2 May 2021

A rural retreat designed for modern Australian living

| Karyn Starmer
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Hazelwood is everything you could ask for in a rural retreat. Photos: Supplied.

A true rural retreat, Hazelgrove is all about a modern Australian country lifestyle with plenty of space inside and out. This architecturally designed country estate at 10 Murray St in Collector is impressive from the outset.

Featuring two soaring levels, this north-facing, four-bedroom, double brick home, completed in 2006, was designed by prominent local architect Andrew Randall from Dutaillas Architects.

Located just 35 minutes from Canberra, this inviting home sits on over two hectares, and the similarly sized adjacent vacant block is also on the market. The home and the vacant block can be purchased together or sold separately, providing the option to keep the spacious country living the current owners have enjoyed or build a second home.

Hazelwood gardens

Thirty-five minutes from Canberra and a million miles from care.

Ray White Rural Canberra agent George Southwell says this is the opportunity that was on offer 20 years ago with towns like Murrumbateman, Sutton and Gundaroo before they leapt into popularity.

“Collector is about to make that leap, and you can be a part of it,” George said.

Spacious rooms and high ceilings in this large, 290 square metre home allow it to be naturally cooler in summer, while ducted heating and cooling throughout, as well as cosy woodfire heating, ensure cosy comfort when the mercury drops.

Alfresco dining

The beautiful gardens are the perfect backdrop for meals.

With a background in commercial cooking, the current owners have ensured the entertainer’s kitchen is at the heart of the home. Featuring plenty of storage, stainless steel appliances – including a chef’s oven – the room is filled with natural light and views of the garden.

The kitchen opens out via double doors onto a covered alfresco area enclosed at the opposite end with louvre windows to allow the space to be enjoyed in all seasons.

At the other end of the deck, the mudroom/laundry can be accessed from both in and outdoors and sits conveniently next to built-in storage.

The open plan sitting room is made to feel luxurious with a bar with built-in cupboards, sink and fridge space.

The main lounge is a huge 6 x 6-metre room with a slow combustion heater that leads off the wide hallway near the home’s entry.

Downstairs features the master bedroom with a walk-in robe and ensuite, along with a large second bedroom located close to the home’s main bathroom, including a separate toilet.

Stunning timber flooring, ample natural light and high-quality fixtures and fittings finish the home off.


Can you tell the current owners have a background in commercial cooking?

Upstairs has been carefully designed to separate this area from the rest of the house, creating a retreat for visitors or older children. Here you will find two more bedrooms separated by an activity room plus study. It also provides the flexibility to offer the space as an Airbnb.

Outside, the passion for cooking continues, with a woodfired South African barbecue surrounded by meticulous landscaping. The well-established garden with a large canopy of trees provides shade in summer and frost protection in winter and is accompanied by a two-car garage, rainwater tanks and an on-roof solar system.

The property is situated just a stone’s throw from Some Café, and the local cellar door is the award-winning Collector Wines. Collector is just 2.5 hours from Sydney and has much to offer, including a primary school, an oval with an outdoor gym, produce markets and the Helen Stephens Gallery.

“Living in rural community towns like Collector normally means you have to accept buying an aged home with character or a new home without character. But here the floor plan, design features like French doors and the modern touches like the kitchen, and features like the separate living areas and mudroom, create the perfect living or weekender situation and the coffee shop is a short walk away,” George said.

The property goes to auction on Saturday, 15 May.

View the stunning Hazelgrove at 10 Murray St, Collector and all the other hot listings on Zango.

To arrange an inspection, call George Southwell 0429 838 345.

Original Article published by Karyn Starmer on The RiotACT.

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