Vegies, fruit trees and solar power: Escape to the good life and enjoy plenty of room to grow

56 Darby Rd, Echunga. Picture: Supplied.
Looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of suburban life and enjoy life in your own slice or rural paradise?
Boasting a mix of horse paddocks, vegetable gardens, fruit trees and a self-contained studio, this versatile 4.47ha Echunga property – named Providence – could be the answer.

56 Darby Rd, Echunga. Picture: Supplied.

Keith and Jen Chiswell and two of their four sons moved from Adelaide 11 years ago, attracted by the property’s spaciousness – both inside the updated five-bedroom brick veneer home and out.
“We like to entertain a fair bit and there is a lounge room, a family room and a rumpus room – and they’re all sizeable,” Mr Chiswell says. “When we first saw it, we thought it was an ideal home … it gives everyone their own space.”

56 Darby Rd, Echunga. Picture: Supplied.

And with six paddocks, stables and a fully-fenced arena, Providence is set up for horse-lovers. “My wife had two horses at the time we moved up here … and it just seemed to fit the bill,” Mr Chiswell says. “It is quite unique.”
The property is ideally set up for self-sufficient living, with an 8kW solar system, an orchard – boasting a wide variety of fruit trees – a chicken coop and six vegetable plots among its standout features.

56 Darby Rd, Echunga. Picture: Supplied.
There is also a fully-equipped bore, rainwater tanks and shedding, while the solar-heated pool is another attraction.
Moving back into the city for family reasons, Mr Chiswell hopes the next owners would enjoy Providence as much as they had: “The place has been absolutely fantastic for us … we’ve really enjoyed the space and the quiet,” he says.

56 Darby Rd, Echunga. Picture: Supplied.

He says the property offers plenty of options, with the possibility of renting out the stables and paddocks as agistment.
There is also a versatile separate self-contained studio which could be used as a home office or separate accommodation.