If you’ve been searching for a rural property and modern’s not your thing, this historic homestead in the Bega Valley is just what you’ve been searching for.
Burchell Higgins Property sales director Guy Higgins says that from the moment you set eyes on the house, complete with verandahs and filigreed woodwork at 2038 Buckajo Road, also known as Meringlo, you’ll find all the hallmarks of the tradesmen of the past.
The gentle hills of the Bega Valley, leafy trees and green pastures can be viewed from the verandah that wraps around three sides of the home.
Inside, the floral wallpaper, detailed cornices, timber sash windows, coloured glass windows and metal fireplace with tessellated tiles all bring to mind how life used to be.
Even the original bread oven remains in place.
“It’s got all the features that many people are looking for in a lifestyle property,” Guy says.
“It’s also particularly well-located as it’s close to Canberra, the coast and the snow.”
Unlike other homesteads in the Bega Valley, the Federation-era homestead was built in 1904 from bricks made on-site by the Thatcher construction family of the early 1900s.
“It’s not a famous residence, but it is one of the standout residences in the Bega Valley.
“It has very large rooms, high ceilings, ornate timber work internally and externally, and it has panoramic views over the 430-acre property,” Guy says.
There is also a granite fireplace in the dining room to keep you and your guests warm when the winter chill strikes.
The five-bedroom, one-bathroom property has been owned by one family for more than a century.
It began life as a dairy farm before being converted into a beef cattle property.
It currently boasts an irrigation capacity of 195 megalitres using water from the nearby Bega River to water its ryegrass and clover pastures.
“The charm and the scale and the condition of the building are quite good,” Guy says.
“The building is actually in very good structural order – but the kitchen and bathroom would lend themselves to renovations in coming years due to the age of the property.”
Buckajo is located in the Bega Valley, a part of NSW known internationally for its dairy production – and this home is no stranger to the industry.
“Dairy farming has been the backbone of the Bega Valley for over 120 years,” Guy says.
“At Meringlo, the cheeses were made on site and stored and matured on the property, a rare aspect of these farming properties.”
Two dairy buildings on the property are not currently in use, along with a historic cheese storage building from approximately 1910, should you like to revive the property’s dairy history.
But the beauty isn’t just inside the house, with the stunning surrounds quickly drawing the eye.
“It sits in a delightful valley,” Guy says.
“The fact that it has Bega River frontage – our main water source in the Bega Valley – is great.”
While Meringlo is a perfect example of country living, it also has easy access to the big smoke – it’s just 27 kilometres from Bega and two-and-a-half hours from Canberra.
“It is a lifestyle opportunity for people who are attracted to a residence such as this, but the property itself is strong grazing country, and there is high demand for that.”
“The property could be leased out if the next owner doesn’t want to run the property,” Guy says.
Original Article published by Claire Sams on Riotact.