Lower Plenty’s oldest homestead is for sale – and an unexpected link to cricket history is part of the package.
Rosehill Homestead, at 56 Bonds Rd, occupies land bought from the Crown by farmer Henry Stooke in 1855, according to the National Trust Database.
The house, built with locally quarried stone, later passed to the Bond family for whom the road is named, according to Morrison Kleeman listing agent Malcolm Perkins.
“Rosehill Rd is also named after the homestead,” Mr Perkins said. “It was the original driveway to get to the property.”
The landholding has since been carved up, with the four-bedroom house now set on a 4138sq m allotment.
It has a $2.9m-$3.1m price guide for an expressions of interest campaign closing February 22.
Mr Perkins said nestled on that land was an “original English willow I’ve been told the first ever cricket team to play in the Ashes had a picnic under”.
The home’s more recent history has involved it being sympathetically renovated by the owners of the past 16 years.
“When they bought the house, it wasn’t in the condition it is today,” Mr Perkins said.
“(The vendors) had to bring it back to life.”
This involved updating the “authentic slate roof”, rendering the facade, painting the home in a “restrained palette”, rebuilding the decking, redoing the plumbing and landscaping the grounds.
The single-level house retains period details, such as detailed cornicing, solid timber doors and open fireplaces.
And the new kitchen was designed to fit the classic style.
It features an Ilve double-range oven with an eight-burner gas cooktop, heated stone floors, and an adjoining dining space with sliding French doors that lead to a courtyard garden.
The main bedroom has a dressing room and an ensuite.
Also part of the package are formal and casual living and dining spaces, a rumpus room, a workshop in repurposed stables, and Yarra Trail access.
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