It is part western ranch mixed with the resort vibe of Florida — but it wasn’t too long ago this home at Arcadia was just a fibro cottage on acreage.
An incredible renovation — and plenty of love — has transformed the cottage into a stunning retreat with six bedrooms.
Glennis Watkins, a passionate interior designer lives at the property with her husband Rob and family. She migrated to Sydney from South Carolina many years ago but enjoys putting together a fusion of American styles in her designs.
“I’m very eclectic, I just love a space to be very homely with chairs that you want to sit in and bringing the outside indoors,’’ she said. “I used to holiday in Cape Cod and this is a real Cape Cod type house.’’
The transformation, which includes extensive landscaping, has evolved over more than a decade.
The original two-bedroom shack was extended with a giant loungeroom added featuring cathedral ceilings with exposed recycled beams, polished hardwood floors, crystal chandeliers and a stone fireplace.
There is also a rustic timber kitchen and open plan sitting, dining and family room.
Outside the custom designed cabana has louvre windows which overlook the pool and heated spa. This outdoor space has featured in magazine editorials.
“I am really crazy about the cabana and we entertain out there a lot,’’ Mrs Watkins said.
“I grew up in Florida, so that is where the huge paddle fans come from that just spin around.
“It has a tropical feel with the hibiscus flowers and there is a fish pond with Koi that you have to step over to get into the spa — it is quite unique.’’
The property, on almost 2.5ha at 42 Smalls Rd, has a US-style barn with striking red doors. It also has a large paddock and two day yards.
The family plan to move to Orange to start a vineyard and have just listed their acreage for sale through the Coppernest Property Group. Agent Reno Miltiades said the property has been attracting huge numbers at open inspections, including those just wanting to look at the beautiful interiors. The property is expected to sell between high $2 million to early $3 million.
“People have seen it on the internet and because it is so unique they have really engaged with it — I have never sold anything like it,” Mr Miltiades said.
“It is very striking when you walk through the front doors and see the ceilings and the outside caters for every buyer whether they are into horses or looking for lifestyle.”