A charming four-bedroom cottage, with unique features and a simply spectacular aspect in Wee Jasper, is offered for auction on 18th September.
Situated on a limestone cliff, looking over a valley dotted with caves and fossils, the stunning property is completely renovated and has been finished with a warm, contemporary colour palette. This is a very inviting 100-year old cottage on the beautiful Goodradigbee River.
Listed with Naish Stormon of LJ Hooker, Gungahlin, the house is weatherboard with corrugated iron roof and bullnose verandahs and was moved by road from Sans Souci, Sydney, about 18 years ago.
It was lovingly renovated in its present location and the relocation meant the house has been well placed on solid modern foundations.
In its idyllic location, the cottage itself abounds with character and charm. Entering through an impressive lead light front door, you come across pressed metal ceilings, ornamental fireplaces and restored original timber floors in the bedrooms.
French doors in every room, and breathtaking scenery from the wide verandahs.
The bathrooms and kitchen offer contemporary convenience with a design that is sympathetic to the charm of the cottage. The living room and kitchen are open plan with beautifully restored and polished King Billy Pine floors, and have both a split-system air conditioner and open fire.
The kitchen boasts an induction cook top, and room for a large island. There is a Meile dishwasher installed, double sink and large country pantry. Warm light spills over the open plan area from heritage pendant fittings, rescued from Sydney’s famous Hordern Pavilion, and complete with the AHS logo etched into the glass.
All rooms have French doors opening onto the verandahs, and a wide verandah on the North-facing river side of the cottage offers an outstanding outlook over the valley.
When the Burrinjuck Dam is full the view transforms to a full water view of the impermanent lake, which creates a sense of fertility as well as beauty. A large rear deck provides an excellent alfresco space, covered with wisteria and clematis.
The current owner spends much of their time relaxing on the front verandah, looking over the 180-degree valley views, “you feel like you’re looking over the world,” Mr Strigas said.
Three of the four bedrooms have feature fireplaces, one has an ensuite, and each has a different pressed tin ceiling pattern. A family bathroom has a shower and bath and boasts beautiful views to the river.
Bathroom bench tops and tiles are made from polished Wee Jasper basalt, a stunning and unique feature.
The wiring and plumbing are completely updated and the cottage is all-electric with a large hot water storage system.
The grounds and gardens are extensive and have been beautifully developed and maintained. There are significant plantings of more than 200 trees which are connected to an irrigation system fed by a dam and a 50,000L water tank.
The property also includes a further two 50,000L water tanks which are plumbed straight to the house.
Outbuildings include a charming 12 x 5.6m cedar-clad barn on a concrete slab with power and light. This has potential to house an office space or Granny flat, with additional space for a garage/workshop area, plus an 8 x 5m shell space for shearing or animal husbandry, and also a mezzanine level, or loft.
The cottage is currently being operated as an AirBnB and is heavily booked. There is much fabulous recreation offered in the area, and many with special interests, such as palaeontology groups and ‘cavers’, visit Wee Jasper frequently.
“The house itself actually sits on a rocky plateau full of caves and holes and places to explore,” Mr Strigas said.
The present owners, leaving reluctantly, are prepared to leave it set up as is, including furniture – an exceptional work-from-home business or Bed & Breakfast opportunity.
Set on 14 hectares, 70 Caves Road, Wee Jasper is a unique offering and must be seen to be appreciated. The auction date is 18th September at 6 pm, 182-200 City Walk, Canberra City. Call Naish Stormon on 0488 164 426 or visit their website for more details.
Original Article published by Lisa Herbert on The RiotACT.