Wedded to serenity, there goes the bride
A Paracombe home has had many happy returns, writes Tom Bowden.
IT’S been the site of many happy weddings over the years, but now Barry and Margaret Coventry are sad to sell their Paracombe home. The couple bought the property 18 years ago and have since been running it as a successful wedding venue.
‘‘There was nothing there — the grass was so high — and when we bought the place, we didn’t know it, but we’d bought a goat,’’ Mrs Coventry says.
‘‘We wondered what was moving the grass and Barry went out to investigate and this goat just looked back at him, he was completely hidden.’’
The Colonial-style home has three bedrooms, all with built-ins, and the master suite has an attached dressing room and ensuite.
The main bathroom has a spa bath and the home also has a games room, lounge and separate laundry.
The country-style-kitchen features timber cabinetry, a double sink, wall oven, dishwasher, and marble benchtops.
‘‘We fit 20 in the kitchen at Christmas and our big family really love coming up to visit, the home is great for entertaining,’’ Mrs Coventry says.
The home would suit a family or could continue to be run as a wedding venue, she says.
‘‘We’ve had lots of people get married on the property and it can really take a reception if people want to set up a marquee,’’ Mrs Coventry says. ‘‘We’ve had plenty of big parties under umbrellas on the lawns.’’
The home is surrounded by an established landscaped garden and also features a lake which Mrs Coventry says is a haven for tortoises, yabbies and birdlife.
‘‘There are tortoises in there and the birdlife is incredible — spoonbills, water hens, creeds — it’s just wonderful and we have friends come up and have breakfast with us on Sundays overlooking the lake because it’s just so beautiful,’’ Mrs Coventry says.
Mrs Coventry says the couple have loved living in the Paracombe home, but it is time to downsize.
‘‘It’s been a wonderful place to live and we have been very happy there,’’ Mrs Coventry says.
Pictures: BRAD GRIFFIN