Minilya is without peer. It is undoubtedly Maldon’s most historic and architecturally important residence. Rich in history and sympathetically refurbished, the house is perfect as a principal and gracious family residence, weekend escape or exclusive upmarket accommodation venture.
Charles Lewis Calder was born in Maldon in 1863. After Charles pursued his quest for gold and a successful entrepreneurial career as a young adult, he married Mary Hearman in Perth in 1899. That year they returned back to Maldon and commissioned renowned Italian born architect Louis Boldini to build their new home – Minilya – on a hill overlooking the township. The house was built in 1900 in the late Victorian Rustic Gothic style and is one of Boldini’s finest designs.
Minilya is a landmark 320m2 weatherboard residence with elaborately decorated gables and bargeboards, finials, steep roofline, distinctive banded chimneys and elegant long and wide verandah. The house is entered by a grand entry staircase leading to the entrance door, complete with the finest stained glass sidelights and transom windows in the region. The entry hall is impressive and leads to a number of gracious and well proportioned formal and informal rooms, including the drawing room, library, and sitting/dining room and master bedroom and bathroom.
The service wing of the house includes a charming pine lined country kitchen complete with the original Lux cast iron wood cooker and second gas/electric oven, butler’s pantry complete with cabinetry and servant’s bells, storage room, scullery and mudroom. A stunning sunroom with plantation shutters and French doors leads to the old servant’s bedroom, sitting room, bathroom and laundry. Downstairs leads to the third bedroom with ensuite and access to the garden. The garden studio provides a fourth bedroom and ensuite.
The historic interiors display grace and symmetry and retain all the architectural elements associated with the period and important works of Boldini – including kauri pine floorboards, cornices and rosettes, large windows, quality joinery and open fireplaces.
The established garden is abundant with native and deciduous trees, perennials, cottage flowers, bulbs, extensive lawn areas and rock-walled garden. The garden includes a shade house, several water tanks – 60,000 litres in total and garden shed. The property is well fenced and all town services are provided.
Minilya is close to the town centre of Maldon – Australia’s “first Notable town”, classified in 1966. Best known as one of Australia’s best preserved and intact goldfield townships, the town is abundant with historic miner’s cottages, grand homes, stores, churches, tree lined streets and cottage gardens. The property is located in the heart of the Central Victorian Goldfields – a culturally and historically important and diverse region. Minutes away are the historic townships and hamlets of Castlemaine, Newstead, Chewton and Bendigo. The area has a vibrant artistic community and a strong regional food culture. Minilya offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to secure one of Central Victoria’s historically significant and landmark properties.
For further information or to arrange a private inspection please contact Dominic Romeo on 0438 500 277 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org