Old Europe echoes through these walls

Live in splen­dour.

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Cover Story - By NATALIE HORDOV

THE orig­i­nal own­ers' love of France and Italy is ev­i­dent through­out this mar­vel­lous two­s­torey res­i­dence.

The ex­te­rior is rem­i­nis­cent of older Euro­pean vil­las with soft, weath­ered ma­sonry, slate roof tiles and cop­per ac­cents and the gor­geous grounds in­clude tal­low and olive trees, climb­ing grape vines and wis­te­ria.

Cur­rent own­ers David and Noe­line Wil­liams bought the home in 2002 and car­ried out a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment in 2007, ex­tend­ing it from two bed­rooms and two bath­rooms to three bed­rooms and three bath­rooms and adding a gym, plunge pool and store­room.

They kept the ren­o­va­tions faith­ful to the orig­i­nal de­sign of the home.

The house is a feast for the senses with strik­ing features and con­trast­ing tex­tures through­out.

In­side, there is a grand foyer flanked by two for­mal liv­ing ar­eas with rare Span­ish mar­ble floor tiling.

Features in­cludes rough-ren­dered walls, curved-line cor­nices and cus­tomised french doors fit­ted with metal shut­ters.

The for­mal din­ing room has a carved mar­ble fire­place, and opens to a mag­i­cal wis­te­ria-cov­ered court­yard with gran­ite cob­ble­stones, arched walls and col­umns.

The court­yard leads to the Ro­man bath-like pool.

A cen­tral, open-plan liv­ing zone also opens to the court­yard.

This room has wan­doo-lined ceil­ings, wan­doo tim­ber floor­boards and a fire­place with gran­ite col­umns and rus­tic brick­work.

The unique kitchen in­cludes a scullery and prepa­ra­tion area.

Stun­ning features in­clude Brazil­ian bluetinged mar­ble on some of the walls, porphyry choco­late-hued gran­ite bench­tops and carved and em­bel­lished tim­ber on the is­land bench and pantry doors.

There is also a guest bed­room, op­u­lent bath­room and gym on this floor.

The mas­ter bed­room is up­stairs and has splen­did leafy views and river glimpses.

It in­cludes a walk-in robe and en­suite with mar­ble features and a wan­doo-lined peaked ceil­ing.

There is a sec­ond bed­room on this floor, with an en­suite that opens to a bal­cony that has views over the court­yard and rooftops and trees of Dalkeith to glo­ri­ous sun­sets.

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