November 27, 2022

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A Charming Slice Of Provincial France In Trentham, Victoria

A Compact Passive House That Hugs A Pepper Tree

8 years in the past, Andrew and Narelle Glynn purchased a slice of land out in Trentham, Victoria, with the desire of making a French-motivated weekend escape and boutique accomodation.

Having beforehand lived in Toulouse for two a long time, the Francophiles were established to re-develop the French-provincial farmhouse-type they’d come to know and really like. ‘We selected Trentham for its charming township, amazing community enterprises and modest local community truly feel,’ points out Narelle. 

It took them a year to develop their nostalgic weekend escape, thoroughly building the build to replicate the design and proportions of country households in France. They sourced regional and European suppliers for the elements the windows and doorways are from France roof tiles from Spain the timber flooring is engineered from 200-calendar year-aged French Oak and the timber beams, lintels, mantles and window sills are all made from hardwood salvaged from piers and wharves around Australia. 

‘We didn’t want the property to seem like a new make, so we hand chosen every single feature content to supply an aged patina,’ claims Narelle. 

From the minute attendees to The French Property get there, a gravel driveway leads them to the pale brick farmhouse lined with creeping vines and pale blue shutters, topped with a terracotta tile roof. Out the back, 8 French home windows and doors under a grapevine-laden pergola supply sweeping sights out to the equally charming parterre backyard and tennis courtroom. 

Andrew, Narelle and their two kids Henry and Sophie have adored currently being transported to France each weekend getaway – so too have company to the boutique lodging – but with new possibilities on the horizon, they’ve manufactured the final decision to set it on the marketplace. 

‘It’s been a privilege to produce this special dwelling,’ claims Narelle. ‘We are fired up to see who will be the blessed new owner.’ 

7 Gleeson Road, Trentham, is detailed with Natalie Fagan at Belle Assets Daylesford.