18 September 2020

Buyers flock to ultimate rural lifestyle retreat 30 minutes from Canberra

| Katrina Condie
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Petrichor Farm

Welcome to Petrichor Farm, created without compromise. Photos: Supplied.

The magnificent Petrichor Farm at 89 Hastings Way in Gundaroo is attracting a huge amount of interest both locally and interstate ahead of its auction on 27 September.

With a spectacular designer home, as well as a beautifully restored 1960s cottage and a stunning function centre, this 68-hectare property offers a world of opportunity to live, work and play just 30 minutes from Canberra city.

Richard Luton from Luton Properties said the open homes, held every Tuesday and Sunday, had attracted parties from all over NSW, with one potential buyer even flying from Sydney by helicopter to stay in the cottage and explore the unique rural holding.

Speaking while soaking in views from the property on Tuesday, Mr Luton said Petrichor Farm was “more than just a hobby farm” and presented a “sensational lifestyle opportunity”.

“The options are wide open,” he said. “It’s good, arable land ideal for horses, cattle or maybe a vineyard or truffle farm.

“The newly constructed residence is impeccably appointed throughout with views across the acreage and back to Canberra.

“Then you drive down to the original old shearing shed and lovingly restored two-bedroom cottage which is currently used as an Airbnb. The event centre has a fully equipped commercial kitchen and restaurant, making it ideal for hosting weddings and corporate days.”

Layout of the property

So much space, so many options.

Mr Luton said with COVID-19, people were looking to get out of the city and seeking a regional escape.

“We’ve had wedding planners, restaurateurs from Sydney and photographers showing interest in this luxury rural lifestyle property that offers seclusion, but is so close to Canberra.”

The five-bedroom architecturally designed homestead offers generous spaces, high ceilings, hickory engineered timber floors and supreme quality fittings and fixtures, as well as Wee Jasper Bluestone feature rock and timber walls.

The sprawling residence over 512 square metres includes formal living areas with two-way fireplace, relaxed living spaces, a superb master suite with sensational views, 4.5 ensuite/bathrooms, rumpus, library, cinema room, gym, sauna, fully lined triple garage and wine cellar featuring recycled bridge timbers and copper from a barbershop in Braddon.

The kitchen with Caesarstone benchtops, hot, cold and sparkling water tap, gas cooking and walk-in butler’s pantry, flows into the family and meals area which then opens onto a covered entertainment deck with the most outstanding rural outlook.

Function centre

The function centre is ideal for weddings or corporate events.

Nearby, the beautiful open plan event space has capacity for 120 sit down and 150 cocktail guests and is fully equipped with a commercial kitchen and bar, opening onto a timber deck and a feature fireplace.

There’s even a heli-pad for the ultimate wedding arrival!

A second dwelling, an original two-bedroom cottage, approved by Yass Valley Council as a serviced apartment, has recently been refurbished and includes a kitchen, bathroom, open plan living and a deck with an outdoor bathtub.

The 1960s cottage

A 1960s cottage on the property has been lovingly renovated.

Mr Luton said with its excellent farming facilities and infrastructure, Petrichor Farm has been created without compromise.

“Peacefully positioned, yet conveniently close to Sutton and Gundaroo villages and a 30 minute drive to Canberra, this is one of the most exceptional offerings in the rural vicinity,” he added.

The property boasts four main paddocks, seven dams, a bore, shearing shed and cattle yards, with a 130,000-litre drinking water storage tank and 130,000 litre bore water tank.

Impressive timber posts and decking at the events venue and large timber posts that are a feature of the new house were sourced from an old timber bridge.

An 1800s well is located on the property and remnants of the old stone cottage also remain, while a creek running behind the shearing shed has remnants of gold fossicking, dating back to the gold rush in Gundaroo around the 1870s.

Well and machinery

The property retains many remains from bygone eras.

Mr Luton said there was potential to subdivide further if the property was re-zoned into an Eco Tourist facility.

A DA for glamping, allowing for 136 individual tents on-site, provides an additional opportunity to use the property as more of a facility to generate further income.

There are currently no events booked in at the facility due to COVID-19 and the sale, but the current vendors are happy to continue to provide catering services for future events.

You can view Petrichor Farm at 89 Hastings Way in Gundaroo and other hot properties at Zango. Petrichor Farm is open for inspection on Sundays and Tuesdays by appointment ahead of the auction on Saturday, 27 September at 11:00 am. Contact Richard Luton 0418 697 844 or Sophie Luton 0410 750 413 at Luton Manuka for further details.

Original Article published by Katrina Condie on The RiotACT.

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