Log cabin comes with magic gar­den

Pot­ter­ing is a plea­sure in this home, writes Tom Bow­den.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Manchester Circuit, Craigmore -

Aru­ral re­treat brought back hol­i­day mem­o­ries for Martin and De­bra Oliver when they bought a McLaren Vale log cabin al­most four years ago. ‘‘It’s a beau­ti­ful warm, soft-feel­ing home,’’ Mr Oliver says.

‘‘We come from the UK and we had a cou­ple of ski hol­i­days in Aus­tria and it re­minds us of be­ing in a ski lodge, es­pe­cially in win­ter with the fire blaz­ing.’’

The home of­fers open-plan liv­ing, has a cen­tral dual-door com­bus­tion heater in the mid­dle of the main liv­ing area, and there is also an en­closed 10.2m x 4.9m al­fresco area.

The home has three bed­rooms un­der the main roof and a sep­a­rate de­tached room Mr Oliver says could be used for a va­ri­ety of pur­poses.

‘‘We’ve used it as a spare bed­room when people come to visit and one thing that seems to ap­peal to a lot of people is the idea of an art stu­dio,’’ Mr Oliver says.

‘‘There are a lot of artists in the McLaren Vale re­gion and a num­ber of them think it would be per­fect to get in the right headspace to cre­ate, but also you could open the slid­ing door and do sales on a Sun­day.’’

Mr Oliver said the tim­ber home is great for par­ties and has great acous­tic.

‘‘We’re a bit old-fash­ioned and we’ve still got the old stereo am­pli­fier from the 70s and the speak­ers mounted on the wall and the record deck, and the acous­tics of the build­ing are beau­ti­ful — it’s just like be­ing in a church with the vaulted ceil­ings,’’ he says.

Mr Oliver says the home of­fers pri­vacy, but is still close to McLaren Vale’s winer­ies, shops and cafes, and of­fers amaz­ing views.

‘‘In the fore­ground there are hay pad­docks, and be­hind them are vine­yards, then be­hind them are the Wil­lunga Hills and off to one side you can see down to Sel­licks Bay, so it’s beau­ti­ful,’’ Mr Oliver says. ‘‘It’s magic down here.’’ Mr Oliver says the cou­ple would miss the home’s gar­den.

‘‘The gar­den had pre­vi­ously been used as a wed­ding gar­den and also a gar­den nurs­ery be­cause the pre­vi­ous owner was a hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist,’’ Mr Oliver says.

‘‘We pot­ter out there for hours.’’

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