Utterly beautiful, serene, and otherworldly, this near 10-acre property has been lovingly created in sync with mother nature over the past 50 years. The home itself has evolved over that period beginning as a weekend escape designed by eminent architect Susan Rothwell in 1971 -who has designed each subsequent stage (1981 and 2001) to culminate in a home which is at one with its landscape offering a style of exquisite living -special without pretension.
Constructed of quality Western Red cedar it sits surrounded by gardens of significant beauty and scale and offers 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and generous living rooms. The heart and hub of the house is -appropriately- the generous kitchen and dining room which allow for free -flowing communion and provision. Visually and physically connected to the terrace it offers a depth of vision which is transporting in its beauty. With direct access and riparian rights to the Wingecarribee River on its rear boundary, a chook house designed along Palladian lines with netted enclosures, room for a tennis court and flowers to pick, the lifestyle on offer here is one from another time and place. Meadows to roam, eggs to collect, picnics to enjoy, a river to run and flowers to pick -the sweet, sweet life!
The house is naturally cool in summer and warm in winter -climate control is provided by underfloor hydronic heating in the kitchen area is thermostatically controlled with its own boiler outside the house. Centra hydronicl heating in the rest of the house is serviced by a boiler in the garage. The two systems run independently. In addition, there is a slow combustion fire in the sitting room.
There is air conditioning in the main upstairs bedrooms.
This is well equipped and is the hub of the house opening as it does to terraces to the North and a deep verandah to the East. The stove is a Rosieres Paul Bocuse with two ovens, one fan forced – simple to use and very effective. Miele dishwasher and Miele washer and dryer (plumbed in) in the butler's pantry which also features a large cool room.
Quality joinery both in the kitchen and the adjacent butler's pantry
The kitchen area is very workable for caterers and the kitchen and terrace area easily cater for gatherings of 60 – 70 people even if it rains.
LIVING ROOM has fabulous pitched and raked ceilings, slow combustion wood fire and multiple French doors to the gardens beyond. Provides easy connection to the dining area and internal access from the double garage
LIFT -located at entry provides seamless access to the upstairs sleeping quarters which features 3 bedrooms and two ensuites
The 1000 bottle underground cellar is located away from the house for good reason in an additional shed. There is no artificial cooling required and its average temperature over the year is approx. 14 degrees with average humidity of 60%
Ample water is a blessing in this increasingly unreliable weather. The house is serviced by town water but has its own septic system.
There is also a 10,000 litre rainwater tank plumbed to the pantry but not pressurised. Water for garden use can be pumped from various points on the property
Green stripe poly pipe both underground and above ground (moveable) runs from a single pump point. This is used to water the (ex) tennis court grass and gardens (pop up sprinklers), and all grassed areas to the north and east of the house. A three-inch transfer pump can be used to transfer water from this point to the main dam. There are other pumps and hoses that can be moved around as the need arises particularly when bonfires are allowed. All pumps etc included in the sale.
There is a chook house along Palladian lines with netted enclosures either side. Totally fox proof.
There is extensive joinery throughout the house with built in cupboards in the bedrooms and a small dressing room on the first level.
Internet is via Telstra DSL
WILDLIFE (some permanent and some visiting)
- Black cockatoo
- Water fowl
- Grey heron
- Eastern rosella
- Wedge tail eagle
- Blue wrens, willy wagtails, silver eyes, finches shrikes etc
- Pinoak immediately to north of house
- Chinese elm immediately to the east of house
- English Oak to north east of house
- Swamp cypress also to north east of house
These four trees are between 35 and 45 years old. The have been "serviced" every five years or so by a leading arborist. They are healthy and in their prime.
Other trees include, oaks, elms, maples, limes, silver poplars, cotton woods and willows.
Australian natives include various Eucalyptus & Melaleuca and the picking garden room is full of romantic beauty with roses, viburnums, dogwood
National Trust ticketed open garden 2023
This wonderful estate provides the ultimate in serenity and privacy and yet is minutes only away from schools and all the amenities that the Southern Highlands has to offer