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Bluestone and stone fruit, rural elegance and space

Lisa Herbert 2 November 2019 1
A beautiful bluestone home on acres, 'Bonnie Doone'. Photo: Supplied

Bonnie Doone is a beautiful bluestone home on 341 acres. Photos: Supplied.

Built circa 1900, Bonnie Doone is a grand bluestone residence on 341 acres over three titles, capturing the essence of a sophisticated rural lifestyle. Here you will find space, peace, privacy and grandeur.

Bonnie Doone is being offered for auction by Sotheby’s International Realty on Friday, 6 December at the Domain Auction House.

Surely with entertaining areas this size a wedding venue business is an option? Photo: Supplied

Surely with entertaining areas this size a wedding venue business is an option?

This property is a short 15-minute drive from Young in the heart of the Hilltops Region of NSW, and two hours from Canberra.

Young offers all the amenities of an urban centre with award-winning cafés, renowned eateries and beautiful parks and lakes along the town’s creek.

Peace, privacy and definitely grandeur at Bonnie Doone. Photo: Supplied

Peace, privacy and definitely grandeur at Bonnie Doone.

Once known as ‘Lambing Flat’, one of the current attractions of Young is the abundant fresh fruit. There are dozens of orchards around the town which, in season, produce cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, apples, pears, grapes, strawberries and raspberries.

The Hilltops Region has the distinctly continental climate of the South West Slopes region.

Towering ceilings and original features throughout the home. Photo: Supplied

Towering ceilings and original features throughout the home.

Built from the famously hard and durable bluestone, this elegant residence comprises four light-filled bedrooms, the two largest opening onto the wrap-around verandah. Bonnie Doone is enhanced by many classic and enduring Federation features.

Original lead light glass and sash windows, picture rails and high ceilings. Photo: Supplied

Original leadlight glass and sash windows, picture rails and high ceilings.

There are the formal dining and lounge rooms, also a north-facing sunroom and a party-size casual living room adjacent to the kitchen. Well heated and with sweeping views, the living rooms open to the wide, shady verandah.

The light-filled home, with its soaring ceilings, has retained many stunning period features including marble fireplaces, lead-light windows and other turned timber features throughout. The home has been maintained with much care and love for generations.

Room enough to feed the hungry. Photo: Supplied

Room enough to feed the hungry.

The property’s kitchen is a standout. Completely modern, it maintains country style and functionality. It’s not hard to imagine dozens of shearers and workers gathered at the large table enjoying a good country repast after a long day’s work. It’s a stunning room, built to a professional caterer’s standard. There is a generous gas hob and an enormous amount of bench space.

Original timber doors and sash windows, warmth and space. Photo: Supplied

Original timber doors and sash windows, warmth and space.

And there is so much more. The lovely stone building also has an office and good-sized spare room, or storeroom. The original natural timber doors, windows, ceilings and floors have been beautifully maintained.

Of interest will be the cellar for your precious wine collection, gathered from the surrounding region’s excellent wineries, or for storage of preserves, jams and other products from your orchard.

An incredible amount of light-filled space. Photo: Supplied.

An incredible amount of light-filled space.

There’s extensive heating and cooling throughout the home, with options including wood-heaters, open fireplaces, evaporative cooling and RC/AC. The stone construction itself acts as a thermal mass which, along with the wrap-around verandah, maintains heat in Winter and remains cool in Summer.

There are two bathrooms in the home, as well as a laundry that doubles as a ‘mudroom’.

Bonnie Doone runs a solar hot water system, and there is a generous 88,000 litres of rainwater storage.

Over 300 acres with good sheds and yards. Photo: Supplied

Over 300 acres with good sheds and yards.

From the shaded verandahs, you can look over the tiered and manicured gardens which surround the house, with sweeping hedged lawns and an orchard. The bull-nosed verandahs and pergolas also offer spacious areas for entertaining.

A variety of income-producing options by way of livestock and farming enterprises are possible. It just requires your inspiration.

A three stand shearing shed, useful and attractive. Photo: Supplied

A three-stand shearing shed, useful and attractive.

The three-stand shearing shed is in excellent condition. There are also as-new 600-head Pratley sheep yards, subdivided internally which, along with a laneway system, will suit a single operator with their livestock handling.

There are 2 x 50 tonne and 1 x 30 tonne silos, and a new bore reticulating to paddock troughs and the garden system. Bulla Creek runs through the property.

Located near Young in NSW, 'Bonnie Doone' offers a sophisticated rural lifestyle. Photo: Supplied

A shady verandah wraps around the solid structure of Bonnie Doone.

Bonnie Doone’s outbuildings include a secure machinery workshop, a massive six-car garage and workshop, also a hay and machinery shed. There is also a further unique and historic 1800s stone out-building.

The sweeping views of Bonnie Doone in the Hilltops Wine Region. Photo: Supplied

The sweeping views of Bonnie Doone in the Hilltops Wine Region.

Bonnie Doone is a stunning property that harks to days gone by: country hospitality, country hard work and country elegance. It is your sophisticated rural lifestyle.

Bonnie Doone at 1228 Jerrybang Lane via Young will be auctioned by Sotheby’s on 6 December 2019.

To learn more about this property, contact David Medina of Sotheby’s International Realty on 0419 772 233, co-agent, Geoff McGilvray of Elders Real Estate on 0400 935 435, or visit Elders Real Estate.


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Lucy Baker Lucy Baker 10:57 pm 02 Nov 19

Note that’s acres not hectares! Even with 1,000 acres in the Young district you need a job in town to make a living. That’s too big to be a lifestyle block and too small to be a viable farm.

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