A beautifully renovated heritage estate on the outskirts of Yankalilla could be either an ideal country family home or a tremendous business opportunity – or both.
That’s according to vendor Gary Brown who, together with partner Jo Little, has been transforming historic Bungala House into a luxury wedding venue and accommodation business over the past few years.
“We effectively fell in love with the property five years ago and saw it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Mr Brown says.
“It’s too much house just for two people so we’ve been working towards setting it up as a luxury accommodation and event centre. We’ve had three weddings already – with a fourth coming up – and a steady flow of people coming through for the accommodation side of things.”
Set on 1.79ha of parkland gardens, the property is made up of a main stone house of 19 rooms – including six bedrooms and four bathrooms. A separate stone guest house boasts a further two bedrooms, and the property also has a large studio/workshop, various outbuildings, a swimming pool and small orchard.
Mr Brown says the original two-room cottage was built in 1856, with extensions added in ensuing years: “It’s the most significant historic house in the area – everyone locally knows it,” he says. “The last major works were done in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Not a lot had been done since then. It needed extensive work throughout … so you name it, we’ve done it.”
The couple are now planning to go on a “really big adventure” to live in France, where they hope to tackle a new renovation project.
“But we’re actually going to be seriously sad to leave this place,” Mr Brown says. “We really do love it. We just feel it’s someone else’s turn to enjoy it and take it on a new journey, whatever they might do with it. People can get into it as much as they want – or as little as they want.”
34 Main St, Yankalilla
Agent: Harcourts Collective, Michael Brock 0418 820 395. Land size: 1.79ha.
Offers: Close Wednesday, November 27, at noon. Open: By appointment.