• Jon Ruwolt

Old English 'Dalkeith' in Mount Martha

Updated: Aug 12, 2019

One of the Mornington Peninsula's oldest homes, the two-storey gabled Arts and Crafts/Tudor-Revival style mansion 'Dalkeith' has been listed for sale, for the second time in five years, (well seven years, really) and that previous sale took more than five years for a result of $1.8 million.

245 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha VIC 3934

The home retains its period-style features including exposed beam ceilings, timber panelling and stone fireplaces, (all nine). Peninsula Sotheby's International Realty agents Rob Curtain and Danielle Veins have a guide of $5.5 million to $6 million.

Mount Martha's Tudor trophy home

The beautifully coloured walls and Arts and Crafts style roof indicate that this is architect -designed, but by whom I cannot find or say. (Anyone know?)

'Old English style' architect Robert Hamilton built two homes for himself near Mount Martha; the second was famously 'High Clere' at 47 Two Bays Crescent, Mount Martha, (illustrated below) which had a thatched roof over corrugated iron, including a sprinkler system installed in the roof to allay any fears of the thatch catching fire! (now replaced by a second layer of iron roofing).

'High Clere' home of architect Robert Hamilton

Due to architect Rodney Alsop's ill-health in 1920, the highly successful Klingender & Alsop partnership was dissolved, and Robert Hamilton replaced Rodney Alsop as designer for the firm. Hamilton built many successful apartment buildings around Toorak and also the Tudor-style Toorak Shopping Village.

'Dalkeith' is one of the Mornington Peninsula's most recognisable historic homes and has had a business catering for weddings, corporate and private events and upmarket short-stay accommodation, (yes, BnB).

With a prominent main road location and set on approx. 10 acres with sprawling mature gardens, the superbly restored two-storey gabled residence also features a caretaker's cottage, stables, a self-contained apartment, tennis court and in-ground pool.

Dalkeith, 245 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha VIC 3934