Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mullalyup Gallery

On Sunday afternoon Mrs Holt Press and I went to have a look at an unusual property for sale at Mullalyup, a small town on the SW highway between Donnybrook and Balingup. It's the Mullalyup Gallery, which was originally the stables of the old Blackwood Inn. It's a fantastic old two storey building with 3 large gallery spaces as well as a commercial kitchen, large shed, three toilets, shower and two (bed)rooms upstairs, accessed by a wonderful wrought iron spiral staircase. It could continue to be a gallery or be converted to a really interesting house. But, that's not really necessary because it comes with a house as well! A rammed earth house with three bedrooms and loads of character. Huge high ceilings, exposed beams, timber posts etc. The house is pictured in the top left corner. It sits on triangular 3 hectare block next to a creek and reserve. Part of it is heritage listed, the section in the middle picture above, having been built in 1864!

I loved it and I think Mrs HP was impressed too. It seems very reasonably priced especially considering how much is included in the total package.

Are we thinking of buying/moving?

No, not really.

It just sounded so interesting and attractive I wanted to have a look at it first hand. The thought of owning a gallery with heaps of space for painting (for me) and craft (for Mrs HP or anyone else) has a certain appeal. Of course we are very happy living in Busselton and not keen on the thought of moving away from the ocean, friends, church, the kids moving school etc. But it doesn't hurt to dream or expand your vision. If the kids were 6-7 years older/finished school I think we'd jump at the opportunity.
I'm not discounting it but it would be a huge decision to make now.
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