En­ter­tain in style on the waterfront

Fans of en­ter­tain­ing and water sports can com­bine them eas­ily, writes Tessa Akerman.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Hills And Country -

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.

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