Home Tour | Montfort House by InForm

  • Nestled among the sand dunes, Montfort House is a chance to reset and revel in the beauty of one’s surroundings.

    Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is a hub for secluded beach houses that prioritise a connection to the landscape. Towns like Blairgowrie, where this particular project is set, have become humble hideaways for Melbournians looking to escape the city.

    Designed by Melbourne-based residential design and construction company InForm, Montfort House is what director Jon McKimm calls an exercise in rugged luxury; “a true sanctuary that celebrates the superb coastline just beyond,” he says. Collaborating with Melbourne-based interior design studio GOLDEN, who lead the furniture curation, and landscape designer Jack Merlo, InForm have realised a place where interiors, architecture and nature fuse together.

    Natural-coloured zellige tiles and stone set a calming tone for the kitchen. Pictured are the Fritz Hansen Series 7 chair, Grazia & Co Iva stool and Louis Poulsen PH5 pendant.

    To Be at Montfort House…

    “To be at Montfort House is to be immersed in nature,” GOLDEN co-director Alicia McKimm says. “It is both a rare opportunity and a powerful experience where the elements that characterise the coast are on full display.” From the time you enter the home, up a dramatic staircase and through a heavy timber door, nature is the focal point. Moving into the open kitchen-dining-living space, the rolling lines of the sand dunes are on full display just as Alicia said. Existing in this space during sunrise and sunset is nothing short of “intoxicating” she adds.

    The home functions as a viewing platform from which to observe and appreciate the scenes. In the warmer months, this means opening up the windows and doors and taking them in in their entirety. In the cooler months, this means staying indoors by the fire and watching the winter sun cast shadows onto the dunes.

    The living space is designed to emulate the surrounding coastal landscape. Furniture selections by GOLDEN include a sand-coloured Halcyon Lake rug, a deep grey Edra Standard sofa and a custom timber coffee table designed by JB.DS Studio.

    A pair of deep blue Ligne Roset Togo settees and a matching ottoman reference the ocean.

    A Sense of Continuity

    Indoor spaces reflect outdoor spaces and vice-versa at Montfort House, creating a direct dialogue between the built and the natural. The exterior bagged brick walls are a strong feature within the interiors, while the timber-lined ceilings run from one end of the building to the other, with no concept of segregation. “Dark, earthy tones are incorporated to respond to the natural landscape and complement the exterior,” Alicia says.

    Intelligent Planning

    Flexibility and intelligent planning are key when working with such an exposed site. Montfort House needed to accommodate both small and large groups of people, given it was to function as an all-year-round holiday home. Additionally, it needed to remain viable throughout each season, and in variable weather conditions. For this reason, outdoor entertaining areas fall on both sides in preparation for what the day might bring. 

    A picture window at the top of the staircase teases the views that lie ahead.

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