They left their family and friends behind in Melbourne to buy and run a Bed and Breakfast in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Now, New Idea has discovered that Spence and Kerrie’s luxurious homestead named The Paddocks has closed its doors – issuing an apology on its website.
‘Paddocks is currently not open for business. We apologise for the inconvenience.’
Located on 42 acres [17 hectares], the 100-year-old hobby farm, which the couple are believed to have purchased for around $805,000, features two self-contained suites that are ideal for couples. \Booking sites describe the accommodation as ‘a must in the Barossa’ with rooms available from about $290 a night.
While the reason behind its closure is not yet known, Spence, a prestige award-winning builder, is believed to have sold his Grand Designs featured Park Orchards home for an asking price of $3 million in order to purchase the Barossa property.
‘It was quite a special house,’ Spence, 46, says of the bespoke four-bedroom home.
‘It had a lot of glass, a lot of timber and rammed earth...it was on two-thirds of an acre.’
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