Linwen is a lovely example of the farmhouse style seen among the more affluent of the area’s early landholders. It has original period detail in the bluestone section, while a 1978 brick extension detracts not at all from the spectacular original roofline, nor from the indoor spaces and three verandahs.

On about 8.6 hectares and snugly sheltered by rows of dense trees, c1850-built Linwen is reached via a long driveway that heads past lush paddocks. Gardens are immediately to the fore, with spreading trees and cottage plantings putting on a show near the house.

 

213 Knox Road, Romsey  3434

 

 

Entry under a verandah is to a reception room with fireplace, stunning floorboards and rosettes and stepped cornices on high ceilings. A wide corbelled arch invites entry to a snug sitting room with cast-iron fireplace and original surround. This space would make a charming study; it has bookshelves.

A spacious lounge room behind double doors neighbours the dining room (with fireplace), with the dead-set country-charm kitchen beyond. A butler’s sink, cream panelled cabinetry, appealing splashback tiles, dishwasher and 900mm cooker fit out the kitchen. Best of all, it has an ornate wire door to the back verandah, from where vistas are sublime.

Four fitted bedrooms, two up one end and two at the other, are each very elegant and share two bathrooms.

One has dual basins, while the other has a freestanding tub, pedestal basin, lavish tiling and sash windows dressed in charcoal roman blinds.

Out back, a giant timber deck acts as a sunny viewing platform, large old trees offer shady sitting spots, a rose garden perfumes the air and a firepit area is defined by drystone walls. Vegie gardens and fruit trees are picket-fenced and there’s a chicken coop.

Original outbuildings, a sealed frontage, good fencing and town water supply are included on this enviable property less than a 40-minute drive from Melbourne Airport.

 

213 Knox Road, Romsey 3434 (Photo supplied)

213 Knox Road, Romsey 3434 (Photo supplied)

213 Knox Road, Romsey 3434 (Photo supplied)

213 Knox Road, Romsey 3434 (Photo supplied)

213 Knox Road, Romsey 3434 (Photo supplied)