With a facade that looks like something straight out of a storybook, and enchanting garden surrounds which even inspired artist Hans Heysen, this Paechtown property could well be South Australia’s cutest.
The quaint property, named Fahrmann’s Barn, is located at 109 Darby Rd and set on 2.66ha.
Selling agent Nina Bidgood, of Hahndorf Real Estate, says the house, which is not heritage listed, was built circa 1850 by Carl Fahrmann, who arrived in Australia from Germany in 1849.
“He settled in Paechtown and built this barn which was intended as a school house for the local community,” Ms Bidgood says.
“But it was never used and it ended up being used to store produce grown at Beerenberg Farm.”
The barn, which was originally clad in iron sheets, was converted into a house in 1970 by the previous owners and the current vendors have had the property for about 30 years.
“The current owners drove past, fell in love with how the house looked from the road and drove up the driveway, knocked on the door and asked if they could buy it, and the owners said yes,” Ms Bidgood says.
The property has captivated others, too.
“Well-known Hanhdorf artist Hans Heysen took inspiration from the three big trees that are out the front and they are believed to be represented in his paintings,” Ms Bidgood says.
The two-storey home features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and multiple living areas.
The ground floor comprises a large master bedroom, a rumpus room, laundry, bathroom, a kitchen, a dining area, and a sunken lounge with an open fireplace.
Upstairs are two more large bedrooms, a family room or study space, and a bathroom.
“All the beams within the house are original,” Ms Bidgood says.
“And every beam has a marking, it’s a knot that Carl Fahrmann did himself with a chisel and a hammer to show how it was meant to be built. It’s built like a big jigsaw puzzle.
“There’s not a screw or nail in the framework. It’s been built using dowels and mortise and tenon. It’s a handmade house.”
Interest in the property has been strong and includes local and interstate buyers.
“The location is absolutely sensational, it’s a very tightly-held location,” says Ms Bidgood.
“This land size doesn’t come by often, in fact hardly ever.
“The feedback has just been that it’s stunning, unique. It’s a storybook.”
Ms Bidgood thinks the house will suit a range of buyers, including families with animals, and empty-nesters “who just want the peace and quiet”.
“There’s not a house within a breath of this home,” she says.
“It will appeal to someone who wants a private sanctuary in the Adelaide Hills that’s still five minutes to everywhere. Someone who would appreciate the house of significant historic value and character, to enjoy it like the current owners have.
“I’ve sold many high-end properties, but this one is totally in a league of its own.”