Ornate hilltop mansion
THIS four-level reproduction of a Victorian mansion sits on a Hamilton hillside with sweeping views across the Brisbane River to the city.
Built in 1991 and since renovated, Loa Langta, or The Lady of the Hill, features two wide street frontages and blends bespoke design elements with quality period references throughout its floorplan.
These include decorative ceilings, bay windows, french doors, wraparound verandas, 26 chandeliers and leadlighting.
Historical highlights include fireplaces dating from 1860 – salvaged from a Sydney house and expertly restored – and 100-year-old cast iron balustrades from St Mary’s Convent in South Brisbane.
Imported luxury fixtures and fittings are also standard throughout the house.
Bathrooms and the kitchen have Italian marble benchtops and Brazilian mahogany joinery while the fireplaces incorporate Bible-story tiles from The Netherlands and the staircase carpet runners are from Poland. There are also french Rosieres kitchen appliances, and veranda posts and handrails from the Philippines. Ornate cornicing includes nearly 1kg of 23.5 carat gilded gold.
At the formal entrance is a hand-forged iron gate and cedar doors, leading to an imposing hallway complete with a 10-person lift.
On the second level is a wet bar and billiards room with built-in library shelving and a fireplace. French doors open to a wraparound patio and a sprawling terracotta-paved terrace.
Also on this floor are a wine cellar and bedroom with bay windows, a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite.
Sleeping accommodation on the third level of the house includes an elegant main bedroom with walk-in wardrobes and an ensuite.
The room flows to a wraparound veranda, also accessed from a library boasting hand-finished timber cabinetry.
Character features continue throughout the level, including ornate ceiling cornices, rich timber accents, carpets and impressive river views from the galleries of windows.
The level also includes two further bedrooms, a sitting room and study serviced by a bathroom.
Central living extends across the upper floor, where a lavish formal living area boasts a fireplace, hand-carved cedar mantels, soaring decorative ceilings and french doors to a wraparound veranda.
Adjacent is a formal dining area with access to the grand kitchen and meals area.
The kitchen leads to a rear yard with an inground pool, a water feature and established garden.
The floor also boasts a striking ceiling dome inlaid with acid-etched glass.
Completing the floorplan is a bedroom with walk-in wardrobes and an ensuite, as well as a laundry, bathroom and powder room.
Blending with the extensive period references are a host of modern conveniences, including a four-vehicle garage, ducted airconditioning and an audio visual security system.