On a recent girls trip to Byron, we stopped by the incredible pad of ex Sydney-sider Sarah Johnson, and suffice to say we completely get why she and her husband opted out of the rat race! Sarah, Andrew and their gorgeous kids made the sea change to Kingscliff in Northern NSW  about five  years ago and haven't looked back. Then, about a year ago all the stars aligned when a property in the Byron Bay hinterland that they'd fallen in love with (and had been secretly stalking) came on the market. "Amileka" (pictured) is both the Johnson family's weekender and also available for holiday rental, location hire and photo shoots. Wow ... is the best description of this incredible home. Set on 25 acres; this lush, private oasis, designed by architect Sharon Fraser was awarded 'Best Property in Australia' in the 2009 CNBC International Property Awards and it's easy to see why ... Expansive spaces, views to die for, entertaining terraces, pool, fire pit, beautiful gardens, super stylish interiors ... and all in the most tranquil and secluded location a stone's throw from Byron Bay. This place is seriously our idea of nirvana and we're also a bit taken by the quirky "bunny" sculpture in the garden  by Melbourne artist Peter Mclisky. Maybe a "Quirky Birds Retreat" is on the cards? If you want more information on Amileka go to or call Sarah on 0405463363

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How would you describe yourself in 3 words …organised, optimistic, meticulous

I can’t start my day without... English Breakfast Tea

If my house came to life it would it be... in a 1960’s Slim Aarons photoshoot

If I could only save 3 ‘things’ from my house they would they be... family photos, my dog Coco

My fave online store ... is Parlour X

My decorating style is ... Palm Springs style

When no-one is home but me ... I read

If I were a cocktail I would be ... an Aperol Spritz

If money were no object I would buy ... a huge Martine Emdur original painting

My favourite piece of furniture is ... the huge dining table complete with lazy susan

My guilty pleasure is ... dark chocolate

My dream dinner party guests are ... James Corden/Adele/Ellen DeGeneres

My signature dish is ... pavolva

Entertaining tip to wow your guests... ? Fresh Flowers

5 ingredients always on my shopping list ... eggs from my chickens, veggies from our patch, Gin, tonic and Limes from our orchard

Favourite place for …

A drink with the girls? The Mez Club

Breakfast? Combi Byron Bay

Coffee? Moonshine Roasters Federal

A cheap and cheerful meal? Doma Café Federal

A special occasssion dinner? Paper Daisy at Halcyon House

You will never see me in ... a bikini

I save on ... ummmm…..

I splurge on ... luxury fashion

When it comes to fashion ... I feel most comfortable in linen

Best fashion advice my mum gave me ... ‘shoulders back’

My signature Scent is ... Chanel Mademoiselle

Creative people who inspire me … Martine Emdur and Elle Degeneres