Writ­ing the next chap­ter of his­tory

Mod­ern fea­tures abound in a Hills home that tran­scends time, writes Ben Hyde.

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WITH Ravenswood at Bal­han­nah dat­ing back to the 1850s, it is hard not to be­come en­gulfed in its his­tory. The ven­dors, who have owned the prop­erty for the past 22 years, say the his­tory dates to the Prus­sian Paech fam­ily, who ar­rived at Hold­fast Bay in 1839 aboard the Ze­bra.

‘‘The orig­i­nal land grant was in 1849 to Jo­hannes Wil­helm Paech and they de­vel­oped it from then on,’’ they say.

‘‘The first part of the house was built in the 1850s and the Paech fam­ily held it for more than 100 years un­til they left in the 1970s.

‘‘It’s been lovely. We’ve had mem­bers of the Paech fam­ily come up to look at the old home.’’

Since the Paech fam­ily’s as­so­ci­a­tion with Ravenswood came to an end, the ven­dors have had a chance to add their own chap­ter to the prop­erty’s his­tory.

‘‘In the past 20 years, we’ve had fun re­vi­tal­is­ing her­itage build­ings, grow­ing a gar­den and plant­ing many trees, which are now ma­ture and cre­ate a haven for our­selves and the birds,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘We’ve ex­tended the homestead to add a large liv­ing and din­ing room, and we’ve added bath­rooms.

‘‘There is a lovely old stone barn built from stone quar­ried on the prop­erty and we turned it into a two-bed­room cot­tage with a liv­ing room and bath­room.

‘‘We’ve also added a build­ing, with an of­fice and li­brary with sun­room.’’

To­gether, the homestead and cot­tage of­fer five bed­rooms, three bath­rooms, for­mal and in­for­mal liv­ing ar­eas, stud­ies, a li­brary and cel­lar.

The ven­dors say the cot­tage has been ideal for vis­it­ing friends and fam­ily.

Mod­ern ameni­ties, in­clud­ing open fire­places, have been sub­tly blended with char­ac­ter fea­tures through­out the homestead.

Ex­ten­sive ve­ran­das with iron lace wrap around much of the house.

‘‘It’s a magnificent set­ting with beau­ti­ful vis­tas,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘We love the chang­ing sea­sons, the first light at sun­rise, the light on the pas­ture and trees be­fore sun­set.

‘‘We also en­joy log fires in win­ter and the cool evenings in the sum­mer.’’

The homestead, cot­tage and out­build­ings sit on a to­tal of 40.58ha of land, split over two ti­tles, in­clud­ing eight fenced pad­docks, sheds and cat­tle yards and a fenced arena for horses.

‘‘The grand­chil­dren have just loved com­ing here. It’s a haven for them,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘We are go­ing to leave very re­luc­tantly. We just hope who­ever comes here will con­tinue to nur­ture what we re­gard as a spe­cial place.’’

Ad­cock Real Es­tate Bal­han­nah, ph 8388 4777, Andrew Ad­cock 0418 816 874. Fea­tures: A clas­sic stone-fronted home fea­tur­ing shady front ve­randa and re­tain­ing many pe­riod fea­tures, in­clud­ing pic­ture rails and ceil­ing roses. 2/24 Sur­fleet Place, Port Lin­coln Agent: Kemp Real Es­tate Port Lin­coln, ph 8682 3755, Steph Ridge 0417 080 695. Open: By ap­point­ment. Fea­tures: Low-main­te­nance, beach front two-bed­room home with sea views over Mundy’s Moor­ing. Open-plan de­sign and raked ceil­ings cre­ate a spacious feel in­side.

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