Farmhouse a labour of love
History was brought into the present by a charming renovation, writes Ben Hyde.
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.