28 March 2019

Historic 1840s' Gunning homestead comes with a rich past, stables and creek frontage

| Glynis Quinlan
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‘Boureong Homestead’ has a rich and sometimes chequered history. All photos supplied by Schute Bell Badgery Lumby.

An attractive heritage-listed homestead built in the 1840s and sitting on 29.2 acres of rich alluvial creek flats is on the market in Gunning and comes complete with red brick stables, a large grain shed and double frontage to Meadow Creek.

‘Boureong Homestead’ on Dalton Road is one of Gunning’s oldest homesteads and was built by Peter Best with “excellent workmanship” to a Victorian/Georgian design after he was granted the land in 1839.

Peter, whose brother Robert Holt Best was the founder of Wagga Wagga, married Eliza Lawless in 1841 and raised four children at Boureong. Thanks to its proximity to the railway station, the property became a convenient place for loading beef and grain for the Sydney markets.
Once part of a bigger property named ‘Albert Vale’, Boureong Homestead has a rich and chequered history which includes raids by bushrangers, breeding famous thoroughbreds and a line of long-term committed landowners.

The property’s current owners have continued with the restoration of the historic home and have run a small herd of Angus breeding cows.

On the market for $1.25 million, Boureong Homestead is located on the edge of the Gunning township and about 45 minutes’ drive from Canberra.

Listing agent Cameron McIvor of Schute Bell Badgery Lumby describes the homestead as charming and spacious and says it has been well looked after, retaining its attractive heritage features.

“It’s a lifestyle property but also suits someone who wants to have a dabble with a hobby farm, and there’s the opportunity for doing something in hospitality given the quality and character of the building,” Mr McIvor said.

Boureong Homestead has sandstone rubble foundations, walls of Flemish bond brickwork pointed with cream mortar timber floors and 14-foot ceilings.

The home includes three downstairs bedrooms, two large livings rooms with fireplaces, and a concealed attic upstairs which can be used as a fourth bedroom.

An enclosed walkway connects this main area with an older colonial granite dwelling with a random rubble kitchen and another three rooms including a spiral staircase to an upstairs loft.

Near the homestead are the red brick stables/coach house which was built around the same time as the main house.

Landscaped gardens and lawns surround the homestead and lead down to a ‘Monet inspired’ garden lake set against a background of green paddocks.

For more information about the property or to arrange an inspection contact Mr McIvor on 0429 900 118 or co-listing agent Anthony Harris of Harris Estate Agents on 0477 242 428 or click here.

Original Article published by Glynis Quinlan on the RiotACT.

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Canberrarealestateagent6:50 pm 03 Mar 19

Besides the beautiful photography. These houses with such character and design are lovely. In my opinion the era of build is crafty compared to today economical houses.

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