Woodend ‘botanical wonderland’ a dreamy paradise

No. 1671 Mount Macedon Road, Woodend, is on the market.

A Macedon Ranges home in a “botanical wonderland” for sale is the ultimate fairytale escape.

The storybook-style property features a main residence made of Castlemaine stone, two self-contained “five-star” cottages and a tennis court – all tucked away on the lower slopes of Mt Macedon.

The five-bedroom abode at 1671 Mount Macedon Road is for sale with $2.795m-$2.895m price hopes.

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Follow a tree-lined driveway to the home.

Like something from the pages of a fairytale.

The expansive block is complete with a pool and gazebo.

Jellis Craig Woodend partner Terry Gibson said Mirkwood Forest was among just a few homes in the tightly held location.

“It’s an incredibly private setting and the offering itself is incredibly unique – you’re not going to get another one of those,” Mr Gibson said.

He said the lush 3.2ha block’s “botanical wonderland” of “rare plants” helped set the property apart.

“There are some beautiful rare trees that are hard to find,” the agent added. “The garden was lovingly created and it’s been very well maintained.”

The property’s forest contains Japanese cherry blossoms, stringy bark eucalypts, peppermint trees, maples, silver birches, Chilean myrtles and Washington thorns.

The garden beds also come alive with blue bells, tulips, and daffodils in spring.

A charming entry.

The dining room.

A wooden kitchen is at the heart of the home.

And a pool and full-size tennis court are nestled among the grounds as additional rarities for a home in the area.

“To get a property on eight acres (3.2ha), and just three minutes from the driveway into the centre of town is remarkable,” Mr Gibson said.

“And it’s around the corner from Braemar Collage – you can literally just walk through the forest and be there.”

He said the vendors had rented out the stand-alone garden guesthouse and tennis court cottage as short-stay accommodation. But these features were attracting interest from multi-generational families, too.

“We are seeing more buyers who are buying with their parents, so they want a larger house or something that’s separated like this,” Mr Gibson said.

Plenty of space for guests.

Warm up by the fire.

A tennis court rounds out the listing.

The main house features a dining room with space for the whole family and a “beautiful conservatory” to soak up the natural sun and garden surrounds.

“Woodend has always been a destination out of Melbourne, but that has been taken to another level since Covid-19,” the agent said.

“The demand from metro buyers has been extraordinary, and we think it’s set to continue.”

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