Trentham: ‘French House’ with vineyard, parterre garden blossoms with town record price

The French-style house in Trentham has set a new price record for the town.

A French-provincial style house featuring blue shutters, 200-year-old imported floorboards and a vineyard has set a new Trentham price record.

Known as “The French House”, the home at 7 Gleeson St includes formal parterre gardens, 200 pinot noir vines and a tennis court set on 3607sq m.

The four-bedroom property was built from materials shipped from Europe including doors and casement windows from France, French-lay travertine tiles, floorboards engineered from French Oak and terracotta roof tiles from Spain.

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The couple who just sold the property, Narelle and Andrew Glynn, are Australians who previously lived in Toulouse and love the French culture.

After having children they decided to create their dream French-inspired country escape near the Wombat State Forest on the edge of Trentham, a small town 87km northwest of Melbourne.

The kitchen.

The parterre gardens in full autumnal glory.

Large windows take in the surrounding greenery.

Belle Property Trentham agent Natalie Fagan said that the Glynns purchased the French House’s block about seven years ago, because they loved the established Cyprus trees along its boundaries.

“It was a bare patch of earth,” Ms Fagan said.

“They decided to buy this piece of land and build their own slice of France.”

Blue shutters add to the French ambience.

Sixty chic.

A potential spanner was thrown in the works when Mr Glynn, an aeronautical engineer, was posted to the US for two years.

Undeterred, in the months before moving overseas, the couple planned the build and ordered furniture for the house.

They went to America leaving architect Aimee Goodwin and Bespoke Homes & Renovations builder Dean Cummings in charge of the project.

The vineyard has 200 pinot noir vines.

Wonderful styling.

Upon returning to Australia, once the French House was built, the Glynns used it as a family retreat and also rented it out for short stays.

The property’s distinctive French character has led to it featuring in home magazines and its Instagram account has thousands of followers from across the globe.

The main living room provides wraparound views to the outdoors and the farmhouse-style kitchen boasts stone benchtops, shaker cabinets and a copper rangehood.

A full-size synthetic grass tennis court.

A slow-combustion wood heater to keep warm in winter.

A stone mudroom with a European laundry divides the open-plan living space from the bedrooms.

French doors open to a vine-covered pergola and alfresco dining domain.

A separate games room with an open-air lounge room and bathroom is located near the tennis court.

Ms Fagan said although the house was built within the past seven years, it looked and felt like a century-old French farmhouse.

“Standing there on the oak floors and knowing you’re touching history with your bare feet,” she said.

“Looking out the French doors onto the vineyard and gardens, I couldn’t believe I was in Trentham.”

One of four bedrooms.

Garden glam.

Ms Fagan said the 200-year-old floorboards were “so old and aged, when you drop a wineglass onto them, it doesn’t break”.

“It’s so soft that it’s like cork,” she added.

The Glynns decided to sell because they are moving interstate.

A Melbourne-based buyer snapped up the French House last month for $2.2m after “falling head over heels” for the property.

The European laundry.

The property has been a popular short-term rental accommodation.

“It was a very emotional build and also a very emotional sale, the people who bought were also very emotional,” Ms Fagan said.

The French House’s sold price was $290,000 above the Trentham township’s previous $1.91m house price record, set by 7 Forest St in October.


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