Dickebusch was built in 1929-1930 by the Flowers family as a holiday home. It was a pre-fabricated home that was barged to Patonga wharf in pieces then erected.
The name Dickebusch was in memory of the son of the Flowers family who died in World War I when he was serving as a medic and was buried in Dickebusch in Belgium.
Russel & Sasha happened to find out about the original name one day as they were working on the house. They noticed a car pulled up at the front of the house and an elderly passenger inside was pointing and talking about the house.
Russel struck up a conversation and it turned out that the people in the car were the granddaughter and great grandson of the family who built the house.
‘We were really fortunate that we made this contact as Jean Elliott provided us with a letter of her memories about the house and some wonderful old photographs of the times she enjoyed there’ – Sasha.
In 2006 Russel & Sasha purchased Dickebusch after visiting Patonga on a friends recommendation and falling in love with the location instantly. Russel & Sasha stayed true to the style of the fishing village houses in Patonga, reusing as much of the original materials as possible. The outside has been largely maintained in its original form. The interior was almost completely rebuilt and was specifically designed to feel like a home.
Dickebusch feels very different from city homes. The finishes that were chosen were selected to give it a really relaxed, warm feel.
Surrounded by National Parks and full of wildlife, Patonga is only one and a half hours from Sydney but feels a million miles away.