Entertain in style on the waterfront
Fans of entertaining and water sports can combine them easily, writes Tessa Akerman.
WHEN Annette Fielder and her husband built their Wallaroo holiday home six years ago, they wanted a place to entertain and enjoy the water. ‘‘We designed it from the point of view that we might one day sell it and also that we could fit a lot of people for entertaining in all weather,’’ Mrs Fielder says. ‘‘It’s just a dream home for us.’’ The property comes with a wharf and pontoon suitable for large yachts.
Situated back from the marina, the Gilmore Crescent property is a threeminute drive from the centre of town or a 10-minute drive to Kadina.
It’s also only an hour and a half drive from Adelaide.
‘‘It’s very sports-orientated, with fishing, jet skis and boats,’’ Mrs Fielder says. ‘‘You can only do four knots in the canal and people swim off the front of their pontoons. It’s very safe.’’
Downstairs is the master bedroom, a study and an open-plan kitchen/family/ dining/lounge area.
‘‘The main bedroom has an ensuite with a spa and a very large walk-in wardrobe. It’s completely separate from the rest of the house,’’ Mrs Fielder says.
The kitchen is one of Mrs Fielder’s favourite rooms of the house.
‘‘That’s just gorgeous because when you’re in there cooking, you’re looking out over the water, or you can look into the courtyard,’’ she says.
The side courtyard has roller door access from the garage, sliding doors from the hallway and a servery window to the kitchen.
Mrs Fielder says the front room and patio receives the morning sun but thin blinds let the light and view in while blocking the glare.
‘‘You can see all the boats coming in. Where the sitting room area is there’s also big double doors that open up and you can see down the canal,’’ she says.
All of the bedrooms have ceiling fans and the main bedroom and living areas also have underfloor heating.
Upstairs there are four queen-size bedrooms, a family bathroom, second toilet and a living room that leads out to a balcony with views of the water.
Mrs Fielder says there are plenty of areas to which adults or children can retreat.
‘‘It’s a big comfortable house,’’ Mrs Fielder says. ‘‘It’s not a little house. ‘‘We’re thinking most people wouldn’t buy it as a holiday home.
‘‘We have big family holidays there. Obviously the bedrooms sleep eight adults upstairs and we put bunks in the family room for the children.’’ Features: A three-bedroom cottage built in 1890 with formal lounge, open-plan kitchen/dining room and a family room. 4 Fleet St, Bridgewater Agent: LJ Hooker Stirling, ph 8339 4222, Joshua Lockwood 0410 859 789. Open: Noon to 12.30pm tomorrow. Features: Built in 1980 and set on 830sq m the house has four double-sized bedrooms including the master with ensuite.