French Flavour in a Su­perb Gar­den Set­ting

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Po­si­tioned in an ex­clu­sive pocket of War­ragul, few prop­er­ties of­fer the pri­vacy and ap­peal of this charm­ing French in­spired farm­house.

‘The Croft’ as its name sug­gests, is a de­light­ful home set on a su­perb acre al­lot­ment of man­i­cured lawns, screen­ing trees, trimmed hedges, ex­otic and na­tive plant­ings. Qual­ity and out­stand­ing crafts­man­ship is un­de­ni­able with an in­te­rior that evokes el­e­gance and a wel­com­ing sense of home. A flex­i­ble floor plan high­lights four bed­rooms, the fourth bed­room or guest ac­com­mo­da­tion on the sec­ond level, two bath­rooms, spa­cious for­mal sit­ting room, Pro­vin­cial style kitchen/diner, fam­ily liv­ing area and an over­sized dou­ble garage with ad­join­ing store­room plus a work­shop/stu­dio. A broad ve­ran­dah across the rear con­nects to a large semi en­closed al­fresco, a won­der­ful airy space to en­ter­tain in all sea­sons and en­joy the gar­den sur­rounds. There is also a paved ter­race for out­door din­ing dur­ing the warmer months. Ad­di­tional im­prove­ments in­clude a four bay Color­bond shed ac­cessed from a sep­a­rate drive­way. Well ten­dered lawn and rose beds line the sealed drive­way which leads to the turn­about at the front of the res­i­dence. An im­pres­sive en­try hall greets the vis­i­tor with pol­ished hard­wood floors, lofty ceil­ings, dec­o­ra­tive dado and the tim­ber stair­case lead­ing to the up­per level. Fur­ther along is the kitchen and fam­ily liv­ing area. This warm and invit­ing space fea­tures crafted tim­ber cab­i­netry and bench tops, a stun­ning Leisure gas/electric com­bi­na­tion cooker with tim­ber man­tle, lead­light over­heads, plate racks, small ap­pli­ance cup­board, step-in pantry and a Dish­lex dish­washer. A lovely fea­ture is the sink sur­rounded by a Cae­sar­stone work sur­face, set into a box bay win­dow. In ad­di­tion, a mag­nif­i­cent built-in dis­play unit is perfect to house your china or crys­tal col­lec­tion. Dou­ble doors from the liv­ing/ din­ing area open to the for­mal sit­ting room. Per­haps the most en­dear­ing room of the home, this rest­ful abode fea­tures dec­o­ra­tive cor­nices, a gor­geous gas log fire and el­e­gantly dressed win­dows with ex­pan­sive views of the gar­den. French doors from here and a sin­gle door from the fam­ily room ac­cess the rear ve­ran­dah. An ad­di­tional set of doors lead to the front en­try hall. Fur­ther along are two of the sec­ondary bed­rooms, the laun­dry with Euro­pean style ap­pli­ance stor­age and a large linen press, a pow­der room, fam­ily bath­room with a shower, spa bath and the main bed­room with an en­suite. All of these bed­rooms have gen­er­ous built-in robes. The spa­cious main bed­room also fea­tures a box bay win­dow with a built-in seat. Su­pe­rior work­man­ship con­tin­ues to im­press in the en­suite where a beau­ti­ful be­spoke tim­ber van­ity with a dec­o­ra­tive mir­ror stands pride of place. An­gled ceil­ings and charm­ing dormer win­dows are found in the sec­ond level guest bed­room. Ducted gas heat­ing, split sys­tem air con­di­tion­ers in both liv­ing ar­eas and the main bed­room, ducted vac­u­um­ing, qual­ity car­pets, light fit­tings and win­dow cov­er­ings are ad­di­tional in­clu­sions. Metic­u­lously land­scaped, the gar­dens are a plea­sure to ex­plore with lay­ered bor­ders of colour and tex­ture, spec­i­men trees and ar­eas where stan­dards, trimmed hedg­ing and a wa­ter fea­ture cre­ate a more for­mal theme. Cen­tre­piece of the gar­den is a ma­ture Paulow­nia or Princess Tree, a splen­did spec­i­men tree pro­vid­ing a canopy of shade dur­ing the sum­mer and a glo­ri­ous dis­play of ex­quis­ite tubu­lar shaped flow­ers in spring. Num­ber 11 Kook­aburra Court War­ragul is out­stand­ing for its sense of seren­ity and un­der­stated el­e­gance.

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