The town of Kyabram, located 200kms north of Melbourne, can often find itself overlooked for the larger Campaspe Shire town of Echuca. However, for those with an appreciation for history and architecture, it’s a place worthy of your consideration. Oak Dene in Kyabram is an historic 1900s home that lays claim, not only in Australia but worldwide, to being the only building with interior and exterior walls constructed of ripple iron.
Approximately 4 years ago, London-based, Kyabram born architect Alan Higgs was looking for an Australian base. Having only changed hands a limited number of times in Oak Dene’s history, Alan proposed to the former owners that he and his sister Gillian Banks become the next custodians of Oak Dene.
Alan and Gillian, invite guests to experience the charm of this destination home.
Oak Dene is a unique and historic building. It was built in 1908 for Dr and Mrs John Wight as a family home and surgery by his eminent architect brother, Gerard Wight. The house is built entirely of ripple iron, inside and out. It is encircled by deep verandas, giving it a shaded, private quality that is enhanced by its setting in lawns and trees. The home is a restful, retreat-like space that has welcomed guests for 110 years.
The guest suite comprises the principal rooms of the house. A central entrance hall leads to two bedrooms, one with a king size bed and the other with two king single beds. A fold up bed for a fifth person can be placed wherever suits. The sitting room is gracious and generous with long windows and a door to the garden, and a big smart television. The dining room comfortably seats eight and opens onto the fully equipped kitchen and then a small office. There is one large bathroom with a roll-top bath and walk-in shower and a second w/c and utility room. Reverse cycle heating and air-conditioning serves the main rooms.
The house sits in half an acre of garden, the remaining part of a three-acre Edwardian park. Today its chief legacy are two magnificent London plane trees; one is regarded as among the largest and finest in Victoria and is on the National Trust register of significant trees.
Oak Dene is situated in a cul-de-sac where bird chatter is usually the only intrusion.
The Origins Guide is thrilled to welcome such a unique, historic and charming home to the collection. You are invited to share in this tradition.
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