A little of FRANCE in the Dandenongs

Experience the wonders of ancient European time at the magnificent Mont du Soliel property in Emerald, Australia

Mont du Soleil, which means Mountain of the Sun, is the third house the couple has built and, according to Robert, ‘definitely the last’.  Set on 40 acres and facing due north, the house is often bathed in sunlight.

The story of Mont du Soleil is one of serendipity.  Having already lived in the area for many years, it was an encounter with the property’s previous owner that began the Stygall’s latest chapter.  ‘I used to walk our dog along the road fronting the existing property and used to jokingly say to the Farmer who owned it, “if you ever want to sell this, let me know”.  And one day, he did.’

Robert and Liz Stygall have created a homestead that has a timeless elegance and ambience.

This Provencal-cum-Tuscan style abode is located on the north-facing property and has spectacular panoramic views of the Warburton Ranges and Yarra Valley

Robert and Liz have created a homestead that has a timeless ambience.  This has in part been achieved with the extensive use of recycled materials.  For example, the massive structural posts and beams are ex-bridge timbers from Gippsland and are over a hundred years old

For a home that was built less than two decades ago, what’s remarkable about Mont du Soleil and its cluster of outbuildings including rental accommodation ‘Sunrise Cottage‘, is its seamless and ancient look and feel.

With Robert’s background in energy and an ardent interest in low-energy design, he was drawn to the high thermal mass that mudbrick construction provides.  The house takes advantage of the northern orientation to provide passive heating, which means that it stores heat from the sun in the winter.  Conversely, mudbrick keeps the house comfortably cool in summer, as it evens out day and night temperature variations. 

The property abounds with some outstanding architectural detail.  For example, wrought iron fencing and bluestone come from the old Melbourne Cemetery and timber from an old railway station in Western Australia is used in the bucolic stable-like garage. 

There’s even a traditional church bell that originally came from Northern Victoria.  It has been run on multiple special occasions including on their daughter’s and friend’s wedding days. 

Capture the full story in Figs & Feta Magazine Issue 2

Capture the exclusive story on the exquisite property Mont du Soleil and indulge in the Celebration Feast styled by Joanne Motee and Kim La Ferla.  

We celebrate some stylish contemporary interiors by Resident Interior Designer Joanne Motee and introduce guest Interior Designer Aaron Wong who transforms a room int he historic Como House in Melbourne’s South Yarra. 

Enjoy delicious recipes from the renown Kathy Tsaples along with a Master Class with Vicky Papazaharias from Adixions and meet Monica Del Rosario a passionate cook discovered on Instagram.

Lisa Egglestone of Aequora shares the compounding impact 1% on skincare ingredients can have on your skin whilst Janet Roach from Raw Essentials Tea details the ingredients and function in their 2017 International Gold Medal Slim Tea. 

We learn that Adversity is a choice we make and Diane Agars helps us to Access our Courage whilst also introducing ‘Coach Dar‘ Darlene Santore, ‘A Performance Meets Purpose Coach’ an extraordinary women whose decision in life is to ‘Be Well, Live Well and Serve Well’.

And for those whom struggle to get a good nights sleep with their children’s bedwetting expert nurse of 30 years Linda Sullivan has the perfect solution with Night Ollie

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