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Take a Peek Inside Willoughby’s Enchanting Gingerbread House

December 19, 2021

With its biscuit coloured walls and storybook exterior, Willoughby’s historic Pommy Lodge always reminds us of a Gingerbread house. Its history, however, is as fascinating as its architecture and here’s a fabulous peek inside…

The Pommy Lodge – or as many refer to it – Willoughby’s gingerbread house – is known by everyone who has ever passed by Penshurst St. And that’s a lot considering it was built in the 1860s.

This charming two-storey property whose name is thought to be derived from POME – Persons of Mother England – is spread across 552sqm, and has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There’s a large open living area or studio with sandstone walls, a rising ceiling similar to the ones you’d see in cathedrals, and open fireplaces.

gingerbread house

According to James Snodgrass and Di Burcham, who last sold the property via Forsyth Real Estate, it’s believed to have been the very first building in Willoughby. It’s been a shoe maker’s cottage, a school, a church, a post office, a residence and the home and studio of the late artist John Butler since 1974.

It was the well-known local artist who took on the painstaking task to remove layers of paint to reveal the cottage’s true sandstone interior and exterior and made some additions to the property including a rustically styled bathroom, an update to the kitchen and a sunny living room and main bedroom with French doors to the lush green garden.

gingerbread house

gingerbread house

After 40 years since its last trade, the gingerbread house entered a new era in 2015 when the heritage-listed house was put up for sale and taken off the market for $1,650,000. The new owners are sure to be loving their historical fairytale home.

If you pass by it, stop for a moment and remember its history, the people that have passed through its doors and how it’s one of those beautiful old buildings that represent the Willoughby we love.

Click through for a video showing more on this enchanting local home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9PYWoagHDk

With thanks to Forsyth Real Estate Willoughby – serving the local area’s real estate needs since 1898 www://forsyth.com.au/

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