Take a look at this grand estate in the very popular north-east Brisbane suburb of Ascot. Sprawling over 2,608 square metres, it’s absolutely enormous no matter what angle you view it from, and absolutely beautiful.
Built in 1885 for a bank manager, the facade of 21 Henry Street boasts dramatic, hand-pressed Cornish brick displays and cast iron lacework. Known as Nyrambla, this Victorian residence is so tightly held it’s been in the same family for 100 years!
The exterior is a feast for the senses, and inside even more so. To light the rooms, chandeliers were imported from Milan and antique silver lights from England, with hand-carved marble fireplaces to create a cosy glow.
The foyer is almost theatrical in its details, with elegant and romantic elements warmly welcoming you in. Heading down a wide central hallway, you’re brought to the realisation that more is more, with corniced ceilings and marble-checked floors inviting attention.
Wide verandahs wrap around each level of the home, and almost every room opens up to them. Imagine sitting with the French doors open and welcoming the garden inside!
Speaking of the garden, it’s incredibly inviting. A pool on the southern edge of the estate is bordered by tropical gardens, with a nearby patio perfect for a lazy afternoon. The fruit orchard bears lemons, limes, olives, figs, avocados and passionfruit, with established poincianas and elm trees creating dappled shade.
All up there are six exquisite fireplaces set beneath soaring 4.2-metre ceilings for a light and airy feel. That height even extends to each of the seven bedrooms, which feel wonderfully relaxed. To reach them, simply climb the red cedar stairs to the second floor. French doors open up to the wide verandah in here and in the bathroom too, presenting wonderful vistas for your eyes to feast on.
Back on the ground floor, the fully renovated kitchen comes with masses of cupboard space. How could you say no to European appliances, a brick-tile splashback reminiscent of the building’s facade, and a full-size butler’s pantry!
At the far end of the house, the former servants quarters is full of possibilities. Whether used as a guest wing or teenagers’ retreat, the three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two kitchens are incredibly versatile, and tastefully furnished.
It’s hard to find a home that feels like it goes on forever, but Nyrambla manages it. Walking from one room to the next, and then the next, or wandering down the verandah, it puts all other houses to shame. An easy walk to schools, parks, and the Racecourse Road precinct, it really does have it all.
Saturday, May 29 at 11 am
21 Henry Street, Ascot, Qld 4007
Rachael Spinks – 0411 101 015
Dwight Ferguson – 0412 385 720
Spinks and Co Residential