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Selling Houses Australia brings this heritage-listed country manor back to life

With its heritage-listed overlay, Tahmoor House is steeped in history, originally operating as an inn in 1824, servicing early settlers and explorers.

Heather Gray was extremely attached to her three-bedroom, two-bathroom historic home in Tahmoor, NSW but admitted it was time to move on.

Heather and her husband bought the property in 2012 and later separated after 40 years of marriage. Hoping to buy him out, Heather tried everything to hold onto her dream home, but she could no longer afford to repay the mortgage or maintain such a large property.

Tahmoor House was on the market for over six months. During that time, Heather received two offers: One from a developer for $200,000 less than the asking price and another offer which later fell through.

After retiring, Heather desperately needed Selling Houses Australia's help to update her old and slightly quirky home so she could sell and make a fresh start.

Summary of Works – Interior

Shaynna gave this house a good shake-up while treating it with the historical respect it deserved. The once confusing floorplan become more functional, after turning one of the five sitting/living areas into an additional bedroom.

By removing the separate pantry from the meals area, Shaynna turned the back of the house into one long sunroom that looked as if it could be part of a swanky hotel, complete with a self-serve bar.

The styling in the bedroom matched the relaxed palm-themed sunroom, but the grandeur of this historic home was especially evident in the formal living and dining rooms.

Finally, the rundown kitchen was transformed into a cook’s dream with new cabinetry, granite benchtops and a huge butler’s pantry, ready to feed and entertain a lucky buyer and their extended family and friends.

Summary of Works – Exterior

Charlie had a lot to do, given the property's one-acre size and the major features which had become rundown over time. Specialists were brought in to clean and revive the pond and get the tennis court back up to scratch.

The pavilion and newly-paved patio area were styled perfectly for a future filled with garden parties and gin and tonics.

And a grand country home needed an equally grand frontage, so Charlie beautified the garden beds and painted the fence and house exterior with a colour scheme that enhanced its heritage significance.

The verdict

Heather couldn't believe the transformation of Tahmoor House from a neglected and gloomy rabbit warren to a stately country manor with an aristocratic feel. Heather's pride and joy was the new light and bright kitchen, which had oodles of pantry space.

Four weeks after the first open house, Heather received an offer for $968,000 - an amazing result and enough for Heather to sell up and move on.

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Posted by Graham352Report
I understand that this property at Tahmoor is a listed heritage item which means there are significant limitations around any development that can happen to the property. I am intrigued that extensive renovations were done including removing walls and part of the original fabric of this protected item. Yet the program made no mention of whether a heritage impact assessment or management plan was implemented before the works were carried out. There was also no indication in the program as to whether a Development Application was lodged with the local Council which is the normal requirement before any modification to such a heritage item can be carried. It is very irresponsible if extensive modifications have been carried out to this property without going through the correct legal processes. It does not set a very good example for the community.