It’s every avid reader’s dream, their own private library crammed to the brim with novels, biographies and periodicals.
A luxury few homes afford these days, most book lovers can only fantasise about having a dedicated room set aside for storing their beloved collection of books and locking themselves away for hours on end.
With the rise of Kindles, theatre rooms and Netflix, private libraries are becoming a nostalgic home feature, a rare indulgence only a sentimental few can afford and strive for.
But there is nothing quite so grand, rich and impressive as a private reading room or library. We feel and hope this old fashioned interior trend will never completely go out of fashion.
So, bookworms rejoice, we’ve scoured our listings from all over the country and found seven of the most envy-inducing home libraries and reading rooms currently up for sale.
Home office with wow-factor
When you envision an impressive home library set up, this mighty example at 44 Aroona Street can't be far off. Spanning over the two levels of the home through a void, and featuring two rolling library ladders, this study would suit even the pickiest of book collectors.
Reading room with a cool secret
This sprawling 7-bedroom river front house oozes luxury and opulence from every room. This light filled reading room is no exception. Rumour has it, like something out of an episode of Scooby Doo, if you know just where to slide one of the large timber bookshelves a secret room with wet bar is revealed! Can you see yourself cosying up in front of the fireplace, scotch in hand perusing the latest spy thriller?
A study fit for a king
The lavish features of this European-inspired 9-bedroom fortress will take your breath away. The home office alone contains rich timber panelling, custom made cabinetry, gold fittings and even a fully appointed bar. Be transported back in time not only by your novels, but by the bell-tower, wine cellar, medieval inspired staircase, glass observatory and hand-painted murals throughout the rest of the home.
Beautifully restored and extended over three years, we can't think of a better place to spend a sunny afternoon than the stunning glass library conservatory of this Italianate mansion. With sweet window seats you can overlook the lush gardens as your pour over your favourite reading materials.
Circa 1905, this historical residence has been masterfully restored to the glory of a bygone era. Showcasing the original jarrah floorboards, high ceilings, a chandelier, fireplace and comfy wingback armchairs, this library would the perfect environment to indulge in some Jane Austen, Charles Dickens or work of the Bronte sisters.
Cosy with period charm
Old world charm is alive and well in the study of this 6-bedroom 2.4 acre estate. With high pressed metal ceilings, a stunning fireplace and french windows, this looks like an ideal set up to curl up with a pile of books. The home's grand conservatory also wouldn't be a bad spot to sneak some alone time too.
Several mini libraries
A love for books is on clear display in rooms throughout this grand colonial, where its ivy adorned exterior even looks like something out of a fairytale. The great built-in shelving in the main living room, study and bedrooms show off an impressive collection of books, and act as a reminder that we can all fit a small library almost anywhere into our own homes.
We hope these incredible rooms have inspired you to make a cuppa, put your feet up and get stuck into the latest must-read.
For more Australian dream properties take a look at these five ultimate homes for embracing your inner child and nine incredible cabin retreats for sale.
Happy house hunting!
The Homely Team
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