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Botanical oasis has resort potential

By Anita McInnes

EVER dreamt of building a new home in a botanical oasis or buying a site which has the potential to become a world tourism or hospitality venture.

Both of these things are possible on this 143ha block in Gidgegannup, which contains more than 10ha of lakes, 350 plant species (half native and the rest exotic), 27 species of native orchids, more than 108 bird species, 11 frog species and five fish species.

Called Lake Retreat the property already has a three-bedroom, two-bathroom lakeside cabin but there are sealed roads to several potential sites for a new home including lakeside bays and elevated spots overlooking the lakes and valleys beyond.

The property has manicured beaches, islands and connections to Cookes Brook and Sanctuary Creek.

Waterfalls and water features, manicured lawns sculptured hedges and semi-formal gardens add finishing touches to the lakes.

Designed to complement the contours of the land the garden also blends artworks and statues, which represent the properties naturalistic and Roman influences.

The formally patterned flower garden between two lakes is reminiscent of 15th century French Renaissance gardens.

Lake Como in Italy was the inspiration for the formal lawns, intricate low clipped hedging, waterfall and cascading stream.

The property has 3km of walkways, 6km of sealed roads, an office, sheds and equipment.

Once you have explored the countryside or enjoyed the formal gardens there is still plenty to do at Lake Retreat from riding, swimming, canoeing or fishing.

If that all sounds too energetic you, your family and any guests can read or relax in one of the 14 gazebos on the property.

Agent Ross Webster said the owner, a skilled horticulturist and a team of landscape gardeners had spent almost two decades bringing the owner’s vision to fruition.

Mr Webster said with the relevant local government approvals the property could be developed as an ecoresort or combined wedding venue, day spa, wellness retreat and resort-style hotel.

He said there were three adjoining blocks available as well.

Address: 2346 Toodyay Rd, Gidgegannup

Price: Expressions of interest

Brookwood Realty

Phone: 9250 1919

Agent: Ross Webster

Mobile: 0407 387 004

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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