Dif­fer­ent strokes on a fam­ily farm

Space for an­i­mals and a ten­nis court fea­ture at a My­lor prop­erty, writes Tessa Akerman.

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SET on eight hectares, Camel­lia Cot­tage is the per­fect home for goats, chick­ens, al­pacas, horses and a fam­ily, ven­dor Melinda Hersey says. ‘‘It’s 20 acres in size and mostly graz­ing. There’s a patch of na­tive bush that’s fenced off so the kan­ga­roos can just pot­ter around and that’s where the dam is. There’s also lots of birdlife,’’ Mrs Hersey says.

‘‘The prop­erty is prob­a­bly 15 acres of graz­ing land. It was orig­i­nally a dairy and then a fam­ily de­cided to put sheep on the land.’’

The Herseys cur­rently use the land for their three al­pacas, six goats, sev­eral horses and three chick­ens called Char­lie’s An­gels.

‘‘It’s like a cute lit­tle farm that’s fam­ily-sized,’’ Mrs Hersey says.

The prop­erty also has a flood-lit ten­nis court, which is pop­u­lar with the Hersey’s grown-up chil­dren.

‘‘We didn’t buy it for the ten­nis court but we have re­alised it’s quite an as­set be­cause our chil­dren come up on Sun­day nights for din­ner and they ar­rive early to play ten­nis,’’ she says.

Camel­lia Cot­tage also has plenty of flow­ers, in­clud­ing camel­lias.

‘‘There’s lots of camel­lias around it and roses and bulbs. The orig­i­nal own­ers were very keen gar­den­ers so there are older camel­lias and rhodo­den­drons,’’ Mrs Hersey says.

‘‘There’s lots of colour any time of the year and big proteas.’’

There also are fruit trees, in­clud­ing plums, man­darins, ap­ples, pears, peaches and plums.

The house has three bed­rooms, a lounge room with a slow-com­bus­tion heater, for­mal din­ing room and a new kitchen.

‘‘The house was built in the ’50s and has a very solid feel with a ve­randa all around it,’’ Mrs Hersey says.

‘‘There was an ad­di­tion made in the ’70s but it doesn’t look like it was added on in the ’70s.

‘‘The kitchen is brand new and very neu­tral with new ap­pli­ances. It’s big enough to be an eat-in kitchen which is very nice. Af­ter Sun­day ten­nis we have drinks in the kitchen while my hus­band Garry cooks.’’

The prop­erty also has sta­bles, smaller shel­ter yards and an Olympic-sized dres­sage arena.

Hav­ing lived in My­lor for the past 20 years, Mrs Hersey says the area is great for a fam­ily.

‘‘It’s such a beau­ti­ful area with a very strong com­mu­nity and the kids went to the lo­cal school,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be re­ally sad to leave but the kids have flown the nest and it’s time to do our thing.’’ Agent: Cen­tury 21 Myles Pearce Whyalla, ph 8645 8688, Ber­nadette Abra­ham 0413 744 682. Fea­tures: Maisonette with three large bed­rooms and up­graded tiled bathroom. Ex­tended rear en­ter­tain­ing ve­randa with a built-in bar. 38 Lake­side Cir­cuit, En­counter Bay Agent: Pro­fes­sion­als Vic­tor Har­bor, ph 8552 2733, Carolyn Shaw 0423 134 646. Open: To­mor­row, 2.45pm to 3.15pm. Fea­tures: Three-be­d­room cot­tage on a 477sq m block has a mas­ter be­d­room with en­suite and walk-in robe, open-plan liv­ing, din­ing and kitchen, decked en­ter­tain­ing area and cot­tage-style gar­den.

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