Se­cluded par­adise with views of lake

Peace and quiet and stun­ning lake­side views are on of­fer at a High­land Val­ley prop­erty, writes Tom Bow­den.

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PETER and Paddy Mal­lyon will miss their own lit­tle bit of par­adise as they say good­bye to their High­land Val­ley home. The Mal­lyons bought the prop­erty 10 years ago as a 72ha cat­tle or horse farm and, af­ter sell­ing some land to a neigh­bour, say the re­main­ing 63ha of­fer amaz­ing views to Lake Alexan­d­rina and peace and quiet.

‘‘When we bought it it was com­pletely run down and hadn’t been lived in for about a year,’’ Mrs Mal­lyon says.

‘‘We felt like a chal­lenge and so we bought it and have com­pletely ren­o­vated it through­out.

‘‘We lived in Aldgate for 35 years and I wanted a view and my hus­band wanted some land. We came out here and we fell in love with it.

‘‘The best part about this prop­erty is the views and we call it our lit­tle bit of par­adise be­cause our neigh­bours live far enough away that we don’t bother each other and it has th­ese amaz­ing views to Lake Alexan­d­rina.

‘‘The colo­nial win­dows did noth­ing for the view so we’ve taken them out and put in pic­ture win­dows right through­out the house.

‘‘Ev­ery win­dow you look out of looks on to ei­ther pad­docks or Mt Barker, the lake or views of the coun­try, it’s stun­ning.’’

The home’s farm­house kitchen is the cen­tral hub of the home and it fea­tures black­wood cab­i­netry, a gas stove, dishwasher, am­ple cup­board and benchspace and a walk-in pantry.

‘‘We’ve had 16 sit­ting in the kitchen for a Christ­mas lunch,’’ Mrs Mal­lyon says.

The home has four bed­rooms, the two largest with floor-to-ceil­ing builtin robes, and there are two bath­rooms.

‘‘It’s a real fam­ily home and it’s got a re­ally warm feel­ing to it,’’ Mrs Mal­lyon says.

‘‘Our fam­ily are from Dar­win and when they come down ev­ery­one can find their own space and they come for a month at a time and no­body’s on top of each other.’’

Mrs Mal­lyon says the home’s lo­ca­tion was a strong sell­ing point as it was 35 min­utes drive from the toll­gate, 12 min­utes from Strathal­byn and 12 min­utes from Mt Barker.

Mrs Mal­lyon says the cou­ple will miss the prop­erty but are look­ing for some­thing smaller.

Pic­tures: Charles Lynch

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