Love Island Australia: Inside the amazing $3.5million villa in Byron Bay
Usually, Love Island Australia takes place in a resort on an exotic island, however this year, with international travel banned and state travel off the cards for the time being, the producers of the show have had to look closer to home.
And just like the retreat that became the set for Nicole Kidman's latest show Nine Perfect Strangers, Channel 9 has uncovered a one-of-a-kind villa on the outskirts of Byron Bay that will not only put the contestants in the mood for love but also provide wanderlust-inducing backdrops for the show.
Set in the hinterland in the town of Federal, Amileka, as the house is known, has breathtaking views over the valleys and 25 acres of land for couples to get together on and sneak off to.
The contestants will be sharing rooms, the house only has five bedrooms, but there are plenty of warm and welcoming group spaces for the couples to get to know each other, and their fellow 'islanders' as well.
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Originally owned and designed by multi-award-winning architect Sharon Fraser, the house itself features a sunken lounge, huge open-planned kitchen and dining room, and a separate media room with three comfy daybeds.
Outside there are multiple sitting spaces including the fire pit, an outdoor lounge dining space and of course the lounges by the pool.
And besides a dip in the 18-metre pool, contestants can also tend to the large vegetable patch, fetch eggs from the hens' coop or even help out with the farm animals on the property and as a way of getting homely together.
According to RealEstate.com, the current owners Sarah and Andrew Johnson bought the property for $3.5million in 2015, though it would be worth a lot more now with the soaring property prices and it is believed that it rents out as a luxury getaway destination for around $4,000 a night with a minimum three-night stay.
And those Love Island contestants should count themselves lucky, because even if they did have that kind of dosh to spend on holiday accommodation, they would be unlikely to be able to hire the place.
"Schoolies, bucks or hens groups are not suitable for this property. Strict No Party policy... This property is not suitable for persons under 25 years of age without prior approval," it states in the terms and conditions on its sister site.
And given the contestants tend to be in their late teens or 20s, this will have to be a once-off for them, so let's hope they enjoy it!
We know that it would certainly be a once-in-a-lifetime stay for us!
Love Island starts Monday October 11 at 8.45pm on Channel 9 and 9Now and to book Amileka, visit their website www.amileka.com.au.
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