Looking for a quiet home in the countryside to escape the hustle and bustle of city life?
A historic Yankalilla estate at 34 Main Street is offering househunters the ultimate refuge, with all the bells and whistles expected of a dream home within easy reach.
A pool, stables, home office, guest cottage, cellar, underground larder and wedding pavilion are among its standout features.
Despite world-class beaches and renowned wineries being close by, you’ll rarely want to leave the property.
Owners Jo and Gary Brown bought the home, known as Bungala House, six years ago with the intention of renovating it and spending their weekends there.
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“We were only looking for a little weekender but when we saw this place and it’s potential, we just couldn’t believe it,” Mr Brown said.
“For the first two-and-a-half years we only came down on weekends from Adelaide.
“I sold our business and sold the other house and we’ve been down here now for three years. We basically changed our lives for it.”
The sprawling 1.79ha estate, which is on the market without a price tag, includes the main six-bedroom house, a guest cottage that used to be the original home’s kitchen and store room, a separate office building, an orchard, wedding pavilion, stables and pool.
Mr Brown said there was also another outbuilding that “needed work” but was “very adaptable”.
“We had plans of turning it into more accommodation,” he said.
The Browns spent years renovating the house, which started as a cottage with two rooms in 1856.
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“They’re in the middle of the house now, you can pick it but it’s difficult,” Mr Brown said.
The renovation has given the property a new lease on life without destroying its historic character charm.
“Over the past six years, it’s been an absolute labour of love,” Mr Brown said.
“It’s actually exceeded our expectations.”
While reluctant, the couple have decided to sell the property to pursue a business opportunity overseas.
They listed it in November but took it off the market for a few months earlier this year.
“Because of COVID-19, like a lot of people our plans have all been tossed up in the air,” Mr Brown said.
“We feel that we now need to start making some plans and changes again.”
South Australia Sotheby’s International Realty principal Grant Giordano and director Anthony Hurl are selling the property.