Stanton, a truly wonderful property of about 17 hectares, has so much going for it as either hobby farm or lifestyle sanctuary it’s hard not to get excited.

Infrastructure to support farming is exceptional: five well-fenced paddocks with auto-filled troughs and laneway system, three dams (one spring-fed), a stockyard, historical shearing shed with three stables, a huge machinery shed/workshop, a silo and windmill, numerous other sheds and about 132,500 litres of tank water.

40 Couangalt Road, Gisborne South, 3437

 

Stanton is a minute away from Calder Freeway entry but by the time the nearly one-kilometre driveway ends at the house precinct, you could be in another world – where cypresses and eucalypts stand guard, a lit mod-grass court invites a tennis match, and sweeps of lawn and garden beds put out a fine welcome mat.

The gorgeous c1910 house has big rooms that celebrate heritage richness, with later renovations executed with sensitivity.

Two of the revamps are standouts: the kitchen, and a fab room formed by enclosing the original side verandah, which is accessed via french doors from a formal dining room with chandeliers and fireplace.

Laid with jarrah floorboards, the ‘verandah’ long-room has a cedar-lined angled ceiling, beautiful windows, a custom-made timber wet bar, a wood heater and french doors to a grape vine-clad pergola.

It links with the lovely two-year-old mod-country kitchen, which has European oak floors, a huge Caesarstone island bench, Siemens dishwasher, Electrolux dual ovens, 900mm induction cooktop and a butler’s pantry adjoining the laundry.

The home’s entry point beyond a deep verandah is a lounge room with unique cornicing on 3.3-metre ceilings, original wall rendering and ripple-glass transoms, and a fireplace flanked by shelves.

Four charming bedrooms include the huge main with chandelier and original fireplace, a spa en suite and a dressing room with a door to the front verandah.

A heritage powder room couples with the main bathroom which has an Edwardian vanity and a customised blackwood tallboy.

An original three-bedroom, self-contained cottage in the grounds has everything needed for guests or extended family.

Among many perks are hydronic heating (throughout main house), and a gabled pergola housing modern barbecue and sink.

 

40 Couangalt Road, Gisborne South, 3437 (Photo supplied)

40 Couangalt Road, Gisborne South, 3437 (Photo supplied)

40 Couangalt Road, Gisborne South, 3437 (Photo supplied)

40 Couangalt Road, Gisborne South, 3437 (Photo supplied)

40 Couangalt Road, Gisborne South, 3437 (Photo supplied)

40 Couangalt Road, Gisborne South, 3437 (Photo supplied)

40 Couangalt Road, Gisborne South, 3437 (Photo supplied)

40 Couangalt Road, Gisborne South, 3437 (Photo supplied)