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