Oak­bank hide­away a rac­ing cer­tainty

Trans­formed cot­tage of­fers enor­mous shed as a bonus, writes Tom Bow­den.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - The Crescent, Crafers -

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.’’

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