59 Kensington Road,
Gowan-Brae Circa 1893This splendid Victorian residence in the heart of Bolwarra, just 30 minutes by car from Newcastle and 2 hours from Sydney, will captivate even the most confirmed urbanite.
With its rolling lawns, rose covered walkways, rose beds and mature trees Gowan-Brae conjures up images of carriages sweeping round the circular driveway, cooling off under the shade of the trees and tea and cucumber sandwiches on the terrace.
The grounds are the perfect foil for the single level, Gothic-influenced house. These days an in ground swimming pool adds to the summer parties while cars are catered for in a triple cottage style garage and twin double carports. Another cottage in the grounds makes a perfect teenage retreat or guest accommodation.
The Robert Scobie-designed 1893 built home is set on 8094 square meters of landscaped grounds in a street with similarly gracious heritage properties
For all its grandeur the house is a comfortable four-bedroom family size and has been fully and sensitively restored.
From the covered return veranda, you step inside to a time when only the best in the world was good enough for a such a fine residence. The fireplaces are of imported Italian Carara marble and English Minton tiles, the three-metre-high ornate ceilings are of pressed metal and the cedar skirtings are double height and even the floorboards are polished cedar.
Only the best has been used in this house ever since. It is decorated in imported heritage wallpapers and beautiful bay windows dressed with English Sanderson fabric, while imported marble has been used for the pillared Roman-style bathroom and ensuite to the master bedroom.
There are formal living and dining rooms, both with working fire places found in almost every room.
An extension at the back of the house provides a sunny north facing family room and kitchen flowing out to the sandstone terrace and private gardens. The large kitchen has traditional-style cabinets built from a huge silky oak tree felled on the property. The bench tops are of thick marble and the European appliances include a double-width oven as well as a cosy fuel stove
Adjoining the kitchen is a large sunny home office or rumpus room. Gowan-Brae has it all and it is an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to bring this wonderful residence to the market.
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