YOUR MAMAS NOTES: With the purchase of their new four and some million dollar nest in the Beverly Hills Post Office, Australian a-listers and new parents Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban not only have the stateside scuttlebutts yakking, turns out they’re also keeping the real estate gossips Down Under bizzy too.
Over the last two days we’ve received many missives from a number of luvlee kangaroos in Australia who sent whispered words of the couple’s reported purchased of a 110 acre property called Bunya Hill that occupies a private hilltop in Sutton Forest, a sleepy and swank enclave in the Southern Highlands. Your Mama has not had the pleasure of scooting around the outskirts of Sydney but we understand from a gal named Haras that Sutton Forest is only about 1.5 hours from Sydney.
Listing information and recent reports reveal that the gigantic Georgian colonial estate was built in 1878 and includes wide shaded verandas, a carved cedar stair case, pressed-metal ceilings, intricate wrought iron balustrades, period light fixtures and 10 fireplaces, enough to require a full time ash man in the winter months.
There are five bedroom suites each with their own dressing room and bath including a master with Australian cedar lined closets and and Italian marble bathroom with a claw footed tub overlooking the garden and private lake. Other rooms include formal sitting and dining room, a billiards room and den, a 2,000 bottle wine cellar, a mud porch with full bathroom and a large kitchen with Brazilian granite counter tops and an Aga range (natch) opening to an informal dining area, conservatory and family room, all according to listing information we received from a awesome Aussie.
The sprawling property includes 100 year old Bunya Bunya pines, established gardens where Mrs. Urban can work out her newly discovered green thumb, cattle yards, a large hay/machinery shed, 4 car garage and workshop, and a separate cottage which listing information indicates is in need of renovation.
From the looks of things, the interior day-core of the sellers a wee bit frilly for Your Mama’s delicate decorating sensibilities, however this is very clearly a spectacularly rehabbed property that should provide an excellent getaway for the couple who nowadays both seem quite keen to life in the country.