Colonial acreage perfect for tree-changers
WHEN Roger Brooke and Susan Reppion-Brooke inspected historic High Park seven years ago, it was love at first sight.
After living overseas then returning to Sydney, they were hoping to escape to a more temperate climate, and Lachlan in Tasmania fit the bill perfectly.
Susan said it was the kitchen in this 1860s-built sandstone home that captivated her.
“We walked in, I saw the kitchen and instantly fell in love,” she said.
“Moving here from Sydney was the best decision that we ever made.”
Among the home’s many charming period features, the wood-fire oven is perhaps the most impressive.
Susan said she might bake some bread, pizza or a roast in it during the daytime, then as the fire cools she will use it to slow-cook overnight, too.
Previous owners of the property did not use it as Susan has. She said one had plastered over the chimney, and another gave themselves quite the fright when trying to use it.
“They did not realise that the chimney had been closed, so you can imagine the smoke in the house when they attempted to use it,” Susan said.
As people who were attracted to the lifestyle that this 4ha property offers, Roger and Susan see it as “perfect for a tree-changer”.
“It is the type of property where the next owner could do as much or as little to it as they want,” Susan said.
Over the years the couple have painted the roof, updated the insulation, added a wood heater and installed an upstairs bathroom.
Outside they put in wallaby fencing, and enclosed their orchard and vegetable gardens.
When it is not winter, the gardens are a riot of colour and fresh, healthy produce.
Roger said the property lent itself to those who dream of going off-grid.
“There is a perfect spot to add solar panels,” he said. “The property has been a farm in the past and could be run as a small-hold again.”
With four bedrooms across two levels, two stylish modern bathrooms, a study and indoor-outdoor entertainment options, space will never be an issue.
A covered veranda and courtyard on the northeast side of the home provides a sunny spot ideal for relaxation or a cuppa.
Take a walk to the top of the property and the reward is a brilliant view of the Derwent Valley towards Mount Field.
The property has native trees, fruit trees, raspberry canes and vegetables.
Susan is a keen gardener and said anyone with similar interests would dearly love living on this property.
A shearing shed, chicken enclosure, storage sheds, a dam, rainwater tanks for garden irrigation and circuit pipes for irrigation add to the appeal.
The home was built near an active spring-fed dam, which will cater for all the water the owner needs for a thriving garden. The spring has never run dry.
Susan said the earliest owners of this property, the Eiszele family, built four houses along Ironstone Gully Road.
No.309 is the only one that was built using sandstone from their quarry.
“They were given a huge parcel of land and the area, Ironstone Gully, was known as German Gully by locals,” Susan said.
“They cultivated orchards and ran 200 sheep.”
Positioned just 7km from central New Norfolk, this property feels like it is worlds away from the hustle and bustle.
Roger said when they moved to Lachlan from Sydney there was a learning curve that was steep at times, such as when it was time to hand-rear their lambs. He said that was when the fabulous neighbours entered the picture, always extremely generous with their time and only too happy to help.
Fall Real Estate property consultant Jason Andrikonis described High Park as a fantastic property.
He said they had been bombarded with interested parties since it hit the market.
“There has been a lot of interest from interstate buyers in particular who are looking to relocate,” Jason said.
“It has so much to offer, from the stonework and craftsmanship of the 1860s, to the views and the proximity to New Norfolk.
“There are fantastic original features to be discovered throughout the home, with the highlight being the wood-fire oven.
“It is a beautiful, unique property with a rich history.”
No.309 Ironstone Gully Road in Lachlan is listed with Fall Real Estate at “Offers over $519,000”.
Four bedroom colonial home
Perfect kitchen for a home chef
Two cosy wood heaters
Multiple outdoor entertainment areas
Spectacular country views