23 September 2019

Private South Coast retreat boasts stunning ocean views and an idyllic rural lifestyle

| Ian Bushnell
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Leighton Farm near Tilba Tilba is a rare parcel of prime land located in a pristine coastal environment. Photos: Supplied.

Perched in the hills above an open ocean beach, this idyllic South Coast rural property, that was once owned by Colin Hay from iconic Australian band Men At Work, is a lifestyle opportunity waiting to happen.

Conjuncting agent John Murray, from Whale Coast Realty, says this rare parcel of prime land located in a pristine coastal environment offers both a self-sufficient lifestyle and some potential income streams, or just a magnificent family getaway, all for $2.95 million.

Leighton Farm at 114 Youngs Road, Tilba Tilba, consists of 18.42 hectares or 45 acres of rich pasture, secure water, farm infrastructure and a residence, with stunning ocean, mountain and countryside views, including Bermagui to the south.

Private but with easy access and only five minutes drive to Central Tilba and Wallaga Lake, and 20 minutes to Narooma and Bermagui, Leighton Farm is ideally positioned to take advantage of the region’s attractions (… you can also stay connected with broadband internet!).

But with direct access to Akolele Beach, there may be no need with fishing, surfing, diving and other beach activities with a seaside playground on the doorstep.

“The property offers an unsurpassed private and tranquil environment,” Mr Murray said.

The two-bedroom residence, positioned on an elevated site, has been designed with the views in mind with a wonderful outlook from the large living area through ceiling to floor windows and sliding doors that fill the space with light and winter warmth, although the combustion heater is enough to keep things snug.

Polished timber floors give it a provincial feel, while the ocean blue kitchen reflects its coastal location.

A large, all-steel machinery shed also includes extra accommodation facilities with a bedroom and bathroom for guests. Mr Murray says the home could easily be converted into a large family residence.

The land itself boasts highly fertile volcanic soils, protected paddocks, a large dam and secure fencing – ideal for cattle and horses.

“The property is well suited for cattle and horses and other agricultural enterprises with open, well protected paddocks, excellent fencing, secure water with permanent dams and livestock troughs throughout,” Mr Murray said.

Other infrastructure includes a large enclosed highly productive orchard and hot house, vegetable garden and chicken enclosure.

The property goes back to the 1920s when a Mr and Mrs Riches lived there, raising 11 children and living in a three-bedroom timber cottage that was destroyed by fire in the 1970s.

They grew corn and had a chicken farm, with Mr Riches delivering eggs by horse and buggy to Horseshoe Bay in Bermagui, where they were loaded on to a steamship bound for the Sydney market.

Leighton Farm also supplied eggs and fresh chicken to the local residents.

The Riches enjoyed social days and cricket games with all the local families, next door on the Merriwingah Recreation Ground.

The current owners said the farm gave them unsurpassed peace and tranquillity.

They love walking on the beach and never seeing another person, observing the amazing bird and wildlife, watching the whales migrate north to breed and returning with their calves, and enjoying the colourful dawn and sunsets.

Saying “I feel like fish for dinner” meant being able to walk down to the beach and catch one, and the property’s beautiful rich soil allowed them to have an amazing orchard and vegetable garden.

“Just look at it, what isn’t there to like,” they said.

For more information contact David Nolan from Webster Nolan on 0447 278 236 or go to http://www.websternolan.com.au/node/286.

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