Meticulously Crafted And Renovated Iconic Residence27-37 Britain Street, Leura, Australia
Truly one-of-a-kind, this iconic, grand residence has been meticulously crafted and renovated throughout its years. Exclusive and private, St Raphael is set amidst established and stunning 1.5 acre cold climate gardens and is said to be the highest living in Leura. Originally a holiday convent for the Nursing Sisters of Charity, St Vincent's Hospital from 1908-1976. The property was sold in 1992 to a Doctor who extensively renovated the estate, creating a cheese school where guests could stay and learn the art of cheese making. Listed for sale in 2010 and purchased by retired publicans who did extensive renovations upstairs...
St Raphael consists of four self-contained apartments, three of which are in the main building and the fourth is freestanding and known as the "Priests Cottage". All apartments have their own entrances with separate keys. A successful short-term holiday let since 1992 and although the business is not being sold the current owners will include registration numbers, website and email. A prime location, just 300 metres to Leura village, railway station, cafes, shops and local schools.
PRIEST'S COTTAGE * Freestanding cottage with one bedroom * Combined kitchen and dining area * Cooktop, microwave/convection oven * Separate bathroom with shower * Reverse cycle air conditioning * Terrace area
CONVENT * Main building with two beds and two baths, one with triple spa * Large entertainers' kitchen with gas cooking * Sunny large lounge and dining room * Enclosed north facing sunroom plus third bedroom annexed * Central heating and gas log fire
OLD CHAPEL * Two bedrooms and two bathrooms * Separate kitchen * Terrace area * Central heating
UPSTAIRS (Private residence) * Two bedrooms, one with walk in robe * Two bathrooms * Large sunny lounge with gas log fire, central heating and split cycle air conditioner * Stunning kitchen with walk in pantry, separate dining area and views over Jameson Valley * 240-degree views of Sydney skyline to the east with national park views to the north and south * Plantation shutters * Security system
THE GARDENS * Many different varieties of trees and shrubs. * Subdivision potential. Correspondence with BMCC available on request * Double brick garage with storeroom * Housekeeping storeroom and at the rear another storeroom, housing all the things required to run this very successful holiday let * Four car formalised car parking plus additional 2-3-car parking at lower level * Paul Sorensen inspired garden (he undertook work there in 1960's) * Garden has been lovingly and further developed during their ownership uncovering hidden pathways and extensive planting to provide privacy and a Victorian imaged garden * St Raphael has a full brick cement rendered fence which regally greets you at the entrance to this very grand and beautiful residence * Outdoor lighting with sensors allow the garden to be illuminated and showcased * Masonry fountain * Underneath main building there is huge storage for wine cellars and workshop
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