Coun­try liv­ing in a horse haven

Horse fa­cil­i­ties, a ten­nis court and pool are among the many fea­tures of a Mt George prop­erty, writes Sarah Daly.

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FROM catch­ing trout in the dam to rid­ing horses in the pad­docks, a Mt George prop­erty of­fers a coun­try life­style close to Ade­laide. Known as the Mt George Eques­trian Cen­tre, the 12.75ha prop­erty in­cludes an in­door arena with a view­ing area, ful­l­length mir­rors and sad­dling area, plus an out­side jump­ing arena.

‘‘The Ade­laide Hills are very spe­cial and the kids have loved rid­ing ponies and their mo­tor­bikes around the prop­erty. It re­ally has ev­ery­thing you could want your chil­dren to grow up with,’’ the ven­dor says.

‘‘There are three dams and we used to stock the dam clos­est to the home with trout and yab­bies, perch in the mid­dle dam and our tur­tles are still there, which have grown from pen­ny­size to more than 30cm across.’’

The ar­chi­tec­turally de­signed home has had three rein­ven­tions over the years, ex­pand­ing to suit the ven­dor’s grow­ing family. Two bed­rooms and a bath­room are at one end, lead­ing to a liv­ing area, which is a space the ven­dor has used as a teenagers’ re­treat.

The main bed­room in­cludes a mar­ble en­suite with a dou­ble shower and spa, dress­ing room and read­ing area. It also boasts a floor-to-ceil­ing panoramic view of the prop­erty.

‘‘The bed­rooms are a won­der­ful place to go and re­lax, but the real hub of the home is the cen­tral liv­ing area with a big open fire­place,’’ the ven­dor says.

The liv­ing space also in­cludes the kitchen, which has an is­land bench with gran­ite bench­top, dou­ble oven, gas and elec­tric hot­plates and a slid­ing win­dow servery to the pool room.

‘‘This is a fan­tas­tic party house. Two of my chil­dren have had wed­dings here. There have been count­less sum­mer lunches and live bands with 200 to 300 guests,’’ the ven­dor says. ‘‘The pool area has been ideal for en­ter­tain­ing and there’s also a spa and ad­ja­cent sauna which can be ac­cessed via french doors which run the length of the pool and open out to the paved pa­tio.’’

The out­door space also in­cludes a flood­lit ten­nis court, a fur­ther three lock­ers and sad­dling ar­eas, a hot and cold wash bay and groom’s quar­ters with one bed­room, liv­ing area, bath­room and kitchen.

‘‘The great thing about the prop­erty is that it has that spe­cial coun­try feel but is so close to ameni­ties in Bridge­wa­ter and Stir­ling and only 12 min­utes f r om t he t ol l g a t e , ’ ’ t he ven­dor says. Agent: Kemp Real Es­tate Port Lin­coln, ph 8682 3755, Troy Sargeant 0428 170 572. Fea­tures: Set on a 782sq m cor­ner al­lot­ment, the home has three bed­rooms with built-in robes, ceil­ing fans and roller shut­ters.

24 Yahl Main Rd, Yahl Agent: P&L Live­stock & Real Es­tate, ph 8723 3416, Al La­mond 0418 849 266.

Open: By ap­point­ment. Fea­tures: Three-bed­room brick home and five-bed­room home, each con­nected to Blue Lake Wa­ter, on a 4725sq m al­lot­ment.

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