GALLERY: Feels like home ... rural retreat turned family paradise

THIS outstanding rural retreat sits on 107 acres of land on Icely Road and has been the perfect place for John and Kerry to raise their two children while allowing them the space to entertain their many family and friends.

Built in the 1940s, the main house has been extended to meet the growing needs of its current owners, who purchased it in 1999.

Despite the extensions and adaptations, including transforming the light-filled conservatory into a television room, and the construction of a large rumpus room, the owners have managed to retain the house's historic character.

The formal dining room, with its impressive custom-made dining table, is the perfect place to enjoy good food and wine as its oversized window beautifully frames the view outside, highlighting the outstanding gardens and tennis court beyond.

John's office sits adjacent to the dining room and it's hard to think of a workspace with a better vista of country life.

The choice of a yellow and cream colour palette for the house's furnishings wouldn't be out of place in a contemporary English country estate.

Over the years the now expansive house has been shared with many of the couple's and their children's friends, who now all share fond memories of it as a favourite weekend or holiday destination.

While the main house has four large bedrooms, the grounds also include a separately-tenanted farm house and a guest cottage with its own bathroom, which would be perfect for use as a bed and breakfast.

According to John the sun-filled master bedroom with its large walk-in wardrobe and bathroom, along with the "magnificent views" through its bay window, adds to the house's feeling of luxury.

When Kerry's asked to name the area of the house the family use the most she admits it's hard to pick favourites.

"We use it all," she said.

"It's a very generous country home.

"Every room has enormous windows and it's light all year round."

One of the most surprising aspects of the property is probably its wide array of sporting facilities, there's everything from a cricket pitch, to rugby and soccer fields.

The property even has its own stables.

"This is a wonderful family home and a wonderful spot for a family to grow up in," John said.


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