In Peppermint Grove, Western Australia stands a monument to architectural history. Chantry House has all the character of Victorian design. The only difference between this building and the many heritage-listed buildings that spot the country is that Chantry House wasn’t built hundreds of years ago. It was built in 2010.
The home has a clear vision: all the beauty of classical architecture, minus the endless renovations. This vision is (as you can clearly see) easily achieved. What’s more is that, unlike Victorian-era homes that were actually built in the 19th century, this house hasn’t been around long enough to harbour any supernatural activity. Winning!
A Lush Approach
As one approaches Chantry House, they are greeted to a cascade of lush green lawn and a variety of local tree species spotted across the property. Friendly water features offer a gentle soundtrack to potential mid-afternoon strolls.
The outside of the home is characterised by its white timber surroundings and iron lacework that accentuate the property’s vast balconies. Chantry House is built to a rigorous standard, hoping to replica its historical forebearers. However, as these pictures suggest, Chantry House outdoes its contemporaries in every way.
A Charming Interior
Each of the 6 bedrooms and many living rooms offers new character; from criss-cross carpentry on the lower entry-way to intricate carpeting of the smoking room to the coffee-in-milk marble of the kitchen – each room has a character of its own, from the floor up. And, you can rest assured, that the insistence of Victorian influence does not extend to the kitchen. Stoves, ovens, and microwaves are welcome here. The aristocracy still indulge in the odd 2-minute noodles, right?
Recommended furnishings include family portraits, ornate blinds, and fine china. These will match the intricate pattern design of the upper portion of every wall, as well as the swinging chandeliers. There exists underground a large rumpus room – a welcome escape if you’re not particularly fond of the Victorian role-play.
However, I for one, am into the role-play that the Victorian design encourages. If I were entrusted with writing a series of poetic reflections on the French Revolution or notions of love and science, I’d choose to do so at Chantry House.
Chantry House is currently on the market for $8.5 million.