Vine com­bi­na­tion of heart and soul

This home will truly el­e­vate your spir­its, writes Tom Bow­den.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Mawson Lakes Boulevard, Mawson Lakesdown -

THE McLaren Vale wine re­gion is renowned for its qual­ity grapes and panoramic views. And an el­e­vated property at Ble­witt Springs of­fers both, say ven­dors James and Carol.

The home was ar­chi­tec­turally de­signed and built in 1999 to of­fer two lev­els of liv­ing space.

It fea­tures four bed­rooms, the mas­ter with a walk-in robe and en­suite with a sep­a­rate toi­let, cor­ner shower, dou­ble van­ity and a spa bath.

The open-plan kitchen ad­joins the fam­ily room and fea­tures an is­land bench with break­fast bar and gas cook­top, and stain­less steel ap­pli­ances in­clud­ing a wall-mounted oven and microwave, and an in­te­grated dish­washer. It also has a walk-in pantry and a sep­a­rate util­ity room.

‘‘We wanted the abil­ity to be able to en­ter­tain and have friends and fam­ily visit us, and the home was de­signed to ac­com­mo­date that,’’ James says.

The ground floor also fea­tures an open-plan din­ing and liv­ing room, a sep­a­rate laun­dry, out­door en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas and a triple garage with work­bench and stor­age space.

There are three bed­rooms and a bath­room on the up­per level.

James says the cou­ple spared no ex­pense on the home which has french doors, Ital­ian til­ing, a slow­com­bus­tion heater with fire sur­round, raked ceil­ings, a Min­taro slate hearth, a dec­o­ra­tive tim­ber handrail, cir­cu­lar wine cel­lar with stair­case, Bose sur­round sys­tem and jar­rah floor­ing.

‘‘We knew what we wanted and when we had the op­por­tu­nity to de­sign our own house we put a lot of thought into it,’’ James says.

‘‘We’ve put a lot of heart and soul into this place and we’re re­ally proud of it and happy to be mov­ing on to the next phase of our lives, but it will be sad to see a part of us go as well, be­cause we put so much into that house.

‘‘Be­cause we’re on a hill, you get to see the changes in the sea­sons and the sky rolling in, and we’ll miss that.’’

The home is set on a 4.4ha block and fea­tures a 2.4ha Shiraz vine­yard, pro­fes­sion­ally de­signed and planted in 2000 us­ing cut­tings from d’Aren­berg’s old vine shiraz.

‘‘It’s small enough to do it yourself but it’s also big enough that you could get a con­trac­tor to look af­ter it for you,’’ James says. The home has an out­door dry­s­tone oven, olive trees, a 4mL dam and a three-bay shed.

Pic­tures: JOHN DRIG­GERS

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