THE original owners’ love of France and Italy is evident throughout this marvellous two-storey residence.
The exterior is reminiscent of older European villas with soft, weathered masonry, slate roof tiles and copper accents, and the gorgeous grounds include tallow and olive trees, climbing grape vines and wisteria.
Current owners David and Noeline Williams bought the home in 2002 and carried out a major refurbishment in 2007, extending it from two bedrooms and two bathrooms to three bedrooms and three bathrooms and adding a gym, plunge pool and storeroom.
They kept the renovations faithful to the original design of the home.
The house is a feast for the senses with striking features and contrasting textures throughout.
Inside, there is a grand foyer flanked by two formal living areas with rare Spanish marble floor tiling.
Features includes rough-rendered walls, curved-line cornices and customised french doors fitted with metal shutters.
The formal dining room has a carved marble fireplace, and opens to a magical wisteria-covered courtyard with granite cobblestones, arched walls and columns.
The courtyard leads to the Roman bath-like pool.
A central, open-plan living zone also opens to the courtyard.
This room has wandoo-lined ceilings, wandoo timber floorboards, and a fireplace with granite columns and rustic brickwork.
The unique kitchen includes a scullery and preparation area.
Stunning features include Brazilian blue-tinged marble on some of the walls, porphyry chocolate-hued granite benchtops and carved and embellished timber on the island bench and pantry doors.
There is also a guest bedroom, opulent bathroom and gym on this floor.
The master bedroom is upstairs and has splendid leafy views and river glimpses.
It includes a walk-in robe and ensuite with marble features and a wandoo-lined peaked ceiling.
There is a second bedroom on this floor, with an ensuite that opens to a balcony that has views over the courtyard and rooftops and trees of Dalkeith to glorious sunsets.