A classic 19th century house which encompasses both the past and the present.
A classic 19th century house which encompasses both the past and the present. Scott Kovacevic

This 120-year-old house is an island in time

CEDAR Pocket is only a five minute cruise out of Gympie, but the drive to this house takes you not only ten kilometres out of town, but more than 120 years back in time as well.

With so many icons of past eras sinking beneath the tides of time, a sense of wonder envelopes the house.

Its history is crystal clear from the outset, with a weather-beaten old dairy barn at the front and a well-worn chicken coop standing watch against the passage of years out back.

The two structures are prefect complements to the majesty of the home itself, which looks out not only over the approaching road with a settled comfort, but even over Gympie from it's extended verandah.

Walking through the front doors, though, and the architecture which greets is a clear reminder that, while the world has moved on in many ways around it, the house itself remains anchored in time.

The timber walls are a reflection of its sturdy warmth, while the pine floor has been carefully assembled with finely crafted planks of pine.

The boards alone clearly show the craft work, dedication and care taken in the house's construction, and even present their own individual statements, with some boards extending more than half the length of the house - certainly of a build the likes of which will likely never be seen again in a fast moving world of quick construction.

While getting lost in history can be intoxicating, an unfortunate reality is certain standards of living have dramatically improved in the proceeding years - from the advent of electrical wiring to the banality of indoor plumbing.

It's a reality the house's owners have tackled head on, introducing all of the modern amenities through addition and extension to a point where the house now boasts double the usual comforts, including large walk in wardrobe in the main bedroom and two separate bathrooms.

The modern practical touch is enhanced by the existing fireplace, which has been structured to open on both the main family room and the kitchen to keep the chill winter air from invading.

The sense of rural independence is strengthened by the presence of two large rainwater tanks, making self-sufficiency more than an elusive ideal.

Even when leaving, the country feel of strolling through a different, more relaxing era is reinforced by the simple act of walking down the main driveway, which is overhung by several beautiful aged trees which evoke the image of a country Queensland town.

Combined, the renovations immerse you in a unique belief - that perhaps there are some things that the relentless march of time can barely even touch, let alone destroy.

The property will be going to auction through Century 21 on Tuesday.

Gympie Times


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