New purpose
Australian House & Garden Magazine|August 2020
New purpose
Treasures collected from a life well-travelled give this refurbished Mornington Peninsula homestead real character and style.
Yvette Caprioglio

Melbourne couple Lisa and John Zeigler were taking an early morning motorbike ride to Cape Schanck, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, when they came across this beautiful homestead. As it happened, the 13-hectare property, known as Maroolaba, was for sale. The Zeiglers decided it had to be theirs. “We just knew it was right for us,” says Lisa. “We both felt an instant emotional connection with it.”

Built-in 1863, the house felt rather tired after a long life as an office for a horse-breeding facility. Lisa and John are no strangers to building and renovation projects so were up to the challenge of making the homestead great again. The couple called on a regular collaborator, architect Iain Dykes, and set about transforming the businesslike house into an inviting home.

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August 2020