Wed­ded to seren­ity, there goes the bride

A Para­combe home has had many happy re­turns, writes Tom Bow­den.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Sherwood Drive, Glenalta -

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

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