IN an idyllic, exclusive enclave of desirable homes dating back to the late 1930s sits the Explorers Lodge – a New Norfolk landmark.
This large seven-bedroom property makes a grand first impression with its visual appeal and Canadian architectural influences that set it apart from the norm.
EIS Property agent Deb Stephens said while the home is known locally as Explorers Lodge there is a story to unfold regarding its name.
Intriguingly, its registered name on the valuation is Friends Lodge, she said.
“The owners do not know why or how this name change occurred,” Ms Stephens said.
“They don’t know what the reason for this was or the history behind it.”
Given No.105’s vast size and wonderful position, it is easy to imagine it as a stately family home.
The property is currently used for short stay accommodation/B&B with the owners living on site.
The floorplan allows for areas that can be separated within the main house structure to accommodate three different family configurations under the one roof.
The luxury of having two kitchenettes in addition to the main kitchen provides options for guest accommodation or semi-independent living, if desired.
Ms Stephens said among the most impressive property features – and there are many – she loves the beautiful gardens.
“They can be enjoyed from almost every room in the house,” she said.
“The setting is peaceful and the rooms have been presented to perfection.
“The owners have an eye for detail and a flair for decorating so that each room has a real “wow” to it.
“While they purchased it with accommodation in mind, they have also added their own stylish, chic touches and furnishings to create the beautiful spaces you see today.”
This elegant Canadian lodge-style home’s expansive gardens wrap around it to create a private setting for gatherings.
On over 3000sq m of verdant gardens and lawn, there is plenty of space for entertaining and growing produce in the fenced veggie patch complete with raised garden beds.
A variety of fruit trees and a chook run add to the functionality of this property for a self-sufficient lifestyle when it comes to fresh food on the table.
The house has five ensuite bedrooms and there is a wheelchair friendly bathroom if needed.
With a total of seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, the layout is versatile with bedrooms that can be used as living spaces or vice versa.
The lower level is enormous and could be used as an art studio, a home gym or a huge workshop along with the home’s large laundry and an adjoining bathroom.
There is a sunken lounge and a separate sunroom, currently set up as a formal dining room with direct access to the gardens.
Tasmanian oak polished floorboards flow through much of the home.
Modern inclusions such as heat pumps, a pellet wood fire and electric panel heaters make the home comfortable year round.
Ms Stephens said the reason the owners are selling is among the most common: the time is right to downsize.
“They are looking to downsize as it is just the two of them running the business at the moment,” she said.
“They feel the property could equally suit a larger family if someone did not want to run accommodation from the Explorers Lodge.”
Ms Stephens said the New Norfolk market has high appeal for buyers across the pricing spectrum and it performed exceptionally well through 2021.
“I have been fortunate enough to have sold four properties in the last few months in the area for well over the $1 million mark, which previously was unheard of for residential properties in New Norfolk,” she said.
“This precinct in Derwent Terrace is particularly attractive to buyers due to the quiet and picturesque setting, and its unique Canadian Bungalow homes on larger blocks that are still within proximity to the township.
“The area itself has become popular due to the growth in and around the township, the commutable distance to the city and the value for your dollar when it comes to buying a home.”
No.105 Derwent Tce, New Norfolk is priced at “Offers over $1.5 million, it is listed for sale with EIS Property.