78 Russell Road, Huntly


Immersed in peace and tranquil country views, this property lets its occupants enjoy face-to-face encounters with nature. And in 3 years or so there will also be views over a lake with boating and activities on it. Birdlife entertains daily, with a hawk displaying its aerial skills, swallows performing cirque du solei ballet, an audience of wood pigeons in the jacarandra tree, tui keeping a protective eye on things, mynahs nesting in the nikau palm in front of the kitchen, and occasional appearances from wild rosellas. Curious cows in the neighbouring paddock like to come close to the deck as well.

As for humans – they have it made. All-embracing serenity and colourful park-like gardens set the scene for relaxed living. When it comes to entertaining, there are 4 areas to choose from that follow the sun. The environment is child-safe and the undercover, water-proof alfresco areas allow children to play outdoors when it’s raining. The large, covered courtyard off the downstairs rumpus is a fantastic spot to sit under, cook outdoor meals, enjoy a few drinks with friends, and watch the thunderstorms. The party can be taken indoors where a games room is set up with a bar and there is room for table tennis and pool, plus the convenience of a shower and toilet. The possibility of converting to self-contained accommodation is worth considering.

Upstairs, all bedrooms open onto a deck and the master bedroom outshines with two decks, including a private one with restful country views. The living area sits under a high-stud, wood beamed ceiling. The dining zone is spacious, the kitchen has rustic charm and the large conservatory beckons for sunny relaxation. The laundry is separate. A more sustainable lifestyle can be achieved here, with the property containing a chicken run, veggie gardens and a glass house. The views to the north-east reflect rural simplicity and the location, just out of Huntly central, is renowned for its peace and beauty.