Period home with lake frontage.
With just those five words, North East property Bethanga Park was advertised in the late 1990s.
The two-line classified notice caught the interest of a professional couple then living in Table Top.
They spent the next 22 years enhancing and upgrading the historic homestead but now intend to downsize, putting it on the market where it is expected to attract seven-figure offers.
Set on about 41 hectares, 1212 Lake Road, Bethanga, boasts a Lake Hume outlook that first won over its current owners.
"This was just a house in a paddock, there was nothing modern about it at all," Natalie recalled.
"The view was everything when we walked around the verandah.
"It's just the most beautiful place to live, and if you listen, there's no noise."
Today the home offers 85 squares under roof, including the wrap-around verandah, four bedrooms, office, three bathrooms, four toilets, formal lounge, formal dining room, a gym or studio, billiard room, open plan living area and a large kitchen previously approved for commercial use.
Period features such as high ornate ceilings, cedar panelling, fireplaces, jarrah timber flooring, bay windows and original display cabinets in the scullery point to Bethanga Park's long history.
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But Lake Hume's creation meant this house would be flooded, so it was demolished and the present single-storey residence built on higher ground in the 1920s.
Natalie said lower dam levels revealed the footings of the original building.
"Our kids used to spend hours down there looking for treasure," she said.
Activities on their doorstep like swimming, fishing, camping and canoeing also provided plenty of fun.
"Our boys lived on the lake," she said.
"Our signal was always 'Cooee'; 'cooee' travels across water quite well."
The grounds include a self contained modern one-bedroom cottage, low maintenance landscaped garden, inground swimming pool with solar heating, triple garage, sheds, ample water and 12 paddocks.
Bethanga Park will be sold via expressions of interest and Greg Wood, of Wood Real Estate, has already received "a whole swag of different inquiries".
Interest has come from people seeking room for horses or cattle or just a lifestyle change, with many queries from Melbourne residents.
Mr Wood said the property lay only 20 minutes from Albury Airport and the region's ease of access to Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra made it attractive to buyers.
"It's a lovely area and I think people are starting to realise that," he said.
Natalie admits it will be hard to leave Bethanga Park, but remembers advice once given by a landscape designer.
"At the end of the day, houses like this you don't own them, you're just a custodian for a period of time," she said.
"You're passing through its history and you're just fortunate enough to be here."