Oakbank hideaway a racing certainty
Transformed cottage offers enormous shed as a bonus, writes Tom Bowden.
DAVID Farmilo and Anne Campbell bought an Oakbank cottage on a big block 20 years ago and transformed it into a ‘little bit of paradise’. ‘‘We loved the fact that it was on two titles and had an enormous shed,’’ Ms Campbell says.
‘‘My husband’s a farrier and he teaches around Australia and overseas and it’s just the perfect space for us to run a home business from.
‘‘We’ve done pretty well everything to it. When we bought it it was a fairly unrenovated small cottage on two blocks and there was very little by way of a garden.
‘‘We’ve turned the shed into an Australian-looking barn and we’ve done three extensions on to the house and done a huge amount of gardening and it virtually has hedges on all sides so it’s a very private place and it feels like we’ve got our own little bit of paradise tucked away inside it.’’
The couple have transformed the original living room into a practical kitchen, with a mix of modern appliances and historic fittings.
‘‘I always wanted a kitchen with baltic floors and we also did the benchtops in baltic pine which was originally floorboards from the EastEnd Markets,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s a very friendly house and a lot of people who come here comment on that. We think Oakbank is a lovely town and very quiet and central for horses and David does a lot of shoeing in the shed,’’ Ms Campbell says.
The property has four bedrooms and the upstairs bedroom and study has an attached ensuite with shower, toilet and vanity.
‘‘I work from home and we often sleep up there in winter because it’s a lovely and warm winter room,’’ Ms Campbell says.
‘‘It’s just one of those houses where people come in and say ‘this is lovely’.’’
Ms Campbell says the home’s shed was a huge drawcard and that the property would appeal to a wide range of buyers.
‘‘I think it will attract someone who needs a lot of space to do what they need to, or a retired couple coming off a big property, because rural people are used to having enormous amount of shedding,’’ she says.
‘‘We’ve really loved living here.’’