239 HOGAN RD,
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Walama: a one-off country retreat OPEN FOR INSPECTION SATURDAY 15TH APRIL 10:30AM TO 12:30PM
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Tucked away in a fold in the hills, at the end of the line is Walama, a sanctuary from creeping residential sprawl, a perfect antidote to city hassles and a breathing hole to nurture the senses.
An architect-designed house, sympathetically repurposing the original building (a settlers' cabin), is set amongst a beautiful, perennial garden developed from an original plan by Michael Bligh. Inspired by Edna Walling, the garden flows seamlessly into the surrounding landscape through the use of parkland-style paddock plantings of both evergreen and deciduous trees.
The garden is soft, with a beguiling, skilfully designed sense of the wild. The mix of exotic trees and shrubs includes viburnums, crab apples, birches, maples, japonicas, liquid ambers, elms and a variety of fruit trees. Underplantings of low maintenance perennials keep weeds at bay and open lawn areas create space and proportion. A paved terrace on the northern side of the house is perfect for outdoor dining and a bank of native plantings on the south provides protection.
Walama consists of 53.8 ha (133 acres) of productive, southern tablelands country in a relatively high rainfall area. The property has been pasture improved and has a solid fertiliser history. This is traditionally sheep country but could successfully accommodate a variety of enterprises. Consider grapes, olives, horses, alpacas. The acreage consists of gently sloping, arable country with ample water from two good dams (one very large with a bird sanctuary island) and a permanent, spring-fed creek which wraps around a significant portion of the boundary.
The creative, spacious home welcomes and charms, light-filled rooms with glorious views of the garden and surrounding countryside. The original cottage section is now a generous, open living, dining, kitchen space. Light the fire and bunker down in the winter or throw open the doors to the verandah and fresh, clean air on warm days.
A stunning, terrazzo-floored gallery joins the original building with the new 4 X bedroom/ 2 X bathroom/ laundry wing. Inspired features include French doors to the garden and slow combustion fires in the three main bedrooms.
A back entry porch connects the house to a 6 X 4 metre workshop. Beyond the garden is shedding for vehicles and machinery and the original shearing shed and yards.
Walama offers a lifestyle limited only by your imagination. Take walks along the creek, picnic at swimming holes, fish for trout, watch the parade of wildlife and then the stars in the brilliant night sky.
Do as much or as little as you like. Walama is a place to live and be.