525 Tucks Road, Shoreham
5 4 2
There barely exists a more beautiful setting than Bagnols. Completely secluded, the artisan French County House residence cradled within Paul Bangay designed gardens is set on 4.5 acres, (approx.) with breathtaking panoramic views of rolling hills over farm land and vines to Western Port and Phillip Island.
With a vista reminiscent of the south of France, the residence was sited to capture the magic of its terrain and setting. Featured in Australia's Open Garden Scheme, the magnificent gardens are integral to the house design acting as a fluid extension of the living space and incorporate the characteristics of a French style European garden from the grand driveway framed by an Olive grove to the pebbled forecourt, potager kitchen garden and stunning petanque court.
Guests enter the house by the enclosed courtyard which has the air of traditional fattoria and invited into the elegant and beautifully proportioned living and dining room via French doors mirrored by dramatic steel framed arched doors and windows reminiscent of a French orangerie. Light and the garden are allowed to pass through the house ensuring the interior is always connected to its surroundings. With the doors open guests can circulate freely between the courtyard, house and an adjoining terrace with ease and with beautiful framed vistas as a backdrop.
A drawing room with its library shelving and fireplace wrapped within a bespoke Stuart Rattle designed stone mantle is a superb space for intimate entertaining or quiet relaxation; while a top-floor media room with integrated speakers, projector and retractable screen is a relaxed space to unwind.
The kitchen has the feel of a provincial farm house with its gentle lines, soft chalky colours, freestanding Ilve cooker and beautiful stones. Elegant yet homely, rustic yet refined, the traditional elements are beautifully married with modern appointments such as the broad Belfast Black granite island bench, excellent storage solutions, dining area and a series of French doors to the terrace framed with rock walls, romantic pergolas, manicured gardens and remarkable views.
Five beautiful bedrooms embrace the elevated aspect and are supported by four sublime natural stone bathrooms, the main bedroom suite with its own balcony and adjoining study is set high above the manicured gardens with panoramic views to the water inviting instant relaxation.
The more open side of the house is designed as a platform to present the local and district views which include vineyards, stables and paddocks of livestock; while the majestic courtyard was designed as outdoor living room. Used extensively for entertaining, a French fountain forms the focal point; while the rendered walls covered in Boston Ivy create a romantic European feel with groundcover softening the façade and a series of Pear trees and box hedging giving a feeling of coolness and serenity during the hottest summers. Wisteria and roses add to the romance and colour.
The kitchen garden complements the architecture of the house with a Tuscan-inspired gardener's shed vegetable and picking gardens laid geometrically in squares; while the preceding hard stand is used for guest parking.
No expense was spared to create an authentic French Country House with materials imported from France from the roof tiles to the natural stone floor tiles with the look of cobble stone. Comprehensive appointments include reverse-cycle air conditioning throughout the house, independently controlled underfloor heating with timing mechanism, marble powder room, double garage with internal access, alarm system with 24 hour monitoring and allocated codes, monitored security entrance and ducted vacuum. The gardens include a comprehensive irrigation system, three 90,000 litre underground tanks, a dam and bore.
The Hinterlands finest estate, Bagnols is surrounded by boutique villages, wineries, award-winning restaurants and world class golf courses and is located only an hour from Melbourne.