DREAM HOMES

You can’t beat the charm of Trentham’s Morris Cottage

14 Park Street, Trentham

STORY: JANET BOND     PHOTOGRAPHY: SUPPLIED

All it takes is a glimpse of a quaint little cottage with a ‘for sale’ sign out front and I’m transported into dreams of a perfect country life.

So it was the case when I spied Morris Cottage in the charming Victorian town of Trentham, north-west of Melbourne.

Behind a white picket fence and surrounded by landscaped gardens, this cottage stands out as the idyllic destination for a city escapee.

But there’s a surprise in store for any prospective buyer. Behind that white picket fence, is not one, but two cottages!

Morris Cottage was built in 1896 by William and Lucy Morris. The main cottage and the Garden Guest Cottage, which was once William’s gold mining tool shed, have been beautifully restored.

The interiors capture a country vibe with a modern flair. In the lounge room, charcoal walls contrast with white window trims that frame the lush green garden outside. In the kitchen, a black Nectar wood-burning stove and hearth stand in contrast to the white cupboards and soft grey walls.

“One of the other delightful features of this property is its location. It sits opposite the Stony Creek Reserve, where you can spot kangaroos and access the Wombat Trail, an easy 7.39km loop of the town; and within a short walk of Trentham’s historic village.

In the main cottage there are two bedrooms, a mudroom and a bathroom.

Move on over to the Garden Guest Cottage and you’ll find it similarly renovated. It’s cosy, comfortably sleeping two people, and well-appointed with a kitchenette/living room and bathroom.

Together, these two cottages provide flexible accommodation options: the property could be used as a permanent home, a country weekender, or as short stay accommodation.

If you love a cottage garden like I do, just wait until you take a wander around this one. It’s been designed by Kaz Krasovskis Landscape Design who specialises in gardens that compliment Victorian cottages. Mature deciduous trees provide shade in summer over manicured lawns and Trentham’s cooler climate has allowed a stunning selection of plants to prosper. There are boxed vegetable beds surrounded by a white picket fence, fruiting berries, espalier apple trees, a chook pen and a potting shed. It is a garden that would provide hours of pleasure.

One of the other delightful features of this property is its location. It sits opposite the Stony Creek Reserve, where you can spot kangaroos and access the Wombat Trail, an easy 7.39km loop of the town; and within a short walk of Trentham’s historic village.

The main street is full treasures. Artists and foodies having escaped the city have established a number of lovely galleries and eateries. Among the renowned eateries are Annie Smither’s Du Fermier restaurants, the Cosmopolitan Hotel and the sourdough bakery RedBeard.

The Wattle Road journey is all about discovering a place with a slower pace, a close-knit community and an opportunity for better work-life balance. Just over an hour from Melbourne and 20 minutes from Daylesford, Trentham could be the perfect town – and 14 Park St the perfect home – for a new beginning.

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ADDRESS: 14 Park Street, Trentham
LAND: 802sqm
FLOORPLAN: View here
PRICE GUIDE:  $850,000 – $920,000
AGENCY: McQueen Broadhurst Real Estate
Kim McQueen on 0417 116 657
or Robert Broadhurst on 0488 300 900

MELBOURNE

Travel time is approximately 60 minutes.

14 Park Street, Trentham

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