An idyllic country village lifestyle awaits
IF this historic Richmond home was set on 4ha rather than a roomy 1500sqm, the owners might never leave.
One is a horse enthusiast, the other a sculptor, and they both need the extra space.
This presents an opportunity for a lover of Georgian architecture to snap up a wonderful property.
Set in sunny Henry Street, it feels like there is something to discovered around every corner of this five-bedroom home.
There are untouched floorboards, sandstone walls, an original timber staircase, beautiful fireplaces, original window shutters and pretty, exposed ceiling beams among the many period features of the property’s era.
Upstairs, just beyond the luxurious bedrooms, is a tight and small staircase leading to an attic where convicts would have lived. Lining the stairwell walls are newspapers from the 1800s.
The bedrooms hint at the ways of the era and the property’s history as the Richmond Hotel.
Tasmania Sotheby’s International Realty Greater Hobart director Gayle Walker said she understands that some of the bedrooms — on the same floor — were elevated higher than others to appeal to wealthy hotel clients.
She said the owners were lucky to have so much rich history in their home.
“You can see the hotel’s signage on what is now a 1970s-era living room extension but would have been the building exterior,” she said.
“Among the four living rooms there is a ‘tank’ room for the gentlemen and a ‘ladies’ parlour’ just across the hall, plus a large dining room and a living room with a crackling wood heater.”
Another historic feature — the cellar — is hidden below a sparkling new Grand Designs-style contemporary kitchen, which was carefully added to the rear of the home.
Simply raise up the cellar’s doors and a few steps down is a space for hundreds of bottles of wine set on solid flagstone floor.
A previous owner of the property, somewhat cheekily, started lining the roof with bottle corks. It’s not finished, but perhaps there lies the challenge.
The architecturally designed extension, which is home to a gourmet kitchen, boasts sleek, uncluttered lines.
Twenty-first century materials — metal and glass — connect softly with the home’s sandstone walls. A transitional glass ceiling fills the space with an abundance of natural light.
Glass was used extensively atop the deliberately understated kitchen cabinetry that draws the eye outside to a perfectly framed Chinese elm — a centrepiece of the gardens.
For an entertainer, this space has got it all. The owner, who likes to cook, said people tended to be drawn to the island bench, even with so much living space on offer.
The kitchen also boasts gas cooking and a Siemens dishwasher for an easy, post-party clean up.
While some historic homes suffer in the winter months from the seasonal chill, this property is not one of them. With the double-glazing and hydronic heating, the home is kept perfectly comfortable and toasty warm.
Gayle said this added to the charm.
“It is cosy and warm, very homely,” she said. “It would make a fantastic family home. One group that have inspected it already, their children were picking out their future rooms.
“Or it may suit a couple, like the current owners — a fantastic fit for a property as elegant as this.”
Out in the gardens, the owners have transformed a coach house into a
single-bedroom, short-stay accommodation. This fully renovated space has a kitchen and living room. It has been operating since January, and most recently was home for a few days to some tourists in town to venture through all that Hobart has to offer, from Dark Mofo to the Port Arthur Historic Site.
Like many homes in the area that hark back to a bygone era, this property has had many uses, from a private home to the Richmond Hotel to a Victorian-era boarding house.
The home is also just 10-15 minutes from the airport and a half-hour to Hobart’s CBD.
Local shops, cafes and services are within strolling distance.
No.6 Henry Street in Richmond is listed with Tasmania Sotheby’s International Realty Greater Hobart, contact the agent for price or to organise an inspection.