A truly rare and wonderful opportunity to acquire one of the Inner West's grand Victorian Italianate manors built circa 1880. 'Tara' set on 775 sqm of land is discreetly set back from the street, beyond manicured gardens and lawns, sprawling over three blocks, offering dual access via Francis Street. This captivating home's original features include soaring 3.3 metre-high ceilings, ironbark timber floorboards, exquisite marble fireplaces, panelled doors with fan-light windows, period archways, cast-iron lacework verandahs, decorative architraves, dado rails, double hung sash windows and French doors.
Rich in Australian history the house was built for music teacher Mrs Ryan and named 'Tara' in memory of a site in Dublin which has been a sacred place for the Kings of Ireland for millennia. 'Ryan Park' near Newington College is believed to have been named after her.
For the last nine years 'Tara' has been a guest house rated by trip advisor as their top bed and breakfast in Sydney for 95% of this period. It has enjoyed similar accolades in the British Guardian Newspaper, Lonely Planet, Louis Vuitton's Travel Guide and a number of prestigious travel magazines.
Upon entering this grand home of impressive proportions, a central 2.25 metre hallway separates expansive formal living rooms, study, snug and a generous queen size bedroom and bathroom. Spacious informal open plan living and dining, overlooking the rear gardens, features a premium bespoke plywood kitchen with European appliances, stainless steel benchtops and marble splashbacks. A sweeping staircase leads up to four oversized bedrooms, with high ceilings, marble fireplaces, enjoying either a leafy outlook across the verandah and front lawns, or sweeping district views. A luxurious master suite boasts a stunning marble ensuite with free-standing bath and walk in robe. The second bedroom known as the 'Gallery' room adjoins a comfortable sitting area overlooking the front garden. Additional accommodation includes a self-contained studio/ sixth bedroom with private independent access via Francis Street. Secure parking includes a triple garage plus potential for two additional spaces.
Conveniently located within 5km of the CBD, close to Newington College, The Enmore Theatre, Sydney University, U.T.S. and Notre Dame Universities. In close proximity to a vibrant and diverse mix of some of Sydney's great restaurants; Bloodwood, The Bach Eatery, Osteria di Russo and Russo, The Queen Victoria Hotel (part of the Hemmes group) and the iconic Young Henrys brewery. With a wonderful sense of community Enmore and 'Tara' offer a rare opportunity to acquire an elegant family home and a coveted lifestyle in a highly convenient after location.