Legend and intrigue shroud the Candy Shop Mansion with stories of outlandish behaviour and outrageous decadence circulating in equal measure. For years, it has been a hushed hot spot for chosen few, a haven to escape normality and enter a world of fantasy and freedom.
Travers Beynon had a vision for the Candy Shop Mansion over two decades ago, inspired by his travels and keen interest in Greek and Italian art and architecture.
The name lends itself to a more modern, playful tone and parties at the Candy Shop Mansion are legendary. Travers Beynon, also known as ‘The Candyman’ has entertained friends and family of all ages over the years with extravagant theatrics, banquets and glamorous entertainment.
The Candy Shop Mansion is located at 36 River Cove Place, Helensvale, Queensland Australia.
Travers originally bought the property in 2010 consisting of 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms until he purchased the neighbouring section in 2014. Over the following 3 years he designed and developed an extension to the Mansion, tripling its size, which now sits on approximately 1.4 acres of prime waterfront real estate in one of Northern Gold Coast’s exclusive gated communities.
The Candy Shop Mansion is home to his four children, wife, girlfriends, a full-time nanny and a Jack Russel x Pug named Spartacus. The Mansion boasts 15 bedrooms, 19 bathrooms, 4 kitchens, ballroom, gym, solarium, steam room, gentlemen’s club and a pool.
Rive Cove Estate is a gated community located in the northern Gold Coast flanked by many other exclusive estates.
Once you gain access to the snaking cul-de-sac, you are eventually met with an entrance that no one else in the estate mirrors – there is no mistaking who resides there!
Arriving at the Candy Shop Mansion you are met with large imposing crested gates designed by Travers weighing over 2 tonnes. Beyond the whisper-quiet gates is the decadent marble ‘Fountain of Travi’, a smaller version of what you would see in Rome – the ‘Trevi Fountain’. First impressions mean you are most likely standing in the driveway in awe – the scale and detail in everything is overwhelming. Bacchus, the god of wine and agriculture adorns the exterior wall to the most recent extension that leads to the ballroom. The sandstone driveway curls around to meet all entrances, garages and loops to the second (original driveway). Beautiful large palms, a perfectly manicured garden, the fountain trickling away and the gold tiles framing the sculptures at the front are glistening in the sun.
The 250,000-litre infinity edge ‘Vatican Pool’ is encrusted with over a million mosaic tiles (first tiled in 2015 and re-tiled again in 2018) with various quotes, his logo, motifs and decorative designs across the entire pool, spa, recessed firepit (accessible via a bridge) and in the children’s area, Nemo and friends feature! The red tiled grotto, only accessible underwater (with two massage beds, a tv and sound system positioned next to the swim-up bar) overlooks the Coomera River. A 27-tonne statue of King Neptune stands guard over the vast pool area.
Travers’ home office couldn’t be anything less than functional but of course not without form. The moment you step on the award-winning parquetry floor, designed by Travers you’ll see why it won the ATFA floor of the year. Mind is blown as you step on one of the eight glass squares that look down to one of his many luxury vehicles below. Every inch of his office is designed with eccentric aesthetic consideration, blue and gold palatial boardroom chairs set at a large board table with the now expected Renaissance art beneath the glass top, lit by a golden chandelier hanging from a cloud-covered, gold framed ceiling. Traver’s own office desk is of course gold-trimmed solid wood, behind are wall cabinets filled with his inspirational books and yes, the Roman-esque faces in the decorative cornices are in the image of Mr. Beynon.
15 seat cinema
Travers loves his movies, so why not have a home theatre with eight red leather embossed recliners and a 4-metre bed? With so much entertaining to be had, it’s an absolute necessity! Much like his Rolls, you have a starlight ceiling to add to the luxury cinema feel. All the automation: lights, curtains, surround sound and movies are controlled from an iPad.