The house a mining boom built
A grand six-bedroom home, built in 1880, has some of the first old-school green credentials, writes Amy Noonan.
AGILBERTON house is the product of a mining boom – one of South Australia’s first. Vendor Susan Gunn says it was the historical significance of Carawatha on Edwin Tce which first attracted her and her husband.
‘‘It was built for Sir George Brookman, who was a mining pioneer from Moonta,’’ Mrs Gunn says.
‘‘My husband liked the historic significance of it.’’
Mrs Gunn says the house, built in 1880, has old-school green credentials.
‘‘Because it was built prior to electricity, what I loved were the features, like the light well in the centre of the home,’’ she says.
‘‘Despite it being extraordinarily large, it is really well lit naturally and in the daytime we really don’t need to put the lights on at all.
‘‘There are a lot of feature windows and leadlight as well.’’
A wide entrance hall leads to a circular staircase in the home.
‘‘You’ve got seven cloisters with archways up the top. It’s fairly sensational,’’ Mrs Gunn says.
The house has six bedrooms, all upstairs, and five bathrooms – three upstairs and two downstairs.
‘‘There is a dressing room off the main bedroom but it was built prior to the en suite era,’’ Mrs Gunn says.
‘‘The master and the second bedroom are ballroom size, virtually, they are huge, and the rest are double size.’’
Downstairs is a formal lounge room with a drawing room or formal dining room opposite.
‘‘Behind that is a music room and a study and then a library,’’ Mrs Gunn says.
‘‘Then you come to the formal back area, which we have renovated and extended.’’
That renovation brought a separate billiard room together with the rest of the house.
‘‘There’s an entry from the back and then you go into a kitchen overlooking the family room and a meals area.
‘‘Then there is a glass link, which shows the architectural front of the billiard room.
‘‘It almost looks like the front of the Adelaide Art Gallery,’’ Mrs Gunn says.
‘‘That’s another favourite part of the home.’’
The kitchen is designed with a gourmet cook in mind, with granite benchtops, an electric induction cooktop, two Miele ovens, including a ‘‘combi’’ oven which can roast and microwave at the same time, an in-bench Gaggenau steamer and a Miele dishwasher.
Behind the kitchen is a butler’s pantry.
There also is a 5000-bottle capacity cellar, lit naturally during the daytime by the lightwell and original glass bricks.
Outside there is plenty of space for entertaining with botanic-style gardens and what is believed to be one of the first residential pools in Adelaide.
‘‘Under the veranda it’s fitted with piped surroundsound,’’ she says.
Mrs Gunn says Gilberton is great for families.
‘‘It’s next to Walkerville, Medindie and North Adelaide – in that circle – and it’s within walking distance to all the top private schools: Wilderness, St Peter’s and St Andrew’s would be the closest,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s a short walk to Linear Park and I often walk into the city. Melbourne St and O’connell St are all within walking distance as well.’’