Ardverness House, named in the mid 70’s after founder Mary Stewart’s family’s country estate in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, has been a leading Victorian equestrian centre for over 40 years. Like its Irish namesake, Ardverness shares lush pastures and marvellous views of the nearby hills and is steeped in equestrian tradition.
This 42 acre holding is located only a few minutes from the vibrant regional centre of Pakenham, but has a totally rural feel.
Approached down a long drive, the main residence has a unique Australian cottage charm. Built in a California bungalow style and with great character, the home is sited to maximise the magnificent views of the Bunyip State Forest ranges.
The home’s wide front veranda is welcoming and once through the bespoke front door the homeowner is immersed in rooms with high ceilings, ornate cornices and substantial, decorative skirting boards befitting a home of this quality.
The two bedroom (the third bedroom has been converted to a capacious WIR but can be returned to sleeping quarters easily)/one bathroom (2nd WC) residence has marvellous vistas from every room.
The period features are most evident in the open plan family/dining/kitchen zone. With a cosy wood burning, mantled open fireplace as the hub of the family room and light fittings that hang in harmony to further contribute to the ambience of the room, this space elicits country comfort.
The dining space lies adjacent to the family room and opens to a large, decked alfresco entertaining/BBQ space to allow contemporary indoor/outdoor living.
The heart of the home, the kitchen, has ample farmhouse cabinetry, with a large larder to satisfy all storage requirements. A butcher block island stands proudly in the centre of the room and adds to the timbered bench food preparation surfaces. The kitchen has large glazing and is sun-bathed in natural light. A breakfast nook gives an informal meal area.
Hardwood timber flooring compliments the attractiveness of the living spaces.
A double carport, constructed with the same gable angles is attached to the home and provides vehicle protection.
A further, fully lockable, double garage, again sympathetically designed in keeping with the main residential precinct is placed near the main home.
This building houses a kitchenette, laundry, and bathroom, along with a large rumpus room and separate general purpose room. This dwelling space is serviced by a split system to ensure comfortable living.
Both buildings sit within a low maintenance garden featuring a raised-bed of glorious Standard Roses. Close by is a hen-heaven chook yard and roost.
The equestrian facilities are state-of-the-art, with a 60m x 25m indoor arena as the proverbial ‘jewel in the crown’ of Ardverness. Surfaced with a cushioning rubber/sand/wood fibre mix at an ideal depth to ensure both spring and bounce and with large mirrors running the total of the short side, the indoor provides the perfect area for equestrian training.
Accompanying the indoor is a flood-lit, all weather rubber/sand surfaced, fully fenced, laser levelled, 20m x 60m outdoor arena and another Olympic sized grass surfaced arena.
A sand surfaced lunge/round yard, fenced in safe, cylindrical plastic railing adds to training options.
Riding at Ardverness isn’t limited to arena time, but 500 meters of grassed laneways and many kilometres of grassed tracks (just outside the front gate) await the keen rider.
The 42 acre property is intelligently designed, divided into 40 paddocks/yards of varying sizes across the all useable acreage. 34 fully lined shelters, three foaling/stallion yards give multiple horse housing alternatives.
The paddocks have been meticulously maintained and all have excellent pasture. The large hay paddock gives up to 1000 bales yield of quality grass hay annually.
The arena region of the property includes a spacious, 10 stable barn. Along with the boxes is a hot wash bay, horse crush and undercover cross ties.
The barn complex has a large tack-room and equally sized tea room. A machinery shed/workshop is included under the barn’s roofline.
A three bedroom/one bathroom manager’s quarters also sits within the barn complex and doubles the residential space of Ardverness.
Set on two storeys, the lower level houses a kitchen, family room, laundry and bathroom while the upper level has three large bedrooms and a second living area.
Views abound from the upper level windows of the West Gippsland countryside.
Rounding out the buildings in the arena precinct is a generous sized hay shed with a skillion roofed float storage abutting.
Ardverness House is an amazing property of 42 acres that has been recently used as a successful agistment business on the outskirts of the thriving Pakenham.
The district has many education options with both private and Government schools on offer.Pakenham is easily commutable to Melbourne and stands as the gateway to Gippsland’s many and varied sporting, recreational and lifestyle advantages.