Writing the next chapter of history
Modern features abound in a Hills home that transcends time, writes Ben Hyde.
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.