Mak­ing an es­cape to the coun­try

A week­end away pro­vided the in­spi­ra­tion for a com­plete change of pace, writes

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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.

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