Former Paul Bangay estate for sale

St Ambrose covers 1.09 hectares, walking distance to central Woodend.

A historic Woodend school house converted to a private residence – owned prior to 2005 by Paul Bangay, who installed a dramatic garden – is for sale again.

The Woodend garden contains a pool, conversation pit and pond.

Known as St Ambrose, or The Enchanted Garden, 7 Wood Street carries $8-$8.8 million price hopes.

The main home includes three bedrooms, two lounges and a study.

Accessed via a Manchurian pear lined driveway, the main home, a Victorian, contains three bedrooms – each with Mount Macedon views – and four bathrooms.

One of its two living areas is under a cathedral ceiling.

A study, meanwhile, contains a built-in cherry wood bookcase and desk facing a balcony overlooking the sprawling front yard and the Woodend town clock.

A self-contained guesthouse off a forecourt adds another bed and bath while two garages can accommodate up to five cars.

The 1.09 hectare holding also includes a pool, sunken conversation pit with a fireplace, and two secret gardens, all surrounded by mature trees and hedges.

Kay & Burton’s Campbell Kilsby and Will Maxted are the agents; they said the home lends itself to prestige guest accommodation.

Any buyer has an option to buy a 4044 sqm parcel next door, 22 Brooke St, which has the potential to be subdivided and sold down as four plots (story continues below).

A consortium led by Jamie Durie recently bought Stonefields from Paul Bangay.

Another Paul Bangay home for sale

The listing of 7 Wood St comes four months since Paul Bangay’s most recent local private residence – Stonefields, in Denver, about 25 kilomtres north west of Woodend – sold for more than $11m.

On 20.23ha, most of which is used for grazing, it also contains a garden laid out by Mr Bangay.

The buyer was a consortium backed by another high profile gardener, Jamie Durie, along with investment banker Kim  Jacobs and financier Dominic Lambrinos, which plans to convert the estate into a resort.

Woodend is about 65 km north west of Melbourne.

It is about a half hour drive from Melbourne Airport.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of