WITH not a distressed damsel in sight, I ventured into the huge dungeon beneath this White Gum Valley gingerbread cottage.
With its cool ambient temperature and white-washed walls and limestone outcrops it’s a great wine-cellar.
Or maybe it could be a teenage den, where the little darlings could batter the drums for hours and not bother a soul.
Reached via brick paths that wind through a lovely cottage garden, this three-bedroom home is a delight from the off.
Mellow, aged brick, and new timber windows combine to create a timeless look and feel, and high ceilings and wonderfully rich aged jarrah floors complement each other throughout.
Walls have been removed from small rooms to create a spacious open plan that melds beautifully with a covered alfresco deck, accessed via bifold doors.
From here you can relax and enjoy a delightful garden, dominated by a mature leafy tree.
Golden timber finishes the white cupboards in the generous kitchen, and a skylight adds extra brightness to the renovated space.
The main bedroom opens onto a timber deck and an enchanting pool, complete with waterfall.
Protected by high walls and plenty of greenery it’s a tranquil spot to repose, or for a night-time dip — sans costume.
A Bali timber screen conceals the bedroom’s walk-in-robe and there’s a very spacious ensuite, and a small adjacent room that is perfect for a nursery or a study.
Sitting on a whopping 940sqm the garden is a glorious space with a veritable orchard of fruit trees.
“The mandarins are divine…and I just picked this avocado last night,” the vendor says showing me a very fine specimen.
Off to one side you’ll find terraced lawns, and a high-rise kids’ cubby house.
The dungeon is accessed via the double garage and workshop.
This lovely home is close to a local cafe and a short drive to a selection of shops.
by JENNY D’ANGER
69 Watkins Street, White Gum Valley
set date sale May 2
0411 123 477