Peace and quiet among the gums
An Adelaide Hills site would suit an energetic young family, writes Ben Hyde.
THE quintessential Australian countryside attracted English expatriates Graham and Beth Jones to Ashbourne when they relocated five years ago. Mrs Jones says they had not originally planned on buying in the Adelaide Hills.
‘‘We saw it a week after we landed here and we just fell for it,’’ she says.
‘‘It wasn’t the kind of property we were looking for at all but it was on its own: there were no neighbours and the space was great.
‘‘There were cattle at the bottom of the garden, kangaroos bouncing around, echidnas . . .we just fell for it in about half an hour.’’
The Joneses quickly found themselves at home among the 4ha of gently undulating, gum-studded land on the outskirts of Ashbourne.
The limestone house built 12 years ago has up to four bedrooms – or three and a generous study – including the master with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite with a spa bath.
A central, open-plan living area features a lounge with a slowcombustion heater, dining area, timber kitchen and a meals area surrounded by glass, giving views over the property.
Mrs Jones says the house’s ability to capture views from every room is one of its greatest attributes.
‘‘You can wash up and watch kangaroos playing down by the dam,’’ she says.
‘‘There are also often echidnas walking past the bedroom window.
‘‘We keep binoculars by the kitchen window because of all the birds that land on the dam.’’
Mrs Jones says plenty of time was spent improving the property’s grounds. ‘‘We’ve improved the gardens. . .the land was very rough when we came here,’’ she says. ‘‘We also put in the swimming pool and it’s looking much better now.’’
The property, which is named Sundew, has been a haven for the Joneses’ grandchildren.
‘‘We came over here from England because we have a daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren living here,’’ Mrs Jones says.
‘‘The grounds have been ideal for the children, with motorbikes and playing in the boat on the dam.
‘‘It’s a kids’ paradise. It would be great for people with kids but, on the other hand, it’s just as good for people who don’t have kids.’’
Mrs Jones says the cheap running costs of the property, tight-knit community atmosphere and peace and quiet will be missed.
‘‘We won’t be moving from the Hills, just going to somewhere a bit smaller,’’ she says. Features: Three-bedroom, strata-titled home. Master bedroom with an ensuite and built-in robes, formal kitchen and meals with separate lounge and dining.
157 Hampton Rd, Biggs Flat Agent: First National Pope Nitschke, ph 8391 5004, Jo-Ann Heath 0439 886 792.
Open: 1pm to 1.40pm tomorrow. Features: The solid brick four-bedroom home is set on almost 1.5ha of land and boasts views of the country from many rooms.