The views from the sunbeds looking towards Flatrock beach.The glass-edge pool, which gives the illusion of the water being suspended, has been a major talking point since the build was unveiled earlier this year. The pool is counter-levered out off the third level and has two built-in double sun-bed pads facing towards the beach. Tourist hotspot hits the market as border opens More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe ocean view is one worth waking up early for.The home is owned by lawyer Timothy Delaney and real estate agent wife Madonna, who is running the sales campaign. “We wanted our dream home to feel like a holiday beach house,” said Mrs Delaney earlier this year.“The views just go on from Surfers to Snapper Rocks, it’s really breathtaking.” The house at 662 Pacific Parade, Tugun is a showstopper.One of Australia’s best houses – an epic four-level designer mansion overlooking the beach in Tugun – has hit the market. Expressions of interest are being sought for the coastal stunner which has graced the covers of home magazines and will soon to be showcased on Channel 9’s Australia’s Best Homes. The mansion is being touted as one of Australia’s best homes.Designed by architect Chris Clout and built by Mactech Constructions, the full concrete Plantation-style house is a showstopper along Pacific Parade. Perched on the hillside in the popular Flatrock precinct, the beach and ocean views extend from Coolangatta to North Stradbroke Island. MORE: Rare Budds Beach cottage a bargain buy Every day feels like a holiday in this luxury beachside mansion.In the listing, Mrs Delaney explains that ‘due to a recent change in Planning Laws you can no longer build a house any where near the height of this house’. “The 20 metre frontage lots on Hedges Ave now sell for in excess of $11 million without a house, so this is truly a rare opportunity to secure a very unique Gold Coast showpiece beachfront home,” the marketing states. French oak flooring and raked timber ceilings feature in the living area.Moreton Island driftwood handles and distressed French oak flooring create a relaxed vibe inside while white shutters, tropical gardens and cane fans add a touch of the Bahamas. A grand master suite occupies the top level where glass on three sides allows for the kind of views that make waking up in the kingsize four poster bed a dream come true.
“Seanie’s going for the Buckingham. He’s had one run this year and was second at Navan where he ran very well over five,” Marnane said. “He’s going back up to seven, which is probably his trip. He’s in great form and we’re looking forward to running him there. “Jamesie was second in the same race there a couple of years ago. It’s the same owners, so hopefully we can go one better.” Press Association David Marnane has his sights set on Dandy Boy going for a second win in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot. “He goes for the Wokingham. I was pretty pleased with his run in Naas the other day on ground and over a trip that didn’t suit,” said the County Tipperary trainer. “He’s won two major handicaps over in Ascot and he’s going to take his chance. He’s training every bit as well as he ever has since we’ve had him. Fingers crossed he’ll get his fast ground and a strong-run race. “He won the Wokingham off 106 two years ago. He’s an old star here and always wants to work.” Dandy Boy could be joined by his stablemate Nocturnal Affair, although the latter could first take in the Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Cork on Sunday, if conditions are suitable. “He might be joined by Nocturnal Affair. It was a good first run back behind a good horse of Aidan’s (O’Brien, Guerre) and Maarek up at Naas. He wasn’t beaten far,” said Marnane. “He was a little bit disappointing the last day but that was on softer ground at Cork and he hit his head coming out of the stalls as well. “He’s in at Cork on Sunday. If we got good ground, we might run him there just to see. If it didn’t come up good at Cork we’ll just go straight to Ascot. On his day he’s good. He’s shown up in Dubai and in races like the Portland. We think he’d like a fast-run race as well.” Seanie will also represent the Marnane team at the Royal meeting as he attempts to go one better in the Buckingham Palace Handicap than Jamesie, who was second for the same owner and trainer in the seven-furlong contest in 2012. The eight-year-old lifted the prestigious six-furlong handicap in 2012 and has also tasted success at the Berkshire track in the Victoria Cup back in 2010. Marnane reports Dandy Boy to be in tip-top shape ahead of another important engagement at the course, after showing up well on his latest run at Naas last week.
The two old foes will go head to head once-again, this time in the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle, with “Hurricane Fly” leading 6-2 from their previous eight meetings.The pair will be joined in the field this evening by the likes of “Lieutenant Colonel”, “Zaidpour” and “Thousand Stars” in what promises to be an enthralling contest.Also on the card today at Punchestown will be the Ryanair Novice Chase and the La Touche Cup with the first of eight races getting underway at 3.40pm.