This weekend there is a lot of local media around the sale of this Georgian style home at Pewsey Vale in the Barossa Valley, under an hours drive from Adelaide. The interest stems from Martinsell Estate being a beautiful home in one of the great wine growing regions in the world and the parochial fact that it is the former home of the late Sir Alick and Lady Mary Downer, the parents of Alexander Downer the former Foreign Minister of Australia between 1996 and 2007. Alick died some years ago but Mary only died earlier this year. In an interesting twist of fate, Alexander Downer is now the High Commissioner in London, a job his father Alick occupied when Alexander was a child. But given Alexander is living in London, they have decided to sell the estate.
The home is set on 77 acres. The property comprises the main house of 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, a 3 bedroom cottage, 12 acres of sauvignon blanc vines and extensive gardens.
|Alexander's wife Nicky in the library of the main house. Photo via The Advertiser|
The house is decorated more in keeping with the fashions of the 1950s than today's. Nonetheless, the home is elegant and tasteful.
The kitchen and bathrooms look largely original, or at least little has been done to them since the 1950s. But very clean.
There are a number of outbuildings, including an old apple packing shed, which could be used for shindigs.
|photos from realestate.com.au|
Wondering where the name Martinsell Estate came from, I found that Pewsey Vale is named after the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, England and Martinsell is a large hill on the outskirts of Pewsey. So there you go, learned something new.
The estate agents believe 55 Wirra Wirra Road Pewsey Vale could sell for as much as $2million.