A gracious, historic and character-filled homestead in NSW’s desirable Southern Tablelands is being offered for sale, complete with a conservatory, sumptuous gardens and a platypus viewing platform.
At 14 Solus Street, Braidwood, this beautifully maintained heritage home on 2025m2, has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and ample secure parking, and is well priced at $1,550,000.
Set on two acres of established and beautifully maintained gardens, the property comes with a tranquil, spring-fed creek, a hand-built suspension bridge and park-like enclaves.
Behind the exterior of this serene property are many mysteries and surprises.
The granite bluestones of the original cottage were hand made by convict labour and the sand stock bricks used in the 1870 addition were also made by convicts at the nearby site of the old, colonial Braidwood jail.
The original cottage was constructed circa 1830s and the brick structure in the 1870s. The newer lounge and glass sunroom were added in 1993 – the conservatory designed and built to connect the two original structures in a stunning and sensitive manner.
Located on the edge of Braidwood, within a short walk to the bustling township, this granite bluestone and double brick home is the perfect gardener’s paradise and would be ideal as a bed and breakfast.
When asked what she loved most about her home, owner Cheryl Raper said, “The position, the viewing deck over platypus antics, the huge oak tree probably dating back to Dr Braidwood Wilson’s time, also its proximity to Braidwood.”
Ms Raper describes the town as the ‘Florence of Australia’, with its artists, sculptors and writers.
“We absolutely love this property and have for 37 years. It has ticked all my boxes in terms of creativity and serenity, and it will be hard to move on. It will be hard to replace the gardens, the native birds, and the regular ‘platypus watching’ from our specially made deck,” Ms Raper said.
“We can stroll into town and visit a café, there are all the necessary facilities such as hospital, ambulance, schools and even a garlic festival.”
This well-loved home also features a galley style kitchen, study, formal dining room, and an attic loft bedroom that any young person would adore.
There are working fireplaces in two rooms and the original timber features have been lovingly maintained: French doors, deep casement windows and other stunning features, many in red cedar.
Ceilings are comfortably high and warmth is guaranteed during Braidwood’s cooler months by the extensive gas-powered ‘hydronic’ heating system installed throughout the home.
In addition to the enhanced period cottage, there is a licensed bore, Comet Windmill, charming BBQ area, and an impressive workshop/barn/man cave.
This engineer’s or artist’s dream space includes 3 phase power, 6kw solar system, massive overhead gantry and car hoist, a spray booth, a sand blasting booth, storage area and many machines, gadgets and facilities – enough to keep any mechanic, artist or wood/metal enthusiast content.
This ideal workshop space has been built within a sympathetic reconstruction of the original shearing shed, which was once attached to the cottage. It is another surprise revealed within a historic treatment.
The vendors are downsizing and are open to a walk-in, walk-out arrangement that includes a beloved grandmother’s stunning cedar furniture collection, as well as the machinery and equipment in the workshop.
“We must move on but we are hoping someone will come along who will love and understand and really enjoy the property,” Ms Raper said. “You can really feel the history in the place.”
View listing on zango.com.au
Inspections by private appointment only.
Phone Kelly Allen, Luton Properties Braidwood on 0466 632 696.
A list of inclusions in a walk-in, walk-out agreement is available on request.