A grand old Queenslander in Ipswich with a tale to tell

Built in 1913 by the then Ipswich mayor, Fredrick Golbey, Pen Y Llechwedd was one of the town’s forgotten treasures. Today, it’s a family home boasting the style and comfort of the modern era while retaining all the charm of yesteryear.

Pen Y llechweddDesigned by renowned Ipswich architect, George Brockwell Gill, this grand old Queenslander in Ipswich is now home to Adam and Nicole Cox and their blended family.

“I had been driving past Pen Y Llechwedd daily for almost five years, and while there are many beautiful homes on this street, this one was the only one I ever saw,” says Nicole of the journey that led her and her husband, Adam, to purchasing the property in 2014. “It was quite rundown, but I would dream about having a glass of wine at the end of the day on that beautiful front verandah, and would think about the story the house must hold.”

Their much-anticipated renovation has sensitively altered the layout to include an extra three bedrooms to accommodate their family. The home now has six bedrooms, two living areas, three bathrooms and a library, and has been fully restored to its heritage grandeur.

Nicole and Adam have peeled back the history of the home – thanks in part to the stories that were told during a visit from the family of the original owners. Thanks to their recollections, the Cox family have been able to piece together a rich history for the place they now call home.

Nicole is, understandably, enamoured with Pen Y Llechwedd, and has taken to sharing its new life as their family home on her popular blog, The Builder’s Wife, which she started when they purchased the home.

And Adam and Nicole were in good stead when renovating the home – their business, Fernbrooke Homes, is a bespoke construction company specialising in building quality renovations and extensions of Queenslanders and custom-built homes.

“The greatest pleasure has been discovering the personality our Queenslander home has. It really has grown to become such a loving and warm family home for us all,” adds Nicole.

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Pen Y llechwedd front door

Pen Y llechwedd kitchen

Pen Y llechwedd dining

Pen Y llechwedd loungeroom

Pen Y llechwedd lounge

Pen Y llechwedd entry hal

Pen Y llechwedd library study

Pen Y llechwedd bathroom

Pen Y llechwedd master bedroom

Styling by Rachael Honner 
Photography by Hannah Puechmarin