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The Mercury Real Estate Guide : January 3rd 2013
4 --- MERCURY Thursday, January 3, 2013 Eva Moczulska and Ken Pomlett in their waterside garden. Picture: ROGER LOVELL Oasthouse with most PLENTY, 1358 Glenora Rd $700,000+ Weatherboard house with Colorbond roof. House/land: 300m2/2.83ha Battery Point and Heritage Real Estate Refer : Pauline Shirley 6223 2577 realestate.com.au ID: 110957947 436 SET in the heart of Australia's hops capital and with the River Derwent as a stunning backdrop, Eva Moczulska and Ken Pomlett's property Swallows Nest is the very definition of picturesque. Searching for a more relaxed lifestyle in their golden years, the pair bought the Plenty property in 2008. ''We came from Western Australia for a sea change,'' said Eva, who first arrived in Australia in 1981 as a Polish refugee. Now a fully renovated home, the building was constructed in 1910 and used as the hop kiln that processed the nearby Australian Hop Marketers produce, which was then taken by wagon to the Cascade Brewery. Before the renovation, the two- storey oasthouse was used to filter warm air through layers of hops. Even today you can still see the metre square hole in the floor where the hops were shovelled down into what is now the dining room. The graceful rolling lawns and colourful landscaped gardens border one kilometre along the banks of the fast-flowing river with the unlimited fresh water home to an array of wildlife. ''We get a lot of native animals here including platypuses who have a swim in the river and come to rest on our jetty,'' Eva said. In their four years, the couple have made many changes to both the home and gardens, mostly significantly the addition of a separate studio for artist Ken. Constructed in sympathy with the architecture of the main home, it houses a gallery where Ken has taught watercolour lessons. Perfectly suited to bed and breakfast accommodation, Swallows Nest has been home -- for however short a time -- to many travelling through the region. ''We've had a lot of visitors from England, America and Bangkok,'' Eva said. ''They are always besotted with the place.'' The pair have reluctantly bought a home in Geilston Bay to be closer to the city as they age. ''I'll miss the pristine nature, the freedom and the view,'' said Eva. ''It would be a great property for a family with kids.'' POSTCODE with property writer JESSICA HOWARD 7140 Your Real Estate Media Professionals. Call (03) 6230 0659 "The Mercury Real Estate Guide remains our principal marketing forum but performs at its best when supplemented with a strong online presence." Allan Hart, VIEW Tasmania
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