Selling Houses Australia team plans big renovation for rustic Drysdale cottage
A QUIRKY Drysdale house that takes rustic to a new level will feature in an upcoming season of Selling Houses Australia.
Host Andrew Winter, interior designer Shaynna Blaze and landscaper Charlie Albone will embark on a two-week renovation later this month in a bid to find a buyer for the horse-centric acreage property.
The circa 1800s homestead is a former Cobb & Co stop that’s now part of a 3.2ha equestrian training facility.
Its strong country ranch style — think rough sawn logs for door jams, forks for kitchen cupboard handles and sections of corrugated tin ceiling — has so far failed to win over prospective buyers.
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The Selling Houses Australia production team said it was planning a big renovation to make the three-bedroom, one-bathroom house more appealing to the modern market.
“In this case we have a rural property with very strong country style,” it said in a statement.
“It’s an old cottage, so has some design challenges for modern living. We feel if these were addressed it would really help get a sale.”
The owners, well-known horse trainers, turned to the Lifestyle channel makeover show after trying to sell their property for about nine months.
“We look for people with a genuine need to sell — in this case the owners need to move closer to family,” the producers said.
Bellarine Property, Barwon Heads agent Lee Martin took over the listing from another agent late last year and said a number of people had inspected the property during the campaign.
“It’s got great horse facilities,” Mr Martin said.
In addition to the main house, the property has a separate studio and three-bedroom cottage, five-stable barn with facilities, a horse arena, round pen, multiple day yards and paddocks.
The Drysdale house is the second Bellarine Peninsula property to feature on Selling Houses Australia.
The team also worked its magic on a dated 1990 waterfront property at 69 The Esplanade, Portarlington, back in 2008.
Originally listed for $1.2 million, the four-bedroom house sold for $1.005 million after a $22,000 makeover that included updating the pink bathroom and rendering the two-storey facade.