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The beauty and charm of Rosealynd House could bring in tourist dollars

Lindee-Anne Flack dressed in the period costume of 1920 to  match Rosealynd House in West Wiangaree which will open for tours.
Lindee-Anne Flack dressed in the period costume of 1920 to match Rosealynd House in West Wiangaree which will open for tours. Susanna Freymark

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to separate Lindee-Anne Flack and her house.

Every object, every lick of paint and sanded old cupboard bears her touch.

When we visited, strains of A Bird in a Gilded Cage wafted through the fly screen door of the 1900s home and then she appeared.

Dressed in a glamorous 1920s outfit, Ms Flack showed us the beauty and grace of Rosealynd House.

IN THE PAST: Lindee-Anne Flack dressed in the period costume of 1920 to match Rosealynd House in West Wiangaree which will open for tours.
IN THE PAST: Lindee-Anne Flack dressed in the period costume of 1920 to match Rosealynd House in West Wiangaree which will open for tours. Susanna Freymark

With her husband Adam Flack, she has created somewhere other worldly and light streams through the large windows and the pinks, greys and crimsons of the furniture reflect the effort this couple has put into a house they hope will be the start of a new business in tourist guides.

Entrance to Rosealynd House.
Entrance to Rosealynd House.

"We'll start when we get the first phone call,” Ms Flack said.

They were hard-working, Ms Flack said.

"We are full on making our dream come true,” she said.

Two years ago, a diagnosis of melanoma and a prognosis of "10 years left” was a catalyst for Ms Flack to push for her dream.

Her husband travels weekly to do IT work at Sunshine Coast schools and on weekends looks after the Suffolk sheep in the back paddock.

ABOVE: Suffolk sheep at Rosealynd House near Kyogle.
ABOVE: Suffolk sheep at Rosealynd House near Kyogle. Picasa

The couple have only been in Kyogle for 19 months and love the place almost as much as the house they found on the Wiangaree Back Road.

Ms Flack's approach to decorating the run down house was to fill it "old stuff”.

"Surround yourself with things you love,” she said.

"We know when things feel right - you sigh.”

Lindee-Anne Flack dressed in the period costume of 1920 to  match Rosealynd House in West Wiangaree which will open for tours.
Lindee-Anne Flack dressed in the period costume of 1920 to match Rosealynd House in West Wiangaree which will open for tours. Susanna Freymark

Not long after they moved into the house, the former owners, the O'Reillys came to visit and were able to share the history of the place.

This delighted Ms Flack and gives her more background for tourists when they visit.

"This house was a dairy for 60 years and I will remind people how bloody hard life was then,” she said.

"You will feel the past here.”

In the kitchen.
In the kitchen. Susanna Freymark

Ms Flack said it was hard for her husband to live with a stylist.

"I want to make everything beautiful but this is still a working farm,” she said.

Keen to share what they have created, Ms Flack embodies daily life and what she has.

A restored ice box.
A restored ice box. Susanna Freymark

Book a tour of Rosealynd House or a tour package which includes a visit to the Wilsons' robotic dairy and a long table lunch at The Risk Hall.

Prices start at $50. Find out more at www.roselyndhouse.com.au or on their Facebook Page or call 66321137.

Topics:  interior design kyogle northern rivers renovation rosealynd house tourism wiangaree



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