Fix­ing bones of a coun­try home

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

YEARS of work­ing in in­te­rior de­sign did not pre­pare Mickey Robert­son for the task that lay ahead at Glen­more House.

When her hus­band Larry im­pul­sively bought the dilapidated colo­nial farm build­ings near Camden in 1988, they were a crum­bling mess and even the real es­tate agent ad­vised him against buy­ing the prop­erty.

The cou­ple gave up their tiny Wool­lahra home and em­braced ru­ral life.

“It’s amaz­ing what you can get used to,” Robert­son says. “Water doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily come out of a tap – that’s some­thing I learnt very early on.”

Many years of hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion were put in to restor­ing Glen­more House to the charm­ing coun­try prop­erty set among vast gar­dens that it was.

“I don’t be­lieve in do­ing ev­ery­thing in one go,” Robert­son says.

“You must live with your sur­round­ings so that you can learn about your en­vi­ron­ment.”

While rus­tic ex­te­ri­ors, nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and a mix of tra­di­tional fur­ni­ture pieces help give the house its ru­ral feel, Robert­son says get­ting the bones of the house right first is key.

“Get­ting the ar­chi­tec­tural bones of the house right is the most im­por­tant thing,” Robert­son says.

“One of the most im­por­tant things are our ve­ran­das – they keep sun off the win­dows and pre­vent the house from heat­ing up,” she says.

“You shouldn’t need air­con­di­tion­ing in a coun­try house.”

Robert­son re­veals the full story of her home’s trans­for­ma­tion in her new book, The House and Gar­den at Glen­more, which was pub­lished this month. More in­for­ma­tion at glen­more­house.com.au

The gar­dens and stone house of Glen­more House. Images from The House and dG Gar­dend at Glen­more by Mickey Robert­son (pic­tured). Pub­lished by Mur­doch Books. RRP $59.99. Pictures: Daniel Shipp

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