19 February 2021

Twenty minutes from Canberra, a working farm with a spacious family home

| Sharon Kelley
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294 Rolfe Road, Wallaroo

The four-bedroom rural family home at 294 Rolfe Road, Wallaroo. Photos: Supplied.

It’s not an uncommon dream to have your own working farm with a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home, and when an ideal opportunity arises, it’s wise to make your move. ‘Springbourne’ at 294 Rolfe Road, Wallaroo, has everything to make that dream real – 106 acres of prime grazing land with equine fencing, three horse stables, a tack room, a large sand arena and day yards.

The property is ready to be a viable farming operation, including eight paddocks with a reticulated water system, four dams, cattle yards, machinery sheds and an all-weather accessible driveway.

Wallaroo is around half an hour from Canberra City, under 20 minutes to Murrumbateman, and just over half an hour to Yass for those wanting to commute from a country residence. There is an early childhood centre at Murrumbateman, and primary and high schools either in the ACT or NSW are 20 minutes from the farm gate.

The family home is surrounded by established gardens and trees, an orchard and a choice of alfresco dining options.

There is also a mudroom, through which those coming in straight from the stables or the paddock can enter, located off the formal dining room. The mudroom is enclosed and has a paved brick floor and plenty of storage space for everyone’s gumboots and raincoats.

With broad verandahs and flyscreens on every door and window, the great Aussie salute won’t be needed at Springbourne. The verandahs help cool the home in the hot summers, while a slow-combustion wood stove and two open wood fireplaces keep the home toasty warm in the winter.

The interior of the home is very practical, with a floorplan that provides separate living zones for a family. The living zones are spacious, comfortable, and the home has both formal and informal living.

The large living rooms of the interior of the home are connected inside with French doors, allowing light to flow through, and they have matching multiple-paned windows.

The formal living room is home to the slow combustion stove, and access to the formal dining through internal French doors, and to the kitchen/dining/family room, sure to be the heart of the homestead.

At the opposite end of the home, there is a very sizeable rumpus room opposite two smaller bedrooms, which have their own bathroom, an elegant solution for smaller, busy children and their growing toy collection.

The kitchen is delightfully new, recently renovated and equipped with a dishwasher, a ceramic cooktop set into the bench that divides the family area from the kitchen, and a stainless steel range hood set over the bench. The layout connects the home chef to their family or friends.

Bedrooms one and two are large, while bedrooms three and four are perfect for a child (but still sizable). All have built-in robes, and the two smaller bedrooms have access to their own bathroom and toilet, while the family bathroom is located opposite bedrooms one and two and features a spa bath.

There is also a separate study, which makes a great home office for the farm or a homework den for older children.

“Springbourne represents the last of the larger holdings within 10 minutes of Hall,” said Ray White Rural sales agent George Southwell, who notes that with wool at $31.40 per kg last week and sucker lambs selling for $190 plus per head, the maths adds up, even on 106 acres.

“This is a home that you’ll want to keep in the family forever, sealing your connection with Canberra and Wallaroo, and it’s so close to everything you might need now and into the future.”

You can view this family farming home 294 Rolfe Road, Wallaroo online, and see all the latest hot listings on Zango. If you would like further information, or to book an inspection, contact Ray White Rural sales agent George Southwell on 0429 838 345.

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