Spanish castle hidden in the Noosa hinterland

first_imgThe home has a strong Spanish feel. One of several outdoor spaces to relax in. 74 Foxtail Rise, Doonan Qld 4562EVERY home may well be a castle, but this family has taken that to heart, resulting in a Spanish “castle” hidden in a Queensland forest.Sitting on the edge of a ridge in the Noosa hinterland, the solid three-level property sits fortress-like looking over surrounding forest. It’s solid, with concrete floors, walls and in the lower levels even concrete ceilings too, according to agent Alex Harris of Noosa4Sale.“It is an imposing house built in the Spanish style, and incredibly, built of concrete,” she told The Courier-Mail.Located just a 10-minute drive from Noosaville, the four bedroom, three bathroom home at 74 Foxtail Rise, Doonan, has been priced to sell at $1.2m. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoThe light terracotta feel stands out against the vivid greenery surrounding it.“This is a great family home — there is nothing precious about it. Kids and dogs can run through it — you won’t hear it, they can’t ruin the floor. “And while there is no media room, each bedroom is massive, with plenty of room for desks, TVs, play areas and room for sleep overs. And who wouldn’t want to have a sleep over in a Spanish Castle?” GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S FREE REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX Unlike many real castles, this home has aircon, instant gas hot water, gas cooktop, 5kW solar power, 90,000 litres of rainwater storage and an envirocycle waste system.“The current owners love it, and parting with it has been a difficult decision, but they want to pack the kids up and travel around Australia for a year or two so the house has to go,” Ms Harris said.“While the property looks like it is mostly impenetrable forest, it has walking trails cut through to the spring-fed dam, and into the bush reserve at the rear boundary.“There are so many lovely outdoor rooms. My favourite is the conversation pit atop the concrete rainwater tanks. It is just such a great use of the area. But nothing can beat a 12m by 7m terrace on the top floor with views to Noosa.” The acreage property is on the edge of a forest reserve. The little touches transport this home to another continent. Great spot for a party.The home has a Mediterranean herb garden and more than enough room to build a pool should you want one close to the house.Ms Harris called it “an idyllic sanctuary for free-range children and adults alike”.“The garage is huge and is designed to fit two cars parked in tandem each side, or as the current owners have, collectors car and boat on one side, car, bar and pool table the other. “The cellar and additional storage under the house is also quite amazing. The house itself is an adventure.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Alonso provisionally cleared for Chinese GP

first_imgInjuries from a crash in the first race in Australia forced the McLaren driver to miss the last event in Bahrain.He’ll have further medical tests after first practice tomorrow.last_img

Monday August 26th Local Sports

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first-place Minnesota Twins didn’t get many hits off Detroit starter Matthew Boyd, but they certainly made them count.C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop homered, Martín Pérez pitched six solid innings and Minnesota beat the last-place Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Sunday to win two of three in the weekend series.Minnesota increased its AL Central lead to 3½ games over the Cleveland Indians, who lost at home to Kansas City 9-8 in 10 innings.Cron’s three-run shot to center field broke open a 2-0 game in the fourth and gave Pérez (9-5) plenty of cushion to work with. The left-hander allowed two runs and five hits for his first win since July 5. It was the second time in his last three starts that Pérez went six innings and yielded two or fewer runs.The Twins now head off on a 10-day road trip that takes them to Chicago, Detroit and Boston. Their three-game series with the White Sox starts tomorrow night at 7:10. ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS — The NIACC volleyball team won their first four matches of the season over the weekend at the McHenry County College Invitational in Rockford, Illinois. On Friday, NIACC topped Kishwaukee College 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-13) and Madison College 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-18). Sophomore Kennedy Meister had 36 kills and 24 digs while freshman Becca Steffens had 64 assists, 19 digs, 14 kills and six aces on Friday. On Saturday , NIACC had a 3-1 win (25-13, 22-25, 25-13, 25-21) over Oakton Community College and a 3-2 win (25-20, 25-18, 17-25, 13-25, 15-6) over Grand Rapids Community College. Meister once again led the Lady Trojans with 24 kills and 31 digs. NIACC returns to action this coming weekend at Southeastern’s Jimmy John Invitational in West Burlington. AMES —- Iowa State coach Matt Campbell says the focus in practice has shifted toward Northern Iowa. The Cyclones and Panthers meet in the season opener Saturday in Ames.Campbell says as game week approaches they have turned their attention toward UNI.Campbell says the Cyclones have for the most part remained injury free during practice. AMES — Iowa State’s young receiving corps will get its first test against UNI. Hakeem Butler left early for the NFL and quarterback Brock Purdy is working with several new wide outs.Purdy says the new receivers have made a lot of progress.Offensive coordinator Tom Manning says Purdy has done a good job of spreading the ball around in practice.Iowa State and UNI kick off at 11 o’clock on Saturday morning. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Napheesa Collier and Danielle Robinson scored 23 points each and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Las Vegas Aces 98-77. Sylvia Fowles added 14 points for the Lynx (15-15), who shot 59 percent from the field and reduced their playoff-clinching magic number to one with four games to go.last_img read more