Grape ex­pec­ta­tions with vin­tage style

A grand coun­try home on a large 1ha block com­plete with its own shi­raz vine­yard is ideal for a fam­ily seek­ing outer space, writes Tom Bow­den.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Victoria St, Queenstown -

AGAWLER Belt home on a 1ha block with its own shi­raz vine­yard pro­vided the per­fect tran­si­tion from a 16,187ha sta­tion for ven­dors Mary and Ian Clark. The cou­ple bought the home four years ago and Mrs Clark says the re­tirees wanted a block big enough that they didn’t feel hemmed in.

‘‘We love it, but we think now, with us get­ting a bit older, that it is just time to down­size,’’ she says.

The cou­ple ren­o­vated the home ex­ten­sively, in­clud­ing in­stalling a new kitchen, new hot wa­ter sys­tem, so­lar panels, new electrics and ir­ri­ga­tion.

‘‘We’ve done ev­ery­thing we could pos­si­bly think to it,’’ Mrs Clark says.

The kitchen of­fers a view over the back gar­den and has 18 soft-clos­ing draws that are al­most 1m wide, an is­land bench and stain­less steel oven and gas cook­top. ‘‘It’s a dream to pre­pare food in and ev­ery­body tends to con­gre­gate in it and it’s a magic place and leads so well into the din­ing room,’’ Mrs Clark says.

The home has four bed­rooms, the mas­ter with a walk-in robe and the other three with built-ins.

The en­suite has a cor­ner spa bath, toi­let, shower with glass screen and a dou­ble van­ity. The main three-way bath­room has a dou­ble van­ity, fea­ture mir­ror, spa bath and am­ple stor­age.

There’s also a sep­a­rate teenager’s re­treat with an open-plan lounge/ din­ing/kitchen area and a bed­room.

This room also has a sep­a­rate bath­room with shower.

‘‘It’s such a wel­com­ing home and it makes ev­ery­one feel very com­fort­able from the mo­ment you put your foot in the door,’’ Mrs Clark says.

‘‘It might be the long drive and the ap­proach, it’s a very im­pres­sive home and I’ll miss that part of it and it’s just so lovely and cosy in­side.

‘‘It has a huge ve­randa which is ideal for en­ter­tain­ing and out of nearly ev­ery win­dow there’s a gor­geous view wher­ever you look.’’

Mrs Clark says the home would suit a range of buy­ers and could also be a good fam­ily home.

‘‘We’re three min­utes from Coles in Gawler, 30 min­utes from Gepps Cross, and 25 min­utes from Ta­nunda,’’ Mrs Clark says.

‘‘When we move we will be look­ing for some­thing in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity be­cause we love the area.’’

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