Once upon a time ago, in a little village named Candelo there was a beautiful cottage. It was once known as Rose Cottage, but over time - as the fruit trees grew and the tortured willow rose to the sky – it was simply called The Cottage. It was built in the late 1800’s and was first owned by the Gates family. It then passed hands to Bill and Rita Mayes in the 1930’s. Mr Mayes was known at the time as the gentleman who owned a model T Ford. The Cottage became a rental in the 1940’s when Mrs Mayes had the extraordinary luck of winning the lottery!! The Cottage was then rented to the Whitby’s who had ten children and used the front verandah as a sleep out! Since then, The Cottage has been “home” for generations of families large and small! Now, it’s time for a new chapter in the story of The Cottage… a new owner is needed to fill this charming little place with more memories and continue on its delightful story.
The Cottage door opens with a beautiful mortice lock key that gives a satisfying clunk as you turn it. Inside, you’re invited to step back in time as you discover a delightful kitchen and living area with pressed metal walls, intricate architraves and an open fireplace with original timber mantle and brick hearth. A combustion stove provides an alternative heating option, while the slate flooring throughout this area will keep things cool in the summer months. The kitchen has been neatly renovated and views from the windows over the lush green Candelo valley will certainly distract you from the washing up!
The lounge room is carpeted and has plenty of sunlight, streaming in from gorgeous timber framed windows although it’s the open fireplace that is the centerpiece of this room. The original brickwork forms the firebox and chimney while an ornate, timber mantle and plinth forms a frame. It’s easy to imagine a quiet evening of reading or dozing by the fire… or a Sunday morning spent lounging with the papers in the sunlight.
Both bedrooms are carpeted with the first bedroom also boasting a fireplace! Bedroom one also has a pressed metal ceiling whilst bedroom two features pressed metal walls with picturesque views of the rolling, green hills captured in beautiful ‘old school’ timber window frames. The bathroom has been recently renovated and features all the basics.
A small verandah provides another quaint nook where you can bask in Candelo’s beauty. It leads to a separate laundry, where you can store your gumboots and maybe even your Akubra! Out the back, there’s a carport and a shed – the perfect place to store the fishing rods, the surfboards and the canoe.
The friendly village of Candelo waits just down the road. The Café and General store is popular among locals and travellers passing through. Sunday arvo at the pub is always a treat with live music from local talent, while the famous Candelo markets draw crowds from near and far.
The Cottage is a unique little home that stirs a sense of nostalgia as you dwell within each room. Contemplating the next chapters, the possibilities are endless… The Cottage would make a delightful weekender; a haven to retreat to after a busy working week in the city. It’s also the perfect project-piece should you want to restore the original 1800’s charm while bringing in contemporary mod-cons. Perhaps you might create a charming River Cottage style Air BnB where visitors will come and create memories of their own. Or maybe you just want to move in… to step inside a story book and make The Cottage your own. Whatever you decide, there’s no doubt the story of The Cottage will end… happily ever after.
Other delights include… * Dam * Town water * Reverse cycle air conditioner * Ceiling fan in loungeroom * Picturesque views * Short drive or leisurely walk to the charming village of Candelo * Resident blue-tongue lizard