When Sandford Plantation was subdivided, the Atwells bought a 5-acre parcel with a quarry and bit of gully and hired renowned architect, Kenneth Gardner, to design their house. The result is a 3-storey fortress in mid-century-meets-tropical style, rising from the stone cavity and accessed by a footbridge. It later turned out to be perfect for an artist and her family: Lilian Sten Nicholson has given it great vibes and an eclectic, international feel to each distinctive space. Her studio and work are explorable today.
Open House Begins at 2:30pm and Ends at 5:30pm
From the ABC Highway (2A) turn inland at the Bussa roundabout by Skymall. Drive on for miles, passing straight through the roundabout at Six Roads until you reach Hilda Skeene school. Turn left there and pass King George V park. After the road takes a sharp right bend, look for the Mapps Development sign and turn right there. Look for Casuarina Close and Open House signs.