Real Estate

Rein in Melbourne Cup winner’s pad

Written by The ReReport
As seen in the Source link, written by on 2018-12-13 06:08:13

The former Miners Rest home of four-time Melbourne Cup winning trainer James Scobie has bolted on to the market.

The residence at 2 Dundas Place, about 12km north of Ballarat, was built for the Victorian Racing Club Hall of Fame inductee in the late 1880s, along with bluestone stables.

Scobie won his first Melbourne Cup shortly after in 1900, courtesy of Clean Sweep.

He went on to claim three more in the 1920s — via King Ingoda, Bitalli and Trivalve — plus eight Victoria Derbies, to become one of Australia’s leading trainers.

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Scobie left Miners Rest for Flemington in 1911 “at the urging of R.G. Casey, then chairman of the VRC”, according to the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

The 4877sq m Dundas Place property is now being sold privately via Biggin & Scott Ballarat with a $1.09-$1.19 million price guide.

Owners Brett and Amanda Smith bought it in 2007. The back half of the house had been updated and extended, but the original front part was in rough shape.

“It (the original part of the house) hadn’t been touched I think, ever. The veranda was falling down,” Mr Smith said.

“We fully renovated inside, installed a new bedroom and ensuite, rebuilt the veranda, and imported wallpaper from England to match what was there. We tried to do it sympathetically.”

When the Smiths peeled back the four-bedroom home’s original wallpaper, they found clippings from the Ballarat Courier newspaper dated 1895.

For the recreation room, they sourced a 150-year-old English billiard table that will likely be sold with the house.

The cedar and marble kitchen had already been remodelled by a previous owner, who engaged a craftsman from Sovereign Hill for the job.

The residence’s soaring almost 5m-high ceilings, big windows, wraparound veranda and sprawling gardens drew the Smiths to the property, where they raised sons Jack andFinn. They’re now selling to move to Queensland.

Biggin & Scott Ballarat director Francesca Nicol said the grand house was a short drive to Ballarat and Daylesford and an easy commute to Melbourne, but offered a peaceful country life for a reasonable price.

“In Daylesford, you’d be paying $2 million for this,” she said.

“Miners Rest in those days (when it was built) would have been this house — there was nothing else”.