IDYL­LIC LIFESTYLE PROP­ERTY WITH SHOW­PIECE GAR­DEN

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Tucked into the lush Gipp­s­land land­scape, ap­prox­i­mately five min­utes’ drive from War­ragul, this peace­ful 10 acre re­treat of­fers a lifestyle of peace and pri­vacy.

The up­dated 1950s res­i­dence is light and invit­ing, mod­ernised for to­day’s lifestyle yet re­tain­ing many of the original char­ac­ter fea­tures, in­clud­ing tim­ber floors, high ceil­ings and dec­o­ra­tive stepped cor­nices.

Large win­dows through­out the home frame the glo­ri­ous views of the rolling land­scape with the back­drop of the Strz­elecki Ranges.

Three bed­rooms, the main bed­room with an en­suite, liv­ing room, kitchen/diner, sun­room and a home of­fice are fea­tured in the lay­out.

Ad­di­tional im­prove­ments in­clude a dou­ble car­port with di­rect ac­cess to the res­i­dence, ad­join­ing garage and stu­dio, a rus­tic out­door al­fresco area with a wood heater, 130,000 litre wa­ter stor­age and a 12m x 6m Col­or­bond shed with a three me­tre awning, con­crete floor and power.

The prop­erty is home to renowned hor­ti­cul­tur­ist and land­scape de­signer, Prue Met­calfe and her fam­ily.

Prue’s gar­den de­sign philosophy is one of har­mony and bal­ance, to­gether with func­tion­al­ity and a sense of tran­quil­lity.

This philosophy is car­ried through to the charm­ing coun­try style gar­den which en­velops the res­i­dence.

Ma­ture trees and clipped box hedg­ing line the cir­cu­lar drive­way which leads to the front of the res­i­dence, an es­tab­lished screen of pit­tospo­rums along the north side form a buf­fer against cool winds.

Gar­den rooms of colour and tex­ture have been cre­ated at the rear of the prop­erty.

A me­an­der­ing gravel path winds its way past a va­ri­ety of in­dige­nous species in­clud­ing waratahs and banksias, a dry river bed, lay­ered plant­ings of suc­cu­lents, lilies and helle­bores framed by or­na­men­tal pear trees and white crepe myr­tle.

Rolling green lawn con­nects the gar­den with the sur­round­ing pas­toral set­ting as well as pro­vid­ing a cleared area for chil­dren to play.

En­try to the home is di­rectly into the liv­ing room, a light and re­laxed room with a large win­dow over­look­ing the calm­ing east­erly as­pect.

A solid fuel heater set into the original fire­place is a welcome fea­ture dur­ing the cooler days whilst a ceil­ing fan as­sists with air flow.

Bev­elled glass slid­ing doors lead to the kitchen/diner.

Tas­ma­nian oak cab­i­netry cre­ates a coun­try style kitchen teamed with gas hot plates, an elec­tric wall oven and a dish­washer.

From the kitchen a hall con­nects the three bed­rooms with built-in robes, fam­ily bath­room, sep­a­rate toi­let and a walk-in stor­age cup­board.

At the rear of the lay­out is the light and airy sun­room, home of­fice and the laun­dry.

Ducted gas heat­ing, a heat trans­fer sys­tem from the solid fuel heater to the bed­rooms, dou­ble glazed win­dows, ceil­ing fans in two of the bed­rooms and new car­pet in the sun­room are fur­ther fea­tures.

An en­closed veg­gie gar­den, hen house, as­sorted fruit trees and berries will stock the home larder.

Younger fam­ily mem­bers will love the tree house, cubby and the sand pit.

The acreage is fenced into three pad­docks with wa­ter troughs and good shel­ter for stock. This idyl­lic lifestyle could be yours. For all en­quiries con­tact the mar­ket­ing agent, First National Real Es­tate War­ragul on 5623 1222, Stu­art Brock 0407 610 700 or Car­men Christie 0402 042 120. Num­ber 35 Pratts Road, War­ragul South is of­fered for sale for $879,000.

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