Property Of The Week: 72 Donaldsons Road, Red Hill, VIC
Offering a slice of Burgundy on the Mornington Peninsula, the pièce de résistance of this home is a personal boutique vineyard.
A modern slice of Burgundy nestled in the Morning Peninsula countryside, this Red Hill boutique vineyard is a tree change with sophistication.
The contemporary seven-bedroom farmhouse at the end of a charming country lane is enveloped by towering established trees and sits at the heart of elaborate Paul Bangay-designed gardens.
Large Poplars frame the driveway into the 8ha estate Seek co-founder Paul Bassat has called home since buying the property back in 2010 for $3.2 million. Today Robert Curtain of Peninsula Sotheby’s International Realty has the home listed with a price expectation of between $11 million and $12 million.
After major renovations 12 years ago, the designer farmhouse has a long menu of mod cons including a gourmet chef-inspired kitchen inside and an enviable entertainer’s ironbark pergola with an automated awning and outdoor kitchen featuring an open fire, pizza oven plus barbecue for alfresco gatherings on a grand scale.
At the centre of the expansive footprint, the vast open plan living space incorporates the kitchen, lounge and dining zones with seamless access to the terrace.
The accommodation wings include a self contained apartment with an office, ensuite and private courtyard to one side, and a pavilion with six bedrooms to the other. This space houses a main bedroom with outdoor access, a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite as well as bedrooms with built-ins and a shared bathroom.
Across the grounds, Bangay has created a magical retreat with ornamental trees, manicured gardens, an olive grove, orchard and vegetable garden alongside the resort-style heated pool framed by box hedging, spa and championship-sized grass tennis court. The pièce de résistance is the 2.8ha personal vineyard currently being managed by renowned wine maker, Sam Coverdale of nearby Polperro Winery.
Additional elements of the estate include a dam, a large garage with workshop and kitchenette, an irrigation system and security.
Surrounded by Red Hill wine country with its foodie hot spots and galleries, the Donaldsons Rd residence is approximately 15 minutes’ drive from Arthurs Seat State Park and Dromana Beach while being 87kms from Melbourne’s CBD.
The price guide is $11 to 12 million.
Robert Curtain of Peninsula Sotheby’s International Realty; www.sothebysrealty.com
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