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Idyllic Collette Dinnigan-designed homestead hits the market

This sprawling estate boasts chic interiors and a thriving kitchen garden.

Springfield, a sprawling homestead once owned and renovated by celebrated Australian fashion designer Collette Dinnigan has hit the market, for sale by expressions of interest. Dinnigan purchased the Southern Highlands property in Avoca, NSW for $4.5 million in 2016 and transformed it according to her signature understated-elegance-meets-boho-style before promptly selling it for $7.25 million just 18 months later. Since then, Springfield has operated as short term accommodation and as a health and wellness retreat, Life at Springfield.

The 7-bedroom homestead is set on a 20-acre parcel of land that overlooks the glorious slopes of Mount Gibraltar and is surrounded by several outbuildings including a 3-bedroom farmhouse, eco-lodge and two studios. Recent changes to the property have focussed on making the property self-sufficient, and a 100-panel solar system along with a trio of Tesla batteries, power the estate. 

Rosemary Hall is the heart of Springfield. (Image: Domain)
The main 7-bedroom farmhouse is actually two independent homes set beneath a single roofline. (Image: Domain)

So, could you be the new owner of this chic country estate? Let’s take a tour.

The Kitchen

An open-plan farmhouse kitchen complete with an AGA forms the heart of this kitchen at Springfield.

An AGA oven is the standout feature in this open-plan farmhouse kitchen. (Image: Domain)

The current owners, who have a passion for permaculture, have created an expansive organic kitchen garden which sees them harvest a rotating crop of carrots, pumpkins, salad leaves, broccoli and herbs all year round.

The interiors

Collette Dinnigan began her interior design career in 2016 when she was invited to create the interiors for apartment development Golf House in Sydney’s Surry Hills. Since then, she has put her chic stamp on a number of properties, including Bannisters by the Sea in Mollymook, NSW. Her signature style is on show at Springfield, where crisp white walls act as a perfect backdrop to pops of blue.

Sunlight streams into a chic white-and-blue bedroom at Springfield’s Rosemary Hall. (Image: Domain)
An open plan living and dining room with double height ceilings in Rosemary Hall. (Image: Domain)
Stunning views from a bathroom in The Studio. (Image: Domain)

The garden

Shortly after purchasing the property, the current owners shared their plans to introduce native trees and bushes back into the garden in Life at Springfield’s journal. “Our dream is to live in a forest, surrounded by wildlife. So, that’s the plan, to reforest Springfield.”

Working alongside Native Grace, the current owners intended to plant thousands of native trees on the property. (Image: Domain)
Climbing plants make their way up along the side of The Studio. (Image: Domain)

If you’d love to experience the beauty of Collette Dinnigan’s interior design in the flesh, you can! Rosedale Beach House was recently revamped by the chic designer, and is available to rent for short term accommodation.

For more information about Springfield, visit the Domain listing.

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