The owners of this 8-acre homestead open up about what's happened since their huge renovation...
With a large family, plus a horse and some dogs to feed around the dining table, Sandi and David knew their Drysdale acreage wasn’t the normal home we usually see on Selling Houses Australia.
But the couple put their faith in Andrew, Charlie and Shaynna after trying to sell their three-bedroomed home, which sits on nearly eight acres of land near Geelong, in a bid to move closer to Sandi’s mum, Yvonne who was seriously ill.
At the end of the episode, it was revealed that the couple had yet to recieve an offer on their rustic homestead that dates back to the 1800s and is valued at around $1.2million.
But what about now?
“No, we’re still here,” says Sandi to lifestyle.com.au. “And the house is still on the market but we haven’t had any movement on it at all.”
However, the couple aren’t in a hurry to move after Sandi’s mum sadly died just months after filming.
“What with the coronavirus and my mother passing away, we’re just drawing breath because our motivation to move just isn’t there any more,” she says.
The home, with three sheds, a horse yard, stables, paddocks and an unusual layout and décor was well-loved by David, Sandi and their children, so staying put during such an uncertain time feels just right to them.
“We’re just glad to be with our horses, living on our land and we love the renovation. We were scared at first that the house would lose its character,” she admits. “But it hasn’t at all.”
That character included horse shoes as cupboard handles with wagon wheels, lots of brick, cowhide and wood throughout.
So how have the family coped with the transformation which included a bright white kitchen and a complete change of lay-out?
“Well, with lots of horses and mud, there’s a lot of cleaning,” laughs Sandi. “But as long as my sons take off their gum boots and clean up after themselves, it is fine. Shaynna did a lovely job and she really just ‘got’ us immediately.”
Sandi admits the family have added some of their artwork back on the walls to “make it feel like home” but are thrilled that the house, where they raised their five children, still has its charm and homestead vibe.
"I was worried we would lose the fireplace, but Shaynna kept it there and it is still the heart of our home," says Sandi.
And although the couple love the sky-light window in their bedroom which works with a remote control, their cat hasn’t quite got used to it
“One night, he climbed up and fell through onto us in bed and it scared the crap out of us," laughs Sandi.
The family also find they spend a lot of time in the backyard area Charlie created so they could enjoy their property in the evenings.
“We’re outdoorsy people and so we spend a lot of time in the new courtyard that Charlie created," says Sandi.
“It’s perfect and I think Charlie just understood our love of the country and our horses. He used to be an event rider back home in the UK so he just jumped back on a horse and was right at home.”
But she admits Andrew wasn’t quite as relaxed in the countrry as the others. “He really struggled with it all,” she admits. “He definitely found it hard to adjust.”
And although Sandi isn’t sure what the future holds for the family and this house, they’re in no rush to make any decisions right now.
“We’re just taking some time to see what happens with everything. We’re in a beautiful home and we’re incredibly grateful to the team. Everything's changed for us and this isn't a time to make decisions right now, it's just a time to breathe."
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