Selling Houses Australia

Medieval castle house in Far North Queensland: Take a tour

Take a closer look at the transformation of this unique Queensland property known as Vine Castle.

Built in 1980, this cinder block nod to medieval times has been home to Dina and her two children for the past 11 years. From its slate flooring and colour choices to its gimmicky dining area, Vine Castle is definitely unique.

To add to the problem, the property is surrounded by shrubs and bushes, which hide the unique castle and give it an abandoned look.

With the tragic passing of Dina’s husband, and her two kids having grown up, Dina relocated to the Sunshine Coast and has been trying to sell Vine Castle ever since. For almost 2 years the property has been on the market, but Dina can’t find a buyer who shares her passion for this faded folly. 

Enter Shaynna, Charlie and Andrew to save the day! 

Summary of Works – Interior

Due to its eccentric style, Shaynna had to bring a comfort and hominess to this cold, gloomy castle. The dark wood cupboards in the kitchen were replaced with a lighter, spiced oak timber and a larger pantry. A splashback highlights the new cook top and oven, and is off-set by a fresh Polar White granite bench top. A lighter paint colour gives the kitchen a modern country look.

The large hall, which was both the lounge and the dining area, was dark and uninviting. Lighting was a priority for this space. Feature lights were installed to complement the high ceilings and paint was used to add light to the vast room. A reading nook was created out of the disused bar, with bright colours and fabrics warming up the large space. The long rafters were painted black to help define the ceiling. Bringing the entire space together is a large dining table that sits proudly in the centre of the great hall.

Summary of Works – Exterior

Charlie’s priority was to open up the façade of this castle, and bring in some light. Eight large timber windows were installed in both the upstairs bedrooms and the downstairs sitting areas.
What were once small glassless holes in the walls are now timber casement windows giving the inside much needed light, and giving the front of the castle a more enchanting look to the now defined entrance.

Paint played a major role outside as well, with Charlie painting the front of the house a darker grey colour so the home sits comfortably within its bush surroundings.

A path was created to lead guests from the road to the front door. The frontage was cleared of trees and shrubs making the the castle a real sight to behold.

Down by the creek was the perfect space for a viewing platform, which Charlie built in Merbau Decking. Outdoor furniture was placed on the creek-side deck to watch the platypus play amongst the reeds, creating the perfect place to reflect and to inspire.

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