Model Megan Gale and her fiance, ex-Carlton and Richmond footballer Shaun Hampson, have splashed just over $800,000 on a “vintage Hollywood era”-inspired, 1940s holiday home in Daylesford, famous for its neon pink signage and high-profile guests.
The model took to Instagram on Wednesday night to announce the purchase of Dollywood Daylesford, a renovated and modernist 1940s bungalow, which has become a favourite getaway for the couple and their two children.
“Over the past few years we have thoroughly enjoyed staying at this beautiful holiday rental property with our little family, creating some magical memories with our kids along the way,” she posted.
“It has become a very special ‘happy place’ for us, so to be able to have the opportunity to now own it, is a true blessing.”
The former David Jones ambassador and Project Runway host also announced the couple will continue to “throw open the doors” to guests seeking their “own special getaway”.
The previous owners of the high-profile boutique holiday rental, ex-AFL player Marcus Baldwin and his wife Eloise Fox, announced they were selling the architecturally designed, four-bedroom “beauty” in early September, after purchasing the property in 2016 and reinventing it as a “Palm Springs with a dash of Cali coast-line” weekender.
“After four amazing years we have decided to move onto new projects,” they announced on Instagram.
“The lucky buyer will also have the opportunity to purchase the ‘Dollywood’ brand – furniture, artwork and digital assets. Which also presents a fantastic passive holiday rental income,” they posted.
The modernist-inspired home, on 538 square metres of land at 82 Central Spring Road, was listed on September 1.
Records show the property was sold on September 18, just 17 days later, for $805,500.
Despite being listed during Melbourne’s strict lockdown, buyer interest in the home was high, with several interested parties viewing the 1940s weatherboard via Zoom.
The renovated home, just walking distance from the Daylesford township and a 1.5-hour drive from Melbourne, features floor-to-ceiling picture windows, modernist-inspired cladded curved walls and bush views.
While Gale said she was “thrilled at the prospect of creating more special moments with our children, our extended family and friends,” she was also looking forward to sharing the much-loved boutique weekender with other holidaymakers.
“After a very long, tumultuous year for many people, [especially our fellow Victorian residents] to have a place where we can offer a bit of a restful respite to others, is something that we are so pleased to be able to do,” she said.