is the ideal family home, which is evident in the unique zoning of the design. With the Hermitage Grande, the family is brought together at the centre of the residence where they can enjoy open-plan living areas, rooms dedicated to family activities, and an effortless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.

“The Hermitage Grande delivers the perfect balance between country charm and modern living essentials,” says Nathan Thurston, marketing manager of McDonald Jones Homes. “Echoing the grandeur of the traditional country estate, the home is sectioned into generously sized spaces: the guest or children’s retreat, the entertaining hub, and the parents’ paradise.

“Key consideration was given to the left wing of the home, which is completely dedicated to rewarding the parents with a retreat that provides an escape from the daily grind. A king bed fits comfortably in the main area while the first walk-in robe — there are two, his and hers — remains hidden behind a partitioning wall. The master suite also features a two-way deluxe ensuite with a twin-basin vanity and a built-in dressing table to ensure a pampering experience every day. Add to this a deep freestanding bath and an inset window that looks from the bedroom into the ensuite, and waking up in this divine retreat will always be a delight.”

The oversized gourmet kitchen overlooks the dining and living areas, and opens out through bi-fold doors to the outdoor living space. The connecting galley butler’s pantry, extended with a walk-in pantry, is a standout feature of the Hermitage Grande’s design, as is the island bench with its modern Caesarstone top (Vanilla Noir 5100, Supernatural Range) and the shimmering splashback of Starphire glass in Virtual Snakeskin.

“To reflect a true appreciation of the home’s surrounds, and to create a seamless transition between indoors and out, soft natural colours have been used throughout,” says Nathan. “This has been accented in various ways. In the open-plan living area, for example, dark timber flooring combines with stone benchtops and profiled white joinery to pay homage to the elegant country style of eras past. This interior decorating style is repeated in all wings of the home with subtle inclusions, such as dark-wood furniture and accents, a muted beige colour palette, and marble tops to the bathrooms, laundry, activity area and home theatre.”

Befitting its acreage location, the Hermitage Grande provides more than just a comfortable and relaxed lifestyle. It offers limitless possibilities and the flexibility to adapt as your family grows.

“While this is a signature design of the Country Living Collection, and the largest home offered by McDonald Jones, we cater for families of varied lifestyles, budgets and needs with our numerous collections, including GenOne, NextGen, Stuart Everitt Architectural Design Portfolio and the 2S Two Storey range,” says Nathan.

“Whether you are a new homebuyer, a downsizer close to retirement or an experienced homeowner looking to upgrade and build in the city, country, the suburbs or on the coast, there is a perfect McDonald Jones home just waiting to be discovered by you and your family.”

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