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Rose Cottage site for sale with separate block for service station opportunity

Ian Bushnell 2 February 2018 69

The Rose Cottage property in Gilmore. Block B is being sold as a service station development opportunity. Photos: Luton Properties Tuggeranong.

The historic Rose Cottage site in Gilmore is being subdivided for sale as a going concern and development opportunity for an adjacent service station and fast food outlet.

Originally part of Andre Cunningham’s Tuggeranong Station, the 3ha site on the corner of the Monaro Highway and Isabella Road consists of the Old Rose Inn, including two existing heritage buildings and grassed and landscaped areas, along with other substantial infrastructure such as internal roads and services.

The property is in the process of being subdivided into two parcels, with the Rose Cottage business owners continuing their tenancy on Block A and and Block B being able to be developed as a service station and fast food outlet.

Director of Luton Properties Tuggeranong, Christine Bassingthwaighte, said it was a golden opportunity for someone who wanted to develop that land into a service station.

“When you look at what is available in the Tuggeranong Valley there certainly is a need for an extra service station because there is not too many on that side of the road, especially when heading up to the snow or coming back from Sydney,” she said.

“Rose Cottage is quite a viable business, they can have the benefit of that as well.”

Ms Bassingthwaighte said the land would suit someone who could see the potential of the Valley, which was growing.

She had already fielded many inquiries from interstate investors who specialise in developing service station sites.

The owner would also consider a proposal for any service centre development to be leased from him.

The land is being offered for sale by private negotiation and there is no price guide.

It is not the first time a service station has been proposed for the site with development plans lodged in 1989 for dual service centres and a bridge over the highway.

Interested parties can contact Ms Bassingthwaighte on 0428 139 969 or via email:

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69 Responses to Rose Cottage site for sale with separate block for service station opportunity
Jennifer Jones Jennifer Jones 11:51 am 03 Feb 18

Servos and fast food outlets are by definition ugly. Aesthetics are important for a sense of well being and neighbourhood pride. But dollars speak louder than any reasoning with Mr Low-Barr.

Helen Thurley Helen Thurley 8:34 am 03 Feb 18

There is already a petrol station literally one block away at the Chisholm shops! Wow it will be so much fun sitting in the picturesque gardens at Rose enjoying the petrol fumes and trucks on the doorstep

Chris Hudson Chris Hudson 11:09 pm 02 Feb 18

Petrol stations are a dying breed. With the arrival of more electric cars in the next 5-10 years this is a very short sighted move. And as others have said before "Who needs more fast food outlets?"

Brydie Kelly Brydie Kelly 10:50 pm 02 Feb 18

The last thing we need is more fast food outlets! 😠

Maureen Cummuskey Maureen Cummuskey 10:43 pm 02 Feb 18

That's the ALP right wing for you. We need to ask questions about the way community is going to be done over by changes to thecharges of provision of facilities to Downer Community Centre.

Cathy Lloyd Cathy Lloyd 9:51 pm 02 Feb 18

They've already got a great pub and cafe there. Don't need more food.

Elizabeth Martin Elizabeth Martin 9:44 pm 02 Feb 18

Bit more competition for the service station at Hume should be great. During snow season Hume Woolies BP is cheaper than my local but in summer it’s much more expensive.

Trevor Watson Trevor Watson 9:38 pm 02 Feb 18

Actually its the Tennant who wants to split the block for financial gain....

Justin Watson Justin Watson 9:23 pm 02 Feb 18

I'm guessing the businesses are struggling to survive at Rose Cottage. I've seen it busy there, but usually its fairly quiet when I've been. Now if they get an independent servo on the site, then that may attract people there, but we don't need another woolies or coles based servo.

Neil Gavin Neil Gavin 9:13 pm 02 Feb 18

As long as the pub is still there, which is the plan, great news.

Leanne Hermes Leanne Hermes 8:51 pm 02 Feb 18

Why can't they just leave things alone? Every piece of land is being sold off. There is less and less spots to go to that isn't developed.

Peter Drady Dradrach Peter Drady Dradrach 8:47 pm 02 Feb 18

Main part remains which is good. The key will be the design now.

Joan James Joan James 8:43 pm 02 Feb 18

Is nothing sacred?

Mel Brooker Mel Brooker 8:42 pm 02 Feb 18

If they build it I won’t use it out of principle.

Lauryn Roberts Lauryn Roberts 8:34 pm 02 Feb 18

Rose cottage sell food? Why would they want a fast food place?

Servo not far in both directions! Hopefully something useful goes there... who am I kidding.. 😕

Lauryn Roberts Lauryn Roberts 8:32 pm 02 Feb 18

Seems pointless..

Domenic Fabbo Domenic Fabbo 8:29 pm 02 Feb 18

As if we need another service station and fast food outlet 500 metres from existing ones.......

Gabriel Spacca Gabriel Spacca 8:27 pm 02 Feb 18

Well. That sucks!

Karen Kelly- Cross Karen Kelly- Cross 8:20 pm 02 Feb 18

When will canberra reconise its history and beauty and stop destroying it

    Drew Allen Drew Allen 8:39 pm 02 Feb 18

    They won't. Destroying history, the put a sign up saying "used to be sight of historical ... "

    Ingrid Barbaro Ingrid Barbaro 8:50 pm 02 Feb 18

    When more Canberras go to these historically beautiful spots every week!!

Margaret Donoghoe Margaret Donoghoe 8:16 pm 02 Feb 18

What a shame

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