24 August 2020

The River Cottage offers a city escape in Granite Town

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The River Cottage

Looks can be deceiving – The River Cottage has four bedrooms and three living areas. Photos: Supplied.

Cute as a button, The River Cottage at 4 Princes Highway at Moruya – with its picket fence and cast iron lacework verandah trim – is totally Insta-worthy!

Built in the 1890s, the ship-lap timber cottage celebrates a significant era in the region’s history, when ‘Granite Town’ was home to a plethora of eager gold, silver and granite miners.

It is one of a pigeon pair of weatherboard cottages built on the northern side of the Moruya River and forms part of the quintessential Aussie country town streetscape.

With a distinctive high-pitched pyramidal iron roof and iconic timber front verandah, the home also retains many original features throughout its spacious living areas, making it the ideal family home or holiday getaway.

Imagine your Airbnb guests’ impressive snaps sipping wine in the cosy sitting room, curled up by the wood-burning fire or lazing about in the mature gardens, complete with loaded citrus trees!

Janet Donnelly, licensee in charge at LJ Hooker Moruya, said The River Cottage was the only heritage property currently on the market in the sub $400,000 price bracket and she expected it would appeal to creatives who could make the most of the home’s character and location.

“There are a few more substantial properties on the market, but this home offers great value,” she said.

Charming alfresco

You’ll find charm at every turn.

Renovated about 10 years ago, and currently used as a holiday home, Ms Donnelly said the cottage would be perfect for a family seeking a property to renovate, or for someone wanting a holiday home or bed and breakfast opportunity, with the magnificent river only 40 metres from the front gate.

“It’s in a fantastic location. You can walk to the river and fish, hire a boat, or walk across the bridge into the town centre.”

The Waterfront Tavern opposite offers regular live music in the river-side beer garden, while the popular Saturday morning Moruya Country Markets serve up everything from homegrown produce and fresh seafood to local arts and crafts.

Ms Donnelly said this home seems quite small from the street, but it opens up to reveal four bedrooms, a formal dining room and three living areas, all with original fireplaces, plus a choice of private outdoor nooks to soak up the sun.

Set on a level 506 square metre block with views over Moruya’s fertile farmland, the property’s Rural zoning offers a range of development possibilities, such as a craft gallery (subject to council approval).

Living room

Living room with old-world charm.

Eurobodalla Council also offers regular heritage grants that can be accessed to assist with the repair and maintenance of older properties like this.

Moruya flourished throughout its golden years when many of the town’s impressive buildings were built during the lucrative mining era. Famous for supplying stone for the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the town retains its country charm and is fast becoming a weekend getaway from the city, or as a base for artisans and trendy couples to work from remotely from home.

Citrus trees

Citrus trees in the backyard.

Located three and a half hours south of Sydney and just two and a half hours’ drive from Canberra, Moruya offers a bustling shopping and café scene, fantastic bushwalking and great surfing at a choice of beaches only 15 minutes away.

The River Cottage is listed at $385,000.

You can view The River Cottage at 4 Princes Highway, Moruya and other hot properties on Zango. Inspections are by appointment only. To book an inspection, contact Janet Donnelly at LJ Hooker Moruya on 02 4474 4433 or email.

Living area

Another living area gives room to move.

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