29 January 2021

'Watermark' property at Braidwood a perfect modern interpretation of a bush homestead

| Sharon Kelley
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572 Wallaces Gap Road

The quintessential Australian home in a beautiful bush setting at 572 Wallaces Gap Road, Braidwood. Photos: Supplied.

The aesthetically beautiful bush retreat at 572 Wallaces Gap Road in Braidwood, known as ‘Watermark’, is built to reflect the surrounding environment and connect the interior to the exterior, complemented by a vast wall of double glazing looking out onto the 42.26 hectares of land the five-bedroom, two-bathroom home is set on.

Belle Property Braidwood principal Kelly Allen said the address is a highly sought after one, and the home is a masterpiece of Australian architecture, built on a highly desirable patch of land.

“This is an outstanding home,” said Ms Allen, “and a great deal of thought has been given to the materials used in the build, the functionality and layout of the home, and the position in the landscape takes full advantage of the elevation on the block.

“The architect has used polished concrete, natural hardwood timbers and stone, reflecting the landscape and creating a really Australian home – a real bush retreat.

“And, it’s a great family home with a very practical floorplan, and a separate self-contained studio which can be used as guest accommodation, an art studio, or a teenager’s retreat.”

The entrance to the home lies past the carport, through the alfresco dining and past the enormous pizza oven, onto the long, hardwood deck with broad views of the natural bushland surrounding the home. Entering into a truly vast open plan family, dining room and kitchen, with a stone fireplace, and a combination of polished concrete and tiled floors, the bushland vista from the double-glazed wall of glass commands immediate attention.

The high ceilings and muted tones on the walls accentuate the use of natural materials, highlighting the stone fireplace and the hardwood decking. The colour palette of the interior is a continuation of the natural bush colours, the grey-green eucalyptus and the colour of the earth and stone in the panoramic view of the land.

The study is set to one side of the open plan living, dining and kitchen, and could be used as a home office or homework den, or a separate snug.

The kitchen cabinets are made from hardwood, reflecting the tones in the landscape outside, and stone benchtops blend perfectly with the colour palette both indoors and out. The oven and cooktop are gas, with a wet back water heater, and a dark charcoal coloured tiled splashback that continues the natural colour scheme. At the rear of the kitchen is a walk-in pantry.

Wallaces Gap Road Kitchen

The kitchen is very well equipped with a walk-in pantry and beautiful hardwood cabinetry, gas and slow combustion cooking and wet back water heater.

The possibilities for entertaining formally or informally include the magnificent dining room, and the alfresco dining to the side of the home complete with pizza oven, or the deck with its views over the firepit below and the valley and mountains beyond.

The master bedroom is separated from the open plan family and dining room by a courtyard garden. It’s situated to take advantage of the glass wall and views.

A generous walk-in robe sits behind the wall at the head of the bed, while the slate flooring and feature paint colour meld the indoors to the outdoors perfectly. There is ample room for a sitting area, and doors open onto the hardwood deck.

Two further bedrooms, one of which has a built-in mezzanine (guaranteed to delight any child) and a family bathroom complete the home, and provide plenty of space for a family.

The fully self-contained studio apartment includes a kitchenette and bathroom, and a built-in robe, making it ideal guest accommodation or a permanent pad for a teenager.

The parcel of land includes around 30 acres of open grassland with a storybook collection of Australian native animals, including echidnas, lyrebirds, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, glossy black cockatoos, gang gangs and eagles soaring high above.

There is a large machinery shed with three garage bays, a double carport and workshop space, a 4-kilowatt off-grid solar system, 160,000-litre rainwater tanks, and you’ll stay connected thanks to NBN satellite internet and mobile reception. The home is heated with hydronic wall heaters and has an enclosed chicken coop and a veggie patch.

You can view this quintessential Australian home at 572 Wallaces Gap Road in Braidwood online, and see all the latest hot listings on Zango. If you would like further information, or to book an inspection, contact Belle Property Braidwood principal Kelly Allen on 0466 632 696.

Original Article published by Sharon Kelley on The RiotACT.

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