After more than five years on and off the market, Dalkeith House, the two-storey gabled Tudor-style mansion at Mount Martha, has been sold for about $2 million.
The four-hectare property at 245 Nepean Highway came with initial $5 million hopes in 2007 and then was relisted with $4 million hopes in 2009 by the Heber family, who fully restored the property since paying $1,725,000 in 2004. It was most recently listed at $2.65 million.
The five-bedroom Dalkeith House residence includes original half-timber wall finishes, stone chimneys and leadlight picture windows.
The grounds includes an orchard, horse paddock, tennis court and swimming pool.
Over the years Dalkeith House has been used as a wedding reception venue, bed-and-breakfast accommodation – even the site of Agatha Christie-type murder-mystery parties.
In 1974, the Dalkeith House estate, which was then around 34 hectares, was bequeathed to three hospitals – the Royal Melbourne, St Vincents and The Alfred.
The hospitals later onsold it as a private home.
It's been listed over time through Bennison Mackinnon, in conjunction with Aqua Real Estate and RT Edgar, which has its listed as sold.
It is believed to have been built around 1938, with parts of the home dating back to at least 1911.
There were reportedly 24 full-time staff at the property, which spread over more than 700 acres on the west side of Mount Martha.