De Dacha ski chalet at Thredbo sold

De Dacha ski chalet at Thredbo sold
De Dacha ski chalet at Thredbo sold

De Dacha, the cute ski chalet in the Thredbo village which came with a $2.5 million asking price, has been sold by the former society model, Fiona Campbell.

It last traded in 1994 when a record $810,000 was paid Campbell and her then publisher husband, Matt Handbury to the the village developers, Lend Lease.

Overlooking the duck ponds, the European alpine-style lodge ranks as the loveliest of the village's private abodes.

The red-shuttered Da Dacha is a stand alone chalet which offered four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a lounge room with wood burning fireplace and a dining area with an office nook.

It was a $8000 a week peak season rental.

The lodge was designed by Lend Lease resort manager Albert Van der Lee, who occupied the lodge from 1962 to 1984.

Its building cost was a mere $28,000.

Following her split with Matt in 2001, Fiona famously received Point Piper's Altona, one of Australia's great harbourfront trophy homes, and De Dacha in the matrimonial settlement.

She sold Altona in 2002 for a record-breaking $28 million to hotelier Deke Miskin and his wife Eve.

It was followed by a marriage to a titled Englishman, the 10th Earl of Dartmouth William Legge, the grandson of the romance novelist Barbara Cartland, the son of Countess Raine Spencer, and stepbrother to Princess Diana.

De Dacha was listed by local estate agent Doug Edwards at Mountain High Real Estate. No sale price has yet emerged on the Kosciusko Thredbo sale records.

It has been a busier than usual snow season for property sales with whispers the famous Bernti's premises have been sold.

It still retains the name of the former hosts, Bernd and Tricia Hecher, the always welcoming couple who built their mountain ski lodge in the late 1970s.

He was the stonemason, turned ski instructor and she was the clerk of works, who became the leader of opinions in the tiny village. 

Iconic Athol Lodge is in the process of duplex subdivision with one of the five bedroom apartments just listed at $2 million. Orthopedic surgeons outlaid $1.69 million for Jodee Rich's Athol Lodge back in 2004. 

Obergurgl, located on the corner of Buckwong Place and Brindle Bull, seems set for alterations with a two storey master suite being proposed by the Malouf family. They have consulted the original architect Peter Muller.

The Bellevarde is the newest approved development with construction starting early next year by the veteran snow developer John Fielding.  

This article was first published in the Sunday Telegraph.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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