Unique. Intriguing. Breathtaking. These words barely begin to describe the spectacular handmade stone and timber cottage at 60 Hereford Hall Road at Hereford Hall.
The original owner of ‘Wombat Cottage’ built it in the 1990s using stones found on the property and timber sourced from railway lines and old bridges.
Across its expansive 140 acres, there’s more than a kilometre of the Jerrabattgulla Creek flowing from a national park not far away.
The current owners, Christine and John Donnelly, purchased the property in 1996 and have used the property as a holiday home ever since, making small adjustments over time.
Christine and John say the environment around the cottage is superb.
“Any way you look, you can find a nice, peaceful place to relax in the bush and just listen to the creek or watch the wildlife,” Christine says.
“It’s quite isolated, so you won’t have any cars or neighbours distracting you.”
Ray White Braidwood agent Mitchell Smithers says the property, under two hours’ drive south-east from Canberra, is truly unlike anything else.
“I have never seen something like this place before. It’s unique, and all the work that’s gone into it is very well done.” Mitchell says.
“When you’re there, you feel disconnected from the world and surrounded by this peaceful bushland.”
You make your way to the property from the road down a winding tack through native trees until you reach a quaint handcrafted stone cottage with the inviting calls of native birds, the whisper of the trees and the sounds from the flowing Jerrabattgulla Creek.
With unique handcrafted finishes throughout, the cottage is constructed from stone sourced from the property and features rustic timber woodwork, an unusual concrete floor with exposed timber rounds and an exposed-beam raked ceiling.
The cottage features a central kitchen with terracotta tiled benchtops, a woodfired cooker, timber slab cupboards and timber splashback, and a gas cooktop and gas under bench oven.
Through the kitchen, you’ll find a multi-use space filled with natural light and superb views of the National Park through three large windows. Comfort pervades the generously sized lounge room also fitted with a slow combustion wood fire.
Christine and John say during the winter months the house becomes quite cosy because of the stonework and fireplace, and if you have the fire going for a couple of days in a row, John reckons the stones in the wall start to warm up and keep the cottage at a cosy temperature.
An outdoor enclosed gazebo offers a setting for quiet dinners in the cool of the evening, accompanied by the sounds of the water-feature garden.
A bush track leads from extensive park-like grounds to a ‘sandy beach’ on the banks of the creek. The property’s water is sourced from a natural mountain stream in the National Park, the water being gravity fed into tanks.
This unforgettable property at 60 Hereford Hall Road, Hereford Hall, is open for display from 12 noon to 1 pm today (26 March) and the same time next Saturday (2 April).
To be a part of Wombat Cottage’s next chapter, call Mitchell Smithers from Ray White Braidwood on 0427 637 257 and check out all the hottest properties on Zango.