In good com­pany

This home has warmth, writes Ka­t­rina Stokes.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Hills Hideaway - CRAFERS

AMES­SAGE lies above the front door of an Ade­laide Hills prop­erty and al­most 100 years later it still stays true to the fam­ily that lives there to­day. Writ­ten in 1917, the in­scrip­tion reads: ‘‘Be­neath this roof I trust you find wel­come and good com­pany.’’

With the mes­sage in mind, the own­ers of the char­ac­ter res­i­dence bought the home eight years ago with a vi­sion to re­store the prop­erty to its orig­i­nal state.

‘‘It still had beau­ti­ful bones – you don’t get any­thing built like this any more. It just needed a lot of love,’’ one of the ven­dors says.

‘‘We’ve kept all the orig­i­nal fea­tures. It was part of our pas­sion to re­store it back to how it was.’’

The own­ers gut­ted whole rooms, reroofed, rewired and re­plas­tered through­out.

It has taken the eight years they’ve lived there to com­plete the fin­ish­ing touches.

Sur­rounded by an English-style es­tab­lished gar­den, a large, Jar­rah ve­randa wraps around the home and holds many fond mem­o­ries for the own­ers.

‘‘It was one of the as­pects that at­tracted me to the home in the first place,’’ the ven­dor says.

‘‘The ve­randa is pretty spe­cial - we got mar­ried on it.’’

In­side, the home is split on three lev­els and fea­tures pol­ished floor­boards, orig­i­nal fire­places, high ceil­ings and in­tri­cate cor­nices and ceil­ings.

The own­ers gut­ted and ex­panded the old kitchen and break­fast room, which is now a light-filled coun­try-style kitchen and meals area. Also on this level is the mas­ter bed­room, which fea­tures french doors that open to a ve­randa, large ensuite, dress­ing room and ad­join­ing bed­room or nurs­ery.

On the lower level lies a games room, two bed­rooms, bath­room and sitting room.

Two bed­rooms and a bath­room are on the up­per level, which would be an ideal space for chil­dren or teenagers.

Out­side, as well as stun­ning gar­dens, there is an in-ground swim­ming pool.

Set within walk­ing dis­tance to Stir­ling Vil­lage, the own­ers say they like the area so much, they are not mov­ing far away.

‘‘We love the vil­lage at Stir­ling – it’s unique,’’ says the ven­dor.

‘‘It’s a very spe­cial home. We’ve en­joyed restor­ing it and hope that the next fam­ily will ap­pre­ci­ate all the beau­ti­ful fea­tures.’’ Ad­dress: 24 Old Mt Barker Rd. Type: Circa 1917 sev­enbed­room re­stored char­ac­ter home set on 3325sq m of land with a so­lar-heated pool. Lo­cated within walk­ing dis­tance to Stir­ling Vil­lage. Agent: Cocks Auld Real Es­tate Un­ley, ph 8272 6789, Christine Auld 0418 826 126, Sam Auld 0407 181 324. Open: By ap­point­ment. Price: $2.395 mil­lion.

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