4 March 2022

The history and charm of this Braidwood mansion only gets better the more you look

| Aiden Rothnie
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Deloraine Homestead

With a unique style, charm and history, no wonder the ‘Deloraine Homestead’ has been so sought after. Photo: Blackshaw Manuka.

If classic styling and charming period features are your cup of tea, the magnificently restored Gothic Revival mansion at 9 Deloraine Lane in Braidwood might be just for you, although the main house is just the beginning of the property’s charm.

‘Deloraine Homestead’ was built in 1879 for John Musgrave, the then editor of the Braidwood Dispatch and Mining Journal.

The homestead is spread out over an impressive 1.53 hectares of land, with the house standing on 406 square meters. Much of the material for the homestead was built came from the surrounding regions.

Bricks were made on the site in a pit that was still visible in 1952. George King carted the timber for Deloraine from a mill in Monga Forest.

This historic 4-bedroom, 2 bathroom property features spacious 3-metre high ceilings, large original windows, period features and a beautifully restored staircase.

Despite beautiful restoration work, the home has retained its original hardwood flooring, numerous fireplaces and has one of the most impressive gardens in the region.

“The owners have gone to great lengths to keep the charm and period pieces of the house in good condition, with some modern updates still in keeping with the period,” says Blackshaw Manuka real estate agent Michael Fay.

A formal entranceway leads through to a tree line driveway revealing the magnificent two-story house. A second driveway cuts a meandering path under magnificent shade trees to numerous sheds and outbuildings at the rear of the property.

On entering the home, you’ll be greeted by the impressive restored staircase leading you to the upper floors, and multiple period living areas with a large formal dining area.

Continuing on you’ll find a spacious kitchen complete with modern appliances and a breakfast room that leads to a cosy outdoor sitting area.

Upstairs are three of the four beautifully styled bedrooms, a spacious combined living area and study and one of the two bathrooms.

The rest of the land in the homestead has been dedicated to current the owners’ labour of love, the garden.

Over the last 25 years, they have developed a Japanese garden, a wonderfully shady grapevine covered ‘Piazza’, the formal Italian entrance garden, the Pencil Pine avenue, the olive tree walk and a wonderful arbour walk cutting an axis through the gardens.

A number of the apple and pear trees originally planted on the property when it was built are still growing in the garden today.

“The photos don’t do the garden justice,” Mr Fay said.

“The owners have done a lot of work and it is a sight to behold.

“I’ve already had interest in the property from people across the country and internationally.”

“The outdoor spaces are perfect for entertaining family and friends and the property’s magnificent gardens would be perfect for hosting B & B guests, intimate weddings or photo shoots.”

Located near the Kings Highway and only a few minutes to the historic town of Braidwood, this is an outstanding opportunity to purchase one of Braidwood’s most significant and tightly held homes, with only six owners ever having called this property home.

To enquire about 9 Deloraine Lane at Braidwood, contact Michael Fay at Blackshaw Manuka on 0411 708 775.

Original Article published by Aiden Rothnie on Riotact.

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