Justine makes her own mark on Ambrosia
JUSTINE McIllree bought this country cottage called Ambrosia about seven years ago.
"The house was one of the original farm cottages for the Fernleigh dairy community," she said.
"All previous owners have modified it or renovated it one way or another through the years.
"Now, it was my turn to leave my mark on Ambrosia."
After living in the house for about two years, the family added the pool and deck.
"We did it mainly to make the most of the beautiful outlook and weather we have here."
Last year with the impending arrival of daughter Daisy, the nesting instinct kicked in.
"A friend of mine said it went into overdrive.
"Instead of simply painting the nursery, we gutted the house, with the exception of the bedrooms.
"We put in a new provincial-style kitchen that now flows into the open space living area.
"The new kitchen really is the hub of the house and I love it, it makes it such an easy house for a family.
"We also added a new bedroom for Daisy and we also put in a gorgeous new bathroom.
"We didn't go over the top, it's not bigger than we need, and it's a great size for a family of four.
"I think the house still maintains the charm of the original farmhouse Ambrosia, but we have made it more comfortable and contemporary.
"The house is warm and cosy in winter with the fireplace and throughout the rest of the year we're basically outside," Justine said.
"A big part of living here for me is enjoying the gardens and being on the land.
"I love to walk in the garden, or to go for walks around the area, seeing the cattle and the chooks; it's all part of being in the country."