Secluded paradise with views of lake
Peace and quiet and stunning lakeside views are on offer at a Highland Valley property, writes Tom Bowden.
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.