11 May 2017

Goulburn’s version of Downton Abbey up for sale

| Glynis Quinlan
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A landmark rural property which looks like Goulburn’s version of Downton Abbey is up for sale.

Set on 53 acres, historic Bishopthorpe Manor comes complete with a chapel for country weddings, a manager’s residence and sweeping views of the district.

Built in 1870, the bluestone manor has been extensively renovated and boasts a timeless elegance similar to its British counterpart with some modern luxury thrown in.

The main home has seven bedrooms, including five that have large gas fireplaces and full bathroom ensuites complete with spas baths. There is also a manager’s residence which includes a self-contained two-bedroom apartment with adjoining one-bedroom studio.

Other features include a billiard room and formal dining room which both take advantage of an abundance of natural light, more casual living rooms, a study and a library.

Added to the attractions is a chapel which is housed in the original stables and might appeal to those in the hospitality industry. Beautiful established gardens complete the picture.

Bishopthorpe Manor was built in 1870 as a residence for Goulburn’s first Anglican Bishop. Since then it has enjoyed an interesting history including being used as a girls’ school, a conference centre and a country guest house.

A previous owner once planned to run traditional fox hunts from the property but was refused permission by the then Mulwaree Council. To top that off, in 2005 the property was used as the location for the reality television program Celebrity Overhaul.

The current owner, Marshal Baxter, of historic business Baxter’s Boots, bought Bishopthorpe Manor in 2007.

Bishopthorpe Manor is five minutes’ drive from Goulburn CBD and is located at 32 Bishopthorpe Lane. Expressions of interest have been called for the property, which is listed for sale with Barry McEntee of Goulburn First National.

Photos sourced from Tina Berg of bwrm.com.au

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