Beautiful views of the Derwent Estuary, historic fortifications, and a mid-century Modern interior with sunken lounge. Located atop the abandoned Fort Nelson, this Esmond Dorney house is the home of your dreams.
The existing house, built in 1978, is actually the third built on the site, the earlier two having been destroyed by bushfire. The petal-like roof and floor-to-ceiling windows are an exercise in planning perfection that makes the most of the sun – and the panoramic views of the River Derwent and Southern Ocean – all year round. Furniture is barely required; the living room seating is provided in the form of built-in steps around a fire pit – perfect for small or large gatherings. You’re in the landscape up here, and you feel part of it too.
(Please note this is a very popular building that requires a short free shuttle bus ride to access the site. Expect queues and arrive early to avoid disappointment.)
Address: 22 Gardenia Grv, Sandy Bay
Open: 10am–4pm, Sunday 6 November
Highlights: Fort, roof design and views
Tours: Guided tours, no booking required
Building specs: Type: Fort & house, Built: 1904 (Fort Nelson) 1949, 1966 and 1978 (Dorney House), Architect: Esmond Dorney