A year af­ter his Pretty Beach House venue was named one of the world’s top ho­tels by Conde Nast, John Sin­gle­ton’s Mt White haunt Sad­dles has been ac­claimed as one of the most beau­ti­ful restau­rants in the world by the same com­pany.
And the Cen­tral Coast ty­coon at­tributes the suc­cess to his close knit team, in­clud­ing model turned in­te­rior de­signer, Michelle Les­lie.

“I have got a re­ally great team around me — (prop­erty ex­pert) Paul An­der­son has been with me for a long time, David Mor­ris looks af­ter my fi­nance, Michelle Les­lie does my in­te­ri­ors, Monique Marks, my CEO and the cou­ple who run the restau­rant, Hay­ley and Cameron Cans­dell,” Sin­gle­ton said

“But Michelle in par­tic­u­lar, she is a ge­nius. She is the best in the world and the loveli­est per­son and ev­ery­one loves her. I don’t use any­one else. I tried to use other people but they al­ways f… it up. She wouldn’t be win­ning World’s Best this and World’s Best that un­less she was good. And she is al­ways on time and on bud­get and won­der­ful.”

The mil­lion­aire ad mogul splashed out $1.72 mil­lion for Sad­dles’ 11.3ha bush­land site just north of Brook­lyn in 2016 af­ter he couldn’t find any­where close that sold a de­cent cof­fee.

“I live at Mt White and I love a cof­fee in the morn­ing and a beer in the af­ter­noon, but never on my own,” he said.

“So I of­fered to do up the lo­cal cafe in Mt White and get them a li­cence (but) the lo­cal owner wouldn’t let me do it up, so I bought a block of land in a nurs­ery which came with a cafe li­cence. I thought I have a good ar­chi­tect and I have Michelle Les­lie who works with me on every­thing. That’s how Sad­dles hap­pened.”

More venues are in the works, Sin­gle­ton said. “We are do­ing some­thing on an is­land on the South Pa­cific but I can’t talk about that,” he said. “And we have four de­vel­op­ments on the Cen­tral Coast.”

As for cur­rent ne­go­ti­a­tions with Nine re­gard­ing his share in Mac­quarie Me­dia, Sin­gle­ton said, “We are still in dis­cus­sions.”

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