Frankston South landmark Yamala, set above Daveys Bay Beach, hits the market

Frankston South landmark Yamala, set above Daveys Bay Beach, hits the market
Frankston South landmark Yamala, set above Daveys Bay Beach, hits the market

Yamala, the sprawling hillside estate set high above Daveys Bay Beach at Frankston South, has been listed for sale.

The 19th century built stately English-style manor is steeped in history, having previously been the country retreat of Sir John Madden, former Chief Justice and lieutenant-governor of Victoria.

It has been offered by Robin Grainger, the UK-born who inherited the title of Lord of the Manor of Loxton via his mother. His title was a feudal title that goes with ownership of a plot of land in Somerset in the UK.

Yamala dates back to 1854 when William Woolley acquired 42 hectares of land overlooking the beach.

Frankston South landmark Yamala, set above Daveys Bay Beach, hits the market

He built a smaller four bedroom house in the 1870s before selling not long after to Madden, who was based in the mansion Cloyne in St Kilda.

The Maddens, who extensively extended the Woolley house, sold the 13 hectare property to restaurateur A.J Lucas for £16,100 after Sir John's death.

Built of solid stone, the mansion has 17 rooms. There are six bedrooms, a study, self-contained former servants' quarters, a sunken drawing room with pressed leather wallpaper a bar built in the early 1900's to replicate London's Savoy Hotel.

Frankston South landmark Yamala, set above Daveys Bay Beach, hits the market

the entrance pillars and landscaping is the work of architect Walter Burley Griffin, who undertook a makeover in the late 1920s.

In the grounds is a renovated Roman-style saltwater, solar-heated swimming pool and spa, accompanied by a limestone poolhouse. A path leads directly from the home through the gardens to Daveys Bay Beach.

Frankston South landmark Yamala, set above Daveys Bay Beach, hits the market

The initials of each of the former owners are inscribed on a stained glass window on the ground floor.

Yamala has a $5.3 million to $5.83 million guide. It last traded for $2.9 million in 2012.

Harcourts Mount Eliza agents Jayme Wallison and Ben Crowder are marketing the home in conjunction with Community Real Estate.

 

 

 

 

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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