Hid­den trea­sure in val­ley set­ting

An Oak­bank prop­erty is per­fect for horse en­thu­si­asts, writes Sheradyn Holderhead.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Hills And Country -

CAP­TI­VATED by the beau­ti­ful land­scape and the seren­ity of the val­ley, the own­ers of Ox­ford Glen say it is the ideal prop­erty for horse en­thu­si­asts. The Oak­bank prop­erty al­sos boasts all the fa­cil­i­ties to com­fort­ably make it a fam­ily home.

‘‘Our fam­ily moved to Ox­ford Glen, Oak­bank, al­most 14 years ago from East­wood af­ter search­ing for a suit­able prop­erty for nearly two years,’’ ven­dor Kirsten Tyler says.

‘‘Ox­ford Glen is be­ing sold as our fam­ily have moved away from our eques­trian in­ter­ests and no longer have need of the horse fa­cil­i­ties and pro­duc­tive pas­tures.

‘‘We will be sad to be leav­ing the quiet seren­ity . . . and the friendly vil­lage of Oak­bank.’’ The house fea­tures five bed­rooms, two bath­rooms and two liv­ing ar­eas.

Its north-east ori­en­ta­tion al­lows the french doors and ex­pan­sive win­dows to let warm morn­ing light fill the ca­sual liv­ing area.

Over­look­ing this area is the kitchen with pic­ture win­dows, a walk-in pantry and plenty of cup­board space.

Ms Tyler says the views from the kitchen area are scenes of which her fam­ily never tire.

‘‘Sitting at the large kitchen bench over cof­fee, guests are en­thralled by the views over the coun­try­side through the win­dows,’’ she says.

‘‘We have ren­o­vated and ex­tended the house twice as our fam­ily needs have grown and also built the eques­trian fa­cil­i­ties and planted out the ex­ten­sive gar­dens. We were mind­ful of the unique set­ting of the house and sought to cap­ture val­ley and gar­den views from ev­ery room as well as con­struct­ing a de­sign which ensures the large rooms pro­vide flex­i­ble use as needs have re­quired.’’

Each of the bed­rooms is spacious, three are fit­ted with built-in wardrobes and the mas­ter bed­room in­cludes an ensuite.

For the horses is a barn with two big sta­bles and di­rect ac­cess into the pad­docks with split barn doors, hot and cold wash bay and tack room.

The barn is de­signed to house a float and can ac­com­mo­date a fur­ther three sta­bles if re­quired.

Out from the barn, you can walk down the raceway to ac­cess most of the pad­docks and Olympic-sized dres­sage arena, which is fenced, has sprin­klers and a sand-mix sur­face that is great to ride on through­out the year.

There are six flat horse pad­docks that have been fenced with sighter wire and stand-off electrics.

Ad­cock Real Es­tate, ph 8388 4777, Andrew Ad­cock 0418 816 874. Fea­tures: Mod­ern home with four bed­rooms, two bath­rooms, open-plan liv­ing and out­door, un­der-cover en­ter­tain­ing area. 10 Michael Court, Clare Agent: El­ders Real Es­tate Clare, ph 8842 2998, Pam Charnock 0427 422 498. Open: By ap­point­ment. Fea­tures: Spacious brick home with three bed­rooms, all with built-in wardrobes and ceil­ing fans. Two large en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas – one at the rear with cafe blinds.

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