House for sale

294 - 296 Yarra Road,

Wonga Park, VIC

5 3 5

“Verbru Lodge” and Cottage

Behind the privacy of splendid double entrance gates and a majestic conifer lined circular driveway, this stately residence reveals itself. Standing proudly, this bejewelled Tuscan inspired residence overlooks the massive manicured garden said to contain some 2,000 roses. The lady of the manor Mrs Verna Young also known in the business world as Madame Verna Greene was a doyenne and leading figure in the Melbourne social scene designed this stately home and elegant grounds. Madame Verna Greene created the renowned Melbourne College of Hair and Beauty Culture in Melbourne in 1963. She was an accredited International judge of hairdressing which took her around Europe, no doubt enriching her appreciation of the finer things which are beautifully reflected in all facets of her estate.

Verbru is a property with meticulous detail providing an enviable unique lifestyle, this residence breathes romance into every corner. An impressive water pond featuring two large cranes take centre stage in the large rose filled front garden with its impressive driveway. This captivating residence of outstanding beauty is characterised by timeless charm and grandeur set amongst breathtaking gardens with postcard views totalling over 8 acres. Stunning garden vistas are enjoyed from all the gracious rooms adding to the tranquillity and visual allure of the property.

An impressive portico sets the scene, along with elegant and substantial reception foyer with a selection of tromphe lóeil’s, the large lounge room features an open fire place and French doors opening onto the deck. A spacious den adjoins the lounge room adorned with leadlight French doors. The kitchen features a walk in pantry and separate cool room measuring some 2m x 2m (approx), the adjoining informal meals area with French doors opens onto the glorious back garden. The main bedroom includes a dressing room and ensuite embellished with a chandelier, circular bath, pedestal porcelain vanity, double shower and separate toilet.

The imposing ornate stair case is a work of art in itself leading to the regally proportioned formal living and dining room with its marble gas open fire place. Many dignitaries have enjoyed a lavish meal in this sumptuous setting. French doors expose the large balcony which in turn oversees the terraced gardens. There are two robed bedrooms sharing an ensuite and a powder room on this level.

The sheer scale and architecture of the seasonal garden is remarkable, with its romantic wisteria paved walkway and water feature with a cascading fountain, the turquoise blue colour water in the I.G fully tiled pool and separate spa is a lovely Summer sanctuary. Vast expanses of rolling lawn with its strand of established trees leads down to the substantial ornamental lake brimming with yellow flowering water lilies, pathways, a rotunda, secluded garden hideaways and a dam. In the late 80's/early 90's, Mrs Young was provided with 'long corridors' of Tesselaars carpet roses to plant on her property to display the launch of their new range of carpet roses at one of her fund raising 'open garden' events. These roses remain as one of the main features of the property today.

The garden oasis attracts a multitude of birds including red brow firetail finches, fairy wrens, parrots, kookaburras, owls, butcher birds, honey eaters and many other species. Also a large variety of fruit trees including orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, apple, pear, kiwi fruit vine and peach.

A self-contained 2 bedroom gate house positioned at the front of the estate would provide excellent accommodation for family, guests and generate a good rental.

Appointments: ducted heating, remote control for the curtains, elaborate ceiling roses – ornate cornices, beautiful wallpapers/curtains, excellent storage, wine cellar provision.

Location highlights, close proximity to Wonga Park primary, leading private schools, Luther, Yarra Valley Grammar, Good Shepherd, Rudolf Steiner, Village, McAdam Square, Eastland S/C. Short commute to the Eastern Freeway ideal for CBD travellers and pleasant drive to the Yarra Valley attractions.

A historic landmark property, in the heart of Wonga Park, unique once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of irreplaceable Melbournian History. Only your inspection will reveal the true magnificence of this resplendent estate.
Last updated: 11:23AM on Apr 4th 2013
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