This piece of history
THEHeritage-listed landmark Stanwell Hall features as a two-storey sandstone Georgian home in the iconic painting by colonial artist John Glover titled Hobart Town– Taken from the garden where I lived. 1832.
Still known colloquially as the Glover House, it is nowa three-storey mansion with a distinctive rooftop widow’s walk providing panoramic views over the city to the River Derwent and back around toMt Wellington.
In the early 1900s, broad wrap-around verandas and additional accommodation were added in the late Victorian arts and crafts style. In more recent times there has been further sympathetic extension, modification and upgrading for modern living requirements.
Surrounding the home are established landscaped gardens with a host of mature trees, flowering plants, a computerised watering system, a pavilion, two storage sheds and a delightful convict-hewn stone wine cellar.
From the front veranda with its timber soffit, there is a fanlight entry to the original part of the home with its central hallway with ceiling rose, cornices and Huon pine staircase with blackwood balustrade and carpet runner to the next level.
Onone side of the entry is a loungeroom with a half-timbered ceiling, a chandelier, a coal-grate fireplace and a box bay window with a fretwork arch and leadlight upper panes.
Opposite is a guest bedroom or library that has a fireplace with a blackwood mantel.
Below the staircase is storage and a handy guest bathroom with a toilet.
The large dining room has double doors to the veranda return with steps down to the garden where there is a large artisan’s workshop.
Adjoining the dining room is a family/meals area with a wood-heater set into a fireplace, floorboards and door stack to a paved and pebbled courtyard and the terraced garden with a large pond and fountain. There is also access to a sunny conservatory in the north-facing return of the veranda.
To the rear is a modern kitchen with celery-top pine benchtops and breakfast bar, a stainlesssteel stove with a gas hob and electric oven, a tile splashback and stainlesssteel exhaust flue, a stainless-steel dishwasher and easy-slide cupboards, drawers and shelving in the pantry cupboard.
There is also a walkthrough larder to a passageway with access to an upgraded bathroom with a free-standing tub, a basin atop a vanity unit, a toilet, a skylight and a light/heater/exhaust.
There is also a vast studio, incorporating the old garage and which has plentiful storage and could be used as a rumpus room or bedroom.
Onthe next level, a split stairway landing leads in one direction to a large bedroom with built-ins. In the other direction are two more bedrooms, including a huge master with built-in wardrobes either side of a fireplace, a box bay window with harbour views, amodern ensuite and a door to the partly glass-enclosed upper veranda.
Another flight of stairs leads up to two garret bedrooms, a storage cupboard and steps up to the spectacular widow’s walk with its ornate wrought iron railing.
The property also has off-street parking and is just a short walk from the city centre.