Built in 1844 by local mill owner John Mezger, Lauderdale Cottage has had five owners in over 170 years. Set on 2.41 hectares of relatively flat land, the sandstone cottage underwent a major renovation in 2006, meeting strict restoration guidelines imposed by the Tasmanian Heritage Council. In 2009 it won the Tasmanian Master Builders Award for Excellence in Heritage Listed or Period Home Restoration/Renovation Open Value.
Approaching through the circular driveway, the Georgian façade has symmetrical windows either side of the entry. Through the timber front door is a carpeted foyer, with a sitting room to the right and lounge to the left. The three rooms on the right side of the house each have fireplaces with original timber mantels. The third room has a powder room and dressing room. A kitchenette is central to the floorplan.
An oak staircase leads to the first floor. The bedroom at the front of the house looks east and has a decorative fire grate. The second bedroom links with a large lounge. Also comprising a kitchenette and bathroom, the first floor could provide self-contained accommodation for guests.
Agent, Pam Corkhill, said, "Lauderdale Cottage was built in the 1840s and is a Georgian Greek revival style single storey Victorian Regency residence. Being a national treasure, the Tasmanian Heritage Council imposed strict guidelines for its restoration and renovation works, which was completed over a fourteen-month period. The restoration of historical Lauderdale Cottage will stand as a fine testament to Victorian architecture for future years."
The back door of the original cottage leads to a north-facing conservatory with heat pump, electric windows and down lights. This links the cottage to the servants’ quarters, which now house a large family room and kitchenette. Double doors lead from the conservatory to a formal garden, lawn and path to the original gardener’s quarters, now a studio with powder room and laundry.
At the rear of the servants’ quarters is a stable with three boxes, originally for storage, horses and a carriage, all with cobblestone floors and an attic overhead. Beyond the formal garden and lawn, the land continues to open pasture dotted with mature trees and an orchard and close to the New Town Rivulet.
- Custom-made wallpaper
- Open fireplaces
- Ceiling roses
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