High Country
North Eastern Victoria.


From the minute you enter the long winding driveway of this lovely park like property, the cares of the world seem to drop away.

The property name, Ardellan, means "high island" and it does feel like an oasis set high in the hills a little over 2 hours from Melbourne.

With two large ornamental dams, one stocked with rainbow trout, and extensive tank water, it is easy to keep the grass green and garden growing all year round.

The 10 acre property (not too big, not too small) borders natural bushland and abounds with wildlife. The birds in particular are many and varied and it is not uncommon
for a King Parrot to land on your shoulder as you walk along the garden path and the Kookaburra chorus sees the sun to bed each night. A pair of majestic Wedge Tail Eagles call the ridge overlooking the lake their home.

The property boasts a large shed and workshop with plenty of room to store machinery and toys, as well as a woodshed and garden shed with another garden shed close to the house and vegetable garden. The property is easily maintained with a small tractor and a ride on mower.

The kitchen is the heart of the house and this house has a big heart! This really is an entertainer's kitchen with extensive bench and cupboard space and a large, well fitted walk-in pantry complete with second fridge. The 90 cm free standing stainless steel oven will cater for the biggest crowd. There is an informal dining room adjacent to the kitchen and a huge formal dining room with seating for 12 that opens onto a courtyard through cedar bifold doors.

The living room is extensive with cathedral ceilings and lovely views to the garden and rolling fields beyond with large stands of blue gum, a Koala favourite. There is a large wood heater in the living room and another smaller one in the small dining room. The house has reverse cycle air conditioning as well and ceiling fans throughout.

With a large pin oak, a sugar maple, Boston ivy covering the west pergola and several liquid ambers, Autumn is a riot of colour. The garden is easy care and partially watered by the waste treatment plant that handles all the grey water from the house. The garden and house are fenced off from the rest of the property so a pony or a few sheep won't cause any headaches or you can just let the native lawnmowers (roos, wallabies and wombats) keep the grass down.

The property sits at 2000 feet (700 metres) above sea level and the night sky is truly something to behold. Waking to find that there's been a light overnight snowfall is a winter pleasure that the kids, big and small, never tire of.

The house is rendered brick and surrounded by a two metre verandah with a four metre wide deck running the length of the eastern end. The house has four double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a powder room. The main bedroom is 5.6 metres x 4.6 metres with a large dressing room and ensuite bathroom and lovely views through French doors to the garden and a massive picture window across the huge back deck to one of the dams and the tall timber beyond. There is undercover parking for two cars adjacent to the back verandah, no need to get wet while unloading the shopping.

There are several outdoor entertaining areas and because of the well thought out positioning of the house, you can always find a peaceful spot in the garden. The house is well protected even in the biggest blow.

There is also a small self contained cabin which is ideal for overflow guests. The property can sleep twelve people without the need to resort to tents! There is obvious potential for a luxury B and B.

The present owners work from home in the well fitted out office which has reliable WIFI which also extends throughout the house. There is so much to do in this area that the temptation to shut up shop is hard to resist when the trout are biting or the snow is falling. It's an easy drive to Mt Buller, which you can see clearly from the road, for a day's skiing and still be back by the fire with a glass of red by dinner time. Cross country skiing enthusiasts are well catered for as well with Mt Stirling and Lake Mountain a comfortable drive away. Lake Eildon is a short easy drive with all it has to offer, water skiing, fishing, boating.

The area is well served by wineries and eateries and the bicycle rail trail winds around the base of the ridge where the property is located. There are a number of horse riding clubs in the area and the property is ideal for keeping a pony or two.

Alexandra is the nearest town (25 minutes) and boasts a brand new hospital and ambulance station, a large seven-day supermarket and large hardware/building supplier plus several great coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants. Mansfield is a scenic 35 minute drive and Eildon and the lake are 25 minutes and 15 minutes respectively. Access to Melbourne is easy via several routes including a freeway.

This is a very special property, which an inspection will confirm.

Go to enquire about the property page to contact the owner of this property. Click images at right to enlarge.


Living roomSpacious living room with cathedral ceiling. Hidden from view is a stone wall with a wood fired heater. Main entranceA section of the front garden viewed from the path that leads to the wood shed and the main machinery shed.
EnsuiteLarge ensuite bathroom with separate bath, shower and dual basins. The house has another guest bathroom, with separate toilet and a powder room with basin and toilet. The cabin also has a full bathroom. Master BedroomExtensive master bedroom with views across ornamental dam. With walk in dressing room and ensuite.
Front DamFrench doors leading to verandah from the master bedroom. Front DamRainbow trout filled dam. Perfect for practising your fly fishing.
Outdoor diningDining in the garden, west pergola. Overlooking the trout dam. Informal diningInformal dining room adjacent to kitchen.
Main dining roomThe main dining room seats twelve comfortably. Main dining roomView from the main dining room through cedar bifold doors to courtyard. In summer the doors open up completely to create a perfect entertainment space.
Main Bedroom WingMaster bedroom wing at right. This wing encompasses the main bedroom, dressing room, ensuite and office. Back DamView from master bedroom across second dam. Plenty of yabbies to be caught in this dam.
KitchenSpacious chefs kitchen with loads of storage and bench space. Large walk in pantry entry can be seen next to refrigerator. Guest bedroomOne of the three queen sized guest bedrooms. The self contained cabin can sleep four and has a kitchenette and bathroom.
View from the roadView from the road in winter to Mt Buller. It is just over an hour to the entrance gate at Mirrimbar. Garden from courtyardGarden from courtyard looking toward the driveway that leads across the trout dam and up to the road.