Farm­house a labour of love

His­tory was brought into the present by a charm­ing ren­o­va­tion, writes Ben Hyde.

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ACOU­PLE’S de­sire for a his­toric coun­try prop­erty in need of re­pair was met when they found Den­ing­ton Farm about 10 years ago. The ven­dors say the 160-year-old prop­erty, set 6km from Robe in the state’s South­East, ticked all the boxes.

‘‘We were af­ter a coun­try life­style and an his­toric build­ing that was in need of re­pair, with an op­por­tu­nity to do it up,’’ they say. The prop­erty is redo­lent with his­tory. It was built by Ben and Lucy Den­ing af­ter they ar­rived in Robe from Dorset, Eng­land, in 1849 aboard the Louisa Bail­lie.

‘‘It was used as a farm­house and as a stopover, the first one from Robe, for peo­ple trav­el­ling by horse and cart,’’ the ven­dors say.

Den­ing­ton Farm was used as a farm­house and for stor­ing hay be­fore the ven­dors put their own stamp on it.

‘‘The whole place was com­pletely let go and when we got it, it needed a full ren­o­va­tion,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘When we bought it 10 years ago, we vir­tu­ally gut­ted it, pulling out all the cup­boards and floor cov­er­ings.

‘‘We re-plumbed it and rewired it, put in the kitchen, tiled the bath­room, en­closed the back ve­randa . . .’’

The work in­cluded a long list of im­prove­ments but the time and ef­fort put in has re­paid the ven­dors.

‘‘It’s a life­style that I sup­pose a lot of peo­ple don’t get the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy,’’ they say.

The homestead has been up­dated in keep­ing with its char­ac­ter and fea­tures orig­i­nal stone floor­ing, Baltic pine ceil­ings, and an In­gle­wood fire­place in the lounge room.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion in the homestead in­cludes three bed­rooms plus a sleep­out. A cot­tage-style kitchen and din­ing area is com­plete with fire­place.

The orig­i­nal coach house has been trans­formed care­fully into a bed and break­fast, in­cor­po­rat­ing a lounge, gal­ley-style kitchen, bath­room and bed­room on a mez­za­nine level.

A court­yard sep­a­rates the coach house from a newer cor­ru­gated iron build­ing, with a small kitchen and toi­let. This build­ing could be utilised as a bil­liard room, fur­ther ac­com­mo­da­tion, or a shop.

‘‘Our fond­est mem­o­ries are be­ing here and shar­ing the prop­erty with fam­ily and friends,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘It’s a very low-main­te­nance 4.5 acres (1.8ha). You can have a horse and a cou­ple of sheep graz­ing the yard to keep the grass down.

‘‘And you’re only five min­utes’ (drive) into Robe, where you have the golf course, theatre and su­per­mar­ket.’’

Ray White Border­town and Dis­tricts, ph 8752 1933, Bren­ton Car­son 0419 820 729. Fea­tures: Partly ren­o­vated four-bed­room home with open-plan liv­ing ar­eas and a tim­ber deck. 7 Bonn St, Lo­bethal Agent: El­ders Lo­bethal, ph 8389 5055, Neil Wallis 0407 895 055. Open: By ap­point­ment. Fea­tures: The 2009-built home boasts four bed­rooms, in­clud­ing the mas­ter with an ensuite and walk-in robe, plus a for­mal lounge room and a large fam­ily, din­ing and kitchen area.

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