Grand country homes don’t come much more romantic than this charmer of a renovator’s delight.
Set well back from the road, with a canopy of trees to welcome your arrival, Lake Albert Homestead oozes slightly faded grandeur, with bucketloads of character.
Selling agent Paul Clifford, of Elders Hills & Fleurieu, says it has been empty in recent years.
“It’s grand but ready for somebody to take it over,” Mr Clifford says. “It looks a bit tired and only has one bathroom that is not in fantastic order.”
And yet Mr Clifford says the homestead, at 306 Lake Albert Rd Poltalloch, wows just about everyone who comes through its doors.
Some of the home’s character features include a wide veranda, wooden floors, large rooms, high ceilings and a wide central hallway with a ceiling arch.
Not visible from the road, the five-bedroom residence, which sits on 42.1ha, has a feeling of seclusion, with views over Lake Albert and bird and wildlife to enjoy.
“It’s a really really special place,” Mr Clifford says, adding the property also includes a separate building which was used as Poltalloch’s first school.
He suspects the property, which will go to auction next month, will appeal to an Adelaide-based history lover who is not afraid of a project and wants a weekender.
“You’re either into older homes or you’re not — it’s going to be somebody looking for that type of thing,” My Clifford says.
“They might spend three days a week there and might be semi-retired.”
He says the property, which is being marketed as “undulating warmer grazing country with a sensible balance of timber” would also be suitable for hobby farming and estimates it could accommodate about 40 to 60 sheep.
“You could do camping down there … and there’s two large water tanks — someone will do something creative out there.”
Despite its seclusion, the property sits 12km from Meningie and Mr Clifford says it could be used as a full-time family home.
“Meningie has a pub, a school, netball teams and footy teams,” he says.
The property will go to auction on Sunday, October 13, at noon and has a price guide of $695,000.