Historic residence on the fringe of development - 50 acres.
Once in a lifetime an unprecedented opportunity presents itself to secure a property unlike any other available in the market place.
With residential development scheduled for the adjoining properties to the North and North/West, the property not only offers a unique lifestyle opportunity and a rich history, but the 50 acre estate also has potential to be an outstanding 'land bank' investment option for anyone looking to the future of housing estates on the Bellarine.
Additionally, a recent announcement introducing an international terminal at Avalon airport will provide a boost for the local economy and real estate market as increased tourism, international business and job creation can only drive the area forward.
The property stretches over 2 titles (185 Ash Road, Leopold & 122-160 Mollers Lane, Leopold)
Proudly positioned at the high point of the estate, the main residence boasts extensive views across the Lake and surrounding undulated landscapes and is complimented by an additional dwelling offering 2 bedrooms with ensuites, stables, tennis court, olive grove, grape vineyard, 2 dams, and an exceptional pool house with a commanding aspect overlooking Lake Connewarre.
Main Residence - “Burnham Lodge”
“Burnham Lodge” was erected in the mid 1850's and is notable for its early associations with the development of the Bellarine Peninsula and its restrained regency derived architectural character. The residence showcases many original features of the era throughout the home. A grand entrance way and adjoining hallways access the 4 bedrooms, study, 2 living areas, formal dining, kitchen and 3 bathrooms that make up the internal spaces of the home. Timber floors and hydronic heating throughout.
The master bedroom (6.5m x 4.6m) includes ornate mantled fireplace, walk in robes, ornate mosaic tiled ensuite with free standing claw foot bath, separate shower room, separate toilet and offers views over the lake.
The kitchen boasts woodfire stove, dishwasher, central island, free standing electric stove/oven and a walk in butler's pantry. Adjoining the kitchen, a generous living space opens to the alfresco area to the West and abuts a formal dining room, originally an open internal courtyard with turret / viewing platform and is lined with stunning pressed metal features on the ceiling.
The west wing was an addition to the original residence and houses 2 further bedrooms with decorative mantled fire places and built in robes, bathroom and powder room. A formal living room, a 4th bedroom and a home office / 5th bedroom all include original fireplaces and a cellar, previously accessed externally, can be accessed via the 4th bedroom.
Outside, a paved alfresco to the North West opens from the main living through French doors and the wrapping Veranda to the East and South takes in the best of the views and is surrounded by spectacular landscapes, established trees and a towering port Jackson fig that is over 160 years old.
The “Pool House”
Built as the ultimate entertainment space, the “pool house” is over 25 squares with high ceilings and opening glass window/doors to make the most of the impressive Lake views. A central bar / kitchen overlooks the pool, whilst 2 shower rooms, sauna, bathroom, storage room, gym and sitting room are complimented by a 2nd storey octagonal space providing 360 degree views of the estate perfect for a place to do your morning yoga, meditation or just an inspiring place to relax, read or paint.
The salt water indoor/outdoor infinity pool itself is nothing short of a work of art with its decorative mosaic tiled base complimented by a central island / jousting beam with underwater portholes, swimming jets, steep drop off for depth and adjoining spa surrounded by expansive paving for pool side lounging or dining.
An automatic glass panel lift door creates the ability to enclose half of the pool for enjoyment year round regardless of the climate.
Whether you have frequent guests, rowdy teens or would like to open a B'n'B, the bungalow is a great addition to this impressive estate and offers 2 bedrooms with reverse cycle air-conditioning and each with their own bathroom.
Stepping out from the front of the bungalow the tennis court has curtain netting all around and is floodlit for those twilight matches.
No rural lifestyle property is complete without extensive shedding and the stables offer a flexible space whether you are an avid horse rider looking for a space for the horses, tradesperson needing the ultimate workshop or just needing a space for the caravan, boat or classic car. A mezzanine 2nd level provides additional storage and a great viewing platform.
Whether you are looking for the ultimate lifestyle property with a rich history, a land banking option with potential future development opportunities, a retreat / special care facility or another creative way to make this space a financial asset to you, this truly unique and impressive property must be top of your list.