When you first clap eyes on the unremarkable exterior of this historic fort house you might wonder if you’re at the right address. But this deception is not without reason; 32 Middle Street’s facade was left purposefully rustic to keep it on a par with its neighbours. As soon as you step inside, the camouflage dissolves and you’re greeted with striking, sophisticated interiors befitting of this elegant 300-year-old home.
From the entrance hallway your eyes are led through a series of archways to the walled courtyard garden beyond, which is the focal point of this spacious home. Featuring a shimmering swimming pool with jacuzzi jets fringed by a grassy lawn it’s overlooked by a frangipani tree brimming with bright white blossoms that gently fall and confetti the pool. Despite its intimate size, birds congregate in the garden, especially the iridescent blue kingfishers that can often be seen diving into the turquoise water of the swimming pool for a cooling dip.
Indoors, the house’s exposed timber ceilings, doorways peeled to reveal layers of paint and surprisingly thick walls unmistakeably reflect the Dutch origins of this eighteenth century home, which is one of the oldest in the fort. The owner’s collection of Asian artwork, antiques and photographs personalise the house, which feels much like a studio thanks to its minimalist interiors, high ceilings, stark white walls and numerous skylights. Specialist magazines on interiors, photography and travel add to this aura and lend an artistic feel to the house.
The house has three bedrooms; two on the ground floor (a double and a
twin) either side of the front door and a first floor master bedroom with king size bed. Room sizes are similar although the ground floor bedrooms have a more open-plan design whilst the master bedroom benefits from views over the courtyard garden. Also on the first floor is a lovely rooftop sun deck that’s perfect for catching the day’s rays.
A staff of two – one of whom can stay overnight if you wish – deal with guest requests, including shopping for groceries and cooking meals. The fort is right on your doorstep, so this house makes a good base for families with older children as well as groups of friends.
December 16th, 2012 - December 22nd, 2012
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