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Places We Love: Rustic Charm and Tranquillity

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Teleisha Thomas

Teleisha Thomas

August 2023

Nestled in the serene Victorian countryside, 243 Knox Road has a rich history and a multitude of offerings. With its picturesque surroundings, versatile spaces, and unique architectural features, this estate has been a cherished home for over two decades. From hosting memorable events to providing a tranquil escape for visitors, the home exudes a sense of peace and beauty that captivates all who encounter it.

We asked current owners about the architectural style of the country home and unique features on the 33-acre property.

“The Harkaway designed home has a remodelled floor plan providing unique living for the larger family, dual living seekers, older teens or a home office. Get together in the dining room or shared lounge room, or seek privacy and peace with closed off sections of the home, with beautiful views from every room. All windows are double glazed and offer multiple vistas, from the hill ranges in the distance, to the paddocks up close. 12 ft high ceilings provide a grand homestead environment internally and the wrap around veranda promotes a uniquely Australian feeling of home.”

What are 3 words to describe the property?

Restorative, Inspiring, Peaceful

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Enchanting outdoor living spaces

The property's outdoor living spaces are a testament to its natural beauty and provide residents with ample opportunities to enjoy the surroundings. The inner 5-acre "home garden" offers tranquil views of the distant property, with areas to relax under the apple tree orchard or seek shade under mature Cypress avenues. The generous verandah surrounding the main homestead creates an inviting space for dining and entertaining. The verandah also offers breathtaking views of the changing weather patterns from Mount Macedon and promises a cosy spot to stay warm by the fire.

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The property has also witnessed the joy of weddings, with couples choosing to exchange their vows amidst the natural beauty of the paddocks. These outdoor ceremonies were followed by charming receptions on hay bales in the far paddock, allowing guests to revel in the rustic ambiance of the countryside. 

The shearing shed, affectionately known as "The Lodge" by current owners, has become a haven for relaxation and productivity. Picture yourself sipping a beer while finishing up emails in the afternoon, all while basking in the golden rays of the setting sun. The Lodge's bar overlooks the Forge, providing a picturesque backdrop through the open awning window. 

The Stables

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Beyond its role as a cherished family home, the second dwelling, affectionally called ‘The Stables’, has also opened its doors to visitors from Melbourne and beyond. Previously called home by a local vet and her 2 horses, the abode is now a perfect location for guests seeking solace in the tranquillity of the countryside. Whether it's a weekend getaway or a midweek escape, the property offers a unique opportunity to unwind and reconnect with nature.

Boasting central heating, a wood fire, European bed linens and fridge filled goodies from the local Lancefield Providore, the Stables is a popular little-known nook for two couples or a small family to share country life around the pizza oven, outdoor fire pit or indoor lounge. The dining table is one of the original barn doors to the shearers shed garage area – hardware intact!

Recent guest review:

“What a wonderful experience! The whole place is done up in great taste with high quality essentials. Modern meets rustic in this cosy dwelling. It's so homely that we felt like we had moved in! It was perfect for the wintery weekend we were there. We highly recommend this for anyone wanting a self-contained, country getaway.”

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The Farmhouse

The third and final dwelling, the Farmhouse, presents an excellent income opportunity and versatile retreat. With five bedrooms, the property can be easily rented out to visitors seeking a taste of rural living. Majestic oak trees grace the garden, provide a sense of privacy and tranquillity and the northern boundary pines offer a framed view of the private northern paddock. The kitchen, filled with natural light, provides beautiful view of the paddocks and with two living areas and three entry points, the Farmhouse offers flexibility and a multitude of possibilities.

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Connection to the local community and historical past.

Knox Road holds significant historical value within the local community. The original homestead, now one of the last remaining "Soldiers Settlement" homes in the area, serves as a reminder of the property's roots. The community cherishes its historical importance and recognises the property as a cherished piece of local heritage.

The origins of Knox Road can be traced back to the early 1900s when the property was involved in an active dairy, shearing shed, and pastoral farming enterprise. The land has retained its agricultural charm and historical significance. The property still features original yards, a bluestone loading ramp, and a Forge that serves as a training ground for an aspiring Blacksmith.

The Local’s Guide:

Mount Monument Winery – a following derived from the roots of MONA in Tasmania, Nonda Katsalidis is home growing his own version and watch this space. You will be living 3min away! Restaurant, cellar door, art, music, and art installations.

Lancefield Providore - for organics, smoothies, farmers produce and what’s happening around the region updates from locals whilst sharing a single origin coffee at the bar outside.

Other favourites - Verdure Romsey, Lost Watering Hole Lancefield, Big Tree Distillery Newham, Darraweit Valley Cider House Darraweit, Fook Shing, Kyneton.

This property encapsulates the charm and beauty of rural Victoria. With a history that dates back to the early 1900s, this estate has been a cherished home for over two decades, hosting unforgettable events and providing a serene escape for visitors. From the unique architectural features of the country home to the enchanting outdoor living spaces, every aspect of the property exudes tranquility and elegance. Whether you're seeking a peaceful retreat or an opportunity to celebrate life's special moments, Knox Road offers an extraordinary experience that will leave a lasting impression.

“243, 255 and 261 Knox Road, Romsey is a unique small rural holding being home to three dwellings each with its own street address and set on 33 acres of rich, red soil. The oak trees from when the property was settled are sure to impress as is the creek that meanders through, while the secluded back paddock is a very special spot indeed. The location is highly desirable, and the property offers many rewarding lifestyle possibilities.”

Tom May | Director, Jellis Craig Woodend.

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243 Knox Road, Romsey

Currently on the market with Jellis Craig Woodend.

Contact Leanne Pearman 0400 947 799
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