Property of the Week: 20 Belty Drive, Denver, VIC
The acclaimed home of lauded Australian landscape designer Paul Bangay could be yours – a luxurious rural escape of exquisite grandeur both inside and out.
After almost two decades of masterfully curating his “life’s greatest work” in regional Victoria, Australia’s most renowned landscape designer Paul Bangay has put his elaborate Stonefields estate on the market.
Located between Kyneton and Daylesford, just north of Mount Macedon, the 15.8ha property has been a labour of love for Bangay and husband, Barry McNeill, but the celebrated landscaper is reportedly looking for his next blank canvas.
Thousands of gardening enthusiasts have taken private tours of the extensive grounds, which 18 years ago were simply bare cow paddocks with plenty of potential. Today the property has been transformed into a magical setting inspired by Bangay’s years of globetrotting, particularly around Italy. There are stately oak trees, a 16-metre hilltop pool, sculpted box hedges, a walled rose garden, water features and premium cattle grazing pastures.
While Stonefields is famous for its head-turning picture-perfect gardens, the four-bedroom Tuscan style residence is just as magnificent. The stately main homestead was created in collaboration with the late (and just as celebrated) interior designer Stuart Rattle and features a gourmet kitchen where high profile chefs including Maggie Beer and Stephanie Alexander have created culinary delights to rival the magnificent surrounds.
Throughout the eclectic home there are rich moody interiors, grand fireplaces, palatial bedrooms and decadent marble bathrooms. There is also a guest house on site as well as a private office.
Given that Bangay had crafted Stonefields to be his forever home, the announcement of his intention to sell prompted more than 11,000 likes on his Instagram feed.
In a marketing video for the sale via Forbes Global Properties, Bangay said: “People should never feel intimidated by Stonefields, it’s the friendliest of gardens. It’s easy to look after and the garden really leads you to how it should be looked after.”
Nevertheless, Stonefields does have a gardener who is willing to stay on with the new custodians and continue the legacy.
Approximately 1.5 hours from Melbourne, 20 Belty Drive, Denver has a price guide of $8 – $8.8 million.
Listing with Forbes Global Properties’ Michael Gibson, Robert Fletcher, Tracey Atkins and Rae Mano; ppglobal.com.au
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