Saint Matthews Church Conversion. Circa 1962 – Reimagined 2021
A Masterful Modern Conversion and Rural Heaven at Ferndale, Victoria.
3 Bed / 4 Bath / 8 Car
St Matthews Church at Ferndale, in Victoria is a conversion like no other, a grand design that offers a unique modern example of adaptive reuse in an area of outstanding natural beauty with heavenly views of the Strzelecki ranges, Wild Dog Valley and Mt Worth State Park, located just 15 minutes from Warragul and an easy commute to Melbourne.
Originally built in 1962 and re-crafted to become the ultimate unique luxury lifestyle property, the church offers the perfect blend of a rural lifestyle with low maintenance living. Situated on a 1650 sq metre block with an easy-care garden and surrounded by natural farmland.
This thoughtfully re-crafted conversion offers a serene opportunity for a weekender with style, BNB or the ultimate designer home suitable for a home workplace or an array of home business opportunities.
Comfortable and stylish, many original elements of the Church have been preserved and enhanced with practical, modern, and clean redesign. The original Church cross and plaque of St Matthews Church Seaview remain with Pew timbers repurposed to the stairway rising to the master mezzanine level. The building structure is an I Beam space frame with the original manufacturers structural Steel beams exposed to reveal the manufacturers stamp “Made by Edwards Engineering Works P/L Drouin” and “Appleby Frodingham England” as the original foundry. Original triple brick end gables accommodate new double-glazed windows and double doors. All new elements blend seamlessly with the original architecture and are proportional to original design.
The interior has A grade Mountain Ash Floorboards and Ceiling lining boards which have been preserved and original brick walls inside further enhance the warm rustic charm.
The residence redesign has been completed to a high specification and offers every convenience desired of a 3 Bedroom and 4 Bathroom home with parking for up to 8+ vehicles via the 3 custom designed attached Garages. The Breezeway Garage offers undercover direct access to the entrance of the home whilst the adjoining middle Garage was created to offer customizable storage of Cars or Caravans, a boat or motorhome and to provide the ultimate work from home space with its own mezzanine storage level, additionally the South Side Garage offers twin roller door drive through access to the rear of the property. Substantial exterior parking is also available on site.
Entry to the home reveals the stunning large open plan Living, Dining and designer Kitchen space with the room also cleverly housing a hidden study. The soaring ceiling of 5.3m adds to the majestic feel of the space and is heated via a Mega Nectre slow combustion wood heater with air circulated via the enormous Isis ceiling fan and additional heating and cooling available from the 2 x 10kw reverse cycle air conditioners. The grand open plan space is inviting and impressive, designed to offer a tranquil feeling of connection to the outdoors. The Kitchen with ruby quantum quartz reflective benches, quality Italian cooktop and oven, Bosch dishwasher and practical easy clean rubber flooring leads to the “Sacristy” which is the Laundry which in addition, houses a 4th toilet and 4th shower offering direct access to the Middle “workspace” Garage.
From the living room, climb the repurposed pew staircase and take in a breathtaking view from the Mezzanine level Master bed suite overlooking the main living area, out over the Wild dog valley and Strzelecki’s or watch the stars above via the opening roof windows. The Master suite also offers his and hers walk-in-robes and a large generous Master Bathroom featuring an oversized shower and twin sinks. An additional hanging space and 2 small rooms offer further storage space on the Mezzanine level.
Beneath the Master Mezzanine suite are the generous sized “Confessional” Guest Bedroom and “Water Views” Guest Bedroom, each with BIR and access to their own private Bathroom’s complete with oversized showers and quality Methven Kiri fittings. All bathrooms and laundry have under-tile heating.
Every consideration to Eco living has been considered within the conversion, with 28 solar panels teamed to 2 x 4 Kw German solar inverters and dual Solar Hot Water Systems providing low-cost sustainable living. A below ground 50,000 litre concrete water tank and quality low maintenance Sand Filter sewage treatment system is also installed, with a Swann security system protecting the property and home.
Direct access is available from the main living area to 2 exterior entertaining decks, the garden is low maintenance and terraced with Grevillea, Banksia, Queen Elizabeth roses, Callistemon hedges and a significant Woolamai Pine greets visitors at the entrance to the property. A small neighbouring Dam adjoins and merges with the property boundary offering north facing water views from the Guest bedroom in the home.
This stunning church conversion offers an opportunity to live a tranquil life in the country with all the benefits of a rural lifestyle, without large property maintenance. Quality Schools are located nearby to the area in Warragul or Drouin with transport available at the front of the property. Inspection is invited by appointment at this unique property.
Jane Gardner – 0401 333 564
Kellie Morgan - 0482 578 345