They say there’s no place like home, so it’s no surprise that Nicole Kidman brought husband Keith Urban and their 9-month-old daughter Sunday Rose to her native Australia for Easter weekend.
The family touched down at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith airport early Good Friday morning, posing briefly for paparazzi who had camped out amidst rumors the couple were headed down under from their adopted hometown of Nashville.
The trio is believed to be heading to the couple’s $6.5 million mansion, Bunya Hill, in the small rural town of Sutton Forest, NSW, which was purchased last July, for some Easter weekend down-time. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the old-fashioned homestead on 110 acres of cattle property has undergone multimillion-dollar renovations, reportedly including a 20-yard swimming pool, tennis court and a new gymnasium.
The rural retreat is a world away from the Las Vegas date-night enjoyed by the couple on April 6, when Urban, 40, was a contender for the entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year titles at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Openly affectionate with her husband on the red carpet, Kidman showed off cell phone pictures of Sunday and told Extra her daughter, who is being largely raised on their farm in Tennessee, is a fan of Sin City: “She loves it. She’s been out and about. I think because it’s so colorful. It’s big for her.”
However, any privacy the high-profile pair had hoped for at their rural retreat looks jeopardized. On March 25, the development of a 70-bed motel and conference center at the neighboring Sutton Forest Inn, was approved by the local Wingecarribee Shire Council.
For now, Urban and Kidman – whose parents, Antony and Janelle, sister Antonia, and four nieces and nephews live in Sydney – have the chance to celebrate Sunday Rose’s first Easter with family. And holiday or not, this coming Sunday will be a good one. “In my experience, Sunday was the loneliest day,” Urban, 41, told Ellen DeGeneres recently of the decision to name their daughter. “It went from being sort of the most dreaded day of the week for us to being the most joyous day, because we just had a family.”