12 February 2018

Stunning house in the country full of English charm

| Glynis Quinlan
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If you are feeling the allure of the countryside and have a few million to spare then a stunning country home for sale in the Southern Highlands may be just your cup of tea.

Located 175 kilometres from Canberra, ‘Windemere’ in Avoca, offers the feel of English country living with its graceful verandas, grand circle driveway, lofty cathedral ceilings and magnificent gardens.

The property sits on 5.5 acres and is in an exclusive enclave with multi-million dollar estates for neighbours.

“It’s surrounded by some seriously big properties,” said Karl Zabel of Drew Lindsay Real Estate.

“It sits beautifully within the setting and feels very much loved.

“It’s a proper country house – very spacious. It’s got very beautiful gardens designed by Michael Bligh.”

Mr Zabel said Windemere is full of light and has country views out every window.

The property is for sale by private treaty and has a price guide of $3 million to $3.3 million. It was built in the early 2000s and has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a detached double garage.

There is a vast open plan living area with a Chazelles open fireplace which features a lofty cathedral ceiling.

At the heart of this area is a well-appointed kitchen with a large island bench and a walk-in pantry.

This area opens out to an outdoor entertaining area with large covered verandas.

There is a second living area which the current owners are using for formal dining. One of the four bedrooms could also be made into another living area enhanced by its open fireplace.

The main bedroom features an ensuite bathroom and a large walk-in robe.

There is also another beautiful bathroom, a guest powder room, a mud room and utility rooms.

The house enjoys magnificent views over the specially-designed gardens which are watered by bore.

Windemere hasn’t been on the market long but is already attracting interest.

“There has been good interest from our retreats market as a weekender or equally it could be a family home, which is what it is now,” said Mr Zabel.

As well as being less than two hours’ drive to Canberra, the property is accessible from Sydney (about 90 minutes drive).

Mr Zabel said it also has the attraction of being located close to Bowral and to the historic village of Burrawang, which has a “fantastic pub” and a “destination cafe” – namely the Burrawang General Store Cafe. As well, he said it is not far from Robertson and the coast.

Windemere is located at 32 Breshnahan’s Lane, Avoca and has been listed by Drew Lindsay and Karl Zabel of Drew Lindsay Real Estate. Phone them on 4861 2799 for more details or go to their website.

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