As the imposing wrought iron gates slowly open, it is impossible not to feel a growing anticipation at what may lie behind the great stone wall. This feeling builds as the driveway winds through immaculate gardens culminating in a glorious sight, a Georgian inspired home of breathtaking beauty and proportion on 8954m2 block. Timeless with a modern take, the house has undergone a complete renovation over four years and every last facet has been meticulously finished with no expense spared, from the lofty ceilings with their ornate cornice work and 18 carat gold leaf detail, to the limestone fireplaces handcrafted in France from French limestone.
The entry foyer brings together the home’s most enviable features in a breathtaking statement, with the grand hallway flanked by magnificent formal rooms leading down to expansive French doors which offer views of the pool, 40m river frontage and the serene green landscape of the Arboretum beyond.
The dining room, sitting room and library are elegantly appointed and with French doors leading out to the riverside terrace, they provide the perfect venue for memorable entertaining – from cosy family gatherings to spectacular special occasions.
Nearby, the family wing is a comfortable, relaxed space with the river forming a mesmerising backdrop. Floors of desert gold marble with inlaid timber borders and an imposing French limestone fireplace continue the air of quiet luxury. The kitchen is French provincial in style with exposed limewashed timber beams in the ceiling, marble-topped island bench, butler’s sink, ornate French brass tapware, custom made cabinetry and butler’s pantry with walk-in cold room.
The entire second floor is dedicated to the home’s four main bedrooms each a picture of elegance with balcony access and river views. The property features media room, guest bedroom and a powder room and caretaker’s apartment.
Despite the grandeur of the home, technology and modern conveniences have not been overlooked with a home automation system that controls lighting, sound, air, security and outdoor fountains; ducted vacuum system, video intercom and desalination plant so that water from the river can be used in the extensive irrigation system.
Bringing together the best parts of a country lifestyle just 20 minutes from the city, this home is magnificent in every sense of the word, one of Brisbane’s iconic residences. Achingly elegant and overwhelmingly refined, it is truly a world class offering.