House of the week: 83 Lookout Road, New Lambton Heights

Romance of a bygone era | photos TweetFacebook Richmond LodgeThe 1930s mansion in New Lambton Heights. They don’t make them like this anymore.
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This magnificent manor – with its chandeliers, tapestry brick fireplacesand servants’ quarters – would not look out of place in the English countryside.

Instead, ‘Richmond Lodge’ sits atop Lookout Road in New Lambton Heights, a stone’s throw from John Hunter Hospital.

The home was constructed in the 1930s by John Hall and his wife. The couple often featured in the social pages, with old newspaper clippings telling of the extravagant balls they would throw at the property.

Its guest quarters have hosted the likes ofDouglas Pratt and Blake Twigden, both renowned Australian artists.

The sprawling grounds accommodate a tennis court, saltwater swimming pool –the second ever constructed domestically in Newcastle – and an orchard with olive, macadamia and fig trees.

A circular driveway winds past arose garden to the grand residence itself. Much of the home is in original condition, including three art-deco bathrooms, a library and the maid’s scullery and flower room.

A sweeping staircase leads to six bedrooms, the master with a study nook and sunroom. Other period features include cathedral ceilings and leadlight windows.

The kitchen has been sympathetically renovated, with the addition of stone benchtops, two integrated fridges and a temperature-controlled wine cellar.

Aside from the vendors, the home has hadonly one other owner;Archie Lee, a partner in a well-knownHoldencar dealership and a former‘Rat of Tobruk’.

HOUSE OF THE WEEK

New Lambton Heights

83 Lookout Rd

7 bedrooms 4 bathrooms 4 garage

Price guide on request

Auction: Wed December 14 6pm, Watt Street Commercial Centre

Agent: PRDnationwide Newcastle Rodney Goodwin 4926 0600

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