CHANONRY is on the north-eastern Scottish coast and the original owners paid tribute to its Highland beauty by naming this house after the famous Dolphin-watching spot.
Sitting on the wide verandah of this East Freo property they might have eagerly watched for ships bearing letters from home, and no doubt welcomed the cooling breezes in the summer.
With the aid of binoculars you can read the country of origin on the ships in port, conjuring up exotic and distant lands.
Gracious doesn’t begin to describe this stunning five-bedroom federation home, which has been lovingly restored.
Gorgeous stained glass in the old front door and surrounds establish an elegant tone, and jarrah floors more than 100 years old have a rich glow.
The open-plan kitchen/dining/living area has been brought into the 21st century without losing any of home’s old- world charm.
Blue pearl granite benchtops in the kitchen add a blue/black lustre to the white cupboards and soft-close drawers.
Want a cooling sparkling mineral water?
Simply turn the kitchen tap to the right setting and voila — instant refreshment.
There’s also a setting for boiling hot water for a cuppa.
In the generous lounge an intricately carved marble fireplace has been converted to gas for winter warmth, or open the banks of windows for a cooling sea breeze and enjoy the stunning ocean views.
French doors lead to a wrap-around verandah, where alfresco breakfast, lunch and dinner is a must.
The main bedroom is a generous space, with river/port views, walk-in-robe and en suite.
A sweep of curved stairs descend to a suite of five rooms, carved out of the limestone cap rock beneath the house.
The bedroom has en suite, and there’s plenty of scope to create a kitchen and make a spacious guest wing or granny flat.
Down another terrace you’ll find a massive glasshouse, covering an equally large pool.
Swim and laze as you wait for the pizza oven in the nearby Mediterranean style alfresco area to heat up.
This stunning home is a slice of WA history that offers a genteel and practical lifestyle.
by JENNY D’ANGER
17 Angwin Street, East Fremantle
auction April 8, 12 noon
0409 300 600
Acton Fremantle 9319 3002