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Mercury (Hobart) - Property - - Real Estate -

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.

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