His­toric past

Set in idyl­lic coun­try­side, this prop­erty is filled with po­ten­tial, writes.

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AHOMESTEAD at Strathal­byn, just re­leased on the real es­tate mar­ket, pro­vides a rare op­por­tu­nity to buy into lo­cal his­tory.

The Lodge was con­structed by one of the area’s most prom­i­nent res­i­dents, Sir John Lancelot Stirling, in the 1870s and ex­tended twice in the fol­low­ing 40 years.

Since then, it has en­joyed a colour­ful his­tory, in­clud­ing a four-year pe­riod when the front pad­docks were used by the govern­ment for the de­fence forces.

‘‘From 1942 un­til 1946, the front pad­docks were taken over by the Aus­tralian Govern­ment as the 108th and sub­se­quently the 111th Army Con­va­les­cent De­pots, Aus­tralian Army Med­i­cal Corps, for sick and wounded sol­diers,’’ the ven­dor says.

‘‘Fol­low­ing the death of Lady Stirling in 1949, the Lodge was sold to Claude Haigh, son of the founder of the South Aus­tralian choco­late com­pany, and op­er­ated as a horse stud.’’

The present own­ers bought the prop­erty in 2004 and have used part of it for a res­i­den­tial sub­di­vi­sion.

The house is po­si­tioned on a large land hold­ing – about 1.142ha – that pro­vides room for fur­ther devel­op­ment.

It com­prises 16 prin­ci­pal rooms with four bath­rooms, a cel­lar and four out­side de­tached rooms.

Spread through­out the house are large liv­ing rooms, a for­mal lounge, of­fice, coun­try kitchen, more than six bed­rooms and a good-size bil­liard room.

The house has been used as three flats but can be re­opened as a sin­gle home.

Restora­tions have been un­der­taken to give the main rooms a fresh grab at their past glory. The house is within walk­ing dis­tance of the lo­cal ameni­ties.

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