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historic leopold house toorangae is lake connewarreaes hidden secret

Written by The ReReport

405 Melaluka Rd, Leopold is known as Toorang.

THE beauty of ‘Toorang’ on the edge of Lake Connewarre has been restored to its former glory with the owners now ready to pass on the historic property.
The romantic Italianate homestead at 405 Melaluka Rd, Leopold, which is a few doors away from Campbell Point House, was built in 1853 as a seven-room rubble stone structure with square observation tower.
Dr Alexander Campbell, who came from Scotland in 1859 and became the reverend at St George’s Church in Geelong, bought the property with a legacy of £700 that was left to his wife.
Dr Campbell was well known across the region as he was one of the founding fathers of Geelong College and wrote tourist guides.

405 Melaluka Rd, Leopold in the late 1800The property in the late 1800s.

The property now.

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Ian and Heather Boyd bought the 18.07ha property 32 years ago and are the 12th owners.
“It was run down when we bought it, the fireplaces had been boarded up and electrical wires ran down metal pipes … it was a big restoration,” Mrs Boyd said.
The couple have extended the original house to add an open-plan living area that emulates a luxe French farmhouse feel.
This was not the first extension to the house.

Extensions have been added either side of the original house.

The formal loungeroom was originally built as a mini ballroom.

Mrs Boyd said when Dr Campbell retired he added a mini ballroom to the house. It is now used as a formal loungeroom.
During a renovation Mrs Boyd found old pieces of a newspaper behind wallpaper.
She said Queen Alexandra featured in the paper. She was the Queen consort of the United Kingdom from 1901 to 1910 and was married to King Edward VII.
The house is set on the clifftop 50m above the water and has stunning views across Lake Connewarre.

405 Melaluka Rd, Leopold - For Geelong AddyThe kitchen was part of the 1992 extension.

A separate barn-style building could be used as a bed and breakfast or holiday accommodation.

The southern end of the home is a self-contained guest wing with living, bathroom and kitchen while the main bedroom is found upstairs.
An observation deck is the highest point of the house and captures a 360 degree view.
The property also includes self-contained barn-style accommodation.

Mrs Boyd said they ran a bed and breakfast out of it up until six years ago and the business would be easy to set up again.
There is also a saltwater in-ground swimming pool with shady pool house.
Bellarine Property, Barwon Heads agent Lee Martin is running an expressions of interest campaign for the property, closing Thursday, December 6 at 4pm.
Price hopes are $3.3 million.

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