DREAM HOMES

Discover the magic of Mirador Springs

“Mirador Springs” – 95 Haynes Track, Trafalga

STORY: PRUE MILLER

We know it’s an illusion, but sometimes the suspension of disbelief is a reward unto itself. Standing at the kitchen window of 95 Haynes Track, Trafalgar, the air seems more bountiful. Richer. You can’t help but take great, deep gulps of it because this air offers a sense of tranquillity.

Perhaps it is the elevated, panoramic view; the treetops of the LaTrobe Valley giving way to views all the way to Mt Baw Baw. Or maybe it’s the fact that the architecture here is designed to make the most of what is already a fabulous location.

The main house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms (the ensuite is huge and delightfully decadent) plus two interior living spaces.

But in itself that does not tell the story. The ceiling height is over four metres, so floor space somehow doubles in perception (more magic) and then add glass; metres and metres of glass that opens or folds away, or just frames all of the wonderful openness.

Rather whimsically, the property also has a Bedouin glamping tent adjacent to the most wonderful glass bathhouse you have set eyes on.

The living room ceilings are expertly, but not heavily coffered, edged in detailed cornice work, whereas the kitchen is bright white VJ boards – adding a touch of country charm.

The house was only constructed in 1974, so despite the ‘period’ appeal, everything behind the walls and under the floor and around the roof is modern and frees potential buyers from the 2am horrors about buying older homes. Here you can find motorised thermal honeycomb blinds, ducted fireplace heating and a state-of-the-art kitchen. And that fireplace? Antique French Deville. Smooth.

In fact, the property is so modern that the master ensuite, freed from traditional proportion, is a grand space open to the already grand master bedroom.  A stepdown into a haven of gleaming marble walls (in a subtle gum leaf green), and filtered light, is a glass-enclosed sauna, a super spacious walk-in shower and a deep “hand me my book and earbuds please” bath. Although maybe the earbuds are not required in a place so far from traffic noise, all you would hear in this bathtub would be whip birds and kookaburras – or perhaps the happy tinkle of sunset martinis being mixed on the terrace.

The property, known as “Mirador Springs’, is a bountiful six hectares (15 acres) of garden and fruit orchards, crisscrossed by wandering pathways some of which lead to additional accommodation. 

For some, the idea of using Stayz or Airbnb as additional income is far from enticing, for others it’s a bonus. Here the ‘spare beds’ are out of sight (and out of mind?) of the main house. And Mirador Springs has a constant, loyal customer base that comes with the property if it is desired.

The cottage is a superbly renovated, self-contained, stone-constructed hideaway. It might work well as office space for future residents who feel the need to work ‘away’ from the main residence. And rather whimsically, the property also has a Bedouin glamping tent adjacent to the most wonderful glass bathhouse you have set eyes on.

Of course, the extra accommodation can all stay wonderfully private and encourage family and friends to come and stay. Imagine the fun they will have getting to know the resident miniature donkeys? Or collecting fruit during harvest? Or taking out the ‘good’ cameras to capture waterfowl skidding along the spring-fed lake?

Being out of Melbourne proper does not mean divorcing yourself from those you love – it actually offers them a chance to enjoy the magic of Mirador Springs.

SNAPSHOT

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ADDRESS: 95 Haynes Track, Trafalgar
LAND: 6.09ha
PRICE GUIDE:  $1.699M
AGENCY: Hocking Stuart/Belle Property
CONTACT: Grant Wallace on 0401 478 211

MELBOURNE

Travel time is approximately 60 minutes.

TO TRAFALGAR

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