Imagine generations of children running around the gorgeous garden and enjoying the freedom that this lifestyle property has to offer. Emma Goodwin gets a little closer to the good life.
As the road changes from urban to rural, the cares of the world start to fall from your shoulders. By the time you turn into the driveway, you’re ready to breathe a sigh of relief that you are only seconds away from a sanctuary.
But don’t breathe out too hastily, because you will find yourself catching your breath when you get your first glimpse of this six-and-a-half-acre paradise.
Before you go any further, pause to appreciate the immaculate gardens at the front of the house.
Manicured beds of roses, romantic archways, a delightful gazebo and a water feature at centre stage are just a few of the points of interest.
There are also swing seats, formal hedging, secret garden rooms and a creek that runs through it all.
Before you enter the house, you might like to explore the area at the back. Here you will find a four-bay implement shed, some potting sheds and a hothouse, an expansive vegetable garden and a covered strawberry patch that will provide for plenty of shortcakes and pavlovas.
And to top it all off, there’s the offer of the current gardener, three days a week for a year, included in the price. You can’t sniff at that. So let’s have a look inside the house. Although it was built in 2003, it has the relaxing, reassuring demeanour of a home that has long been settled in its surroundings.
Also conducive to relaxation is the size of the immaculately presented living rooms.
The large dining room is perfect for family gatherings or other social occasions. Christmas dinner will certainly be at your place this year.
There’s also plenty of room to cook it in the kitchen, which comes with a range of facilities that most commercial chefs would die for.
Actually, to describe the kitchen as spacious would be to make an understatement. A whole team of cooks could work side by side here without getting in each other’s way.
The Rangemaster, with gas hob, hot plates and fryers, is central, and everything else you need is within reach.
Equally commodious is the huge living area, which has enough space for another dining table and chairs for informal meals. And you only have to throw open one of the doors that lead to the covered veranda and garden to enjoy a whole new living room outside.
The main bedroom, which is at one end of the house, has two walk-in wardrobes – to put an end to all arguments over closet space. There’s also a well-appointed en suite bathroom, to add another touch of luxury.
At the other end of the house there are four more bedrooms, three of which open out to the veranda. They share a bathroom that the family will love, and that will make even the most recalcitrant kids feel enthusiastic about ‘‘bath time’’.
At present, the house is being used as a wedding venue. But it could also be used as a business premises or simply as a spacious family home. The options here are almost endless.