197 Macquarie Street,
’Hanby Villa’ - Georgian treasure in Hobart’s CBDA commanding Georgian manor in the heart of Hobart, Hanby Villa provides sumptuous contemporary living richly embellished with superb original 19th Century features.
From the ivy-fringed front gate, a formal garden leads to the grand façade that stands sentinel over Hobart’s Macquarie Street. The heavy oak door opens into a reception foyer with high ceilings, wood paneling and an ornate light feature, while two rooms either side of the hallway feature marble mantles framing original fireplaces. The Georgian charm continues down a flight of stairs, through a cosy library in the centre of the house, with inbuilt timber cabinets flanking another magnificent fireplace.
Through double glass doors, the home opens into a huge light-filled living space. The light and views of the elegant open-plan area both strikingly contrast and discerningly complement the original part of the home. Polished timber floors accentuate the depth of the room, with light flooding in large windows that curve around the north-side, showcasing views over West Hobart.
Central to the room’s floor plan is an extensive modern kitchen, with timber cabinetry and stone benchtops reflecting the home’s traditional style. Just behind the kitchen, a large butler’s pantry hides the fridge and practical functions, and provides plenty of storage. Also on this floor is the first of several bedrooms, along with a family bathroom complete with claw-footed bath.
Upstairs, the elevated position of a further five bedrooms and a study makes for light and views not usually found in houses of this era. Two large bedrooms at the front have grand original fireplaces, built-in robes and plush carpet. Two more bedrooms have a northerly aspect over the city, while a study, smaller bedroom and second bathroom complete the floor.
Adjoining Hanby Villa is Hanby Cottage, a fully self-contained one-bedroom unit. With completely separate access from the street, the cottage echoes the same stylish tone of the larger house, with a handsome fireplace and original wooden fanlights. The open plan living, with fully-appointed kitchen, opens to a private enclosed deck. Skylights over the deck allow sun to flood into the whole unit, and make this a delightful space year round.
Outside a sun-drenched terraced garden is a haven for this inner-city address. A stone-paved entertaining area nestles under reaching canopies, with views over the lush lawns and out to the mountain.
The opportunities presented by this grand residence are endless. The extensive accommodation, separate unit and 14-bay car park would cater for executive private living or a multitude of hospitality opportunities. One of Hobart’s most historic homes conveniently located less than a kilometer from the CBD, Hanby Villa is an exceptional property.
1 garage, 14 OSP