His­toric man­sion with all mod cons TAS­MA­NIA. SOUTH­ERN MID­LANDS. MARLBROOK, 1063 MID­LAND HIGH­WAY, PONTVILLE. $1.5 MIL­LION

The Weekend Australian - Life - - PRESTIGE PROPERTY - AGENTS: Pam Corkhill and Steve Yan­narakis, Knight Frank, Ho­bart.

SET on Tas­ma­nia’s Her­itage High­way, this grand Ge­or­gian man­sion has been home to Mary and Richard Darcey for nearly 25 years. Built in 1828, Marlbrook is a beau­ti­ful dou­ble-storey sand­stone home on 6ha, just 30 min­utes’ drive from Ho­bart. The Darceys have lov­ingly main­tained the home’s many pe­riod fea­tures while en­sur­ing the liv­ing spa­ces are fit for the 21st cen­tury.

The cou­ple had just re­turned from a gar­den­ing tour when they moved here. Mary was in­spired to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful gar­den of her own and she has done just that.

She says she was at­tracted by the Ge­or­gian sym­me­try of the house, the sense of his­tory and the open spa­ces.

“It’s a very easy home to live in, very com­fort­able,” she says. “We’ve had some very happy times here.” The gabled en­trance has orig­i­nal tim­bers and a deep veranda. There are for­mal and in­for­mal liv­ing spa­ces on the ground floor, fea­tur­ing orig­i­nal floor­boards, pan­elled win­dows and fire­places.

The con­ser­va­tory-style sun­room, re­stored dur­ing the Darceys’ time at the house, has high ceil­ings, stone walls and is a haven of light. Up­stairs are three large bed­rooms and an­other sun­room.

In the grounds, the orig­i­nal care­taker’s cot­tage has been ren­o­vated with a lat­ticed veranda invit­ing guests into the one-bed­room res­i­dence. It too has stone walls, an­gled ceil­ings and orig­i­nal fire­places.

Marlbrook was built by John Hayes, son of one of the pi­o­neer set­tlers of Ho­bart. The home was orig­i­nally sup­posed to have had three storeys, built in the style of the blue-and-white Wil­low-pat­tern plate of­ten seen on Chi­nese-style porce­lain.

Mary says she kept this style in mind while ren­o­vat­ing the con­ser­va­tory on the ground floor.

Af­ter having raised their fam­ily at the house, the cou­ple now plan to down­size lo­cally.

Marlbrook’s gabled en­trance has orig­i­nal tim­bers and a deep veranda

The view from Marlbrook’s beau­ti­ful gar­den is breath­tak­ing

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