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FEATURE LISTING: Luxury Hills lifestyle property with its own “botanic garden”

If you’ve ever dreamt of owning your very own botanic garden in the Adelaide Hills, this luxurious Crafers West property is for you, complete with manicured 160-year-old gardens, tennis court, a pool and a resident koala.

Husband and wife owners Glenn and Rebecca first discovered 24 Rostrevor Road, Crafers West, when they were on a holiday in the Adelaide Hills.

The semi-retired couple had been living in Sydney and Queensland, where they were involved in real estate development and university education.

“We came down here on holidays to explore the Adelaide Hills and we stayed at Mount Lofty House – we really liked it,” says Glenn.

“We looked at a couple of properties that weekend and we fell in love with this property.

“Our first impression driving down Rostrevor Road was that it’s like a country lane.

“We drove around, heading down the street looking for the property and my wife said, ‘oh my god, this is beautiful’ … we’ve since been told it’s one of the most desired streets in the area.”

The historic property comprises a settler’s cottage attached to a grand two-storey house with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a cellar and parking space for four cars.

“You enter through big opening gates along the cobbled drive and into the world of Elm Park,” says Glenn.

Downstairs, you will find two bedrooms, a living and dining area, an additional living area and cloakroom, a lounge room and two bathrooms.

The kitchen is also located on the ground floor, looking onto the charming garden.

Upstairs are the other two bedrooms with views of the entire property, as well as another bathroom.

While living there, Glenn and Rebecca carried out a full refurbishment of the 1860s villa, including adding new fireplaces and redoing the bathrooms and kitchen.

Glenn says that in the wintertime he is drawn to the “beautiful open fires” including a French Chazelle fireplace in one of the living rooms, while Rebecca described the house as “feminine” and loves the kitchen with: “an amazing outlook over the garden, the pool and the tennis court”.

It is this “stunning” garden with its reticulated watering system that makes 24 Rostrevor Road truly stand out.

Glenn says he loves, “the 160-year-old established gardens that many long-term owners have added incredible amounts of love to, from giant elm trees, which it is named after … but also rhododendrons and ancient fern trees.”

The outdoor area also features a pool and tennis court, as well as expansive decking, where you can take full advantage of the gorgeous views.

“It’s like a parkland. I think the presence of being under the giant elm is an ecosystem in its own right, you know, some people have described it as a bit of a botanic garden in the Hills,” Glenn says.

Although Glenn and Rebecca had planned to live in the Adelaide Hills property forever, they have relocated interstate and are looking for a new family to care for the home and its grounds.

“We’ll miss the koala. We’ve got a couple of families of magpies and course the rosellas, the fairy rings, and the black cockatoo. The wildlife in the Adelaide Hills is phenomenal,” says Glenn.

“It’s a rare place, the Adelaide Hills, so we’ll be coming back to visit. But it’s time to hand over this beautiful big property to someone else.”

The sale is being handled by Ben Clarke and Stephanie Williams from Williams Real Estate, with expressions of interest closing on Thursday, March 14.