Would you Love to Live Here? Linen curtains swaying in the bay breeze, vaulted timber ceilings, oak floors and vineyards in the view….
Ah…the Mornington Peninsula…it's hard to not find the beauty in a landscape of gently rolling Eucalyptus-clad hills, where grape vines tuck into the sunny valleys, race horses graze alongside fat Angus cattle and the land is kissed by sea breezes from the bays on each side of the peninsula.
So a relaxed, yet elegant, style of architecture sits very happily here. And this house, freshly on the spring market, captures the laid-back simple elegance which contemporary coastal Australian style does so well. Lots of natural finishes: waxed oak floors, unbleached linen curtains, a generosity of windows, a colour palette reflecting the coastal dunes, and most interestingly, some rather fabulous ceilings.
Timber lined, with both rafters and trusses expressed, the contours of the roof have been allowed to be seen in the ceiling shape below: a detail we do not use enough, I think, in the rush to use flush dropped plasterboard ceilings in a ubiquitous fashion across most housing styles.
Sculleries, pantries, butler's pantries…they are practical inclusions and the very best of them have windows, like this, so it's a pleasure to be in them for an extended time. Of course, that's not always possible, so if the room has no window, then they often work better as walk-in rooms, a place to neatly store all the essentials, while the main cooking can occur in the kitchen itself.
I cannot imagine how much work would get done here, with such a bucolic view inviting one out for a quick stroll amongst the vineyards and the gum trees...
This property, set on 8 acres of vineyards and paddocks, is located in the winery laden Main Ridge area, itself a rather bucolic slice of heaven.
So, as a weekender, or as a main house, would you love to live here?