95 Straws Lane, Hesket - E.S.P $2,950,000-$3,200,000
Windy Hill Farm
Located on the sunny Northern slopes of Mount Macedon and in one of the area’s most beautiful locations, this extraordinary property has remained in the same family for over 50 years.
The mellow and serene house was inspired by long-ago travels in the Auvergne region of France and has features of the traditional farm buildings of that area. A round tower, walled garden, handmade apricot bricks and slate rooves are reminiscent of the Perigord area but sit comfortably in the Australian countryside. The house nestles in its sleepy woodland garden.
Built in two parts around the courtyard, the house has a living and dining wing with a cathedral ceiling, and a bedroom wing. These are connected by a glorious sundrenched walkway with 18-foot day bed which looks onto the sheltered courtyard.
A double-sided fireplace between the two large living rooms, North facing orientation of the house and slab flooring provide excellent thermal and energy saving benefits. Chunky beams and exposed bricks characterize this farmhouse while windows and French doors offer enticing aspects across lush farmland and woodland to Hanging Rock and the Cobaw Range.
The recently renovated kitchen features wide uncluttered benches of Carrara marble and a large walk-in pantry. The garden outside makes the preparing of meals a real pleasure.
There are four bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Beneath the charming turret, the large master bedroom has a walk-in robe and ensuite. The remaining bedrooms each have built-in robes, with windows onto the established gardens.
There is a centrally located second bathroom and WC.
The farmhouse is comfortably sited on nearly 60 acres, most of which is arable with rich volcanic soils. This property has been used for mixed farming; fattening, studwork and horticulture and has purpose-built shedding and covered yards to support small acre farming and stock management.
Water is secure with a reliable spring which supplies the house with sweet clear water, a dam for stock waters and garden sprinklers and a bore for backup. Additionally, a pretty creek runs through a ferny gully along the hillside.
Woodend township is around 8km away and has many cafes, restaurants, shops, a train station and school. Braemar College, a highly regarded independent school is 5km away and the village of Mount Macedon is a short drive over the hill. Many wineries and cellar doors are found in this area and the famous Hanging Rock is a close neighbour.
This absolutely lovely property and timeless house in its enviable setting represents a rare opportunity in a very tightly-held and beautiful valley.