Through the keyhole: Kylie Minogue puts her Australian hideaway up for sale


Last updated at 15:09 29 February 2008

The isolated island hideaway where Kylie Minogue spent time recovering after her breast cancer battle is on the market.

Kylie and her then lover Olivier Martinez took refuge at her luxury £1million home on French Island near her home town of Melbourne after her cancer treatment three years ago.

The 100 hectares of prime real estate on a secluded island in Western Port Bay has been transformed by the pop superstar and her family into a luxury getaway.

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For sale: Kylie Minogue has put her Australian property on the market


Hideaway: Kylie recovered from her breast cancer battle at the French Island residence, which is near her home town of Melbourne

This week, it was listed for sale by tender, with a price tag of up to £1million.

Insiders say the property - named Beauciel, French for "beautiful sky" – was bought for around £200,000 three years ago with plans for it to become a lovenest for Kylie and Olivier.

They spent at least £400,000 transforming it into a French-style luxury retreat - a nod to his heritage.

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Cosy: The pop star transformed the property into a comfortable getaway

The decision to sell came as a surprise to the island's 80 permanent residents.

They said the Kylie and her family had been good for the local community, and would be missed. But they did let one secret slip.

When Kylie is on holiday on French Island, she's an Aussie pie-and-sauce girl.

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Luxury: Kylie is said to have spent £400,000 renovating the home

General store owner, postmaster and cafe owner Maurice Ralph said Kylie was well liked by the locals.

"She'd come in here and get one of our King Island beef pies with our homemade tomato sauce," he boasted.

"They're more weekenders than locals, but they've helped out in the community while they've been here.

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Price tag: The house is for sale by tender and is expected to fetch more than £1million

"They've donated money to the fire brigade and given a few people work on the property."

The property boasts four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a big country kitchen, a restored chicory kiln and sweeping bay views.

Local tour operator Rod Johnston said the views from the farmhouse were spectacular.

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Great outdoors: Landscaping surrounds the well-appointed property

"It's on a high point and they would be able to see the water through 180 degrees," he said.

"I get busloads of people, and all they want to know about is Kylie."

The Minogues made several environmentally friendly innovations, including installing solar and wind power.

The property has an organic fruit and vegetable garden and is home to rare species of birds and a large koala population.

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French twist: The property is named Beauciel, French for 'beautiful sky'

Landscape gardener Stephen May put in a lot of time on the house's surrounds.

"It's a great shame they're going. They're terrific people, terrific to work with," he said.

"When I was doing the garden for them, they gave me carte blanche to be expressive and artistic."

Hendrick Boer, from estate agents Hocking Stuart, praised the Minogues' renovation.

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Room with a view: The home is situated on a 100-hectare secluded island

"They haven't just thrown a million dollars at it, it's all very tastefully done, clean and sharp," he said.

French Island has no town water, electricity or gas, nor does it have any road access.

Two passenger ferries, from Cowes and Stony Point, service the island a couple of times each day.

Expressions of interest for the Minogue property close on March 28.