Property ID 21427
STOKES CROFT..... If These Gardens Could Talk!Stokes Croft has been part of Emerald's history since the late 19th century when it was then part of a much larger 96 acres of land. A subsequent Crown Grant in May 1883 saw the 96 acres sold off into private hands with a further subdivision in the early 1900's.
Taking its name from a well-known street in the City of Bristol, England, Stokes Croft has passed from a variety of hands that include Joseph Ford, a farmer from Springvale, James Bishop Perrins, a brewer, and Samuel Wilson of Kew. In the 1950's the present family assumed ownership of the current 5 acres in the centre of the subdivision.
Of course what makes Stokes Croft so special are the gardens. Extensive plantings comprise a mature garden laid out in the early 1890s-1900s which include a majestic, curving avenue of mature Chestnut trees defining the driveway entrance and a pair of mature Golden Cypress that frame the entry to the property. Stokes Croft features stone entry pillars made out of emerald stone drawn from a local quarry. In more recent times remote controls have been added to the original majestic wrought iron gates, providing a sophisticated entry to the property.
For many years Stokes Croft was a regular participant in the National Open Garden Scheme, and in the early 1940's hosted the Royal Children's Hospital fundraising garden fete. These historic gardens offer a collection of mature exotic trees and over the years the lawns and garden beds have been sown and self-sown with many species of unique bulbs. The Northern and Southern boundaries of the garden include a variety of fruit and nut trees, conifers, tree ferns and rhododendrons. Flowering gums, magnolias, liquidambars, coloured maples, variegated hollies and an established oak tree are a sample of the many rare and unique species you will find throughout the garden. There are many pathways that meander through the garden beds opening to cleared lush lawn areas which are ideal for entertaining and relaxing.
Offering 2 double storey weather board homes. The main classic hills home built in the mid 1960's (original home destroyed by fire) comprises 5 double bedrooms, lounge with a grand stone fire place, north facing sun room, bathroom and early style kitchen with butler's pantry on the lower level and three additional bedrooms, one with its own sitting room and balcony with a view to the Victorian Southern Alps, a separate bathroom and wrap around balcony with views across the garden.
The second residence built in the early 2000's, offers 3 bedrooms, kitchen, dining, bathroom and living area with the added 2 car original Carport.
Stokes Croft offers outstanding potential, with possible uses including a Bed & Breakfast or Wedding venue (STCA), or a family property with separate accommodation for extended family members.
A private oasis, yet situated an easy 45 minute drive from the CBD. This is one that's just waiting for new owners to enjoy these historic gardens and rejuvenate the large mid-century home.
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Land DetailsLand area 1.92 Ha
, VIC, 3782