We drive occasionally around the Bellarine Peninsular exploring
roads we've never travelled before but we hadn't found this one. Campbell Point
House as private property on Lake Connewarre isn't for the likes of us!
Once upon a time it was the place where Aboriginal tribes gathered.
Wow - how the other half can live - though now this fine 'French' chateau - is
not a family home but a reception centre. Recently those cooks on TV used the
location for a shoot. I noticed one sentence in the article. "It's gated
and very private'. Hmmm. Not that I'm jealous of such a house but
it does seem excessive in this day and age. Tell this to the renters in
Corio and Whittington eh!
REVEALED: The luxury Leopold house that Masterchef was
MARGARET LINLEY GEELONG ADVERTISER JUNE 19, 2014 12:00AM
MASTERCHEF is a “well-oiled machine” according to
Aaron Parkhill, who opened the doors of his multi-million dollar property in
Leopold for Thursday’s episode of the program.
And as viewers of MasterChef will
notice, Campbell Point House is no ordinary home.“You would be hard-pressed to
find a more beautiful location anywhere in the world,” Mr Parkhill said.He
estimates he has spent more than $10 million on Campbell Point House, a 150sqm
French-styled chateau he designed himself and had built on 16 hectares “It’s at
least that, but I really have no idea,” he said. “If I had more (money) I’d
spend it.”Mr Parkhill is the nephew of Frank Lowy, of Westfield fame, a man who
was last year nominated Australia’s second richest man (BRW Rich 200).He said
he was happy to oblige when one of the MasterChef producers
came asking for use of the property to film in March.
.“It was one of the most spectacular days
here,’’ Mr Parkhill said.“They were here at 6am and set up the time lapse
cameras. I can’t wait to see the show. It’s really going to highlight how
beautiful this region is.”
Campbell Point House belies its youth; only
six years old, it looks established and settled, as though it has been there on
the edge of Lake Connewarre for much longer.
Mr Parkhill, his wife Meg Blackhall and three
children were living in Sydney when he found the land on Lake Connewarre for
his indulgence.“I knew I wanted to the children to go to
school in Geelong and it was a big enough city,” he said. “This area here feels
like a secret.”
Built as the family home, but of such grand
proportions that the entire family felt itself drawn together living in the
master suite, it took only three years before the family pulled the plug and
left to live in a waterfront apartment in Geelong.“It didn’t work out with
young children,” he said. “We needed somewhere we could all be on the same
level. My wife thought it was a nightmare.”
The property has a host of features including
a fully-self-contained pool house with a red cedar sauna, championship grass
tennis court, private jetty, helipad.The house itself has five exceptionally
large bedrooms, a huge cigar room, billiards room, enormous dining room,
conservatory and a multitude of features not immediately apparent (the house
crest etched into marble fireplaces, for instance)
.It’s gated and very private.