If you’re looking to escape the world, the peace, privacy and security you’re after – and trademark fresh country air – is here.
A stone’s throw from the modern conveniences of Goulburn, 75 Budjong Lane in Goulburn sits on around 40 hectares of undulating paddock, a pine and eucalypt forest guarding its borders and a creek babbling its way through.
Looking out through the old-style, timber-framed windows, it would be easy to think you’ve been taken back in time … at least until you flick the reverse-cycle air-conditioner or Italian gas stove on.
This property offers a mix of pure country living and modern comfort and finish.
Ray White Goulburn real estate agent Paul McIntosh has yet to host an inspection but says interest has already been huge, especially from those living in Sydney plotting an escape from the urban chaos.
“It’s just the charm of it, and the rustic feel,” Paul says.
The cottage is the star of the property, oozing character and simplicity. A timber deck surrounds the northeast sides and offers a tempting place to sit and soak in the sights and sounds of the area.
The front door and a spacious hall empties into the white-tiled bathroom and toilet on one side and the combined open-plan kitchen and dining room on the other.
Its farmhouse feel is overwhelming: hardwood pillars rise from the Cyprus timber floor to meet rustic, exposed Oregon timber beams running across the ceiling.
In the kitchen, the eye follows the two stainless steel downlights and island bench topped with stone towards a stainless steel Italian-design rangehood and gas stove. The rest of the storage, bench space and sink fall to either side in pleasing symmetry. A Bosch stainless steel dishwasher is tucked under the sink.
A quaint staircase leads up to a loft bedroom from the dining room and forms part of the frame to the entrance into the main living room. The wood theme continues here, and massive windows flood the space with natural light and quaint views. Reverse-cycle air-conditioning and a wood heater keep it comfortable all year round.
A black metal knurled staircase provides a backdrop to the living room and leads up to the main bedroom, where a round barn-style window is a highlight.
Paul says the previous owners thoroughly enjoyed the quiet country lifestyle and renovated the cottage perfectly. They also converted an on-site stable into a studio that would form the perfect cosy place for visiting family or guests. A large rustic door slides to reveal an ensuite ready for fitting out.
In addition to the two-car garage attached to the main cottage, a separate four-bay shed with an insulated roof and sealed concrete floor is also attached. In the yard you’ll find two chicken coops and a large orchard with a wide variety of fruits and healthy, well-established gardens.
The property has 123,000 litres of on-site water storage available and about 30 acres of cleared land where a handful of livestock could graze quite contently.
“The potential of this characterful property is endless,” Paul says.
This home will go to auction at 75 Budjong Lane, Goulburn on Friday, 3 September at 11:00 am.