Making an escape to the country
A weekend away provided the inspiration for a complete change of pace, writes
It’s not unusual to spend a weekend away only to end up dreaming of moving there. But not many of us follow through the way this couple did, buying a 100-year-old farmhouse on acreage in Bilpin on the Bells Line of Road.
Chris and Chrys Denney were visiting friends in the area when they saw a ‘for sale’ sign on the property. The rest is history.
While they loved the location and the timber home was charming, it had become rundown over the years. Set on 20ha, it had served as a holiday house since 1955 and had had various additions in that time.
The Denneys were retired and were keen to revitalise the home, with the help of their daughter, Alice Flynn, who is an interior designer. Soon plans were in place for a beautiful farmhouse, in keeping with the idyllic location.
A little bit country
Outside, getting the house into shape involved repairing the timber cladding and repainting.
Service areas such as the kitchen and bathroom needed a complete overhaul with local builder Bede Boughton called in to do the work. Walls were stripped back and tongue and groove timber was put in the front dining room and front lounge room, giving those spaces more of a heritage feel.
“We redid all of those windows in the front and so made them large boxed-in windows,” Alice says.
In total, the house has seven bedrooms and four bathrooms, which is perfect for when the owners’ children and grandchildren come to stay. Alice says the house has been broken down into zones, rather than having everything open plan.
This contemporary kitchen maintains its country aesthetic with simple lines and a neutral palette.