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Shannon Bennett’s Stunning 1881 Victorian Mansion Can Now Be Yours

A brilliant execution of Victoriana.

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A brilliant execution of Victoriana. That’s the tag line attached to the recent listing of Australian chef and author Shannon Bennett’s home.

Purchased for $4.805 million back in 2012 with Bennett’s actress wife, Madeleine West, the historic Barwon mansion is a stunning example of heritage architecture merged with modern art design.

The private oasis boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms and two car spaces across an impressive 1,250m2 of land. Within that space there’s also a swimming pool, spa, gym and self-contained studio.


The secret to creating a home with the best of both worlds from the past and present lays in the extension architecture by Jackson Clement Burrows. The acclaimed team here managed to transform the Victorian home into something that is more of a modern masterpiece complete with creature comforts.

From dramatic palettes of white to charcoal, and appointments such as molded ceilings and open fireplaces, there’s simply nothing quite like the Barwon mansion. Even the kitchen is a sight to behold with three ovens, a built-in Miele coffee machine and an outdoor pizza oven and built-in beer tap all coming as part of the package, .

The master suite features a spacious room with automated window shutters and a concealed walk-in wardrobe. Each bedroom meanwhile boasts its own fire place with marble surrounds.

Of course we’ve left the best till last. Barwon comes with a 3,000 bottle temperature controlled wine cellar. Bennett and West are selling their home due to an upgrade which will see them moving into a $16 million Toorak mansion.


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