Built in 1897 by local architect Michael McCabe (who also designed Camperdown's iconic clocktower) this outstanding solid brick home, Keeyuga' is a beautiful local landmark building situated on one of the best streets in Camperdown.
The house has been renovated over time to exacting standards by members of the local historical society who ensured the absolute period authenticity of every detail of the home, inside and out.
Concrete steps lead up through the shaded verandah to the huge Victorian front door, complete with the original heavy sliding lock. Keeyuga comprises 4 bedrooms, 3 with BIR's, a generous, newly renovated kitchen with all the modern conveniences for the budding home chef', a sunny laundry with easy access to the backyard and clothesline, dining room with ornate fireplace, a stunningly renovated Victorian lounge with period wallpaper, 2 bathrooms and toilets, a study plus a tower room.
There are numerous linen and storage cupboards, a return verandah paved with original Victorian encaustic tiles, ornate pressed metal ceilings and cornices, beautifully carved wood work over the doors, 5 stunning fireplaces, 13 foot ceilings, beautiful stained glass windows, Victorian gargoyles on the roof and more. It comes complete with a staircase boasting beautifully hand carved wooden handrails and a tower room which would be perfect as a study, teenagers retreat or yoga studio. The entire second storey has stunning views to the west and north extending over the town and paddocks across to Mt. Meningoort and Mt. Elephant. From the upper storeys you can watch the weather coming in across the paddocks, and even see the time on the clocktower! There is also a large garage and workshop and off-street parking complete with a wisteria covered carport.
Outside the gardens of Keeyuga are beautifully designed and many of the original fruit trees from the orchards that once surrounded the home still remain, including nectarines, peach, apples, blood plums, lemons and an original large crab apple tree. There are tree ferns, huge camellias, and a large variety of heritage roses cascading over the original stone wall. There is also a large variety of daphnes growing in the rich volcanic soil of Mt Leura and a grapevine over the front verandah. There is space for a vegetable garden which comes with its own composting site. The back garden is terraced and includes a deck, perfect for sitting for drinks in the evening sun under the trees.
Because the home is solid brick built on rock it is amazingly sound proof and insulated against the hottest sun, while retaining the warmth in winter.
This stunning country castle would be perfect for tree changers seeking a peaceful retreat in a graceful home in a thriving country town, or alternatively it could be developed as a unique and desirable bed and breakfast. There is scope to rent the upper storey out as a bed and breakfast while living on the ground floor. If you appreciate all the grandeur and grace of the large Victorian home you will love Keeyuga.