House of the Week: 549 Princes Highway, Port Fairy | Magnificent Talara circa1856

Port Fairy ~ 549 Princes Highway

$1.65 million

Bedrooms:  5 Bathrooms:  4 Carparks:  3

Agent:  AGENT: Lockett & Co Real Estate

Phone: Paula Dwyer  on 0438 681 201 or Garry Lockett on 5568 2458

Inspect: By appointment

“TALARA” (circa 1856) – the most photographed home in Port Fairy.

It has been 30 years since this fairytale home has been on the market, and inside it has undergone an amazing transformation to bring it up to the 21st century standards, though the carefully executed improvements haven’t altered the character, the very essence of the home, as the 19th century style blends in beautifully.

An integral part of early Victoria's history, a smattering of grander homes in the area have survived, like Talara which was built in 1856 by the town's civil engineer, Dilmon Howe.

Constructed of locally quarried bluestone, Talara is built in an ornate gothic revival style, with pinnacles, gables and a large balcony.

Apart from its 12 main rooms, not counting kitchens and bathrooms, the property had stables, a coach house and a large walled garden.

The house has had six owners over its 150-year history, and that means this fairytale sort of house has been much loved, because of its history, beauty and individual character of each room.

New owners can also appreciate the gardens and ancient pines, medieval windows, period drapes and wallpapers, carpet runners, turned timber balustrade staircase and open fireplace with ornate mantelpieces, light fittings and the pretty touches of leadlight windows.

Whether you are keen to offer a B&B, conference centre facilities, or keep it as your grand home, there are many options with such a versatile property. It is a treasure indeed. 

Phone the agent for an immediate appointment to view.

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