Ru­ral re­treat a true home on the range

There’s room for kids, horses, cat­tle, sheep and chooks, writes Tom Bow­den.

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Aru­ral re­treat within easy com­mute of the city has been the per­fect place for Vicki and Keith Goody to raise their chil­dren. The cou­ple bought their Mac­cles­field home 13 years ago and Mr Goody says they wanted their kids to have an ac­tive childhood.

‘‘We wanted to bring the kids up in the coun­try with a few horses, cat­tle, sheep and chooks and give them the re­al­i­sa­tion that there’s more out there than a bed­room and a com­puter,’’ Mr Goody says.

‘‘They could ride horses and there are fish and yab­bies in the dams and we do ca­noe­ing and wind­surf­ing on the dam.

‘‘We just wanted them to be kids and grow up and get a bit dirty and en­joy climb­ing trees and build­ing forts and that sort of thing.’’

The house has four bed­rooms, three with built-ins and the mas­ter suite has a walk-in robe and en­suite with shower, toi­let and van­ity.

The main bath­room fea­tures a full­sized bath, a shower and a van­ity unit.

There is also an of­fice, an open­plan kitchen with am­ple cup­board and bench space, and a large fam­ily area.

There is a for­mal lounge and the home, be­ing set on a hill, of­fers 360 de­gree views of the sur­round­ing hills.

‘‘The views are amaz­ing and in sum­mer it’s so re­lax­ing sit­ting out­side, over­look­ing the dam,’’ Mr Goody says.

‘‘In win­ter ev­ery­thing around us is just a vivid green and it’s beau­ti­ful, but we love it that we have sea­sons up here and it’s great to watch the land­scape change.

‘‘It’s a very se­cluded spot and it’s tucked away in the ranges.’’

The Goodys have bred horses on the prop­erty for the past 12 years and Mr Goody says the prop­erty fea­tures plenty of sup­port­ive in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing shed­ding, work­shops, three dams and easy ac­cess to plenty of wa­ter.

‘‘It’s a ter­rific re­treat and it would be a great hobby farm, but now the kids have grown up and moved out so we’re look­ing at down­siz­ing,’’ Mr Goody says.

Mr Goody says he will miss the home’s tran­quil­ity and birdlife, and says that it is an easy drive into the city.

‘‘I travel to the city each day and it is a very quick, easy and re­lax­ing drive,’’ he says.

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