12 October 2019

Chimes and charm in a light-filled Bungendore railway cottage

| Lisa Herbert
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Much charm and occasional chimes in Bungendore

Much charm and occasional chimes in Bungendore. Photos: Supplied.

This charming and historical, two-bedroom country cottage in Bungendore, with its tin roof and quaint verandah, is fondly known as ‘The Railway Cottage’.

Set in a convenient central village location and nestled behind mature deciduous trees, listing agent Nicola Brady of Brady’s Real Estate says this character-filled home “brings a smile to your face the moment you see it”.

Bright white paint lets the beautiful floors stand out

Bright white paint lets the beautiful floors stand out.

The historic village of Bungendore is a pretty, rural escape located in a lush valley near the nation’s capital. Those who reside in Bungendore enjoy their town, with everything from lovingly preserved buildings to markets, wineries and incredible crafts.

The weatherboard home was recently painted inside and out in a modern Hamptons-style bright white palette which shows off the timber floors and wooden windows that have been regularly oiled and maintained over the years.

Historic but also contemporary

Historic but contemporary.

The home is filled with natural light and has an elegant and modern feel to it, while still maintaining its original character and period charm.

The lounge has sunset views of the hills in the distance and features a fireplace with a slow combustion wood heater.

A welcoming open plan kitchen/meals area flows out onto a large entertainment deck with a covered pergola. It’s definitely the place where you and your family will spend quality time.

Clean lines and excellent accessories in the kitchen

Clean lines and excellent accessories in the kitchen.

The kitchen decor offers tones of grey and white, and it has all the modern necessities needed: a stainless steel dishwasher, range hood and an Italian ‘Allenzi’ freestanding oven with gas hotplates.

An original fireplace currently accommodates a second slow combustion wood heater keeping the area toasty warm in winter.

Outdoor living space

Enjoy Bungendore’s temperate climate from you outdoor living space.

Set on a substantial block of 789 square metres, the gardens have established flowering garden beds and plenty of happy fruit trees including plums, a nectarine, fig, peach, apple and an olive tree.

There are raised veggie beds and gardens, a good-sized lawn area and plenty of shady picnic spots. At the rear of the block there is a chicken pen where the silky bantams are thriving!

Even a special home for your backyard chickens

Even a special home for your backyard chickens.

Car accommodation is provided by an oversized garage and carport plus an additional large pebbled parking apron.

To one side of the property is a vacant railway-easement block which provides the perfect open space for a game of cricket and also provides you with easy access to the back garden.

The current owners have outgrown this lovely cottage

The current owners have outgrown this lovely cottage.

This lovely property is in a perfect location, just a minute or two from the school and the centre of this wonderful historic village.

Catch the train to Bundanoon, Bowral or Sydney. Instead of driving to Canberra, relax and enjoy the view on a scenic rail journey. If you’d prefer to drive, Bungendore is just 35 minutes from Canberra and three hours from Sydney.

A cottage in a town known for its community spirit

A cottage in a town known for its community spirit.

“When I asked the owners what they loved the most about the property, they mentioned the chimes of the railway bell that ring at 7.30 am and 9.30 pm. It’s been part of their daily routine for so many years,” says agent Nicola Brady.

“They have sadly outgrown the home and their wish is to hand it over to someone who will love it as much as they do.”

Plenty of space on this village block

Plenty of space on this village block.

Nearby Bungendore Railway Station is considered to be of social significance to the community and is a distinctive feature of daily life for many locals, providing a delightful connection to the town’s rich past.

Bathroom and laundry are combined in this historic home

Bathroom and laundry are combined in this historic home.

Bungendore also has some great restaurants, so from lunch at Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery in the Canberra District wine region, to dinner at Le Tres Bon, a French bistro inside a farmhouse, you are well catered for. Le Tres Bon doubles as a cooking school where you could even learn how to make French fare.

Every Saturday, Bungendore’s Southern Harvest Farmers Market sells an amazing range of sustainable produce and local gourmet treats. And there are always community events such as the Country Music Muster which celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2020, and a wonderful community Christmas Party each year.

For a young or small family looking to thrive in the fabulous Yass Region, moving to community-minded Bungendore, with loads of space to play, may just be what you need.

To arrange an inspection contact Nicola Brady of Brady’s Real Estate on 0421 558 454.

Original Article published by Lisa Herbert on The RiotACT.

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