A multi-dwelling Mount Barker property allows you to get back to nature while still staying close to the city. Greg and Tracey Kelly bought the land – set between Mount Barker and Hahndorf – in 1998, building the property’s cottage in 2000 and later constructing the hebel and timber main home.
Both were designed to be in keeping with their natural environment and feature an abundance of timber, sustainable design practices and large windows which fill the home with natural light, blurring the boundary between outside and in.
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“You feel like you’ve got one foot in the bush, and with the animal and birdlife around it feels like they’re in your home,” Mrs Kelly says. “The bush that’s here connects up to the Totness Conservation Park, but the bush that we’ve got is more pristine than the conservation park because there are no people with their horses passing through it.
“Here we’ve got spider orchids, echidnas, kangaroos and the odd koala, and we’ve got a fantastic array of birdlife. It’s just such a magical spot.
“We bought our children up here and it’s been a wonderland for them. They’ve created cubbies and have secret fantasy worlds in the bush and it was great that they had the freedom to be able to roam. We also had horses here when they were younger, so that was a good thing for them too.”
The main home has five bedrooms, while the separate cottage provides a self-contained space and can be used as guest accommodation. With numerous indoor and outdoor living areas, Mrs Kelly says the home is an ideal entertainer.
“We’ve had two weddings here in the past few years – one with 150 people and the other 130 people,” Mrs Kelly says.
“We’ve had numerous birthday parties here for both adults and teenagers and it’s been able to accommodate large groups of people with no trouble at all. There are lots of different spaces which create different dynamics for parties, and it really is an entertainer’s home.
“It’s a rustic place in many respects, and it’s very informal and casual and homely, and that’s the sense that people get here – it’s a very well-loved and a very welcoming place for people that visit.”
One of the property’s strongest selling points, Mrs Kelly says, is its spring-fed dam.
“In our 18 years, that’s never ever dried up,” she says.
Mrs Kelly says the property offers a peaceful escape just 35 minutes from the city and would suit someone looking to get their slice of the relaxed Hills lifestyle.
“We’ve got no visible neighbours, but yet in five minutes you can be in Mount Barker shopping in Aldi, Woolworths or Coles, and then if you go six or seven minutes the other way you’ve got access to all the cafes and attractions of Hahndorf,” Mrs Kelly says.
The Kellys will miss the home enormously when they sell, but the time has come to downsize.
“It’s been an absolute labour of love for us over the past 18 years and saying goodbye to it will be an absolute wrench,” Mrs Kelly says.
The property is on the market with Harcourts Adelaide Hills. Expression of Interest close Thursday, February 28, at noon.