Former Howard minister selling Stonyford farm

Former Howard minister selling Stonyford farm

FEW politicians would boast their political career would end in the toilet, but that’s just where guests found the archive of Peter Reith’s time in Canberra at their rural Victorian retreat which has been listed for sale.

The Howard Government Minister and wife Kerrie’s sense of humour is on display with framed photos, newspaper articles and memorabilia on the bathroom wall of their Stonyford home, an hour and a half west of Geelong.

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“It’s quite an interesting read and Peter’s attitude is, where else would you put it?” Ms Reith said.

“Some guests go in and we don’t see them for hours because they’re reading it all. It’s somewhat of an archive of Peter’s career and time in politics, in the loo.”

The Reiths bought the 48ha property, Trenavin, sight unseen a decade ago, while Mr Reith was working overseas for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and built their lock-and-leave three-bedroom retreat five years later.

The couple engaged a draftsman to design the house with a feature Cheminee Philippe fireplace in the a well appointed kitchen, open living and dining area and an open slat timber staircase revealing a light-filled reading room, and a raft of conveniences including split-system heating and cooling.

Mr Reith said the property has been important to them, particularly in the busier times of their careers.

“It’s been a really special getaway where we can just sit and relax as much or as little as we want to,” he said.

“It’s almost nurturing, and as soon as you drive in you just feel yourself unwind. With busy lives, that’s a great feeling.”

Mr Reith, who suffered a stroke in 2017, made an unsuccessful tilt at the Liberal Party presidency last year and was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) this year.

Ray White Rural Camperdown’s Alistair Tune is managing the expressions of interest campaign for the property at 5 Jones Rd, Stonyford, closing March 9 at 1pm.

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