13 Oct 2022 | 3 mins

Trial Bay House at Kettering is a former Australian House of the Year - News Limited

Trial Bay House at Kettering is a former Australian House of the Year - News Limited

Trial Bay House at Kettering is a former Australian House on the Year, winning the esteemed Robyn Boyd Aware for Residential Architecture in 2010.

It was the first time the national prize went to Tasmania, and also to a house that was not a new build.

Set over 42 acres, the property has extensive native and edible gardens, guest quarters, a picturesque lake and is mostly off-grid living.

The home was originally a 1970s country house that was given an extensive makeover by Tasmanian architect James Jones and builders Bennett Constructions.

Mr Jones added a notable concrete and glass structure known as “The Channel Room”, so named because of its stunning views across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

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The award-winning Trial Bay House at Kettering is for sale for offers over $9 million

The room’s design mimics the look of a film camera - a reference to owner Michael Jenkins who has called it home for the past 20 years with wife Amanda.

Mr Jenkins is a writer, producer and film and television director behind the Australian television shows including Blue Murder, Wildside and Heartbreak High.

Mr Jones said the Channel Room had a “duality”, being made of a heavy material yet filled with light.

“It was facing to the south-east and would get a lot of weather so I decided to make the building out of concrete to be robust,” he said.

“It’s an extraordinary location.”

Mr Jones said the remainder of the house was gutted and recomposed, with features including bespoke windows and doors.

The home is for sale by Expressions of Interest through Robert Fletcher, Tracey Atkins and Ken Jacobs of Forbes Global Properties, with offers being sought from $9m.