12 January 2023

Restored grand country manor an 'extremely rare offering' in historic Goulburn

| Katrina Condie
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Hurstville makes a grand statement from the street. Photo: Ray White Goulburn.

Built in 1861, ‘Hurstville’ is one of Goulburn’s finest country estates, offering a grand lifestyle just minutes from the bustling town centre.

Located at 244 – 246 Cowper Street, Goulburn, the five-bedroom Victorian Italianate residence has been meticulously renovated throughout and restored to its original period splendour.

Enviably positioned on a fully landscaped 2567 square metre block, the impressive two-story homestead seamlessly blends refined elegance with modern-day luxuries.

With its stunning street appeal and grand design elements throughout, Ray White Goulburn sales agent Justin Gay says Hurstville is a landmark property the likes of which rarely hit the market.

“It’s gracious and elegant with that sense of a bygone era,” he said.

“When the iron gates slowly roll back and you approach the home through the manicured gardens, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

“The front door opens and you’re greeted with the original checkered stone flooring and impressive cedar staircase and joinery in the entrance hall. It’s amazing from the first glance.”

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Unlike many large historic homes, Hurstville is flooded with sunlight, and the flexible floor plan lends itself to a range of modern uses, including working from home.

“It would also make a fantastic weekend retreat or bed and breakfast,” Justin said.

He said the previous owners completely restored the home and current owners are looking to downsize, offering an “extremely rare opportunity” for someone to snap up one of the town’s stand-out properties in a dress circle location.

“Goulburn has a lot of amazing homes, but Hurstville is the pick of the bunch,” Justin added.

The home is being offered for sale by expression of interest and is expected to attract offers over $2.6 million. It sold in 2019 for $2.15 million, setting a residential sales record for Goulburn.

“I could see someone coming from a large rural estate or city folk looking for a magnificent lifestyle property,” Justin said.

“It would really suit someone with a passion for and love of period country homes.”

The impressive manor was originally designed and built for Anne Hurst, the widow of the wealthy Methodist Minister, Reverend Benjamin Hurst, who died in 1857.

Gracious formal entertaining areas, multiple light-filled casual living spaces and exquisitely landscaped grounds combine to offer a premier property of timeless appeal.

With impressive high ceilings, original hardwood flooring, French doors and decorative fireplaces, the home exudes a simple yet gracious style.

The ornate original cedar staircase leads to a large central sitting room with French doors leading to a balcony overlooking the gardens, while the refined formal living and dining rooms open onto the covered wrap-around verandah.

The manor also boasts two home offices with fireplaces, a large family room with a huge wood-burning fireplace and gourmet eat-in kitchen featuring Carrara marble benchtops, a sitting nook and underground wine cellar.

With a luxurious master suite, complete with a dressing room and marble fireplace, plus a separate teen retreat, everyone in the family will have space to spread out and relax.

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The flagged-stone garden room and expansive terrace drenched in northern sunshine surround a manicured garden with level lawns, providing an exquisite entertaining venue for weddings or parties.

As well as a plethora of wood-burning fireplaces, the home also has gas central heating, reverse-cycle air conditioning, on-demand gas hot water, automatic garden irrigation and an underground rainwater tank.

The property has garaging for three cars and garden storage sheds.

Located just a short stroll from Goulburn’s vibrant CBD with shops, restaurants, Victoria Park and the train station, Justin says the home is centrally located in a quiet street off the main road.

To arrange a private inspection of 244 – 246 Cowper Street, Goulburn, contact Justin Gay on 0429 795 507 at Ray White Goulburn, and you can check out all the hot listings at Zango.


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Bygone era – stolen land from the native peoples and indentured servants. Not something to be nostalgic about.

Capital Retro4:01 pm 16 Jan 23

Do you have proof of those claims?

Proth, and the natives stole the land off the dinosaurs and cro magnon man, what’s your point?

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