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If you’ve ever seen the 1995 film Babe, then you may recognize the rolling hills of the rural landscape surrounding the village of Robertson, about a two-hour drive from Sydney, Australia. They were the filming location used to depict England in the movie.
But what you may have not seen are the beautiful country estates that make up the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.
Linden Hall is one such property.
Seven years from planning to completion in 2007, the gated mansion designed by architect Richard Rowe takes its inspiration from a once gracious 19th century Point Piper mansion that was destroyed by fire.
And while the seven-bedroom, six-bathroom home draws on the past, it is fully equipped for present-day living.
A column-supported grand portico partially covering the driveway sits at the front entrance to the house. A pair of lion statues guards the water of a fountain set nearby.
Encompassing a massive 2,000 square meters, or about 21,500 square feet, the two-level residence is entered through an elegant marble foyer topped by a central glass dome. Doors off the foyer open to formal and informal living spaces.
A home theater, a billiards room and a below-grade 4,200-bottle wine cellar clad in wood are among the many rooms.
The formal dining room features a fireplace, rich décor and ample seating for 15, while a glass-sided atrium is designed for casual garden dining.
Glass doors open to green expanses of lawn are dotted with statuary, plantings and water elements.
The 80-hectare, nearly 200-acre, site consists of pastureland, forests and manicured gardens. The property supports a premium beef cattle herd.
Guest cottages, a swimming pool with the mosaic tile initials LH embedded in the bottom, a summer house and vegetable and herb gardens complete the grounds.
A treetop walk and natural waterfalls are among Robertson area attractions. Local eateries include the Robertson Pie Shop, known for its savory and sweet choices, and the café at the Robertson Cheese Factory, with a dairy store offering local cheeses, ice cream and gelato. Besides dairy, potato farming is also a major contributor to the local economy.
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