After falling in love with this beautiful 6.5 hectare property, we bought it and looking through the early titles discovered it had been sold 110 years ago for the princely sum of 17 pounds. So we named it 17 pounds
and built our dream.
It is situated between Daylesford and Trentham and backs directly onto the Wombat State Forest right on top of the Great Dividing Range, about 800m above sea level. Surrounded by old tall forest trees and ferns it has a private creek which feeds into four major water catchment regions, to the south the Werribee and Lerderderg Rivers,
and to the north the Loddon and Coliban Rivers.
Originally a potato farm, later a cow paddock and finally residential (rural conservation). When we bought the property in 2012 it had not had fertilizer on it for more than 30 years. Today our rich chocolate soil - almost good enough to eat - provides us with about 90% of our organically- grown vegetables. Crop rotation and companion planting ensure a true seasonal growing experience.
Four separate walking / hiking tracks have been created so you can experience natural forest, lush undergrowth, and wildlife and creek beds.
Establishing the garden was no easy task, but the result is a true delight. Our objective in the garden was that it needed to be edible on the left side and architectural on the right. Once the house was built planting around the house began, and it continues.