A great en­ter­tainer

The North Ade­laide home of a late Ade­laide iden­tity is filled with mem­o­ries of par­ties, Amy Noo­nan writes.

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IT has hosted par­ties at­tended by such per­son­al­i­ties as co­me­dian Barry Humphries and in­ter­na­tional jazz mu­si­cians – now, it will be up to new own­ers to de­cide whether a North Ade­laide home is des­tined for fu­ture fes­tiv­i­ties.

The house was built for South Aus­tralian iden­tity Kym Bonython, who passed away ear­lier this year.

Mr Bonython’s son Chris says the Brougham Place prop­erty, built in 1989, hosted many par­ties as well as fa­mous guests.

‘‘It was built to meet his and (wife) Julie’s en­ter­tain­ing needs. They had a lot of par­ties and things here,’’ Mr Bonython says.

‘‘He had lots of peo­ple from over­seas who used to stay here, or they held par­ties here to cel­e­brate them be­ing in Ade­laide.’’

The home is lo­cated in a tran­quil spot by the bus­tle of North Ade­laide.

How­ever, Mr Bonython says the home is very pri­vate.

‘‘It’s not on the main O’con­nell St, King Wil­liam Rd ex­ten­sion and it’s got a high fence, which sur­rounds the house that gives you pri­vacy as well,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s nice to sit on the ve­randa fac­ing North Ade­laide, have a cof­fee and read the pa­per as the sun rises.’’

It has three bed­rooms – a main mas­ter suite on the up­per level and two bed­rooms on a lower level – and nearly ev­ery room has French doors that open to ter­races or bal­conies.

‘‘When it’s a hot sum­mer’s night and you have a party, it was beau­ti­ful, it re­ally did open the place up.’’

On the lower level is a garage and a paved yard with a swim­ming pool.

‘‘The lure of the swim­ming pool makes it look so spa­cious and it has a nice cool re­flec­tion of the plants and vines on the western wall as well,’’ Mr Bonython says.

The house is filled with art – the late Mr Bonython was cel­e­brated as an art en­tre­pre­neur with a keen eye. It is not in­cluded in the sale but Mr Bonython says Julie also had an eye – for de­sign. ‘‘Julie had a way with things. The rooms are all very big, par­tic­u­larly up­stairs, even the bath­rooms are spa­cious,’’ he says.

Mr Bonython says he’s sure his fa­ther would wish for the house to con­tinue as a party venue.

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