“Lauriston” c.1900 – offers the opportunity to purchase a substantial heritage house and gardens spread over an expansive 4,046m2 site, perfect as a substantial family home or private and relaxing weekend escape located in the charming township of Skipton within the heart of the Western Districts of Victoria.
This approx. 162m2 federation with art nouveau influence weatherboard residence, boasts steep roof-scape, chimneys decorated with roughcast and capped with terracotta pots, terracotta finials, lead lighting, high ceilings, open fireplaces, dado’s, wainscoting, hallway and exterior fretwork grill, all set in impressive gardens featuring volcanic rock beds and carvings.
An arched fretwork portico to the front of the home leads into a high and wide hallway with period features bathed in natural light through striking leadlight glass windows surrounding the entry doorway. The accommodation wing features a master bedroom and two further bedrooms with open fireplaces and a storeroom / linen room at the end of this section of the home. Following the hallway past an eye-catching chandelier and matching wall sconces leads to a large living room with more leadlight windows, high ceilings, another stunning chandelier and open fireplace, further on leads to bathroom, separate toilet, large open plan kitchen with all electric appliances, island bench, two pantries plus dining and sitting room with yet another fireplace that leads out onto a very well designed and modern entertaining zone complete with wet bar, BBQ, covered timber pergola, fernery and more, perfect for lazing away a quite morning, afternoon or evening. This recently renovated home has been completely rewired, fully insulated, has new air conditioning throughout, new guttering, new carpeting to the accommodation wing and the home and stables have been reclad to preserve them for future generations.
The house is set within approximately 1 acre of established landscaped gardens dating back to the early 1900’s, the extensive gardens feature manicured lawns interspersed with volcanic rock garden beds in the shape of stars, hearts and rounds incorporating decorative feature pieces carved into the rock faces wind through meandering pathways and private seating areas. The gardens are abundant with native and deciduous trees, perennials, cottage flower, roses and a giant central palm – typical of the planting style of this era, as well as small orchard to one side of the home and raised vegetable garden with trellising to the other side.
Outbuildings include a large office/ studio/ gym, original stables with pitched roof and gables, wooden cobbled floor and feeding stalls, barn, garage, garden shed and wood shed all framing the perimeter of the oversized driveway discretely located behind a large Cyprus hedge and open parking area originally designed to allow for horse drawn carriages to arrive directly to the residence entry.
The township of Skipton is located at the northern edge of Victoria’s sheep grazing and grain growing Western Districts region and was notably a major centre of the wool industry in the mid 1800’s. Skipton gained notoriety after forming a pastoral association 1859 and running the Western District Shows which established the town as the main centre for fine wool within the industry in the 1850’s and 1860’s.
‘Lauriston’ is located within walking distance of the main street, primary school, doctors, hospital, recreation centre, golf club and more. There are walking and biking tracks close by, local markets and many historical sites to enjoy. Skipton is a short 15 minute drive from the township of Beaufort, 40 minutes from Ballarat and Camperdown, 1.5 hours from Geelong and only 2 hours from Melbourne vis the Western Freeway.
‘Lauriston’ offers a wonderful opportunity to secure a completely updated c. 1900 property close to all amenities within a peaceful rural environment and engaging local community.
Please contact – Sue Gratton on – 0407599559 or email – email@example.com for further information or to arrange a private inspection.