Different strokes on a family farm
Space for animals and a tennis court feature at a Mylor property, writes Tessa Akerman.
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.