213 Knox Rd, Romsey, one of the suburb’s original homes, circa 1850s, is up for auction with a $1.725-$1.85 million asking price.
ONE of Romsey’s original homes that was once owned by Irish farmers and Essendon publicans has hit the market.
Named Linwen, the four-bedroom homestead on an 8.5ha block at 213 Knox Rd will go under the hammer on November 17 with a $1.725-$1.85 million asking price.
Renovated and extended over the years, it features original period details, including thick bluestone walls, high gabled roof and a concave veranda.
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Keatings Real Estate’s Sandi Barry-Mueller described the house as a classic Australian rural homestead.
“It is in a beautiful garden with stunning mature trees and amazing country views,” she said.
The house was built in the mid 1800s by Irish farmers Thomas and Jane Knox who named it The Glen.
The Knox family farmed the property and land in neighbouring Monegeeta and Rochford until the 1930s.
Second owners Ken and Anne Francis renamed the property Linwen and used it as a weekender and to run cattle.
Ken Francis was a publican who managed hotels in Essendon, including the Lincolnshire Arms and the Newmarket Tavern.
The couple extended the building in 1978 and sold it 25 years later to current owners James and Prue McBeath, who renovated the home.
Ms Barry-Mueller said the property had attracted buyers looking for a lifestyle property within an easy drive of Melbourne’s CBD and airport.
The house showcases rich timber floors and windows, comfortable bedrooms, a country kitchen and relaxed living areas, including a sitting room with an open fireplace.
A country kitchen with modern appliances.
Doors spill out to shady verandas and a deck with a large fire pit, barbecue area and striking stone walls.
Ms Barry-Mueller said the property offered town water supply, bitumen road frontage, original outbuildings and good fencing.
There are vegetable and rose gardens, an orchard with espalier apples and pears, plus a chicken coop.
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