Grab a coffee and settle in. Bookmark this page. This is Warrabey House, circa 1904.
I’ve been posting photographs of Queenslanders to my instagram account (@queenslanderhomes) since 2015 and I have many favourite Queenslanders. So many, probably too many to call them favourites. This house is firmly on that list. This sounds strange, but when I look at the exterior of this home, I feel lost for words. She’s like a fairytale house. The lines of the roof, the colour, the garden, the picket fence. It all comes together to create this perfection.
Walking through the stunning black front door, you are greeted with this. The home decor is monochromatic.
From this standpoint, there are three bedrooms to the left, one bedroom, family room and office to the right. At the end of the hall, it opens up to kitchen, dining, outdoor living and a guest bedroom / ensuite.
But can we just stand here a moment and sigh.
Warrabey House is a five bedroom, two bathroom home. The majority of the bedrooms are at the front of the home. The only bedroom with an ensuite is at the rear.
Here is ‘bed 2’ in the floor plan and is the first bedroom on the left as you enter the home. It is listed as the master bedroom / bed 2, dependent on whether the home owner would like the ensuite bathroom or not.
It’s the largest bedroom in the house, measuring 5.4m x 4.3m. I love the use of shutters in this room.
This is bed 3 on the floor plan and it’s the first room on the right as your enter the home. It’s also a stunning room, bordered by the verandah on two sides.
This is bed 4 on the floor plan. It’s a narrow room, 2.7m x 4.3m but the redeeming characteristic of a Queenslanders comes into play here. The high ceilings makes this small room feel larger.
This is bed 5, the last bedroom on the left as you enter. It is directly across from the family room.
This is the main / guest room which is at the rear of the house. It’s 3.2m x 3.5m with a small ensuite. It also leads to the outdoor sitting area. It’s a beautiful space, however, I will still choose one of the front rooms as the master bedroom if this home were mine.
This is the main bathroom with a Victoria + Albert freestanding bath.
This is the family room on the floor plan. The light bathed room through the french doors is the office. I can picture sitting here as a family on a cold winter day with the fire roaring in the background.
The study is filled with light and the double doors can be closed for privacy for meetings. Working from home made even better!
The kitchen is at the rear of the home. I love the door that closes off the kitchen to the living space. It’s very similar to the front door. The listing for this home describes it as a French-inspired kitchen, with stone bench top and an impressive butlers pantry (which we don’t have photos of).
The open plan kitchen connects beautifully with the outdoors. This home sits on over half an acre so the views out to the garden are lovely.
A small, informal living room is perfect for the kids to sit and watch tv while dinner is being prepared or they can run around outside in the backyard, while still being able to be watched from inside. Entertaining would be a delight in this home, especially on a warm spring day, sitting out on the deck.
The listing mentions an orchard with a established “Jamie Oliver” style fruit / vegetable patch growing cherries, grapes, apples, peaches, nectarines, plums, raspberries, lemons, limes, lemonade, pomegranate and two avocado trees. You can see it in the photo below, just past the fence. There are three rainwater tanks that can be used to keep the garden alive.
This photo is from an earlier listing, so the shrubbery is not fully grown. But it is such a lovely dusk photo that I had to include it.
It’s a great floor plan with the main bedrooms separated from the kitchen / living spaces.
Warrabey House is for not for sale. It was last sold in July 2019 for $870,000. The address is 135 West Street, Newtown (Toowoomba). The agency was ecology property. The listing is here.