Mount Macedon 'Ard Rudah', 49 Devonshire Lane
Heritage listed, refined and restrained, yet unforgettably spectacular, Ard Rudah is a property that takes you to a world all of its own, free from every day cares, removed from commonplace concerns. It is the ultimate escape (6 acres approximately). A mere 55 minutes from Melbourne CBD and approximately 25 minutes from Tullamarine international airport. The effect begins the moment you enter the driveway, a lush, leafy avenue that reveals at every turn a new aspect of gardens acknowledged as amongst the finest in the country. Meadows of turf, a lawn tennis court, romantic paths, ferny creek pools and trout filled ponds amidst blue spruce, giant lindens, sycamore, golden cypress, copper beech and maples create memorable first impressions and establish perfect privacy in one of Mt Macedon's blue chip positions. The grounds were established in the 1870s under the guidance of Baron Von Mueller, the residence, further enhanced by Mr C Cowper in 1934, offers exceptional spaces, recently re-modelled under the guidance of Stephen Akehurst. Panelled formal dining and separate sitting room are accompanied by beautifully appointed reception rooms, a billiards room, sophisticated den/TV lounge and light filled family room/informal dining which incorporates an open-plan kitchen. Seven bedrooms served by six bathrooms provide superb accommodation. Lower and upper level terraces offer majestic outdoor entertaining, acclaimed walled Italianette garden, orchard, alfresco areas enjoying northern light, with not another house in sight. Stables, garaging for six cars, cellar/store rooms and tennis pavilion by Paul Bangay are additional attractions. Conveniently close to village and schools. 'Ard Rudah' is amazing, where you can lose yourself. And find yourself.