Charming cottage built in 1880s listed for sale in Middle Dural

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John Hackett is selling his Middle Dural property

An original 1880s farmhouse in Middle Dural has just been listed for sale with its vendors hoping to find a special buyer who will carry on their love for the property.

John and Mary Hackett moved to the three bedroom weatherboard cottage on Old Northern Rd almost 30 years ago to raise their family and set-up a herb business.

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Their colourful gardens — featuring an array of blooms — would also play host to local gardening groups keen to gather tips and samples.

“Mary put in some magnificent plants — every part of the garden had a different fragrance or herb and there was a story about every rose,’ Mr Hackett said.

John Hackett on the front veranda of his heritage listed property in Middle Dural

“The kids always had their friends over and they would pitch tents up outside, so it really has been a delightful journey. It is time to move on and let someone who is equally as adventurous preserve the home and take over.”

The property had once been part of a larger 40ha estate — mostly apple orchards — owned by Hills pioneers the Porter family.

The home still retains many original features

It was later purchased by the Webb family who subdivided the land. The cottage, set on just under half a hectare, was sold to the Hacketts in the early 1990s.

The couple have undertaken some restoration on the cottage recreating what it would have looked like almost 140 years ago.

Old timber swing doors open up onto the wrap around veranda, there is even the original door knocker. Remnants of its original outside laundry complete with a rustic large pot.

The old outside laundry

The couple have also found countless horse shoes scattered across the property over the years.

Agent Sandy Ward from Ray White Dural said she received her first enquiry on the property, known as Heritage Haven, just 30 seconds after it was listed online.

As it is located on a popular tourist route, she believes there is commercial potential subject to approval.

“It really is one of the few originals left and I would love to see someone turn it into a gallery or coffee shop — there is enough room to build another house at the back,” Ms Ward said.

The cottage is scheduled to be auctioned on-site on October 12 at 10am.

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