The elegant colonial homestead, Valda, is a local landmark that graces an elevated ridge in the heart of Pullenvale. Set amidst 2.5 acres of lawns and gardens filled with fragrance, blossoms and birdsong, Valda is a return to the good things in life. Built in 1880 and magnificently restored, extended and landscaped, Valda presides over an “Edna Walling” style garden, an enchanting summer house, a pool and a large lawn that sweeps down to Pullen Pullen Creek. Step onto the verandah into cooling breezes and rural views at every turn. Valda’s quiet elegance is as welcoming as it is soothing.

The vastness of the entrance hallway lifts your spirits. The original hand-painted murals fill you with calm. The archway draws you into the wondrous ballroom that is now a formal living and dining room. Floor to ceiling bay windows bring in stunning views of the pool and gently rolling lawns. Light dances on crystal chandeliers. Polished hoop pine floors cast a golden glow. Two fireplaces beckon.The master bedroom is a quiet retreat with a fireplace, a large bay window that opens to the northeast verandah and a generous ensuite with a claw foot bath. Two additional light and airy bathrooms each have a claw foot bath. The family room is able to house a full size billiard table. The laundry is sun-filled and opens to the verandah and southern lawn.

Here is a place of long summer afternoons by the pool under the bougainvillea; winter nights in front of the open fireplace; stargazing from the rooftop widow’s walk; picnics by the creek; games in the Conifer Wood and Secret Garden; evenings in the Fragrant Garden amidst Jasmine, Butterfly Bush and Angel’s Trumpet; celebrations on the lawn under the Liquid Amber trees; and parties in the ballroom size formal room that opens to the wide wraparound verandah.

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