Of heather and highlands

LIKE his better known Irish counterpart St Patrick, St Mirin is said to have driven all the snakes from the Scottish island of Cumbrae in the 700s.

The brass plaque of this magnificent federation home in Mt Lawley says Cambrae, but I’m betting the original owners named it for their home amongst the heather and the highlands.

I doubt you’ll find any snakes in the gloriously rambling cottage garden of this 760sqm property, and inside this three-bedroom home is a veritable Eden of colonial architecture.

Soaring ceilings, most with beautiful plaster roses, stained-glass windows and front door and surrounds, wide jarrah floorboards, and gorgeous coal fireplaces abound.

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The spacious entry hall is a picture of refined elegance with a stunning arched stained-glass window casting mellow light onto the decorative ceiling.

The commodious main bedroom has its own fire place and a delightful bay window with French doors to the wrap-around front verandah.

This parents’ retreat holds an intriguing mystery in the shape of a Greek column sitting proudly alone amidst this vast space.

The vendor discovered it after removing the walls of two small rooms to enlarge the main bedroom, but has no idea of its original purpose.

Pause on your way through the federation-tiled ensuite to the dressing room to appreciate the lovely stained-glass windows and look up and check out the lovely pressed tin ceiling.

A huge central lounge flows into the open-plan rear, with its generous kitchen.

There’s a country feel to the galley-style kitchen, with its timber cupboards. And the view of the Perth skyline from the sink is fantastic.

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Step out onto the timbered rear deck and you feel you could reach out and touch the skyscrapers.

With a peaked, alsynite roof and cafe blinds this is a great spot for alfresco entertaining, or simply enjoy the serenity, and lovely garden, over breakfast, lunch of tea. And of course come January 26 friends will be lining up to enjoy the fireworks from such a civilised vantage.

There’s plenty of hidden nooks for quiet reflection in the cottage garden wilderness or the native vegetation in the front garden.

This leafy, quiet street belies the short distance to the vibrant Walcott Street cafe strip hub, and the excellent, if expensive, Perth College is the shortest of walks away, actually simply open the gate in the back fence and you’re on college grounds.

20 Storthes Street, Mt Lawley
from $1.89 million
David Lomax | 0412 292 450
Acton Mt Lawley | 9272 2488

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