Victoriana luxe: 4 Willowtree Drive, Werribee, 3030

By Carole Levy

All Victoriana sophistication kerbside, this large residence rocks the era’s look inside as well, but it’s been tweaked to meet today’s love of open-plan spaces and contemporary enhancement. Of course, the pool and neighbouring dual-level summerhouse/man cave out back are alluring elements, too.


4 Willowtree Drive, Werribee 3030


The house, on about 865 square metres, has an attractive, consistent palette of soft green with white trims, while ornate or stepped cornices on high ceilings are painted to either blend in or contrast. The richness of bamboo floorboards are a warm counterpoint all through. Stepped skirts, corbelled arches and bay windows uphold the period look.

A gas log fire with ornate surround is the focal point in a large lounge room off an entry hall that continues past a separate study, powder room and laundry across from the timber stairway.

A door ahead provides separation from the expansive living domain where another gas log fire with ornate surround sits within a bay window.

The brilliant kitchen salutes the French provincial style, with a vast amount of beech joinery in a cream shade accompanying a giant stone-topped island bench. The butler’s sink has provincial tapware, and a fabulous Falcon cooking range will delight the serious cook.

The four fitted bedrooms, main bathroom and separate toilet are upstairs. The main bedroom and its neighbour have access to a lace-trimmed balcony, an en suite with leadlight porthole window, a timber vanity and other period-style flourishes. The main bathroom, with clawfoot tub, is similarly appointed.

Out back, the solar-heated pool with spa and water feature is rimmed with sealed aggregate and has a glass fence. A stylish undercover area links with the pool, while a dual-level “barn” (power/plumbed) with three sets of french doors to its verandah is within a step of the pool. It’s set up as a great man cave with a bar and abundant storage space remaining.

The drive-through double garage has a large workshop area, as well as a shower room for post-swim ablutions, while a big area of lawn – amid pretty gardens – allows the kids and pets to run around.

The station and Watton Street’s cafes and boutiques are five minutes by car, Werribee Secondary High School a fraction less.


4 Willowtree Drive, Werribee 3030 (Photo supplied)
4 Willowtree Drive, Werribee 3030 (Photo supplied)
4 Willowtree Drive, Werribee 3030 (Photo supplied)