MAGICAL is probably one of the best words to describe ‘The ‘Orangery’.
Everywhere you look there are beautiful features to catch your eye and elicit a gasp of delight.
You will marvel at the gorgeous pressed tin ceilings and beautiful jarrah flooring throughout the home.
Floor-to-ceiling cathedral windows bathe the house in light, a walled courtyard is a peaceful, private haven, and cobbled walkways wind past established garden beds.
Plus, not only to you get a stunning house, there is also a gallery and a studio on the 673sq m block.
Owner John Woodhouse is an artist and photographer and exhibits his work in the gallery.
He and his wife bought the property eight years ago, liking the beautiful home and the convenience of having business premises combined in the one property.
The gallery is a local landmark, and is more than 100 years old.
“It has previously operated as various retail outlets,” Mr Woodhouse said.
“Long-standing Shenton Park residents recall popping in to buy lollies at the deli on their way to school.”
The gallery has jarrah floorboards, a vaulted pressed tin ceiling, picture rails, arched windows looking out to a leafy walkway, powder room and kitchenette.
“It’s a beautiful building and we often get people walking in just to look at it,” Mr Woodhouse said.
The house and studio perfectly mirror the federation style of the gallery and it is hard to believe the home was only built 15 years ago.
“Parts of the house are older,” Mr Woodhouse said.
“It has been extensively renovated and extended, and it’s been done so well that you don’t know where the old sections stop and the new parts start.”
The two-storey residence has an open-plan kitchen/dining area with grand feature pillars, timber cupboards and benchtops, and stainless steel appliances.
The lounge has cathedral windows and a fireplace with a lovely timber mantelpiece.
An underground cellar with pressed tin ceilings and exposed brick walls is a wonderful bonus.
The bedrooms are upstairs.
The master bedroom has timber sash windows, walk-in robe and a period-style ensuite with tessallated tiling, ornate timber vanity with marble benchtop, atrium shower and skylight.
The second and third bedrooms also have ensuites with character features.
A veranda provides a charming outlook over the property and neighbourhood.
The final part of the property, the studio, also has one bedroom and period-style bathroom.
Mr Woodhouse is changing the focus of his business from the creation and sale of artworks to conducting photographic safaris to Africa.
He and his wife are looking to downsize.
“I will be away for two to three months at a time and we are looking for a smaller property,” he said.
There is now an opportunity for a new owner to enjoy the beauty and charm of ‘The Orangery’.