AWARD WINNER: This spectacular Dunluce property perched on almost 31ha at Tallegalla is a masterpiece, presented in all of its refined glory.
AWARD WINNER: This spectacular Dunluce property perched on almost 31ha at Tallegalla is a masterpiece, presented in all of its refined glory. Contributed

Glorious Celtic joy

DUNLUCE means "castle on a hill" in Celtic, and this Tallegalla mansion is just that when you see it in all its glory.

Perched high on 31.7ha, this masterpiece is only 16 years old, but has character and integrity inspired by a castle the owner's ancestors built in Northern Ireland in the 1100s.

The homestead was constructed from recycled materials the owners collected 15 years before, from all over the world.

Its facade features convict cut sandstone, sourced from The Rocks precinct of inner Sydney, as well as porphyry stone from demolished 19th century buildings in Brisbane.

All of the stone was individually sized, dressed and split by hand on site.

The owners collected large Queensland red cedar logs which had been felled years earlier. The home features more than 9cu m of red cedar, which was also milled by hand on site.

Cast iron posts used in the construction were imported from Scotland, circa mid 1800s. Many internal and external cedar doors originally came from the National Hotel in Brisbane.

The terracotta chimney pots were bought from an antique dealer and shipped from England, and the external lights around the verandas are old Melbourne tram lights.

Dunluce, built by builder Alan Cooper, was named Queensland Master Builders Association West Moreton House of the Year in 1997.

The four-bedroom homestead has four chimney stacks, six fireplaces and 360-degree uninterrupted views over Ipswich and surrounding towns.

Ill-health forces the sale of the prestigious property.

The auction will be held on July 12 at 10am at Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane.

For more information, phone Ray White Ipswich agent Trent Quinn on 3281 9655.



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