The house situated on the stunning Longview Farm is certainly remarkable; it has the ability to rotate and take advantage of changing weather conditions and the view. What’s even more unique, is that the house is available for short term holiday rentals and can accommodate up to 16 people. Set on the banks of the Nowendoc River, the views are amazing! What better place for a holiday, or to just get away from it all! And for those looking for a one of a kind wedding location, you need look no further … Luke Everingham and Leanne Paris tell us more about this extraordinary property.
You have a very unique property! What are the advantages of a rotating house?
The rotating house allows you to take advantage of daily, seasonal or momentary weather conditions to enhance your comfort or energy savings of heating and cooling. You can avoid the heat in summer, or follow the sun in winter.
The rotating house ensures that every room has an infinitely variable view, and no room is ever stuck with the same view or aspect.
If you feel you want to get up early, you can face the bedroom to meet the morning sun. Or conversely, if you want to sleep in, you can direct the bedroom to face the west away from the sun.
One of our favourite things to do in winter is to give the house a full rotation first thing in the morning, so every room gets a little morning sun just to take the edge off things, then get the living area to follow the sun all day.
Once you live in a rotating house, you discover that the advantages are really endless and only limited by one’s imagination. We would love to build more rotating houses for other people. We’ve recently had a Canadian project that has been a huge success on every level.
How was the concept for your house developed?
I was at neighbour’s place for a house warming lunch, when someone asked if he would change anything if he could start again … and he said he would change the aspect orientation about 15 degrees. That’s when I started to think, wouldn’t it be great if you could rotate your house! The rest is history!
Where is your house located?
The Rotating House is located on the banks of the pristine Nowendoc River, in the hinterland of the Manning Valley.
How does it feel to be inside the house while it’s rotating?
You can’t really tell if the house is turning, unless you focus on an outside object that is stationary.
What materials/mechanical components were used in the home’s construction?
The Everingham Rotating House comprises 35 tonnes of machined and fabricated steel, 24 metre diameter, 540 sq metres of floor space, 200 tonne central bearing, 32 outrigger wheels, 2 x 500 watt drive motors on two reduction gearboxes, turning the house at a circumference speed of 160 metres per hour (two rotations per hour), mechanical automation; a control surface touch screen on the lounge room wall allows you to have automatic daily presets, depending on the season or to select one of eight rooms to follow the sun or orientate a particular room to one of the eight main compass coordinates.
You offer accommodation at your property … how many guests can you cater for?
Yes, the Rotating House is available for short term holiday rental. It can sleep up to 16 people. It is a unique Australian holiday experience.
What facilities do you offer at the property?
This is a quote from our neighbour at the farm – Cheryl field (Editor Senior Magazine – Fairfax).
“The rotating house offers glorious views over the Nowendoc River and surrounding countryside. Kangaroos and wallabies are regular visitors, and the birdlife is wide and varied. If you tire of simply watching the world go by, you can swim, fish or kayak the river (there’s a single and double kayak available for your use). There is also a well-appointed music studio in a separate building that is available for musicians to use as a writing retreat or a pre-production facility. “
Why would you describe your property as a unique wedding venue?
We provide a less pressured, more organic, wedding experience than traditional wedding venues, by giving freedom and flexibility to the couple so they can organise their special day the way they would like it.
We offer a picturesque 40-acre property on the banks of the Nowendoc river with a luxurious Rotating House for the bride and groom, several gorgeous ceremony sites (riverside/countryside), a purposely built barn reception space with alfresco dining under the stars, dance floor, stage, entertainment facilities and perfect mood lighting. All of this makes for an ideal country-style wedding.
Where we stand out from the crowd is in the fact that we can offer camping/glamping space on site or at the neighbouring camping ground, with amenities and power on hand for your wedding guests. And for those guests who would prefer not to camp, we also have a shuttle bus service that can transport guests from various locations in the Manning to and from the property for the big day.
You’ve become quite well known for hosting an amazing music event over the October long weekend each year. What can we look forward to at this year’s event?
Longview Farm Party is a family friendly, four-day camping music event, with several bands over two stages, fireworks and giant waterslide for the kids, yoga, belly dancing and drumming workshops. We provide fresh drinking water, flushing toilets and hot showers – everything else is BYO.
There is a fundraiser BBQ run by the local Mt George rural fire brigade for yummy steak sandwiches and an espresso coffee van to fix those morning cravings. We have three gorgeous camping areas (one on the river bank) and only offer a limited number of 250 adult tickets to create a unique vibe that is like no other. We are always entertained by some of Australia’s finest bands, like Mental as Anything, Ian Moss, The Angels, The Radiators, just to name a few.
Entertainment line up for 2017 soon to be announced – to find out more, go to our website: www.longviewfarmparty.com.au or join our mailing list (via website).
Where can we contact you, or find out further information?
Contact Leanne at: email@example.com
Thanks Luke and Leanne.