Find Me A Beach House

Is this houseboat the most luxurious sustainable home?

This private villa is revolutionising five-star luxury while championing sustainable living.

Set on the Northern Beaches stunning Pittwater ocean is Lilypad - a two bedroom, two-storey home floating in the middle of the water. With uninterrupted views of the surrounding water and islands, there's something extra special about this luxurious accomodation. 

"It is somewhat of a world first," designer and creater, Chuck Anderson tells The Design Files. "Europe has similar projects that have been sources of inspiration, however, Lilypad is certainly one-of-a-kind. Completely powered by solar, it has no fuels onboard, yet luxury and function are not compromised one bit," he says. 

Luxury is certainly not compromised - with a private charter, on-board wine cellar, 24 hour concierge service, sea plane transport and meals at the nearby Boathouse and Barrenjoey House restaurant - not to mention the in-house chef and spa treatments, just to name a few.

But with a luxurious stay comes the price tag to match - starting at $1,450 per night, fitting up to four people. 

While the experience may require a healthy budget, it does not skimp on the totally unique and incredible experience. 

Arrive via private charter and sip on your champagne on arrival as you look out to the expansive views of Pittwater. 

Inside, the house is spacious and light with warm, minimal furniture - taking on a Scandi-chic interior design. It's dark wooden floors make a cosy base to the openess that the rest of the house offers. 

From the living room, stand underneath the double-height ceilings to view the loft bedroom upstairs, accessible by a sleek monochrome staircase. 

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Bi-fold doors open the living room to connect with the outdoor, wrap around verandah - the perfect place to unwind, take in the scenery and enjoy a night under the stars.

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Keeping with the monochrome tones, the bedroom plays with both light and dark, providing a light and cosy retreat after a day out in the sun.

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As well as a living room, there is a functioning kitchen - should you want to use it, which is set at the back of the house offering a sweeping, open view through the open-plan house and the surrounding landscape.

If the guests don't want to cook, they can still use the kitchen by requesting a chef to ferry over and cook a gourmet feast for the house, or to use the 24 hour concierge to charter across the on-shore restaurants. 


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If you'd like to do some exploring, take the rubber ducky out to nab a picnic spot on Palm Beach's bay side or, the surrounding islands nearby - where a gourmet picnic complete with cured meats, cheese and champagne can await you.

Lilypad can be booked via AirBnB, or direct through their website.

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