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FEATURE LISTING: Paradise in the Hills

Nestled between Stirling and Piccadilly with a view to the heritage-listed Carey Gully bushland, this 1976-built, 4.3ha property is on the market this week.

Owners Jenny and Andrew Robinson, who own a finance business, bought the property in 2012 and have lived in the home with their teenage children.

Andrew says they were attracted to the feeling of isolation the house provided while also being close to Stirling and other amenities.

“The big upside is that you’re basically living in a totally isolated location, but you’re 30 minutes away from an international airport,” he says.

“I’m also a keen golfer – it’s two minutes from the golf club – and it’s in amongst all the wineries.”

The brick mansion, affectionately known as Woodland House, is spread over two storeys. It includes two master bedrooms with walk-in robes and en suites.

At the lower level of the house is the master bedroom, a centrally located kitchen, the lobby and dining area, a lounge, a study and a double garage.

A unique feature of the lower-level master bedroom is the atrium with panoramic views of the native bushland.

“The other thing I really enjoy is the atrium in spring and autumn because it gets nice and warm and it’s nice to sit there overlooking the forest,” Andrew says.

The traditional-style kitchen features butcher block countertops, classic shaker cabinets, a sit-in area, as well as a stainless-steel cooktop and appliances.

Other distinctive features of Woodland House are the kids’ games room, a wine cellar and the rumpus room, where you can escape when you are looking to wind down after a busy day.

On the upper level, you will find another lounge, three bedrooms and a second study.

Along the way, Jenny and Andrew have carried out some alterations to the house.

“We’ve redone all the floors upstairs and downstairs,” says Andrew.

“We added in a mezzanine level…we moved the atrium; we moved the staircase and renovated all three bathrooms.”

Andrew says that one of his favourite parts of the renovation is “sitting on the deck and looking out over the property.”

Outside, a forest surrounds a lush garden, as well as citrus trees planted by Andrew – his favourite part of the garden.

There is also a large firepit where the family enjoys taking in the idyllic views and roasting marshmallows over the fire, beside the deck with a large bench built by Andrew, which fits 14 people.

Another interesting feature of the outdoor area is the leftover pavers from the Adelaide Casino that Andrew sourced from a friend.

“Seventy per cent of the property is under a heritage agreement, so the forest surrounding the house. And that’s one advantage is that it doesn’t need much maintenance because it’s an eleven-acre block, so having that heritage agreement, the forest basically looks after itself,” Andrew says.

“I’ve got a gate between my property and the neighbour’s property and the neighbour’s horses graze the paddock,” he adds.

“We also have porcini growing on the property and in terms of wildlife, there’s koalas, kangaroos, echidna and the odd feral deer coming through, but there’s a local tribe of kangaroos that live on the property.”

The property also includes an eight-kilowatt solar system paired with a five-kilowatt battery and a bore that taps into the pristine Piccadilly spring water and has a 35,000-litre rainwater storage capacity.

While Andrew and Jenny have loved living in this paradise in the Hills, now that their kids have grown up and moved interstate or overseas, they are looking to downsize and pass on the keys of their picturesque property to a new family to enjoy.

182 Gully Road, Carey Gully is listed for $2.5 million and the sale is being handled by Sharon Reeves and Ayden Lloyd from Harcourts Adelaide Hills.