Hanging Rock Christmas Tree Farm for sale after almost 20 years
It’s been looking a lot like Christmas for about 20 years at Daryl Brown’s place.
But after almost two decades running the Hanging Rock Christmas Tree Farm from his Hesket home he’s hanging up the chainsaw.
And rather than be a Grinch about it, he’s put the more than 12ha farm at 699 Romsey Rd up for grabs so another of Santa’s little helpers can take the reins.
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“We sell out every year,” Mr Brown said.
“We’ve scaled it right back, with 800 trees now. But we had 4000 at one time.”
The Christmas tree farm in the shadow of Hanging Rock started out of a spare paddock where his son began growing them so he could make some money to buy his first car.
Mr Brown and his wife Vera have run it as a hobby since then, with a little help from their dog Murph, and it’s become a mainstay for locals.
Past customers have even included rock royalty, with Darryl Cotton once dropping in with a van to collect a tree.
“I’ve loved talking to the people and their kids, it’s such an exciting time for the youngsters and I get just as much fun out of seeing them enjoy it all,” Mr Brown said.
For those planning to pick up a tree this Christmas his advice is to make sure it gets water every day, is kept out of direct sunlight and gets covered in decorations that mean something to you.
“We travel and over the years we have always brought back a Christmas decoration, so we decorate the tree that way,” Mr Brown said.
Beyond the Christmas trees, there’s a fair chance some of the home’s other features will be on buyers’ wishlists.
The 80 solar panels on the roof more than cover the household needs, and put energy back onto the grid at a 66 cent to the kilowatt return.
“And the water is from the bore or the tank, so we don’t pay for water or power,” Mr Brown said.
Growing their own vegetables and fruit is another handy addition to the charming, country-style four-bedroom house, as is space to run cattle.
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RT Edgar Macedon Ranges real estate agent Beverley Higgs said the unique property, named Altavista, was expected to sell for $1.3-$1.4 million.