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