5988, Midland Highway, MOUNT FRANKLIN, VIC 3461
Wonderful opportunity to live your rural dream!
This picturesque 50 acre property epitomises the best of country living with extensive permaculture gardens and a large poly-tunnel producing vegetables, herbs and flowers grown organically against a backdrop of rolling hills dotted with magnificent old gum trees.
Entrance to the charming house is framed by well-established grape vines which, together with the Manchurian pear trees, create dappled shade over the deck and bricked courtyard style garden, designed to be cool in the summer months.
Inside, a rustic ambience is accentuated by the efficient wood burning stove, beautiful carpentry and rooms bathed in sunlight, offering views across the property and beyond. The open plan kitchen and living area provide a perfect setting for intimate family gatherings, with doors opening to the courtyard, bringing the outside in.
The master bedroom on the mezzanine level includes plenty of storage with a walk-in robe, while the spacious second bedroom downstairs has a cosy bay window seat and storage, making an enticing reading nook that captures the early morning sunshine.
The central bathroom has a bath, shower and modern eco-composting toilet – and a private outlook. The home has also been fitted with an extremely efficient spilt system.
The laundry includes plenty of shelves and storage, making it a perfect place to store preserves and pickles harvested from the garden. Through the back door there is easy access to the carport.
A creative studio space across the orchard offers a quiet place to read, write, paint, sew or simply to sit on the sheltered deck and listen to the magpies and kookaburras while watching the kangaroos hop slowly across the paddocks. With two well-insulated rooms, a wide bay window and its own wood stove, the studio would also make a perfect retreat for guests.
The shed is spacious and equipped to provide power to run large machinery. Together with the extensive shelving and storage, and its stylish built-in home office or design room, it offers endless opportunities to pursue any creative projects.
Returning to the gardens – there are several carefully cultivated areas where vegetables, fruits and herbs are growing, providing a self-sustainable option and long-term food security, with irrigation from the property’s large dam. A stylish chicken house keeps the chooks safe at night, and they free range happily each day, keeping the plants and trees healthy. In the home paddocks there is room for ponies, with ample opportunity to keep sheep, goats or cattle in the extensive paddocks beyond. An abundance of wildlife populates the dam, including frogs, fish, yabbies, water birds and exquisite dragonflies.
The property was settled many years ago, with hints of yesteryear in the ruins of the old homestead, and sections of Cornish miners’ stone walls. Already a perfect place to live, this property also offers great potential to extend the gardens or house, start new hobbies and projects, embark on a farming ambition … or simply to sit around the fire pit or in one of the many quiet areas and survey the beautiful wildlife and landscapes, until the sky fills with stars.
Surrounded by historic spa and gold-rush towns the property is situated on the Midland Highway at Mount Franklin, 10 minutes’ drive to Daylesford – a thriving spa-country destination town with schools, boutiques, restaurants and a vibrant community, and 19 minutes in the other direction to Castlemaine (with regular train services to Melbourne and beyond).
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