A country retreat where you can have it all

A country retreat where you can have it all

A Chapel Hill property offers a range of opportunities, and has been much loved by its owners for almost two decades.

Hans and Lee Rook bought the property at 6 Berry Rd in 1999 after months of Mr Rook searching for the ideal Hills allotment to take on a new interest.

“My wife and I together have lots of kids and we had spent a lot of time focusing on stuff for them, and I just wanted a piece of land for me – I had no idea what I wanted to do with it, but that’s how it all started,” Mr Rook says.


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“I found out about this piece of land with a few olive trees on it and I thought, ‘I’ll start with olives’ … so I produced kalamata olives, and we grew good fruit, and then later removed them and put some cattle on there and a few sheep. I later put in some grape vines and I make my own shiraz, which I’ve been doing now for a bit over five years.”

The Rooks have rented out the main home since they bought it, renovating it throughout and making significant improvements to the rest of the property. The main home has four bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and meals area, a formal lounge, a formal dining room, a rumpus room and a large covered outdoor entertainment area.

“The house was about three-quarters finished, so I went in and renovated that and rented it out and the last tenant had been there for 12 years – they loved it,” Mr Rook says.

“I renovated it over five months about two years ago, so it’s looking great now.”

Aside from the main residence, the property also has several outbuildings.

“Once the house was done the first time, I got stuck into developing the other 22 acres, renovating the old hay shed, putting in a new barn with accommodation above, and pulling down the dilapidated old stables and replacing them with lawns and gardens to make it a family entertainment area,” Mr Rook says.

“We celebrated Christmas there for 20 years now and that’s been a very special place for our whole extended family. I built a playground there near the barn and the kids would run around all day and eventually the barrel of water pistols would come out and everyone would be having fun.

“The joy was having it, creating it and maintaining it, but I’m now 71 years of age and it’s time to pass it on to someone or a family much younger than me,” Mr Rook says.

“It’s been a real labour of love.”

Mr Rook says the home could easily be turned back into paddocks and equestrian facilities to accommodate horse-loving families, or could be used for a range of farming pursuits. Its location allows people to get their own slice of Hills life without being too far from the CBD, he says.

“It’s only about 25 minutes to Belair and only another 15 minutes on to the city from there,” he says.

“It was a wonderful property and my whole family will miss it terribly, but it’s time for us to move on to the next stage of our lives. This property really enriched all of our lives.”

The property is on the market with Harcourts Williams and listed without a price guide.

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