Occupying an elevated position overlooking Lake Daylesford, there is a heightened sense of arrival at Ruthven House as the circular driveway leads you into a Victorian family oasis on an expansive 2,066 sqm allotment.
A rare find for its style and scale, constructed in the 1880s of dressed sandstone and brick for Mr Jay, a well known Daylesford entrepreneur, the home draws on the vernacular elements of the Australian homestead. Located between the Lake and the Vincent Street retail & cafe precinct, this elegant home blends 19th century hallmarks including high ceilings and over mantles, with today’s requirements, including a double garage and hydronic heating.
The principal residence has 3 generously sized bedrooms, central bathroom with spa bath, en-suite and WIR, formal sitting and dining area and country style large kitchen leading to an intimate reading TV room with an open fire place. The living areas feature vaulted ceilings, are flooded with natural light and provide beautiful outlooks onto gardens and Lake Daylesford. Trellised vines create shaded summer bowers with transition through to an autumnal display before encouraging winter sun into the living area. There is a delightful narrative about the home with French doors opening onto an alfresco terrace overlooking the shimmering waters of Lake Daylesford, private garden with shaded verandah, a cellar, tool shed and an interesting natural rock formation, and a colourful array of flora in an the well-established garden. Completing the family scale, there are 2 self-contained bedroom suites, currently well established and popular on the BnB market providing an income stream if this is desired. Alternatively, these rooms are equally adaptable for an extended or blended family, and separate home office.
The Lake foreshore, shops including an array of boutiques and eateries in Vincent St and the Daylesford Primary School are all within easy walking distance.