Europe is home to some of the greatest constructions of gothic architecture, like Germany’s Cologne Cathedral or the Milan Cathedral in Italy, but did you know Australia has its own examples? She’s smaller in size but was once a gothic church too, and has received the most stunning remodel.
Tucked away in the Goldfields region of Victoria just 20 minutes north of historic Ballarat is the Kingston Abbey Estate. Five acres of magnificent property a stone’s throw away from Daylesford offer up guest houses, a lodge and boutique vineyard, with the owners hoping for $3.89 million for the lot.
Reach the gates and you can’t miss the feature building – more than 160 years old but hasn’t aged a bit.
The original bell tower is a lovely reminder of the edifice’s gothic past, and the exquisite, original leadlight doors make for a memorable entry.
Tall and open, modern interiors accentuate the classic architectural elements. The decor is heavenly, the oak floors stately, and the stained-glass window makes the perfect feature wall.
Life in the Kingston Abbey Estate would be filled with wine, music, and home-baked cookies from the beautiful country kitchen with huge marble-topped island.
The rest of the home is just as elegant – think grand, vaulted ceilings, multiple outdoor terraces, three luxurious bedrooms with enchanting views, and a large open library.
Spilling out onto the tree-lined lake is the main guest lodge. Enjoy a group lunch around the long tables, or enjoy the fabulous bar and billiard room! The additional guest houses are perfect for recharging – who doesn’t love a spa, or a good old fireplace.
The natural surroundings only enhance the whole experience. Love fishing? You can do it from home with a private lake on site. Cast a line from the spacious deck and see if you can pull in a rainbow trout, or just enjoy a drink at sunset.
There’s so much versatility in this demesne. It can be maintained as a family home and getaway or remade as an exclusive retreat, wedding venue, art studios or corporate function, to name a few.
1 Church Parade, Kingston, Vic 3364
(07) 2100 2892