A LANDMARK Upper Hunter property has attracted interest from Newcastle, Sydney and even the Blue Mountains.
Fitting, given that ‘Cullingral’ has ties to explorer Gregory Blaxland – who pioneered the first European crossing of the range.
He commissioned construction of Cullingral’s homestead for his grandson Charles, who was granted the prime land in 1839.
The magnificent seven-bedroom home at Merriwa was built by convicts, using sandstone blocks quarried on the property. It is accompanied by two cottages, gardens, a tennis court and swimming pool.
A river runs through the 516 acres, which have been listed for $3.6 million.
Game Farms Australia – a company that breeds quail – rent three sheds on the property.
“It’s actually got a guaranteed income which is quite rare,” agent Roderick Wyllie of Professionals Tamworth said. “There is a lease that has just been signed for another five years.”
Well known farmer Brice Stokes is selling the property after the passing of his wife Dr Bronwyn Stokes last November. She was posthumously awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to medicine.
“It’s a lovely old place with high ceilings and beautiful cedar doorways,” said Mr Stokes, who is now based at Port Macquarie.
“It’s the best small farm I’ve ever owned, it’s very productive.”
Mr Stokes has written several history books and is a descendant of one of the founders of the Sydney Morning Herald, Frederick Stokes.
STEEL RIVER SITE ON THE MARKET
The national headquarters of the Bulbeck Group are for sale through Colliers International.
The warehouse and office at 4 Channel Road in Mayfield West is tenanted by the company on an eight-year lease, returning approximately $460,000 net per annum plus GST.
The site – spanning roughly 6,800 square metres – is at the entrance to the Steel River Industrial Estate, with exposure to Industrial Drive.
“The property has been well received by the market due to the lack of supply of good quality industrial investments available for sale,” agent Byrne Tran said.
Expressions of interest will close at the end of this month if the property is not sold prior.