This property would not be out of place in an episode of Grand Design.
At Vale Hill, 1858 has blended with 2016 in superb style in this bluestone, brick and contemporary architectural design.
Set on four hectares of arable pastoral land between Clunes, Daylesford and Creswick, the home is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens,
Sensational inside and out, the house has been styled by the late Stuart Rattle whose vision can also be seen in the 30 metre pergola framing a view of Clunes.
While the stone and pergola evoke Tuscany, the ever changing vistas are quintessentially Australian, steeped in goldfield history with mullock heaps visible and a backdrop of ancient volcanic hills.
Expertly renovated, the original residence has cosy guest quarters on the bottom floor with two elegant bedrooms, sitting room and freestanding spa bath. Close by is a 160 year old brick and stone wine cellar steeped in character and charm.
In the high-spec metal, glass and tile extension the authentic stone and brick work is juxtaposed against sleek white interiors. Top level living makes the most of the scenery. Upstairs in the new wing is the main living space with a cluster of 15 lights over the dining area.
Resplendent in marble, the kitchen and butler’s pantry leave nothing to desire. There is a black Aga stove in the main kitchen, dual matching dishwashers under the splendid island bench and in the butler’s pantry are two other ovens.
A glass foot bridge back to the original structure leads to a home office, sitting room and further on, the opulent master suite. Stunning brick work is the hero of the lavish bedroom which has a timber feature wall, matching TV cabinet and Romeo and Juliet balcony. Shower with a view in the up-to-the-minute chic en suite.
Outside a self-contained barn conversion is perfect for guests. Terraced gardens house a huge edible garden of citrus, pomegranate, quince and olive trees. Within the garden are numerous spots to take in the view, entertain guests or just enjoy the serenity.
Bed 4 Bath 3 Car 2
1641 Daylesford-Clunes Road
Price: Expressions of interest close May 31 at 5pm
Agent: Biggin & Scott Daylesford and Nelson Alexander (Fitzroy)
Phone: Tom Shaw 0438 118 903 or Nicholas West 0418 559 494
Inspect: By appointment only
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