Modern Castle - 1185 Gorge Rd, Paracombe
IF you’ve always longed to be king of your own castle but also want to stay in Adelaide, here’s your chance — all that’s missing is a moat.
A two-storey home on Gorge Rd at Paracombe in the Adelaide Hills, designed to look like a castle and with a fitout to match, has hit the market for the first time.
Vendor April Ling, who started building the home in 2000 and completed it 10 years later, said the style was chosen to match the location.
“We built it from scratch. When we bought it, it was just a vacant piece of land,” she said.
“I thought being in the lower Adelaide Hills, it suited the environment and using the local stone, it blended in well.”
The property has five bedrooms in the main building set over two floors, as well as two kitchens, a home theatre with a bar, a billiard room, a conservatory and a balcony, as well as a detached self-contained apartment.
It is covered in features traditional to castles, including gargoyles, ornate ceilings, stained-glass windows and battlements, and also has modern features such as ducted airconditioning and vacuuming, modern appliances and built-in TVs.
The home also has curtains in the dining room and living room made from fabric from a unique source.
“I ordered fabric from a place in England. They didn’t have any stock of what I wanted (but) they called me back and said if I don’t mind they have fabric already cut and put aside for Princess Diana,” Ms Ling said.
“It’s a really unique fabric, they didn’t know if that would put me off ... but I was a huge fan and said I would love to have it.”
Ms Ling says the home’s location in the outer northeastern suburbs feels like the countryside but is still close to the city.
“It is quite close, it is only 20km to the city, it is far enough away to enjoy the country lifestyle without being too far away,” she said.
“A lot of people have asked about the moat, maybe the new owners can put one in.”
Toop & Toop sales consultant Troy Tyndall, who is selling the property, said he has never seen a home like it in South Australia.
“It is only built in 2000 but it feels like it is 400 years old,” he said.
“The whole house is automated, there’s a ‘good night’ button next to the bed that turns off all of the lights, sets the alarm, and secures it.
“There’s a huge amount of marble and mahogany, the detail in the timberwork is crazy.”
While built as a residence, Mr Tyndall said the home could have several different uses.
“It has a commercial-grade kitchen with a dumbwaiter and a standard kitchen, you could run a business if you wanted to ... you could run a bed and breakfast, or a wine-tasting place,” he said.
“When you drive through those gates, you are back in Macbeth’s day. It is incredible.”
Image courtesy of Toop & Toop.