Earl's Anchorage is located in a cleared grassy field, like an oasis, surrounded by the famous Lord Howe Island Kentia palms, for increased privacy from neighbours and the road. Each self-contained bungalow named after a famous Australian yacht, have been purpose designed by Arcoessence Architects to take advantage of the sunny (northern) aspect.
This stunning development, which opened in 2004, boasts a tranquil, private and central location with convenient access to the main beaches on either side of the island and close proximity to many scenic walks.History
In January 2002 John Green, host of Earl's Anchorage and a 6th generation Islander, contacted architect Craig Pattinson of Sydney firm, Arcoessence Architects with an interesting brief: to design unique accommodation that would respond to the climate, topography and feel Lord Howe Island. The aim was for buildings that would be interesting and make a real contribution to the built form on the Island. Buildings which would support a really memorable stay in what has often been called the Last Paradise.
The pursuit of a nautical theme came from John Green, who since a child has been in awe of the achievements of the legendary yachtsman, adventurer, and marine artist, the late Jack Earl. Along with an interest in Jack Earl, John Green has a great passion for beautifully crafted handmade wooden boats, and is co-owner of Jack's last boat, the beautiful little timber yawl, Smoky Cape. Craig Pattinson was immediately fascinated and attracted to this, as he also had a background in sailing and a passion for beautifully crafted handmade wooden boats - as a teenager he built sailing dinghies with his grandfather.
A great deal of research followed. It was clear from the beginning to call each bungalow after a well known yacht, and before long the quest was to find out the names of all Jack's boats and the order in which he owned them. On December 18, 2004 Earl's Anchorage was officially opened by Mick Morris the only surviving crew member of the Kathleen Gilletts history making circumnavigation in 1947/1948.
What appeals most is the sense of protection and privacy: a grassy field in the middle of dense vegetation, with the bungalows located down the southern boundary to maximise privacy, and the much desired northern light.
Each generously sized bungalow is different, some more noticeably than others. Different roof shapes, window placement and proportions have been used to create interesting spaces. Every Living/Dining/ Kitchen has a northern aspect to maximise winter warmth, with direct access to a northern outside deck area. Each Living/Dining room has a unique ceiling shape from sweeping vaults to pitched, and we have carefully positioned each building to be separate and achieve a pleasant private outlook, while maintaining a connected 'village feel'.
Most furniture has been carefully handcrafted by renowned Tasmanian wooden boat builder Ned Trewartha. using specially selected timber chosen to suit the character of each bungalow. An interesting boardwalk meanders through the whole site linking each bungalow and ultimately the proposed future restaurant building. New planting beds and mounding have been introduced to support the existing site planting, add to privacy of bungalows and integrate the boardwalk to the site. This is the only accommodation on the Island with reverse cycle air conditioning.
Also unique to Earl's Anchorage, a Bungalow ('Smoky Cape') with facilities for the disabled.
Earl's Anchorage is based on sustainable design ideas employing lightweight construction and energy efficiency. It uses solar hot water and stores excess electricity in a battery bank, then calling upon it via an inverter when there is the demand. There is also treatment and recycling of grey water on site.
Earl’s Anchorage honours throughout ecologically sound design in keeping with the world heritage listing of Lord Howe Island.
Earl's Anchorage is well placed for easy access to Island walks and major east and west Lagoon beaches, including Ned's Beach, winner of the NSW Cleanest Beach Award 2004. Falling in a westerly direction the beautiful site is heavily vegetated around each boundary, along the south by a magnificent stand of Kentia Palms, unique to Lord Howe.LORD HOWE ISLAND
Lord Howe Island is an island paradise and wonder upon wonder to behold. You will be enchanted by its majestic volcanic peaks, lush palm groves and giant banyan trees, large bird colonies, tranquil beaches, exotic flora and fauna, and, beneath the waves, the coral treasures of its Marine Park will dazzle you.
In 1982 Lord Howe Island was included on the UNESCO World Heritage list as "an example of superlative natural phenomena that contains important and significant habitats of biological diversity". The Island Group teems with a diverse marine life with some 500 species of fish, over 90 coral species and the world's most southern coral reef.
A State Marine Park was declared in 1998 and a Commonwealth Marine Park in 1999. About 75 per cent of the island and its islets are preserved as permanent park. A considerable effort goes into preserving and maintaining its pristine natural state.
Lord Howe Island is a small, breathtakingly beautiful island, just 11km long and 2.8km at it's widest point. It's only a 2 hour flight from Sydney and Brisbane tourist numbers on Lord Howe are limited.Enjoy an unhurried uncrowded place that is relaxing and carefree whilst offering a host of activities that include: