5 Wilshire Street, Berrima
“Trooper’s cottage” is one of Berrima’s finest sandstone buildings. Built in 1878 as the first Berrima Police Station, it was the residence for the Police Sergeant and two mounted Troopers. This historic cottage has been lovingly and sympathetically updated and decorated, yet retaining all the ambience and heritage of its time.
Introduced into the 21st century with two updated bathrooms and gas central heating, this delightful home radiates character and glows from within, lit with the essences of past residents and their stories. Sited north-to-rear, with a picturesque outlook and tranquil outdoor terrace, this cottage will excite your imagination and sense of history.
A pretty cottage garden welcomes you onto a classic iron-roofed verandah and into a symmetric entry with wide, central timber-floored hallway opening to three bedrooms and a living room. Open fireplaces with sandstone hearths, ceilings over three metres high and tall sash windows with fine timber glazing bars set in deep timber reveals are all beautiful stamps of its era.
The lounge, with fabulous open fireplace and fine timber mantelpiece, is north facing and looks out to the spacious, weathered-stone terrace and rear garden with outside stone dunny and early railway lantern shaded by an impressive tree.
A colonial-style, enclosed timber breezeway connects the two original sandstone buildings which comprise the home and makes a charming, light-filled dining area and dayroom, leading through to a character kitchen with original cast-iron oven range, antique ‘Early Kooka’ gas stove and white porcelain sink with space for a country kitchen table.
The main bathroom is a picture of bygone colonial life but with the modern and well-matched fittings of an enormous, Victorian claw-foot bath with drenching shower, enclosed by a metal shower screen and with an open-fire hearth. A second bathroom also incorporates modern fixtures.
Located in a cul-de-sac in town, with birdsong the only intrusion, this home is a perfect downsizer, weekender, or has potential for continuing holiday rental income (STCA).
– Original 1870’s sandstone and weatherboard construction
– Historically significant and heritage listed
– North to rear outdoor stone terrace with cottage garden
– Three spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms with laundry combination in one
– Gas central heating
– Open fireplaces in each room
– Ceilings over 3 metres high
– Timber floorboards, high skirting boards and picture rails
– Lock up weatherboard garage
The property is available for viewing at the advertised inspection times or by appointment. All necessary measures have been put in place to adhere to the recent Government regulations and to protect the health and safety of all parties. For more information, please contact the listing agent.