On the Market: Painted Ceilings, Ballrooms & a Slice of History

  Oh, let's imagine how grand a ball 
may have been had in the 1870s,
at this lovely mansion for sale
just outside Melbourne.
Mt Rothwell was built in 1873
in the Victorian Italianate style.
The exquisitely painted original ceilings in this drawing room
were done by the American artist Clay Beeler.
Clay Beeler had recently finished his extraordinary murals 
in the Royal Exhibition Building,
built for the International Exhibition of 1880,
at a time of great prosperity and enthusiasm for 
the future in the new Industrial Age.
Themes of mythology, Empire & the Modern Age 
were represented in murals painted on the ceilings & walls,
like this "Night" sylph.
Beeler's bill for painting the interior and exterior of 
the Exhibition Building was £18,195.
In 1873! Yikes, that was a HUGE cost!
(Puts a modern painting bill in perspective.)
Ah, such elegant times the 1880s were for the wealthy folk.
Do you think these gentlemen may care for a quick game 
of billiards in our Mt Rothwell mansion?
It's ready and waiting for them.
In fact, I would rather like to play a shot or two in this lovely room.
Will you join me?
The homestead has been recently renovated by the current owners,
who have brought it back to its former glory.
Let's take a peek at what they have done...
A Victorian clawfoot bath sits regally 
amongst marble floor tiles & floral patterned wall tiles,
contrasted with plain white walls & simple joinery
in the newly renovated bathroom.
I love the idea of a walk in linen press. 
And certainly love the prospect of a ladies' withdrawing room.
Some elements, such as the wonderful cream-enamelled wood stove,
have been left to sit gently next to a more modern kitchen fitout.
And the opulence of the original mansion
lives on in this glamourous bathroom with sparkling white 
mosaic tiles & a chandelier over the bath.
Built for an age of grand entertaining,
the homestead of 24 rooms
sits on land of 124 hectares,
and yet it is a 35 minute drive to Melbourne.

So if you have a spare $4 million, 
would you like to live here?

Property: Mt Rothwell Estate, 985 Little River-Ripley Rd, Little River, Victoria
Agents & property images: RT Edgar
1880s Victorian fashion: The Black Tie Guide