Monday, January 8, 2018

The Story of A Secluded Cottage And Its Adventurous Owner

I glanced upon this dreamy image below and absolutely loved it. It somehow reminds me of the rainy, brooding beauty of the Pacific Northwest. In my mind, a cottage on the Puget Sound on a rainy afternoon would look like something like this! To my surprise, this is actually a secluded waterfront cottage halfway around the world in Tasmania. 

On another note, I worked for the Australian Tourism board and made multiple trips to Australia but alas could never make it to Tasmania. Its something I regret deeply and I know I want to make it there someday!

While the image above is utterly captivating, the story of the owner and her home is even more fascinating. Sarah Andrews embarked on a journey ten years ago which led her to this charming cottage. It sounds like a plot of a thrilling film. Her journey to get to this cottage is a must read! Sarah ventured on a solo journey across the Pacific Ocean in her boat from Mexico to Australia. I quote  the writer who tells her story "One dark night, in the middle of the ocean, a harrowing storm caught up with her and sunk the boat she called home. “[I] got very lucky and was eventually picked up by the Mexican navy — sounds like a tall tale but it’s all true,” Sarah confirms the incredible turn of events"
Since that fateful night at sea, Sarah has spent years looking for ways to replace that boat and the unparalled feeling of seclusion and being one with the water. “There’s no greater feeling than living on the water, surrounded by those who are living a life cast off from society,” she explains. One day, flicking through a magazine, Sarah spotted a little Tasmanian cottage that was up for sale. She knew in an instant that it was the home that she had been looking for all those years"

To learn more about Sarah and her painstaking restoration of this heritage cottage click here! For me, its like the movie Under The Tuscan Sun where the home and the owner are simply meant to come together :) This is even more exciting as its real!!

In Captains Rest, Sarah has finally found what she was looking for all these years — an escape by the water, a haven from the storms, and a place to call home. —Sofia

I believe that a home is what you make of it. The brick and mortar means nothing "as is" but means everything if you connect with it. While, a home is all about the people who live in it, I do think some spaces call out to you more than others. I have been living in my current home for nearly 12 years now! Surprisingly, from the moment I set foot in my home for the first time, it was just one room that appealed to me instantly! My family room with the green belt behind it. The rest of it mattered very little :) My home is far from perfect and yet it has been my sanctuary all these years. If the walls could talk, it would speak of my high and lows, my memories and my hopes and dreams. 

I am a dreamer by heart and Sarah's story is truly a dream come true :) Be adventurous, dream a little and seek out what you are looking might just be waiting for you :)

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Take a trip to the Captains Rest as you can rent this cottage and dream away:)

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