Built in 1888 this stately manor was once the former residence of Livingstone Hopkins, the well-renowned cartoonist for The Sydney Bulletin Newspaper. Tightly held throughout the years, 'Fernham' is now available for lease and offers an incredible opportunity for a family to move into a tightly held historic mansion.
Meandering around the vast grounds of this magnificent estate you could be forgiven for thinking that you are a million miles from Mosman, surrounded by beautifully landscaped, irrigated gardens and lush lawns whilst soaking in the peaceful and private ambience. From the tessellated tiled veranda at the front of the property through to the original wrought iron railings encompassing the balconies, the home sparkles with character and charm.
Grandly proportioned and exuding timeless period appeal, this late Victorian mansion offers the discerning family a haven of undeniable beauty.
Featuring gracious formal and open plan family living areas, the home oozes with exquisite period detail. High patterned and pressed metal ceilings, chandeliers and ceiling roses, original marble fireplaces, timber floors and original stained glass windows are just some of the distinctly unique attributes.
Offering generous interiors, the home has 5 King-sized bedrooms, 3 large bathrooms, a library, study area, pool room with pool table, wine cellar, stunning gas heated swimming pool and glorious veranda-style wrap-around balconies. Plenty of accommodation on offer here for families large or small and with its' enviable North aspect, is of course a fabulous entertainers' paradise year- round.
The superbly large family room flows out through French doors to a generous travertine terrace overlooking the pool and accommodating a superb outdoor kitchen including a Turbo gas BBQ, Electrolux gas wok BBQ, sink, two wine fridges and an additional Smeg upright fridge - perfect for outdoor entertaining.
Three outdoor hot and cold showers are conveniently placed in the garden for the kids to rinse down after a swim in the pool or a day at nearby Balmoral Beach. The level lawn and gardens do, of course, offer a perfect backdrop for weddings, parties and weekend entertaining.
The French Provincial marble kitchen features a butlers' sink, double wall-mounted Scholtes pyrolytic ovens, Bosch gas stove, Miele dishwasher, double butlers' sinks, marble bench tops and plenty of cupboard space. This is a spacious kitchen which is perfectly placed to allow you to watch the children playing in the garden whilst preparing the daily meals.
Offering style and seclusion, all five bedrooms are located on the upper level of the home along with a large pool/tv/playroom for the kids young and old! Multiple living areas are provided throughout the home catering for a family of all ages.
In addition, this stately and refined residence offers gas heating and integrated air-conditioning, ceiling fans, two wall-mounted plasma tvs, internet and Foxtel. Secure remote controlled double garage. Monthly garden and pool maintenance is included.
Uniquely positioned it is within walking distance to CBD bus and ferry transport, local Avenue Road shops, Mosman village with its' cafes and restaurants, Balmoral Beach, plus mere footsteps to well-renowned local and private schools including Mosman Preparatory School for boys and Queenwood junior school for girls.
If you enjoy entertaining and are looking to move into a large family residence, this is a home to warm the heart. Offering a magical reminder of an enchanting era, this is one not to miss.
Please call Kate Galetto 0417 246 687 to arrange a private viewing.