Jonathan Chancellor | 18 February 2013

Shannon Bennett and Madeleine West buy the 1881 South Yarra mansion, Barwon

The celebrity chef Shannon Bennett has spent possibly close to $5 million to buy South Yarra's historic Victorian mansion, Barwon.

The Vue de Monde restaurateur and wife, actor Madeleine West, have subsequently sold their home in Kensington over the weekend for a price believed to be $1.6 million plus.

The 1881 Cromwell Road, South Yarra property last traded for $2.8 million in 2005, but now comes with a contemporary extension to the original Percy Oakden designed home.


It has four bedrooms, plus two studies along with a self-contained apartment in its pool house on its 1266 square metre holding.

It was initially listed around August last year with $5.5 million hopes selling quietly to the celebrity couple last December.

Madeleine West has currently put her Lennox Street, Richmond apartment up for sale.

The Kensington property was listed with price hopes of $1.5 million to $1.65 million. It's a chef’s dream.

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