One of the most photographed mansions in the country of Victoria was built as a gift to a bride-to-be.
James Sanders paid £3,000 in 1876 for the impressive two-storey building on the high street of Yea, about 100 kilometers northeast of Melbourne.
Today, Beaufort Manor is on the market for between $2.3 and $2.5 million.
Made from local handmade bricks, today’s well-known wedding venue was originally a gift for Sanders’ wife, Charlotte.
Before leaving for the wilds of Australia, Mrs Sandall, who at the time lived in Beaufort Square, Bath in England, gave the mansion her name.
Famously, the mansion was used by the Yea Orchestral Society in the 1890s and singer Dame Nellie Melba sometimes made the journey to Yea to join the orchestra and stay in the big house.
The Sanders-Waddell family owned and occupied Beaufort House for 60 years.
During World War II it became a school and boarding house for the 130 students of Ivanhoe Grammar who were evacuated there from Melbourne.
It has had many forms over the years, from a boarding house for returning soldiers, a restaurant, an antique shop and now, a wedding and reception venue.
It has been restored and refurbished by the current owners on its large 2855 square meter block on the town’s main street.
As well as being a home, it currently operates as a fully licensed wedding reception/function center with a full commercial kitchen and grand ballroom seating for up to 100 guests.
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The impressive lobby with reception and bar leads the way to the two formal lounges with chandeliers and plumb lamps.
The mansion features high ceilings, ceiling roses and French doors leading to a landscaped garden.
It has a large commercial kitchen to cater for all those wedding guests.
At the top of the grand staircase is a comfortable two bedroom residence with character features.
Adjacent to the ground floor courtyard is a separate two bedroom unit, currently used as a guest bedroom or convenient accommodation for the bride.
The mansion also has a six-car garage with workshop and goods lift.
For more information, contact Stockdale and Leggo agent Sharyn Manning on 0412 052946.
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