Australia: 'Oakfield', A Timeless Property In 317 Lue Road, Sydney, New South Wales
Set amongst 50 gorgeous acres of landscaped gardens, tumbling creeks and fertile soil, ‘Oakfield' is a timeless property in the classic Australian tradition. Built in 1840, it has been expertly restored to its original grandeur and is now a residence of exceptional elegance, graceful proportions and thoroughly contemporary luxury. Wide, welcoming verandahs surround the hand hewn stone of the residence, which boasts a stunning selection of formal/informal rooms, all with open fireplaces, double height ceilings and richly polished woodwork at every turn. A country-style chefs' kitchen includes stainless steel benchtops, Smeg commercial grade gas range and original plank floorboards, while the alfresco entertaining terrace enjoys a sun dappled position underneath a romantic vine covered arbor. A separate building encloses the mosaic tiled pool and spa, with championship grass tennis court just adjacent. Such rich soil produces abundant bounty, including established rose gardens, mature olive groves and a substantial herb garden. It is ideal for raising lambs, prime cattle and a variety of crops; the property is fully irrigated and licenced. Currently a family home, it presents the opportunity for a variety of alternative uses; its prime location is just five minutes from historic Mudgee, with its many artisanal shops and boutiques, wineries, fine dining and picturesque village life. There are twice daily flights into Sydney, and it is roughly three hours by car; this is a rural retreat that truly lives up to the name.