An iconic Queanbeyan property is looking for an entrepreneurial new owner who can give this 150- year-old building a new lease of life.
Benedict House is a heritage-listed landmark with an enviable, elevated position in Isabella Street.
The character-filled two storey building was built as a convent in 1866 and has enjoyed various incarnations as a boarding school, cafe, gallery, and for short-term accommodation.
It’s said former prime minister Paul Keating, had a role in its renovation.
Owner and artist Kate Shelton says Benedict House is a much-loved part of the Queanbeyan community.
“It’s a beautifully designed building that has enjoyed very thoughtful renovations,” she says.
“I think it will have strong appeal to an entrepreneurial individual or couple who might reinvent it into, say, boutique accommodation and a restaurant.”
Shelton says, whatever the future, she would urge new owners to only “touch it softly” and ensure Benedict House retains its connection with the community.
The property sits on a generous block of 1591 square metres and comprises an upstairs residence with a formal dining, kitchen and family room, three large bedrooms and a truly magnificent bathroom. The master has a luxury en suite with walk-in robe.
An additional appeal to the downstairs area is a stonemason’s cottage, landscaped gardens and a grand monastic courtyard that’s ideal for functions and events.
PRICE GUIDE: $1.8 million
AGENT: Private lister, Kate Shelton, 0400 122 868