Jonathan Chancellor | 21 November 2012

No makeover needed for Dural’s Beauty and the Geek location Le Chateau

Le Chateau, a landmark manor house at Dural, remains for sale, having been listed last month with $6.5 million hopes. Mixing modern with medieval, the prestige listing in the semi-rural Hills District north-west of Sydney is best recognised as the location of the Channel 7 television show Beauty and the Geek.

Owned by telco millionaire Colin Marland and his wife, Julie Anne, the vast French-inspired mansion is set on two hectares of manicured grounds. It is for sale through Christie's agents Ken Jacobs and Darren Curtis.

The two-storey residence has five bedrooms, each with a travertine en suite and walk-in wardrobe.

There is a grand entry foyer leading to formal and informal living, dining and entertainment areas, including a family room with an eight-metre-high ceiling, all designed by American architectural firm Design Traditions.

The vast 1,770-square-metre Vineys Lane residence was built in 1997 for Ian Beilby, who made his money from hair-care products, electrical appliances and property development, and his wife, Jill, who sold Le Chateau for $4 million to the Marlands in 2000.

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