In wide, open country affording spectacular unimpeded sunset views, Balmoral Lodge is a house chock-full of grace and style. It’s a wonderful base to retreat to once work is finished with horses or other critters that will be right at home on the pristine land of about 51 hectares.

While the land has been in the same family for 150 years, the house is just over four years old and presents as spanking new. It’s large and filled with light, rooms have a peaceful colour palette of pearl-grey and white, and plantation shutters, classy drapes or roller blinds dress windows.

 

Lot 44, McPhersons Road, Toolern Vale, 3337

 

 

Entry, beyond a deep verandah wrapping three sides, is to a vast, glossily tiled living space where the kitchen has a stack of deep drawers, a walk-in pantry, an island bench, dove-grey glass splashback and all the mod-cons. A large laundry/mudroom adjoins.

Along with a study with shelves, there are three fitted bedrooms, two of which share a sleek bathroom and separate toilet. The huge main bedroom has a large walk-in robe and a very roomy en suite with dual basins and a tub.

Outdoor treats include a gabled pergola above attractive paving, remote-controlled gates and double garage doors, 40,000 litres of tank water, two windmills, a press-button watering system from a bore (there are two) to six tap stations, plus two seasonal creeks.

Goodies for animal lovers include eight horse shelters, a high-quality stable block with four rubber-lined stalls, and a lock-up machinery shed. The fully fenced land is also great for cattle.

The centre of Melton is a 12-minute car trip away, Gisborne about 15.

 

Lot 44, McPhersons Road, Toolern Vale, 3337 (Photo supplied)

Lot 44, McPhersons Road, Toolern Vale, 3337 (Photo supplied)

Lot 44, McPhersons Road, Toolern Vale, 3337 (Photo supplied)

Lot 44, McPhersons Road, Toolern Vale, 3337 (Photo supplied)

Lot 44, McPhersons Road, Toolern Vale, 3337 (Photo supplied)

Lot 44, McPhersons Road, Toolern Vale, 3337 (Photo supplied)

Lot 44, McPhersons Road, Toolern Vale, 3337 (Photo supplied)

Lot 44, McPhersons Road, Toolern Vale, 3337 (Photo supplied)

Lot 44, McPhersons Road, Toolern Vale, 3337 (Photo supplied)

Lot 44, McPhersons Road, Toolern Vale, 3337 (Photo supplied)