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.

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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.’’

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