Distinguished. Elegant. Indulgent. These are the words that bounce around in your head when it comes to describing 1599 Murrumbateman Road in Gundaroo.
Set on about 60 hectares of cleared land and surrounded by undulating hills, two dams and light bush, this renovated and extended residence offers its new owners an opportunity to indulge in an unsurpassed lifestyle of country living so close to Canberra.
BRADYS real estate agent Nicola Brady says, with years of selling properties in her back pocket, some really stand out and this is one of them.
The property includes a four-bedroom home (plus study), in addition to a huge rendered, straw bale shed/artists studio, and a one-bedroom apartment that could have enormous success as a B&B.
“This one-bedroom apartment isn’t just a thrown-together shack,” Nicola says.
“It is just as lavishly designed as the rest of the property. It would be perfect as a B&B but also just for visiting family members.”
Showcasing a love of space, light, palettes of white walls and sash windows, bespoke cornices and ceiling roses, large doors, timber parquetry flooring along with white plantation shutters, the main home exudes elegance and sophistication.
A formal entrance with a high ceiling leads you into the open plan living and dining areas, thoughtfully created to capture an abundance of natural light.
French doors seamlessly flow onto the stunning rear terrace with a gorgeous wisteria that gives the home a French provincial feel. For those hot days, enjoy the shade from a retractable sail.
You will, without a doubt, spend many an hour out there, celebrating the best of what country living has to offer.
You won’t be short of bench space in the kitchen, with a huge granite island benchtop and even bigger stainless steel workspace. A walk-through butler’s pantry provides even more space for all those extra appliances and pantry items. Add this to an array of quality stainless steel appliances and you have a kitchen fit for a chef.
All of the four bedrooms and study are spacious and airy. The ensuite and main bathroom are fully renovated, set in modern earthy tones and boast large porcelain tiles on the floor and walls, granite benchtops and a luxurious deep-set bath.
Comfort is taken care of with under-floor electric heating in the bathroom and ensuite, reverse-cycle split-system air conditioning, new ceiling fans, and a stunning wood fireplace with a large chimney and grey tiled feature wall serving as an excellent heat bank.
This is complemented by insulated ceilings and walls, double-glazed doors and windows, and white plantation shutters throughout. The house is connected to mains electricity but is also supported by a 1.5kw solar system.
Car accommodation wise, you have lots of options – a double garage near the front door and another quaint garage near the laundry. There is also the massive 24 x 8.5 metre shed.
Open the gate through the rendered straw bale wall to a secret garden reminiscent of a miniature Gardens of Versailles. The cosy apartment also features all the comforts of double-glazed windows, sun-drenched living areas, under-floor heating and reverse-cycle AC. The current owners even operated a successful B&B from this unit.
The options for the shed are endless. The sheer size of it is enough to accommodate practically any farm vehicle, while there is also a large mezzanine area and gardener’s bathroom attached. This would make a great workshop or studio for an artist, sculptor or someone needing plenty of space close to the house to run their own business.